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Expectorants work by thinning the mucous in your throat and nasal passages. This makes it easier for you to expell the mucous by coughing or sneezing.
They can also work well for hay fever, runny noses, coughs and colds in which lots of phlegm and mucous are produced.
Direct: These can be inhaled with a steam. You breathe in the vapor that loosens the mucus and makes it easy to expel. This process makes breathing easier as it removes the congestion, turning the mucous into liquid which becomes easier to expel from the body through the nose.
Relaxing reflex: These help relax the throat and lungs, taking away the pain while coughing. These expectorants also thin the mucus to help it get expelled from the respiratory system more easily.
Stimulating Reflex:These work in the digestive tract; result in vomiting which therefore expels the mucus and phlegm.
This process makes breathing easier as it removes the congestion, turning the mucous into liquid which becomes easier to expel from the body through the nose.
Many people report herbal treatments being as beneficial as over-the-counter medications, but without the negative side effects. Treating nasal congestion and the lungs with herbs is very effective. Herbs are easy to use and are easy to find at the store. Aside from giving you relief from your symptoms and they are also beneficial to your overall health.
See our Herbal Remedies for Hay Fever section for more information.
Most potential side effects are not too severe, here are some of the most common ones:
Some side effects are more severe, and you should report them to your doctor immediately: