top of page

Too Much Congestion?

Updated: Feb 26

In Ayurveda, excess mucus is caused by “sweet blood”, which is blood that’s high in sugar, fats, or proteins. The mucus is thick, white, or clear, and is considered a Kapha imbalance. If "sweet blood" is the cause, then you guessed it – a diet rich in sweet, heavy, and/or oily foods is the culprit. So, avoiding sugar, ice cream, cold milk, cheese, wheat, and fried foods can help alleviate excess mucus. Also try cooking with any of the following herbs and spices that are dry, light, and hot, such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves, black pepper, mustard seeds, and turmeric. You could mix any of these herbs and spices with honey to soothe a sore throat, act as a cough suppressant and expectorant. Eat a spoonful of the herbed honey, or mix it in hot tea and drink.

If your mucus is yellow or green, this usually indicates an infection; or in Ayurveda, an excess of Pitta in the lungs. Try Pitta-pacifying aromatic and pungent herbs, such as cardamom, fennel, or fresh ginger (less heating than the dried version), as well as bitter greens, such as kale, collard, chard, or dandelion.

Lastly, drink a lot of fluids, get some rest, and irrigate your sinuses with a Neti pot.


14 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page