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Home remedy for chest congestion?

Asked by deepseas72 (1049 points ) May 24th, 2009

Chest congestion and an unproductive cough are my only symptoms. How did your mom/grandmother successfully treat this?

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sakura's avatar

Don’t know about my grandma but I would recommend filling a bowl with steaming hot water add a drop of euculyptus oil, throw a towel over your head and breath in the steam!!

El_Cadejo's avatar

I know, it sounds insane. Put some vicks vapor rub on the bottom of your feet and then put socks on. I dont know why, but it works.

deepseas72's avatar

@uberbatman It DOES sound insane, but i now have greasy feet.

May2689's avatar

@sakura : My grandma and my mom do the exact same thing!! Works wonders!!!

knitfroggy's avatar

Run a humidifier and Vicks up your feet and your chest. Take some Mucinex. You might have bronchitis if you’re just hacking and not getting anything up.

bythebay's avatar

@uberbatman: That’s one of our traditions also!

jbfletcherfan's avatar

I second all of the above. The Vicks on the bottom of your feet with socks DOES work. Also put it on your cheek bones, your throat & chest. Mucinex is the best thing invented since sliced bread. Take it every 4 hours & you’ll be blowing & coughing gunk out before you know it. I’m going through all of this crud right now. If you have a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water. And get some Chloraseptic sore throat strips. They’re great.

Darwin's avatar

Also, if you have either a very large bathtub or access to a hot tub, immerse yourself in the hottest water you can stand up to your chin. The heat will relax your alveoli, making it easier to breathe and you will draw steam into the junk in your chest so it will be easier to cough up. Also, raising the temperature of your body even slightly will deliver a good, swift kick in the pants to whatever bacterium or virus is the root cause. It will also make you better able to go to sleep so your body can work at cleaning things up itself.

This is my Dad’s home cure. I think my grandmother just drank whiskey until she had to go to bed and let her body heal itself during sleep. And my great grandmothers all believed in mustard plasters.

ubersiren's avatar

Boil some water with thyme, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils and inhale the vapor. If you don’t have oils, just use dry thyme and something pepperminty (candy, extract, etc)Try not to cough until you’ve inhaled deeply for 10–20 minutes. Then let ‘er rip.

gooch's avatar

Two tablespoon of sheep fat melted with a drop of turpentine and a spoon of Vicks rub melted then put on a wool cloth and straped to your chest warm. The next day or two you will be better.

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

hot showers and coughing.

CMaz's avatar

Vicks NyQuil. Works every time for me.

JLeslie's avatar

Run the shower hot in the smallest bathroom in your house/apartment and let it get full of steam. Stay in that room for a good 5 minutes. Cough syrup “DM” as needed, if your cough is out of control. Coughs usually take 3 weeks to completely clear, but should be getting better over time. Towards the end you will probably only be coughing badly early in the morning, If you are not coughing stuff up that is not good.

Darbio16's avatar

Smoke a blunt

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