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Treat Chronic Throat Clearing Naturally

by Jaime A. Heidel
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(The Best Years in Life) "Let me clear my throat!" When DJ Kool released this song in 1996, I'm sure he wasn't talking about sinus problems, but I identified with it anyway. I couldn't help it. All I ever did was clear my throat. From the minute I got up in the morning to the time I went to bed, I sounded like a machine gun stuck on auto-fire.

The worst part was, I had no idea at the time that throat clearing was a social cue used to get attention. That was the LAST thing I wanted. I was embarrassed enough as it was.

If you want to stop feeling like you have a slug swinging from your uvula 24 hours a day, try these natural treatments. You (and the people around you) will get a much-needed respite.

Causes of Chronic Throat Clearing

  • Postnasal Drip
    That annoying sensation of mucus dripping into the back of your throat is called postnasal drip. It's a common cause of chronic throat clearing because, no matter how many times you clear the existing phlegm, there's always more where it came from.

  • Chronic Rhinitis
    Chronic rhinitis is the medical term for inflammation of the sinus passages. Symptoms include a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, and postnasal drip. Food and environmental allergies often cause chronic rhinitis.

  • Food Sensitivities
    Gluten, lactose products, corn, soy, nuts, food dyes, and certain fruits and vegetables can increase histamine and mucus production, and cause you to feel congested all the time.

  • Environmental Allergies
    Another cause of chronic throat clearing is environmental allergies. In the fall, fungus and ragweed are the culprits. During the spring, it's grass and tree pollen making you sneeze. If you have year-round allergies, you're likely sensitive to pet dander, mold, and/or cockroaches.

How to Eliminate Excessive Phlegm in the Throat

Dietary Changes

Your first and best defense against any type of condition relating to allergies or your immune system is a healthy diet. To treat chronic throat clearing and other allergy symptoms, eat less highly-processed foods and more whole food.

Gluten, food dyes, sugar, corn, soy, and canola can activate an inflammatory response. Cutting these foods from your diet may help get rid of the excess mucus in your throat.

Whole foods are foods that have been minimally processed and are in their most natural state. For example, fruits and vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts, legumes, beef, poultry, fish, butter, and olive oil. These foods not only fill your stomach, they offer real nourishment and ease your body's inflammatory response.


Home Remedies for Chronic Throat Clearing

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C. It also has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. To remove excess mucus from your throat, blend two teaspoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey into a glass of hot water. Drink this mixture at least three times each day to thin mucus and reduce throat clearing.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle is an herb that treats allergies and inflammation by reducing the amount of histamine in your body. One study showed that 48 percent of allergy sufferers claimed stinging nettles were more effective than their usual antihistamine!

Stinging nettle has also been used to stimulate digestion, ease eczema, and treat the symptoms of rheumatism. This herb can be taken in capsule, tincture, or tea form.

Note: If you take prescription blood thinners, blood pressure pills, or lithium, talk with your doctor before using stinging nettles as the interaction could be risky.


Ginger is a well-known natural anti-inflammatory. When used daily, it can help thin and break up excess mucus. Make your own fresh ginger tea by cutting up a few pieces of ginger, putting them in a teacup, pouring boiling water into the cup, and covering the cup with a plate.

Allow the ginger to steep for 10 minutes and sweeten it with a teaspoon or two of raw honey. Drink several times throughout the day.

Alternatively, chewing pieces of raw ginger can help clear your sinuses fast and keep chronic phlegm at bay. If you've never done this before, start with a small piece as raw ginger has a pleasant but very potent flavor.


Garlic is one of the best antibiotics created by nature. Its sulfuric content helps break down thick mucus and put an end to chronic throat clearing. To get the strongest benefits from garlic, chew a couple of peeled, organic cloves each day on an empty stomach.

Alternatively, you can cut the garlic into slices, put them in the bottom of a cup, add some raw honey and raw apple cider vinegar, and drink. Do this at least once a day, preferably in the morning, on an empty stomach.


Horseradish is another one of nature's sulfuric antibiotics, and it can help clear excessive phlegm from your throat and keep it from coming back. Horseradish works by increasing facial circulation, as well as thinning mucus and promoting its expulsion.

For best results, grate enough fresh horseradish to fill a teaspoon. Start with a pinch of horseradish, holding it in your mouth until the strong flavor dissipates, and then swallow.

Once you get used to it, you should be able to hold a whole teaspoon of grated horseradish in your mouth.

Clearing your throat frequently can damage your vocal chords. When you feel the urge to clear, try one of these natural remedies. They'll help you in a matter of days, and may even cure the problem for a life.

See also:

Natural Remedies Offer Safer and Better Options for Coughs


About the author:

Jaime is a professional freelance writer with a passion for natural health and wellness. Her website, I Told You I Was Sick, was created to help those living with chronic pain and illness find natural ways to heal.

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