Autumn brings many wonderful changes like cooler weather, color changing leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. One change that’s not so welcomed is a stuffy nose. Nasal congestion can occur for a variety of reasons and when it does, it’s certainly not pleasant. With the variety of upcoming holidays, worrying about nasal congestion is the last thing anyone wants to deal with. Luckily, there are a few natural remedies for nasal congestion that can provide quick relief.
What causes nasal congestion?
Nasal passages are typically lined with a very thin layer of mucus and not much else. However, when allergies, smoke, pollution, or viral infections occur, the nasal passages become irritated and swollen.
The immune system responds to irritants by producing more mucus to trap any invading pathogens. Swollen nasal passages paired with an increase in mucus production leave very little room for air to flow in and out of the nose, this is what is called a “stuffy nose”. Regardless of what specifically is causing a stuffy nose these natural remedies for nasal congestion can be of help.
Three Natural remedies for nasal congestion
Apple cider vinegar for nasal congestion
Apple cider vinegar is a strong and antimicrobial agent. It begins working instantly to eliminate extra mucus and assists in detoxifying the lymphatic system. A clean and clear lymphatic system makes for improved immune system function. The immune boosting benefits of apple cider vinegar lie in the acetic acid component. Acetic acid has the ability to kill bad bacteria, making apple cider vinegar a natural antibiotic. Apple cider vinegar also promotes the growth of good bacteria which helps boots immune functions. For nasal congestion accompanied by a sore throat, try gargling with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water at a 1:3 ratio. When buying apple cider vinegar be sure to buy the organic, non-gmo type with the “mother” intact. Use the following recipe as a quick and easy, natural nasal docongestant:
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (natural antibacterial)
1 tablespoon honey (natural antibacterial)
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice (natural antibacterial)
3 tablespoons water
Mix all the ingredient together and drink 3 times a day to help relieve and eliminate nasal congestion naturally. Additionally, this will help clear any congested lymph nodes and boost immune system functions.
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Ginger—a natural expectorant
Ginger has been used for centuries by various civilizations for it’s ability to naturally remedy a range of ailments. Ginger contains many useful compounds including gingerols, phenols, shogaols, and volatile oils. These components serve as expectorants to quickly and naturally eliminate nasal congestion. According to the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy, the compounds found in ginger are capable of inhibiting the secretion of mucus thereby easing respiration. Ginger is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It will aid in mucus drainage, and reduce the swelling of nasal membranes.
Echinacea naturally boosts the immune system
Echinacea has long been used as a natural remedy for colds, flu, and sinus infection. It acts as natural decongestant and its antibacterial properties also help naturally strengthen immune system function. Echinacea stimulates the production of macrophages— white blood cells of the immune system that engulf and destroy bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Echinacea also increases the number of natural killer cells and promotes their activity. Natural killer cells are programmed to automatically kill infected cells. Collectively the health benefits of echinacea help reduce the longevity of nasal congestion and ward off future infections.
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