FREE Standard shipping on orders >$89* (T&Cs apply). Order before 2pm Mon-Fri for same day dispatch

How to get rid of mucus in the lungs

How to Get Rid of Mucus in Lungs Fast, The Natural Way

, by Aussie Pharma Direct, 11 min reading time

Picture our lungs like a bustling metropolis, with airways as its road network, and at the centre of it all, lung mucus plays a vital role as both a defender and a lubricant. Mucus (or also known as phlegm) is produced by specialised cells in the airway linings, and its primary function is to serve as a sticky trap. As incoming air swirls through your nasal passages and down into your lungs, it encounters this thin, gel-like substance. 

While mucus in lungs plays a crucial role in trapping unwanted guests (such as dust, pollens, and other microscopic intruders), producing too much of it can clog your airways, making breathing difficult and inefficient. When it comes to lung health, balance is key but first, let’s cover the bases.

What causes excessive phlegm in lungs?

Excessive phlegm in the lungs can be caused by various factors and underlying health conditions, such as:  

  • Respiratory infections from influenza, cold, bronchitis or pneumonia 
  • Allergic reactions to pollen, dust, pet dander, or other allergens
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Environmental factors (smoke, air pollution and chemical fumes)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Postnasal drip
  • Dehydration
  • Medications such as those for high blood pressure or respiratory conditions
  • Lifestyle factors (smoking or poor dietary habits)
  • Inhaled irritants due to occupational exposure to dust, chemicals or other irritants

It is always good to know what the colour of your mucus means as these can provide an indication to your health condition. 

Mucus can be an annoying presence in your lungs and we’re here to provide you some tips on natural methods to safely and effectively remove mucus from lungs.

Tip 1: Hydration and proper fluid intake

Yes, something as basic as proper fluid intake can play a pivotal role in keeping that pesky lung mucus at a healthy consistency. Staying well-hydrated ensures that the mucus in your airways remains thin and pliable (not too thick and not too thin), making it easier for your body to clear it out. It also helps the cilia, tiny hair-like structures lining your airways, to move efficiently. Insufficient hydration can slow down this crucial process, allowing mucus to accumulate, and the common cause of cough. 

Now, let's explore some practical recommendations for proper fluid intake:

  • Water - Aim to drink at least 2 litres a day but you can adjust your intake based on your activity level and climate.
  • Herbal teas - Peppermint, ginger, chamomile, and eucalyptus, can be soothing and hydrating. They also offer the added benefit of natural compounds that may help alleviate congestion and promote respiratory comfort.
  • Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol - While it's fine to enjoy your daily cup of coffee or occasional alcoholic beverage, excessive consumption can contribute to dehydration. Balance your intake with hydrating beverages to ensure you remain adequately hydrated.

Tip 2: Steam inhalation

Steam inhalation continues to be an age-old remedy that offers a natural and therapeutic way to tackle respiratory discomfort. Inhaling steam helps to moisten and relax the mucus that may have thickened and become tenacious in your airways. 

Moreover, the warmth of the steam causes blood vessels in your nasal passages and airways to dilate (widen), which can help improve airflow. This, in turn, can provide relief from the sensation of tightness in the chest and difficulty in breathing that often accompanies excessive mucus production. In some cases, adding a few drops of essential oils such as peppermint or eucalyptus oil can offer a more soothing and therapeutic experience.

Tip 3: Controlled coughing techniques

Controlled coughing is a gentle and deliberate approach to clearing mucus from your airways. It maximises the effectiveness of your cough while minimising the risk of damaging your lungs. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Begin by sitting up straight in a comfortable chair or on the edge of your bed. This position allows for optimal lung expansion and airflow.
  2. Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose. As you breathe in, focus on expanding your chest and filling your lungs to capacity.
  3. Exhale slowly and completely through your mouth, ensuring that you expel as much air as possible. This slow exhalation helps to create pressure in your airways.
  4. Now, take another slow, deep breath in through your nose. This time, keep your mouth closed.
  5. With your mouth closed, exhale forcefully and quickly through your nose. This controlled cough is more of a "huff" or a "mini-cough" than a full-blown, forceful cough.
  6. You can repeat this controlled coughing technique several times in succession, allowing each "huff" to help loosen and mobilise mucus in your airways.

