Salt has a variety of uses in the maintenance of the human body’s health. The two main ways in which salt can be used to treat phlegm are:
- Gargling with salt water.
Create a salt water mixture (the generally accepted ratio is a tablespoon of salt to a cup of water) using warm water just prior to gargling. It is important to make sure that the salt has fully dissolved into the water.
Take a sip of the mixture and gargle thoroughly with it. Spit the mixture out. Repeat the action using most or all of the mixture. Dispose of any unused mixture. It can lose its efficacy if left to stagnate between gargling sessions.
How often you gargle with salt water will be determined by the severity of the phlegm levels in the body. If the phlegm is causing minor symptoms, gargle once every day or two. For moderate symptoms, gargle 1-3 times a day and gargle 3-5 times a day for severe symptoms. times a day.
- Nasal irrigation with salt water spray
Purchase saline (or salt water) sprays and used them to irrigate the nose. This is useful when the mucous build up is in the nose, the sinus cavities and in the throat. A variety of sprays can be purchased over the counter. You can buy metered dose pump sprays or pressurized sprays.
Regular irrigation of the nose is helpful in preventing phlegm build up in the upper respiratory tract. Usually, people prone to phlegm build up are advised to irrigate their noses once a day on a daily basis. Should the phlegm build up worsen, irrigate the nose 2-3 times daily.