How To Make An Onion Poultice To Get Rid Of Chest Congestion

Bacterial infections of any kind are always a serious matter and antibiotics helped a lot of people since 1920. Back then, a simple ear or chest congestion could resort to mastoidectomies and in some cases, even death of the sick individual. Nowadays, we have antibiotics to cure most infections in the body. However, even if antibiotics are widely spread and accessible for everyone in need, some doctors abuse of using them. For instance, a simple sinusitis or chest congestion may resort to the intake of antibiotics which can be treated with other alternatives, such as acupressure or natural remedies. Increasing the antibiotic intake for every minor infection will make our bodies antibiotic-resistant for when we really need them.

Hence, I learned from my grandparents that minor infections in the body can be easily treated with various remedies. Of course, under the vigilant attention of our doctor! So, in order to treat my daughter’s chest congestion, I decided to use an Onion Poultice instead of antibiotics.

What is a chest congestion?

Chest congestion is a common symptom of influenza, bronchitis, and several other respiratory tract infections that trigger an overproduction of mucus. The buildup of mucus in your respiratory tract makes it harder for you to breathe by restricting airflow. It can adversely affect your paranasal sinuses, ears, throat, and voice as well.

This is why chest congestion is usually accompanied by other symptoms of respiratory distress such as sore throat, snoring, headaches, and impaired hearing and olfactory function.

These being said, grab the following supplies to prepare an onion poultice:

  • Frying pan
  • Filtered water
  • Dishtowel
  • 2 organic onions
  • 1/4 cup grated organic ginger


1. Chop and lightly saute the onions and ginger in a bit of filtered water. The onions should be lightly cooked, not browned or caramelized.

2. Carefully drain the cooked onions and ginger and spread them out in the center of the dishtowel. Wrap the mixture in the towel burrito style, that is, fold the longer sides over the onions first and then fold the ends.

3. The onion poultice is now ready to place on the chest of the person suffering from congestion. Make sure the poultice is not too hot before doing this.

4. Alternatively, the onion poultice can be placed on the soles of the feet to draw the congestion out of the lungs to facilitate normalized breathing. It is normal for very productive coughing to occur shortly after using the poultice as mucus is expelled from the lungs.

5. Leave the onion poultice in place for 20 minutes. It can be gently reheated in the microwave and reused as necessary throughout the day.

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