Chronic Throat Clearing Naturally
by Jaime A. Heidel
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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
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 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.
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
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
How to Eliminate Excessive Phlegm in
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
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
Home Remedies for Chronic Throat
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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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