How to Get Rid of Mucus in My Throat

Updated April 17, 2017

A healthy nose and sinuses produce between a pint and a quart of mucus and secretions per day, according to the Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of Corpus Christi, Texas. Mucus does have a significant purpose; mucus lining the passages of the sinuses purify the air we breathe, fight infection and prevent unknown particles from entering the respiratory system. Colds, sinus infections and other respiratory infections, however, can cause the nose to drip mucus into the throat. Excess throat mucus can be uncomfortable; natural home remedies have proven effective to help remove the mucus from the throat.

Measure one cup water; pour into coffee mug. Place one black tea bag into coffee mug with water. Microwave on high temperature setting for one minute.

Seep the tea bag until water has turned a dark brown or black. Discard tea bag after seeping. Tea is a hot beverage that will help thin the mucus in the throat.

Add 1 tbsp thyme to tea, stirring for two minutes to blend ingredients. Thyme helps dislodge the mucus and has anti-microbial properties that fight and eliminate an infection.

Consume tea two times daily, morning and night for best results.

Measure 3 tbsp water and pour into bowl. Microwave the water on high setting for approximately one minute. Water is essential in thinning the mucus and ridding the body of infection.

Measure 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and pour into bowl of warm water. Stir the water and apple cider vinegar for two minutes to blend ingredients.

Pour the apple cider vinegar solution into an empty ear dropper.

Lean the head back and dispense one drop of apple cider vinegar water in each nostril. Apple cider has proven effective in eliminating mucus deep in the sinuses.

Allow the solution to run down the back of throat and spit out. Repeat this treatment once daily.


You may add honey to the thyme tea for flavour. While waiting for tea to cool, try inhaling the steam. Steam helps thin the mucus. Taking a hot shower can help loosen the mucus in the chest, making it easier to remove by coughing.


Whenever mucus develops, consult your primary physician for a proper diagnosis. Mucus development in the chest, throat and nose can indicate severe infection in some cases and must be treated by a medical practitioner. Give hot substances a minimum three minutes to cool before consuming to avoid burning your hands and mouth. Keep apple cider vinegar out of reach from children. If excessive amounts of apple cider vinegar are consumed, diarrhoea, nausea, internal bleeding and purging may develop.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • Coffee Mug
  • Microwave
  • Tea Bag
  • Thyme
  • Two Spoons
  • Bowl
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Ear Dropper
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Kathryn Milner is a professional writer of instructional articles currently residing in Pennsylvania. Her work appears on various websites, specializing in home improvement, medical concerns and nutritional conditions that affect everyday citizens.