Herbal Remedy for Chest Congestion

Having a chest that is congested can be very uncomfortable and put you in a state of anxiousness. Suffering from an inability to breathe properly and a constantly runny nose will impair your concentration and likely disrupt your day. There are a variety of over-the-counter drugs available to deal with chest congestion, as well as antibiotics for chest infections, but often an herbal remedy is all you need to deal with chest congestion at home.

Herbal teas

Drinking herbal tea can clear up chest congestion in a matter of days. Combine ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and turmeric in some water, and brew for ten to fifteen minutes. Add a little bit of lemon and a touch of honey for sweetness, and drink while it is hot. The herbs in the tea provide aromatherapy that loosens the mucus in your chest, enabling you to eliminate it through coughing. Carefully breathe in the aromatic fumes.

Essential oils

Take a hot, steamy bath or shower for your symptoms of chest congestion. Letting the steam build up in the bathroom will loosen chest congestion. Add a few drops of lemon grass oil into your bath water and soak for twenty minutes. This will clear your chest congestion. Massage eucalyptus oil that has been diluted onto your chest. This acts as a decongestant. You may inhale eucalyptus or peppermint oil to clear chest congestion. Inhaling menthol will ease chest congestion and helps to inhibit infections.

Herbs and food

Add herbs like ginseng, lemon, and lemon grass to your diet. These can be incorporated into soups and salads to provide you with a more constant dose of beneficial herbs.
Sage is helpful for chest congestion. Combine sage with water and boil in a covered pot for about an hour. After turning off the heat to the pot, place your face over the pot carefully and breathe in the steam. Place a towel over your head to hold the steam in your nasal passages. This will help to eliminate excess mucus and ease your chest congestion. Now, you can drink the tea, decreasing the mucus in your chest and reducing your infection risk.


Echinacea is a popular herbal remedy for chest congestion. It may help to strengthen white blood cells and enhance the body's ability to fight infection. Often, people who use echinacea at the first sign of a cold, or chest congestion, experience fewer symptoms and have milder colds. If you take echinacea, it is recommended not to take it for longer than eight weeks, as it may negatively impact your immune system.


Thyme is a powerful herb that can help in the fight against chest congestion. Take two tablespoons of fresh thyme and combine with a cup of boiling water. Steep for about four minutes, making sure the mixture is covered. Drink the mixture while it is still hot. This will help to relax your lungs and help clear mucus in your chest. Thyme is antiseptic as well as having antibacterial qualities.

Chicken Soup

While not an herbal remedy, chicken soup is thought to be a classic chest congestion reliever. Adding herbs of your choice will give your soup even more beneficial properties and may help further relieve your chest congestion. The best chicken soup is homemade, and served very hot. Add herbs like thyme and a dash of hot sauce, known to promote nasal drainage and clearing.

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Valery Elias has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has appeared in the "Savannah Business Journal," and she has experience as an independent secretarial contractor, proofreader and executive sales assistant for Fortune 500 companies. Elias has a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature from the University of South Florida-Tampa.