Sunday, January 10, 2016

Simple Remedy for a Stuffy Nose

Are you waking up with a stuffy nose every morning?

Acute stuffiness may be part of a cold or flu, and therefore rest, liquid diets (home broths are especially nutritive) and extra vitamin C ( up to 10 grams daily) can help.  Chronic sinus congestion is more likely to be caused by fungi than bacteria, especially if secretions are clear or white, not green or yellowish.  If you suffer from a chronic stuffy nose, you are likely a mouth breather at night, which quickly turns your pillow into a fungus factory.  Wash your pillow cases in very hot water weekly, and change your pillow every 3 to 6 months.

Application of anti-fungal herbs to the nasal passage is an effective approach to reducing sinus congestion.  Try pleasant-smelling blends that include wintergreen, eucalyptus, thyme, or other volatile oils.  A light layer can be applied with a cotton swap (diluted with olive or coconut oil) to the nasal passages at bedtime.  You can also combine loose, dried herbs with a cup of hot water in a bowl, put a towel over your head and breather the steam in deeply for 10 minutes.

Some people have good luck with a combination of garlic and cinnamon taken internally.  Others find they need to move to a vegetarian diet (fish and eggs are usually okay in moderation) to reduce inflammation and congestion. 

Waking up without a stuffy nose means ideas can come through easier and sets your whole day off on the right tone.

Adapted from Better Nutrution- Emily A. Kane ND, LAc


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