Grandma's Safe Home Remedy for
Chest Congestion & Nagging Cough

CAUTION! If you need this home remedy for chest congestion for children, NEVER GIVE UNPASTEURIZED HONEY TO INFANTS! It contains a type of bacteria that, though harmless to older children and adults, can be very dangerous to those younger than a year.

A real handy home remedy for chest congestion is a simple Hot Toddy recipe. A good Hot Toddy will not only relieve that nasty cough, it will relax you and allow you to get that important rest.

Home remedy's today are more important than ever. There are so many over-the-counter cold medicines on the market today, always promising quick relief from every symptom our poor bodies use to fight off infections. Symptoms are the only natural defense our bodies have to protect us. Using dangerous drugs to suppress our immune system is not very smart. Those drugs are a lot more dangerous than the disease itself.

Just look at how many of these cold remedies have been pulled off the market because of their dangerous side effects. Only to be replaced by another drug that is just as dangerous. Read Grandma's Bronchitis Relief if you think you may be suffering from bronchitis.

photo of old fashioned lady relaxing on an easy chair and sipping hot toddy in tea for chest congestionIt's time family's start using common sense when it comes to our health. There are times we get a bit run down from the symptoms and need a little boost to relieve the symptoms and get some much needed rest. A good home remedy for coughing is very important because coughing all day and night is torture.

photo of canning jars full of sweet honey photo of sliced juicy lemons photo of bottles of Bacardi Rum

A Delicious Home Remedy for Chest Congestion
Grandma's Recipe For A Hot Toddy

The three ingredients you see above is all you need to fix the perfect hot toddy. It will soothe your throat, ease your cough, and give you that warm relaxing feeling we all need when we are suffering from chest congestion and a nagging cough.

Photo of white tea pot and tea cup with loose tea showing pouring a cup of tea to mix with a hot toddy.The secret to this hot toddy and home remedy for chest congestion is that these ingredients have to be heated to slow boil, on the stove in a saucepan, not in the microwave. Bringing honey and lemon to a boil changes its chemistry and instead of being a food it turns into homeopathic medicine.

  • Squeeze the juice from 2 lemons and put into a saucepan (fresh lemons, not lemon juice from a bottle).
  • Add ¼ cup of honey to saucepan, bring to a boil
  • Set boiled honey and lemon aside and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Add a generous shot of rum

Let everything cool until it's just warm. You can take this mixture a tablespoon at a time as needed or you can mix it with a hot cup of tea. You can also mix the honey and lemon with a shot of whisky, either way it's a tasty home remedy for chest congestion.

Of course if you are looking for a home remedy for children just leave out the rum or whiskey, it's still very soothing for the throat and it's a great home remedy for coughing. If the child is older and has a sever cough or chest congestion you might want to try adding a few drops of the rum, I have for my children. It helps them sleep and the alcohol will help fight the virus.

Back in 1918 when people where dying all over the world from influenza a popular African American Pharmacist from Central Pennsylvania discovered that if you take a shot of whiskey a couple of times a day it actually cured the deadly influenza. It is said that is why influenza didn't get to epidemic proportions in Central Pennsylvania.

Another Home Remedy for Chest Congestion

a photo of a beautiful antique vaporizerEvery home should have a vaporizer. As you can see from the picture of the beautiful antique vaporizer, Grandma's for generations have insisted on using vaporizers as a natural home remedy for chest congestion. This is especially important for children and especially during the winter months.

Vaporizers used today are much more modern and come with an automatic shut-off. It's important to know that you should never use anything in your vaporizer except water and a pinch of salt. I know there are a lot of products on the market advertised to put in your vaporizer, sometimes when you first buy a new vaporizer you may get a sample for chest congestion but don't use them, here's why.

photo of a modern vaporizerOur bronchial tubes are lined with tiny, very fine hairs. These fine hairs are designed to pull the phlegm up from our bronchial tubes when we cough. So it's important to keep these bronchial hairs naturally brittle. When you add products to your vaporizer it causes a wax coating on the hairs in your bronchial tubes therefore, causing the hairs to get heavy and lay flat. It makes it all the harder to cough up the infected phlegm that is causing the chest congestion. So please remember, keep your vaporizer clean between using and only use cold tap water (hot tap water may have lead)or distilled water with a pinch of salt, sea salt is best because it will also act as a decongestant and clear the sinuses (the salt also helps being the water to a fast boil and create steam).

photo of hot water bottle wrapped in flannelAnother handy home remedy for chest congestion is a hot water bottle. There is nothing more comforting when you're sick than an old-fashioned hot water bottle. Place it between your shoulder blades and just relax on it for about 30 minutes at a time.

Children really love the comfort of a hot water bottle in bed with them to snuggle up to. Always use caution when using hot water bottle with children. See safety instructions below. Please don't substitute with a heating pad, it's not the same and they are dangerous! Although it's the moisture from the hot water bottle that helps the heat to penetrate into the muscles don't substitute with a heating pad that has a pad that you wet, it's still not the same thing. Never use anything electric in bed or on the couch.

Safety Tips when using Hot Water Bottles:

  • Never use boiling water in a hot water bottle, it can not only burn your skin it can cause the seals to leak.
  • Never place a hot water bottle directly on a child's skin. Always wrap the hot water bottle in a towel or flannel. And make sure you test it on your skin first.
  • Always squeeze the air from the hot water bottle before placing the cap on to avoid a balloon-like burst from the weight.
  • Make sure you fill your hot water bottle slowly, this will avoid spill-over and keep you from getting scalded.
  • When placing the hot water bottle between your shoulder blades it's best to be in a sitting position to avoid burning or leaks.

Grandma's home remedy for chest congestion is a natural and safe way to relieve the symptoms it's up to your body's natural immune system to cure the disease itself.


The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

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