Congestion be it in the lungs, airways, chest or sinus – makes it difficult for people to breathe. Various factors causing congestion are sinus infections, cough and cold, and allergies.The best way to keep congestion at bay is to use certain herbal remedies that act as expectorants by thinning mucus and hence promoting clear breathing. Here are some herbal remedies for congestion.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Congestion
This particular herb relieves congestion and acts as a remedy for common cold, cough, bronchitis, laryngitis, etc. It contains mucilages that relieve irritation by leaving a coat on the throat.
Juniper berries contain volatile oil that expels mucus and hence opens up bronchial passages. Crush some juniper berries into your regular bowl of steaming water and inhale the aroma for relief from common cold and cough. It is also helpful against congestion caused by excessive phlegm.
Its derivative menthol is a common ingredient in many rubs and balms. This herb stimulates nasal nerve receptors and allows smooth of passage of air to and fro the nose. It also leaves a cooling effect that makes you feel that cold air is passing through your nose. Although it does not act directly on congestion, it acts as a fast relief.
This herb contains natural astringents called tannins that reduce mucus by tightening mucus membranes. It also contains flavonoids that act as defense mechanism against common cough, cold, allergies and chest congestion. It has been in use since long ago as a remedy for nasal congestion. You can brew it into tea and consume it on a daily basis.
Eucalyptus is an amazing decongestant and has antiviral properties that are useful in breaking congestion. It is helpful against congestion in head, chest and sinuses. Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the inhaler and inhale the aroma. You can also put it into your regular bowl of hot water.
This particular herb has an exclusive licorice flavor that is perfect for tea lovers. It breaks congestion in your chest and offers relief from excessive phlegm.
It reduces inflammation or swelling of the sinuses that result in congestion. It also dries nasal discharge caused by cold and allergy. Add ¼ teaspoon of this herb into a cup of boiling water. If you want more cayenne pepper, add some more and vice versa. Let the water cool for some time and sip it slowly.
This herb reduces post nasal drips and clears sinuses. It also breaks congestion caused by thick mucus accumulation. Grate 1-inch piece of fresh horseradish and add to water. Drink the mixture as many times as needed during the day. Since it is strong, it should be used in very small quantities.
This herb acts as an expectorant and soothes congestion caused by cough. The active ingredients in helenin, helenalin and inulin have amazing antiseptic properties. They also act as expectorants.
This particular herb is antispasmodic and acts as an expectorant. It offers relief from excessive mucus and cough.
This herb offers relief from cough, spasm and excessive phlegm. It acts as an expectorant.
It contains saponins that relieve cough and cold by acting as expectorant.