I do not know about you but I can not be calm with my nose covered and my chest congested . It gives me the impression that I am going to drown and I do not find relief in medicines that in the end dry my mucous membranes and make me feel worse. However, I have very good news, enough bad nights for the 10 best natural decongestants.
The respiratory tract
Our respiratory system consists of the nostrils, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi and lungs. The latter in particular are responsible for gas exchange and the elimination of toxic substances and pathogens that we incorporate from the environment. The diaphragm is a transversal muscle that separates the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity and stretches the lungs increasing its capacity.
Unfortunately breathing involves dangers that we can not even imagine, since solid particles can also penetrate the air, which can clog the airways or poison the body. The larger particles are trapped by the hair and mucous material of the nose and respiratory tract, sometimes ciliary movement is not enough to extract them, which causes congestion due to accumulation of secretions. This congestion causes breathing difficulties, drowning sensation and even in more severe cases respiratory failure.
There are several methods to decongest the airways, from medications such as ephedrine to therapies that help the expulsion of secretions, however I prefer the use of natural substances and that is why I present you here …
The 10 best natural decongestants
Treatment # 1: Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is a decongestant par excellence. It heats water to make vaporizations. When it is already boiling, turn off the heat and add a handful of eucalyptus leaves to the water. Perform the vaporizations for 10 minutes and you will see the result. To sleep like a baby, put eucalyptus leaves on your pillow, so that by resting your head you can smell the plant’s smell and decongest your airways. Change them the next day. This remedy can also relieve asthma.
Treatment # 2: Pine
The needles and the tender pine buds have antiseptic and balsamic effects. Boil a handful of sprouts and pine needles in 5 liters of water for 5 minutes. Pour everything in a basin and steam for 10 minutes.
Treatment # 3: Barks and marc
To decongest your respiratory system this remedy is very effective. You will need two pieces of bark from three trees: oak, oak and pine. Slowly boil 5 liters of marc with the crusts for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and add a pinch of rosemary and another of nettle. Let it rest and strain it. Take two spoonfuls of this remedy with hot milk before going to bed and two on an empty stomach. You will eliminate any congestion.
Treatment # 4: Peppermint
Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, peppermint is wonderful to eliminate respiratory congestion. If you want to check it pour a teaspoon of leaves of this plant in a cup of boiling water and let it sit for a few minutes. You can take two to three cups of this infusion each day or if you prefer to pour three drops of it for each of your nostrils.
Treatment # 5: Lemon
Nothing like hot lemon juice to relieve flu, inflammation of the throat and tonsils and other respiratory conditions. The same thing you can gargle every two hours with lemon juice mixed with half a glass of hot water, drink a delicious hot lemonade.
Treatment # 6: Aloe vera
To sleep with a clear nose, introduce into your nose at night droplets of Aloe Vera fluid. You will see how effective it is.
Treatment # 7: Combination that relieves
Not only does it decongest but also cure this remedy. Heat a cup of almond oil and mix it with half a teaspoon of peppermint oil. Use this mixture to massage the back and chest congested. It is important to cover yourself well and drink hot mint tea to get results.
Treatment # 8: Onions
A Chinese method that will decongest your chest in a jiffy: Slice and roast five large onions, cover them with vegetable oil and let them sit in the hot oven but off for half an hour. Then place them in a flannel cloth, grease your chest with olive oil and apply the onion poultice for 30 minutes. Cover it with a cloth so it stays warm.
Treatment # 9: Garlic for long-term treatment
To decongest your airways in the long term you should eat two cloves of garlic three times a day for a week. Your nose will thank you.
Treatment # 10: Ice
A little crazy, it’s true, but it’s incredibly effective if we want quick relief. Pour several ice cube trays in a tub of water and only insert the toes of the feet until they become numb. You will see!
I hope this article has been useful and to finish here are some tips that will help you avoid respiratory congestion:
- Do not smoke : The toxic substances that are released during the combustion of the cigar not only affect the skin and mouth, but also favor the accumulation of fluid in the lungs and depress the immune system, favoring the appearance of numerous diseases.
- Avoid becoming a passive smoker : Stay away from cigarette smoke and tobacco, remember that it is highly harmful to your health even if you do not inhale directly.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature : Stay warm at night and while it is raining, do not get in front of the fan when you finish exercising. Take care of your lungs
- Stay away from chemical products and other substances that may cause allergies.
- Get preventive vaccines: This is important especially in children and the elderly.
Take care of your health and keep your respiratory system in perfect condition.