Tip 4: Breathing exercises and deep breathing

Breathing is something we do so naturally that we often take it for granted. Breathing exercises and deep breathing techniques can be transformative for our lung health, helping to improve lung capacity and clear mucus effectively, including more health benefits.

There are many ways you can do breathing exercises, and the four most common breathing techniques are Diaphragmatic Breathing (Belly Breathing), Pursed-Lip Breathing, Deep Breathing with Visualisation, and the 4-7-8 Technique.

Tip 5: Consuming foods that promote lung health

When it comes to nurturing our respiratory system and maintaining optimal lung health, our dietary choices play a significant role. Consuming foods that promote lung health can aid in managing mucus production and support the overall function of our respiratory system. 

Here are the variety of food known for their lung-loving properties:

  • Garlic 
  • Ginger
  • Antioxidant-rich fruits such as berries (blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries) and citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, and grapefruits)
  • Leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, and collard greens)
  • Turmeric
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, and sardines), flaxseeds, and walnuts.
  • Oregano
  • Carrots
  • Green tea
  • Nuts and seeds

Tip 6: Humidifiers and proper indoor air quality

Adequate humidity is essential for the optimal function of your respiratory system. Dry air can impede the mucous membranes' ability to trap and clear mucus from your airways. When the air is too dry, mucus can become thick and tenacious, making it harder for your body to expel it. 

Indoor pollutants like dust mites, pet dander, and pollen can worsen allergies and respiratory conditions. This includes smoke as well. Proper cleaning, dusting, and vacuuming, as well as using air purifiers with HEPA filters, can help minimise exposure to these allergens and pollutants.

Tip 7: Herbal remedies and natural supplements

When it comes to nurturing our precious lungs, nature has a gift basket of herbal remedies that can lend a friendly hand. They are not only gentle but also supports lung function, and here are some of the few herbal remedies to consider: 

Licorice root

Some studies suggest that licorice root extract, specifically its active compound glycyrrhizin, can help reduce airway inflammation and promote easier breathing. It's essential to note that excessive licorice consumption can lead to side effects, so it should be used cautiously and under guidance.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC)

NAC is a supplement that contains the amino acid cysteine, which is a precursor to glutathione—a potent antioxidant found in the lungs. NAC is known for its mucolytic properties, meaning it can help thin and break down thick mucus, making it easier to clear from the airways.

NAC has been studied extensively for its role in managing respiratory conditions like COPD and cystic fibrosis. It is believed to help improve lung function and reduce the frequency of exacerbations.


Bromelain is an enzyme derived from pineapple that may have anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed to help reduce swelling in the airways and improve respiratory function. While research on bromelain's effects on lung health is limited, some studies suggest that it may have potential benefits for managing asthma and chronic sinusitis.

Medicinal mushrooms (Reishi and Cordyceps)

Certain supplements can also be beneficial for promoting respiratory health. Two noteworthy supplements are mushroom extracts from Cordyceps and Reishi, renowned for their potential lung-boosting properties.

Tip 8: Using OPEP Devices, such as AirPhysio

When it comes to tackling stubborn mucus in the lungs, modern technology has given us a powerful ally in the form of OPEP devices, such as the AirPhysio. They work by providing a form of respiratory therapy that combines positive expiratory pressure with oscillations. The gentle vibrations from the oscillations shake the airway walls and mucus, helping to break up thick and stubborn mucus that can accumulate in the lungs.

Read more: Understand How AirPhysio Helps Your Respiratory Conditions

There are these options but also know when to seek medical attention

When it comes to managing mucus in the lungs, nature offers several effective and gentle methods that can help you breathe easier and promote respiratory comfort. These natural approaches can be particularly beneficial for individuals with respiratory conditions or those looking for drug-free ways to address mucus buildup.

While these natural methods can provide substantial relief, it's crucial to remember that individual responses may vary. If you or someone you know has chronic lung conditions or finds that these approaches do not offer sufficient relief, please seek a medical advice.


© 2024 Aussie Pharma Direct, Powered by Aussie Pharma Direct

    • American Express
    • Apple Pay
    • Google Pay
    • Mastercard
    • PayPal
    • Shop Pay
    • Union Pay
    • Visa


    Forgot your password?

    Don't have an account yet?
    Create account