Catarrh is the inflammation or swelling of the mucous membranes in one or both of the airways or cavities of the body. It can result in a thick production of mucus which is usually in response to an infection. It is a symptom usually associated with the common cold, chesty coughs, . The phlegm produced by catarrh may either discharge or cause a blockage that may become chronic to the human body.
Typical symptoms of catarrh include the following:
- A blocked nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Fever and headaches
- Lethargy; and
- Production of phlegm
The causes of catarrh varies from one person to the other, however, it can be treated at home with natural means of remedying it, but if symptom persists, the doctor is always the last option. Here are a few home remedies for catarrh;
- Garlic Tea.
When your anal cavity can’t just handle the effect of the whether on it, Garlic, a well-known immune system strengthener, garlic shines as an antibacterial and antiviral herb for fighting colds, coughs and the catarrh. One of the best ways to take advantage of garlic’s healing properties is by drinking fresh garlic sweetened with a little raw honey, it works wonders on clearing your throat and airways of phlegm that threaten blockage.
Peel 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic and lightly crush them. Add to two cups of water and boil, or boil the water and add it to the garlic in a jug or bowl. let it simmer for 15 minutes. Sieve the garlic and allow the tea to cool to mouth temperature. Add raw honey and a squeeze of lemon juice. Drink as desired.
Pepper can be used in several ways to treat the various symptoms of common cold and catarrh in a very natural manner. Those suffering from runny nose must eat pepper with a meal, either in pepper soup, or just spicing up your regular meal with a lot of pepper. Even gargling with pepper and hot water can bring immense relief. Those who cannot eat or drink pepper can get benefit by smelling pepper regularly. The components present in pepper can make the mucus thin, and thus help you get relief from congestion in your lungs.
3. Red Onions
Those suffering from cold and catarrh can get immense relief from homemade red onion syrup. To make the syrup you will need red onions and honey or brown sugar. Take two to three red onions and slice them horizontally. Now put one slice of onion in a bowl and then add raw honey. Repeat the process until the bowl is full. Cover the bowl and leave it for twelve to fifteen hours. Finally when you open the bowl, there will be thick liquid like syrup. Take a spoonful of this syrup twice a day to get relief from sore throats and other symptoms of cold.