Consuming onions is very beneficial for your health. Their anti-inflammatory and disinfectant powers make this vegetable very effective against the common coughs.

From all the types of coughs productive coughs are the worst. To relieve coughs and clear your lungs from phlegm try this excellent homemade folk remedy. We also offer you some other effective homemade remedies for colds and flu.

The productive cough

This type of cough is the worst since it is accompanied with phlegm, tightness in the chest, mucus in the airway and chest and wheezing sound while breathing.

The mucus, which can be white, green and yellow, is excreted when coughing. The coughing is caused by the lungs which try to eliminate anything that disturbs their proper function.

The symptoms of a productive cough are:

• Phlegm expelled by coughing
• Excessive coughing, especially in the morning
• Wheezing sound when breathing and coughing
• Constant coughing
• Heaviness and congestion in the chest
• Tightness in the chest

The color of the phlegm speaks about the cause behind the phlegm:

Clear phlegm: normal type

Yellow phlegm: immune response to the inflamed airways

Green phlegm: serious bacterial infection (for exp. Bronchitis)

Brown phlegm: caused by smog or air pollution

Pink phlegm: caused by asthma

Grey phlegm: caused by cigarette smoke

Homemade syrup that removes the phlegm

This homemade syrup is completely natural and can be consumed by children as well as adults. It is very efficient against the phlegm in the lungs:


• 1 cup water
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 lemon
• 1 Tbsp. sage
• 1 tsp. of marshmallow root
• 1 tsp. of flaxseed


1. Mix sugar and water in a saucepan.
2. Heat until the sugar melts and the mixture starts boiling.
3. Add the other ingredients, mix and turn off the stove.
4. After 15 minutes, strain it.
5. Put the mixture in a glass jar and close it.
6. Keep the remedy in a refrigerator.
7. Consume one tablespoon three times a day.

Natural remedies for coughs with mild phlegm

For treating coughs with mild phlegm try some of this natural folk remedies.


Onions are widely used because they offer many health benefits. It is especially beneficial for treating the respiratory tract because of its anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. You can ease chest congestion by smelling a cut in half onion. You can also make an onion tea by boiling 1 liter of water and 1 onion. Drink this tea three times a day.


Garlic is also effective in case of respiratory disorders. Consuming raw garlic, adding it to salads or making a garlic tea (1 garlic and 1 liter of water) will help you with your congestion, since this natural product is in fact a natural antibiotic.


To clean lung congestion, mucus and phlegm naturally and efficiently you can use vaporizers. Boil water, place your face over the pot, cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapors. You can also add sea salt or a medical herb such as eucalyptus, sage, thyme or mint to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Ginger and milk

You can also make an effective natural remedy by using ginger root and warm milk. The ginger root is an effective cough remedy and the milk also aids the elimination of phlegm. Mix the warm milk and the ginger root and drink the remedy while still warm. Drink the remedy before going to bed to aid the breathing process before going to sleep.

Pepper and honey

Both of these ingredients are effective against phlegm. Consume 1 tablespoon of honey with a pinch of black pepper two times a day.