How to Remove Mucus

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Mucus is a natural lubricant that develops in the lining of the intestines, urinary tract, nose, respiratory system and other vital organs. Mucus shields the body from foreign particles by filtering the air breathed in, breaks down food enzymes that have not been properly digested and fights off bacterial and viral infection. Although mucus is generally beneficial, it can be an annoyance when excess mucus builds in the body and leaks through open orifices. Mucus ranges in color. Healthy mucus is generally clear; mucus that is green, yellow, brown or white indicates infection. Ridding the body of excess mucus can be done in the comfort of your own home with few ingredients and common household items.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring Cup
  • Water
  • Microwave
  • Teaspoon
  • Table Salt
  • Spoon
  • Liquid Dropper
  • Tissues
  • Two Bowls
  • Towel

Saltwater Mucus Remover

  • Pour one third cup water into bowl. Microwave water on high temperature setting for approximately 35 seconds.

  • Dispense one half teaspoon table salt into warm water. Stir with spoon until salt dissolves in water completely. Saltwater will assist in thinning the mucus membranes and allow the mucus to become dislodged from the body.

  • Using the liquid dropper, draw the saltwater. Tilt the head back and squirt saltwater into one nostril at a time. The saltwater will drain into the throat. Spit saltwater out into sink.

  • Blow the nose one nostril at a time to remove excess saltwater inside nostril. Repeat this treatment two times daily until desired mucus is removed.

Refreshing Steam

  • Pour two cups water into bowl. Microwave water on high temperature setting for three to four minutes.

  • Remove bowl of hot water using pot holders, and place it directly in front of you.

  • Place a towel over the head, covering the mouth and eyes. This will trap the steam inside the towel as it rises.

  • Inhale the steam radiating from the hot water. Steam helps the mucus loosen in the body, allowing it to be removed.

  • Repeat this treatment as many times as needed daily.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may also run the shower on a hot temperature, close the bathroom door to trap the steam inside, and inhale the steam. This will produce the same results as the steam water inhalation. All ingredients can be purchased at your local supermarket.
  • Avoid dairy foods if you can; dairy foods are known for their production of mucus and can contribute to the build up.
  • Always consult your primary physician regarding mucus development. Mucus can develop from a minor cold, but can also be a sign of serious infection.
  • Wash the hands after dealing with salt and making contact with the eyes. Failure to do so may result in burning and eye irritation.

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