Three natural expectorants for better breathing in winters

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Most people acquire seasonal flu and cold when the season changes and these ailments get worse when it’s wintertime. The flu and cold are followed by cough and sometimes breathing problems such as labored breathing, difficult nighttime breathing due to congestion created by phlegm accumulating inside the lungs, nose, and throat. Age groups commonly involved in this problem are 0 to 10 years and 35 to 65 years. To cure this flu and cold and breathe better, patients visit doctors who prescribe allopathic expectorants and cough decongestants but these syrups help to some extent and if the flu and cold are cured at that point of time, they return back within a few days which get even worse than before. The most important thing why this happens is because these medicines cure superficially and do not cure the root cause of the problem. Also these syrups carry a lot of side effects after you take them such as drowsiness, shivering of hands, and headaches. This is the reason why old people say, “natural is better”. So below I present three natural expectorants to help you breathe better in winters after the first season change:

Anise or aniseed or fennel seeds or chotti saunf in Hindi
Anise or aniseed or fennel seeds or chotti saunf in Hindi | Source

Anise or aniseed: I remember the good old days when we were school going kids and our mother used to make tea for us including water, milk, tea leaves, sugar, aniseed (Pimpinella anisum), ginger, and tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) leaves. That tea is still the best remedy for cough and congestion we acquire now. Although each and every ingredient used in making this tea is of great importance but anise or aniseed carries some unique decongestant properties. The components of anise are a natural balm for lungs because they expand the bronchial tubes allowing air to enter more easily in the lungs thereby relieving all the phlegm. In this way, anise helps in breathing.

Mountain Pennyroyal
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Pennyroyal: Another important herb that helps in labored breathing due to congestion of the airways is pennyroyal. This herb belongs to the mint family and very closely resembles to spearmint which is more popular than this herb. Although pennyroyal carries digestive and sedative properties but it also helps stimulate removal of secretions that obstruct the airways and make breathing difficult. It is an ideal natural remedy against colds.

Eucalyptus trees in Kerela, India
Eucalyptus trees in Kerela, India | Source

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Eucalyptus: The last but very popular natural herb that you will find in most natural candies, lozenges, mucolytics, cough expectorants, and decongestants to quickly relieve your cough is eucalyptus. If you are searching the Internet for natural expectorants, you will rarely find any article or website that does not have the mention of this most popular natural expectorant and decongestant.

Above were three natural expectorants for better breathing in winters. So don’t forget to utilize these natural expectorants to clear your airways if you have any signs and symptoms of seasonal flu or cold. It’s better to start early and treat the cold before it turns into difficult breathing. As I always say, “nature has all the cures so why not take its help and cure ourselves”.

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Good hub and some good natural things ...


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soni2006 3 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Carol.

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