When you suffer from chest or nasal congestion, it can be quite challenging to even breathe properly. Whatever may be the reason, cold, flu or allergies, it makes you feel tired and restless.
Before popping up antihistamine pills which makes you drowsy and miserable, treat nasal and chest congestion using simple ingredients available in our homes within no time. Try these simple home remedies to help relieve yourself from congestion and feel better.
Home Remedies For Congestion
Garlic contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which have been found effective in treating the congestion associated with cold and flu. Boil 2-3 garlic cloves in a cup of water, add ½ tsp turmeric in it and drink this juice two times a day until the congestion gets cleared. Those who don’t like the pungent smell and taste of raw garlic can breathe in steam with garlic.
For this, boil water in a pot and add a few cloves of garlic and inhale the steam. It will clear up the stuffy nose and thin mucus of the respiratory tract.
Hot Tea With Lemon And Honey
When you have chest congestion, drinking hot tea with lemon and honey works best. Lemon containing vitamin C which is an effective mucus thinner and helps to cut congestion, while honey is loaded with antibacterial properties which clears infection and soothes sore throat. Drink several times a day to find quick relief from congestion.
Hot tea prepared using herbs like holy basil, ginger, sage, mullein, chamomile, thyme and eucalyptus are highly beneficial for clearing nasal congestion as well as congestion of the respiratory tract. For preparing herbal tea, bring water to boil. Add 1/4 cup fresh leaves or 2 tea spoon of dried leaves of any herb of your choice in a cup of boiling water;
let the leaves steep for 5 minutes while the mug is covered with a lid so that vapors can’t escape, then strain and drink. For making ginger tea, either use about ½ inch piece of fresh ginger root or 1 tsp of dried ginger powder.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar cuts the congestion and clears stuffy nose by thinning the mucus instantly. Vinegar also kills bacteria and restores normal breathing by opening up the sinus. For getting relief from congestion, boil a cup of water; add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp honey. Mix thoroughly and consume this drink two or three times a day. But do not drink more then two or three cups a day.
Over drinking can upset your stomach. There should be a gap of at least 6 to 8 hours. Even drinking a small amount of this drink can bring considerable relief. Even boiling the vinegar and inhaling the vapor works wonders in bringing relief from congestion within no time. Repeat the process as often as you need.
Steam Inhalation With Or Without Herbs
Inhalation therapy is the most effective and popular home remedy for bringing relief from congestion. Adding some herbs can make this therapy more effective. For example, adding a spoonful of carom seeds or few drops of eucalyptus oil or peppermint essential oil in boiling water and inhaling the steam can bring instant relief from chest and nasal congestion.
Even inhaling the vapors coming out of plain boiling water may also help to bring considerable relief. Just cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam from arms length. Keep the boiling water in a safe place to avoid accident. Repeat the therapy several times a day to find quick relief.
Nasal irrigation using saline water is a gentle yet effective way of clearing the nasal passages from allergens and mucus and relieving chest congestion. To use this remedy, mix 1 teaspoon regular salt in two cups of warm water. Fill a neti pot with this warm saline solution; insert the spout into one nostril while tilting your head to the other side and allow the saline water to flow into the nasal passage. Repeat the same process in the other nostril. Nasal irrigation with saline water can reduce the use of steroid sprays often prescribed by doctors.
To relieve the chest and nasal passage from congestion, it is necessary to clear the nasal passage. For this, fill your bathroom with hot steamy air by letting hot water run through the tap for some time. Sitting for 15-20 minutes in the steam filled bathroom will put the moisture inside the lungs and loosen the mucus and help to bring it out of your body. Taking hot shower may also help to open up the clogged nasal passage and help you breathe easily.
Besides using these home remedies, stay hydrated. Drink lot of fluids, particularly hot soups; boost your immune system by eating healthy foods and drinks. You will feel better and will be able to sleep well.