Decongestants are drugs that alleviate clog noses and come in the form of capsules, sprays and syrups. While they are a popular remedy, decongestants are known to have side effects such as insomnia, hyper-acidity and changes in behavior. If you want a safer, more natural alternative to decongestants, this article will help you.
Here are ways to avoid using decongestants:
- Steam. Hydrotherapy is an effective way to unclog noses, by using a vaporizer or simple boiling water to reduce mucus collection. Cover your head and the basin of water with a towel to collect the steam then breathe through your nose slowly. Adding some eucalyptus oil in the water can even give you a pleasant, cooling experience as you declog. Take care when working close to boiling water, and protect your children from scalding when you subject them to hydrotherapy.
- Pepper. This spicy condiment is effective decongestant, whether consumed in soup form, eaten in a Mexican-style banquet or simply chewed raw. It contains capsaicin, an organic chemical that imparts hotness that forces the body to release mucus to relieve your sinus. Be careful not to rub your eyes after handling pepper.
- Oregano. This spice contains flavonoids and terpenes which act as decongestants.
- Tomato. By heating tomato juice, garlic cloves, lemon juice and hot sauce, you can make a nasty vegetable-based tea that will help you deal with clogged sinuses. Sip it slowly, let it warm the back of your throat, inhale the fumes, and reheat to get the complete effect. Many herbal therapists recommend this tea therapy as a natural decongestant.
- Water. Proper hydration keeps your mucus less viscous. By drinking plenty of water or ingesting it in the form of natural fruit juice or broth, you can flush away the clogging from your air passages.
- Onion. This vegetable releases natural decongestants when you cut into it, the same organic chemicals that water your eyes when you peel it. Deeply inhale the slices, ingest it raw, or mix it with soup or salad.
- Mandarin orange. Not only do mandarin oranges contain Vitamin C which helps fight cold symptoms, it also possesses a natural decongestant called synephrine in higher amounts as compared to other types of citrus fruits.
- Garlic. Relieving clogged noses is one of garlic’s many healing properties. Chewing on a clove or two of this spice gives effective relief. You may steep it in honey for a few hours to combat the stinging taste.
- Chicken soup. Soup prepared from real poultry is effective in relieving cold symptoms such as a clogged nose. By rapidly moving the mucus through your airways, it takes the cold virus away from your sensitive nasal lining.
You may further prevent nasal congestion during winter season by living in a humid residence. The cold weather tends to freeze up the water vapor in the air, creating a dry atmosphere that irritates your nasal passages and compels your body to secrete mucus. By operating a humidifier in your room, you return the normal humidity to your immediate environment and relieve your sinus in turn. Make sure to maintain your humidifier in good operating condition throughout the winter.