How to Clear the Throat of Mucus

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26-05-2019, 09:00
Updated: March 29, 2019 Mucus is unpleasant, nasty, and sometimes stays with you for longer than expected. Luckily, there are lots of ways to clear your throat of mucus. Start by providing basic care for your throat and mucus. If this doesn't work, you can try herbal and natural remedies. For frequent trouble with mucus, change your diet to avoid foods that can increase mucus.

Getting Basic Care

  1. Clear phlegm or mucus from your throat by coughing. If an excess of mucus has made its home in your throat, it's okay to evict it by coughing it up. Find a remote place, such as a bathroom, and try to loosen the mucus from your throat by coughing or hacking. Make sure not to cough too hard or too much, as it can do some damage.
  2. Gargle with warm water and salt. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of lukewarm or warm water. Take the water into your mouth, tilt your head back, and without swallowing, gargle the salt water in the back of your throat.
  3. Drink plenty of liquids during the day. The right liquids can help loosen the mucus from the lining of the throat as the liquids pass down the esophagus. Try the following for time-tested mucus relief:
    • Warm tea with lemon and honey. This should be one of your mainstays. The acidity of the lemon is good at breaking up the mucus while the honey coats the throat with a pleasant protective layer afterward.
    • Warm soup. Chicken soup is a favorite because the broth is light and cuts the mucus. Stick with lighter broths instead of thicker, creamier soups.
    • Cool water. Listen to your thirst and drink as much water as you need to stay satiated.
  4. Try steam treatment. Give yourself a steam treatment and let warm steam travel down your sinus and throat, loosening up some of the mucus that's lodged there. Try the following for relief:
    • Wrap a towel around your head and breathe in the steam issuing from warm water. Even better, steep some tea (chamomile works great) in a large pot, carefully lower your head over being and breathe in the steam.
    • Take warm showers. If you take a long shower, be sure to moisturize afterward as warm water robs your skin of essential oils and moisture.
    • Use a humidifier/vaporizer. Allow your humidifier to pump moist air into your room. Take care not to pump too much moisture into the air; a little bit goes a long way.
  5. Use medicine that curbs mucus. Generic medicine, like guaifenesin (Mucinex), is available to thin out and loosen mucus. Look for medicines that are labeled "expectorants," which means to clear out phlegm or mucus.
  6. Remove mucus on your tongue with a tongue scraper. Place the tongue scraper on the back of your tongue, then slowly bring it forward. Wipe off the tongue scraper, then repeat as many times as needed. This can remove mucus from the back of your mouth.
    • You can find a tongue scraper at your local drugstore or online.

Administering Herbal and Natural Remedies

  1. Use eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil has long been used as an herbal mucus relief product. The most effective way to use eucalyptus oil is to line the upper chest area with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and then rub in a few drops of the eucalyptus oil. This might make you cough a little more than expected, at first, but after a while it should help loosen mucus from your throat.
    • Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your vaporizer for another effective treatment option. Do not take eucalyptus oil orally.
  2. Add turmeric powder to liquids to keep the digestive tract working. Turmeric also works as an antiseptic. Add a one tablespoon of turmeric and one tablespoon honey to 8 ounces of hot water, dissolving. Drink the liquid, and repeat for best results.
  3. Eat spicy foods to get the mucus loose and runny. The list of spicy foods that can aid in mucus relief is long. A few foods you might eat include:
    • Wasabi or horseradish
    • Peppers, such as jalapeno or Anaheim
    • Ginger and even garlic

Avoiding Mucus-Producing Foods and Irritants

  1. Stay away from milk and dairy. Although many dispute the evidence that dairy makes mucus worse, it's best to avoid it if you think that mucus may get worse after you reach for the milk. That's because the fat content in milk may be high, making mucus thicker and more irritating.
  2. Stay away from soy products. Soy products, such as soymilk, tofu, and tempeh, although rich in protein and otherwise healthy for you, may increase the viscosity of mucus and cause buildups of mucus in the chest. If you have a choice, it may be better to stay on the safe side and avoid soy.
  3. Stop smoking. Just another reason — one of many — to quit smoking if you haven't already. Smoking irritates the throat, worsens respiratory function, and causes congestion.
  4. Avoid other irritants such as strong chemicals or paints. Paints and household cleaners such as ammonia may be irritating to the nose and throat, causing further mucus production.

Diagnosing the Problem

  1. Know if you have a cold. You probably know whether or not you have a cold. But do you know why colds are accompanied by persistent mucus? Mucus performs two functions:
    • It coats organs, keeping them moisturized and preventing them from drying out.
    • It acts as a kind of first defense against pollutants and bacteria, which often get caught in the mucus before infiltrating the rest of the body.
  2. Know if you may have post-nasal drip. Post-nasal drip is when your body produces excess mucus, and the mucus runs down your throat instead of out your nose. Post-nasal drip can be caused by colds and allergies, certain medications (including medicines for hypertension), deviated septa, and fumes from irritants. Call your doctor if your drainage is foul-smelling or lasts for longer than 10 days.
  3. Know if the mucus is being caused by seasonal allergies or an allergic reaction. Allergies can stimulate the production of mucus. Mucus caused by allergies is usually clear, whereas mucus caused by a cold or flu is usually greenish yellow. If you're susceptible to allergies, avoid going outside on days when the pollen count is high, and stay away from:
    • Mold
    • Animal dander
    • Dust mites
  4. Know that being pregnant can exacerbate mucus production. If you recently found out you are pregnant, that could explain your problem with mucus. While there's not anything you can take, aside from decongestants like Claritin, it should be comforting to know that your ramped-up mucus production won't last forever.
  5. Consider if mucus on your tongue could be thrush. If most of the excess mucus seems to be on the back of your tongue, then it could be a sign of oral thrush, which is caused by candida. You might also notice the following symptoms:
    • White sores on your tongue, inner cheeks, gums, tonsils, and roof of your mouth
    • Redness
    • Burning
    • Soreness
    • Loss of taste
    • Feeling like you have cotton in your mouth


  • Get enough sleep.
  • Hot water, lemon juice, honey, and a little bit of cinnamon is a good beverage to drink.
  • Take warm showers every day. The steam will make it better to breathe.
  • Have a nice rest and a warm cup of herbal tea.
  • Try taking a nice, warm bath or shower before bed. The steam clears the nostrils and the warmth relaxes your body.
  • Gargle with warm salt water every hour or half hour if needed.
  • Don't have any dairy at all such as milk and chocolate milk.
  • Start your day with a glass of warm water with a spoon full of honey.
  • Avoid cold drinks. Instead drink more herbal teas or water with honey.
  • Take a long, hot shower every morning and night.
  • Stay away from paint and fumes as these will clog the throat further.
  • Make your tea with honey, lemon, and add a cough drop.
  • Try eating spicy food.
  • If you start coughing up blood or yellow-ish green mucus, seek medical attention.
  • Lay and relax with extra pillows to ease the mucus production and ease the coughing.
  • Try singing or humming to yourself to clear the mucus.
  • Spicy food irritates the mucous, causing them to release moisture, thus thinning out mucus - temporarily! It will then produce more mucus to heal. The rebound effect is then immune to many remedies, especially more spice. Spice is not a long-term strategy. Use with caution.
  • Drink tea, broths, soups, or other warm beverages.
  • Drink mostly water, especially comfortably hot water.
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