A stuffy nose not only makes breathing a very difficult and challenging task but it also gives you a severe headache and makes you feel tired and enervated. Congestion is mainly caused by the inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the sinuses and the nasal passages and the accumulation of thick mucus.
The nose gets stimulated by irritants like bacteria or viruses or pollen or dust and the immune system in order to defend the body against the invasion of the pathogens and allergens produces an inflammatory response which causes swelling of the mucous membranes and excessive production of mucus which combines with the dead bacteria and becomes yellowish green and viscous. Here are simple remedies from the kitchen that can help you get rid of congestion and you can start breathing easily and normally.
Simple And Easy Remedies For Congestion
Holy Basil or Tulsi
A pot of this invaluable plant is found in every home. Holy basil has been used since time immemorial for healing and curing a vast number of diseases and ailments. It heals the mind as well as the body and its innumerable medicinal values keep all kinds of infections and diseases at bay. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are very helpful in getting rid of congestion, headaches and body aches. It reduces the swelling in the mucus membranes and helps to thin down the mucus and enables it to be eliminated either through the nose or the digestive tract.
Take four or five basil leaves and a cup of water.
How to Make
Boil a cup of water and add the fresh holy basil leaves to it. Continue boiling on a low heat for a few seconds then turn off the heat. Strain the tea after ten minutes.
How to Take
Drink the hot tea slowly sip by sip. You can drink three to four cups of it daily to get relief from the symptoms of congestion.
Mustard oil besides being rich in valuable nutrients is also rich in medicinal values. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties scavenge all the harmful free radicals and expel them from the body. Mustard oil also has heat producing properties which can help to dissolve the mucus and make breathing easier.
One quarter cup of mustard oil
How to Use
Warm the mustard oil and hold it close to your nose, take a strong whiff of its fumes. Though it will make your eyes water, it will clear the blockage in your nose and sinuses. Have someone massage your chest and back with the warm oil for ten to fifteen minutes. You can sniff the oil as frequently as you want and take the massage twice daily.
Green tea has no dearth of medicinal values. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can deal swiftly with all kinds of infections and reduce the swelling in the mucous membranes. It also stimulates the flow of saliva and thins down the mucus so that it can easily run down the throat and unclog the nasal passages.
One teaspoon green tea, one cup water
How to Make
Boil a cup of water and add the green tea to it. Cover the cup and allow the tea to stand for ten minutes after which strain it and drink the hot tea sip by sip. You can drink three to four cups of green tea daily.
Eucalyptus oil is very good for relieving congestion and also for getting rid of the bacteria and viruses. It reduces the inflammation in the mucus membranes and helps to loosen and thin down the phlegm.
Some eucalyptus and water
How to Use
Boil a pan full of water. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to it. Sit at a table and drape a large towel over your head and the pan so as to trap the steam. Inhale the hot fumes deeply and keep taking long breaths until the water turns tepid. Use this remedy twice a day until you are able to breathe easily and freely.
Carom Seeds or Ajwain
Carom seeds widely used for adding a piquant flavor to various dishes and pickles are always to be found in the spice rack. These seeds have innumerable medicinal values which deal with all sorts of infections and keep the body in a healthy state.
Take one square piece of cotton cloth and one tablespoon of carom seeds.
How to Use
Place one tablespoon of carom seeds onto the center of the cloth. Tie the seeds into a round sachet with a piece of string. Put a griddle on the fire and when it is quite hot place the sachet onto it. When the seeds in the cloth become hot, bring the sachet close to your nose and inhale the hot and pungent fumes deeply. Heat the sachet again and repeat the process for five minutes twice daily. The hot fumes will instantly clear the congestion and you will also get relief from the headache.
Ginger is a ubiquitous ingredient in the kitchen and is widely used for flavoring dishes. It has a plethora of medicinal values which help to cure a wide range of diseases and disorders. It is extremely rich in antioxidants and has powerful, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties which can destroy all types of microbes and help reduce the inflammation in the mucous membranes. The warming properties of ginger also help to dissolve the mucous and help it run down the throat easily thus easing the congestion considerably.
Take one grater, one big piece of fresh ginger, one strainer two teaspoons of honey and one big and round spoon.
How to Make
Grate the ginger with the grater. Put the pulp into the strainer and squeeze it with a spoon to remove the juice. See that you get at least two teaspoons of the juice. Mix the juice with the honey and pour the mixture onto the round spoon. Turn on the gas flame and heat the spoon with the mixture for a few seconds. Swallow the warm mixture and do not drink water or any other liquid for half an hour. You can take this mixture twice daily.