Congestion is the condition wherein there is accumulation of excess mucus and fluids in the respiratory tract. At times it also causes inflammation. The main symptoms of congestion are heavy and noisy breathing, difficulty in breathing and chest pains.
It is common to have congestion where one is suffering from cough and cold. There are simple home based help that can relieve you of congestion.
Effective Home Remedies For Congestion
Take a pot of boiling water. Cover yourself and the pot with one towel so that the steam does not escape. Inhale the steam for around 15-20 Minutes. Ones done cover yourself properly and do not expose to direct breeze.
This oil has been used during congestion for centuries and is an ancient remedy for cough and cold too. In modern times also, it has become an indispensable ingredient in vapour rubs. Eucalyptus oil can be used against congestion in multiple ways. Take 2 drops of the oil and rub on the chest and cover properly.
Alternatively, while taking steam inhalation, add 5-6 drops in the boiling water. The oil will reach the tract and provide instant relief. On a piece of cotton, add 4-5 drops of oil and place it near your pillow while sleeping. This will keep help you in clear breathing while you sleep.
Camphor too, like eucalyptus helps in clearing the nasal tract congestion by sniffing it. Just crush a spoonful and wrap it in a muslin cloth. Keep sniffing this packet as and when you feel the blockage while breathing.
Before taking bath, run hot steamy water in the bathroom so that it becomes warm and humid. Thereafter take bath in the lukewarm water.
It helps in easing the mucus and relieves from congestion. Utmost care needs to be taken post bath to protect yourself from breeze or fan air. External air can aggravate congestion.
The over the counter congestion relieving drops contain drugs and chemicals. Therefore, preparing simple nasal drops at home is not only a good idea but also effective. Take eight ounces of warm water and add half a teaspoon of salt.
Mix well. Take 3-4 drops in a dropper and take it in your nostrils while lying on the bed straight without any cushions or elevation to your head. Warm water with a teaspoonful of salt can be used for gargling. This can help in containing the inflammation caused in the upper respiratory tract and throat.
Hot Tea And Beverages
Tea is one beverage that happens to be best friend of person’s suffering from cough and cold. But did you know it also relieves congestion. Tea especially green tea can prove to be helpful in the situation of congestion. You can add some ginger, lemon and honey to the tea while it boils. Do not boil too much.
Refrain from adding milk as milk is not considered good under congestion as it aids production of mucus. Fluids in general are recommended during congestion to break the mucus and keeps the throat moist ultimately containing it. Warm water will also keep you hydrated and ease out the mucus from your system.
Vinegar like Apple cider is very good for treating congestion. There are two ways of using it against congestion. You can boil vinegar and inhale its vapours by covering the pot and yourself with some cloth so that there is no loss of steam.
This method is similar to water vapour inhalation and as effective. Apple cider Vinegar can be also consumed orally. Just swallow a spoonful of vinegar for instant relief. However, twice in a day is more than enough as vinegar can cause other stomach troubles and erode the enamel of your teeth.
Crush some ginger with a teaspoon of water. Strain the water with ginger juices. Add half a teaspoon of honey and consume. Ginger cuts through the mucus. Also it has properties of anti-oxidants.
Ginger is helpful in destroying the bacteria in the nasal and respiratory tract. Therefore not only does it soothe the inflammation caused by congestion but also protects you from further aggravation and heals fast.
Consume thirty millilitres of brandy with a glassful of warm water. Consume while the water is warm. If you are averse to the idea of consuming brandy, then inhalation is another option you can use. Heat the water and add a spoonful of brandy and just inhale the fumes. This will open your nasal as well as respiratory tract.
Mustard has wonderful medicinal properties. The oil contained in mustard is anti-bacterial. And therefore helps in clearing the respiratory tracts down the throat when you consume it.
You can add around 3-4 teaspoonful of mustard paste in your food preparation. You can also gulp down a shot of the oil. Just heat it until smoke starts coming out of it, then cool it down and have.
Peppermint is usually considered a cooling herb, but if used in the right manner it can help relieve congestion. Boil a bunch of leaves with water until it releases all of its oil.
Usually wait until water is 3/4th the original quantity. Have this tea while it is still warm. Alternatively, you can apply peppermint oil to your nostrils and chest.
Take a bunch of thyme and boil it. Strain the water and have it warm. The thyme infused water is beneficial against congestion. It contains Thymol oil which has anti-bacterial properties and therefore cures the congestion faster.
Pepper is a good ingredient but only for those who can bear the heat of the peppers. You can use either cayenne or black pepper for the purpose. Take a teaspoonful of pepper in a glass of warm water and gargle.
The pungency and heat of the pepper will make the blood rush from the lower parts up to the throat thereby cutting through the congestion. It also loosens the mucus in the way and eases it out of the body.
Simple yet effective remedies at home at your finger tips. Try them and see which one works best for you and your dear ones!