Did you know that the highest amount of mycotoxins accumulate in your nasal mucosa? We inhale about three gallons of air each day. The air we breathe is just as important as the food we eat. Many of us are aware of the toxicity of mold. But how could you know whether you had mold exposure in the past?

Nasal Congestion

You can have mold exposure a decade ago and now it starts to impact your health. Mold exposure contributes to many chronic health challenges, such as a leaky gut, depression, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, asthma, cancers, etc. Many hidden factors contribute to mold exposure, for example, did you use shampoo to clean your carpet in the past? What about the A/C in your home? Mold can easily grow under the fan. When you walk into a building, how could you know that building didn’t have water leaks in the wall? The spores of mold are invisible, once you inhale mold spores, they can colonize in your nose, your mouth, your ear, and your gut. The spores of mold can also grow in your nails and

hair. If the humidity is very high in your area or your home, mold can easily grow and multiply in the hidden areas of your home. It isMold
important to check the humidity of your house and keep it around 50% to reduce the risk of mold colonization. Since the highest levels of mycotoxins from mold are in your nose, it is important to cleanse your nasal passages regularly. Mold is only one toxin, but it is a deadly toxin, what about other pollutants in the air from cars, toxic chemicals from perfumes or deodorants, laundry detergents, pesticides, etc.? Your nose is the gateway to your lungs.

Cleaning your nasal passages regularly can reduce mycotoxins in your nose and prevent nasal congestion. Here are a few ways to do it.

  • Sea salt water nasal spray: Saline made from sea salt nasal sprays are a great way to hydrate your nasal passages and flush out irritants and toxins. They are also safe and easy to use.
  • Steam inhalation: Inhaling steam is another effective way to moisten and clean your nasal passages, and relieve nasal congestion. Simply boil some water, pour it into a bowl, and add a few drops of essential oils such as eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint for more benefits.
  • Neti pot: A neti pot is a small pot that’s used to flush out your sinuses with a saline solution. Nasal CleansingNeti pots are a safe and effective way to clean your nasal passages, improve your breathing, and prevent nasal congestion. First, fill the pot with saline solution made from the sea salt, tilt your head to one side, and pour the solution into one nostril. The solution will then flow out of the other nostril. This is a great way to flush out toxins or excessive mucus. You can repeat the process on the other side.

PollutionNasal cleansing provides a wide range of health benefits as follows:

  • Reduces toxins and pollutants entering your body.
  • Reduces sinus infections.
  • Relieves nasal congestion and protects your lungs
  • Improves your sleep because you can breathe easily at night.

From Traditional Chinese Medicine, excess phlegm is associated with a weak spleen meridian. This means the energy in the spleen meridian is not able to eliminate waste efficiently in the body. This in turn affects your digestion and lung function because the lung meridian is associated with the large intestine meridian and the spleen meridian is part of your digestive system according to TCM. If you want to reduce excess mucus, the first step is to limit foods that irritate your gut lining, such as gluten, dairy, and sugar because they can contribute to your nasal congestion. Some evidence suggests that undigested gluten acts as an irritant to the body, which increases mucus production and leads to nasal congestion.

Here are some tips from TCM to boost your digestive health and spleen meridian. Licorice root There is a unique technique from TCM to get rid of excess phlegm easily and boost your digestive system at the same time. First, let’s talk about licorice root, it is an ancient herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used in many herbal blends to treat various health issues in TCM. Licorice root has antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. The active ingredient glycyrrhizic acid in licorice root helps treat a cough, sore throat, asthma, etc. Licorice root is also a great herbal remedy to treat digestive disorders, such as stomach ulcers, gastritis, and other digestive-related issues due to its anti-inflammatory properties. One of the great aspects of licorice root that most people are not aware of is its detox power, it helps detoxify the liver and other organs and protects the liver from toxins and viruses overload. It helps reduce excessive phlegm, soothes coughs, and gets your lungs back on track fast. get rid of phlegm Did you know there is a magical spot on your leg that can help get rid of phlegm? It is called Fenglongacupoint. Where is it located? It is on the anterior of the leg midway between the crease of the knee and the tip of the lateral malleolus, 2 Cun lateral of the tibia. How does it work? Grind some licorice root and apply 1 tsp. to the Fenglongacupoint, use a bandage to hold the licorice root in place, after 12 hours, take it off and rest for 12 hours, then apply it again. One treatment cycle is 5-7 days. This is how it works: licorice root helps reduce phlegm and Fenglongacupoint is in the stomach meridian and it is known to get rid of phlegm. This combination works wonders to get rid of nasal congestion with ease.

Honey and lemon

Here is another simple remedy to get rid of excess phlegm.

Honey and lemon: This powerful combination is very effective in the treatment of respiratory problems due to its antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.




  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice


Mix two ingredients in a bowl and consume it three times a day. If you have gastritis or stomach ulcers, this remedy may upset your stomach, therefore, precaution is needed.

In summary, a healthy diet is the first step to preventing nasal congestion and excess phlegm because your health starts from your gut and you are what you eat. The second step is to limit mold and toxin exposure as much as you can. Last but not least, cleanse your nasal passages regularly to improve your overall health.

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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of optimalhealthsolutions.ca, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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