"If you're coughing up yellow, green, or brown phlegm, your body is in the process of fighting an infection. If the color of your phlegm is brown or gray, it may be your body is expelling tars or resins built up from smoking or inhaling large amounts of dust.
“If threatened by cold or flu, [mucus] helps us fight viruses and ward off infections,” says Sandra Kemmerly, MD. She is an infectious diseases specialist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. When you get sick, your mucus eventually starts to thicken. It becomes harder to clear and tends to pool. “That makes us miserable,” Nayak says.
As catarrh is often accompanied by significant congestion, decongestants such as cedarwood, eucalyptus, and ginger can be added to a steam inhaler as oils, or to a bath more for more general relief. Other essential oils that are often prescribed for the alleviation of catarrh include lavender, lemon, pine, peppermint, tea tree and sandalwood.
Catarrh occurs when there is a buildup of mucus in the nose, throat, or chest, caused by inflammation of the mucus membranes. This buildup of mucus is how your immune system responds to an infection. Causes of catarrh vary, but it can generally be treated at home.
Catarrh is a disease of the mucous membrane of the nasal passages and those cavities of the head communicating with them. Insignifiacnt as it appears in its first stages, it is apt in its progress to become instrumental in causing the loss or impairment of smell, taste, hearing and sight, and of creating serious constitutional derangements, not unfrequently terminating in consumption.
Take sips of cold or warm water. Dehydration can make catarrh worse. You should sip water throughout the day. This can help loosen mucus in the throat, lessening your symptoms. Opt for cold water, as this will chill your throat slightly. This can help minimize irritation.
Oil-Pulling Tips. Use coconut oil. While you can get the same bacteria-fighting benefits with sesame or sunflower oil, coconut oil has the added benefit of lauric acid, which is well-known for its anti-microbial agents, Emery says, making it more effective. Also, a recent study found that coconut oil may help prevent tooth decay.
Use a saline nasal rinse. You can buy a saline nasal rinse at most pharmacies and drug stores. You can also buy one from your doctor. You can also make one at home by placing half a teaspoon of salt in a pint of water. Let it boil and then use the water when it's cold. Usually, you use a small suction device with a bulb on the end to draw the nasal saline spray in.