I don’t know about you, but I can’t rest easy with a stuffed nose and chest congestion. It makes me feel like I’m suffocating and no medications provide relief, they just dry out the mucous and make me feel worse. However, I do have some good news. Enough with the bad nights caused by allergies or the flu. I have a solution to your respiratory problems. In this article, I am going to talk about the 10 best natural decongestants.
The respiratory tract
Your respiratory system is comprised of the nasal cavities, the pharynx, the larynx, the trachea, the bronchial tubes and the lungs. These last ones in particularly are responsible for the gaseous exchange and the elimination of toxic substances and pathogens that we add to the environment. The diaphragm is a transverse muscle that separates the thoracic cavity in the abdomen and stretches out the lungs, increasing their capacity.
Unfortunately, breathing implies dangers that we never imagined before, because solid particles penetrate with the air, which could obstruct the respiratory tracts or intoxicate the body. The larger particles become trapped by the hairs and mucous material in the nose and the respiratory tract, and at times, the ciliary movement is not strong enough to sufficiently extract them, which creates congestion caused by accumulated secretions. This congestion causes difficulty in breathing, the sensation of suffocating, and even in more serious cases, respiratory failure.
There are several methods to decongest the respiratory tracts, from medications like ephedrine to therapies that help remove secretions. I prefer, however, using natural substances, which is why I’m going to tell you about…
The best 10 natural decongestants
Here are some treatments that will relieve any congestion. Choose whichever one you like best, and feel the relief.
Treatment #1: Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is an excellent decongestant. Heat water to make steam baths. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the water to a handful of eucalyptus leaves. You will notice results after using the steam bath for 10 minutes. To sleep like a baby, place eucalyptus leaves in your pillow so that when your head is propped up, you breathe the plant’s fragrance in. This will remove congestion in your respiratory tract. Change them out the following day. This remedy could also alleviate asthma.
Treatment #2: Pine
Pine needles and pine cones have antiseptic and balsam effects. Boil a handful of pine sprouts and pine needles in 5 liters of water for 5 minutes. Pour everything into bowl and steam for 10 minutes.
Treatment #3: Bark and Orujo (Pomace brandy)
This remedy is very effective at removing congestion from your respiratory tract. You will need two cups of three different types of tree bark: oak, holm oak, and pine. Bring 5 liters of orujo to a slow boil, add the bark for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add a pinch of rosemary and nettle. Allow to cool and strain. Drink 2 tablespoons of this remedy with warm milk before going to bed, and two before breakfast. This will eliminate any congestion you may have.
Treatment #4: Mint
As an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, mint is wonderful for eliminating respiratory congestion. If you want to prove it, just pour a teaspoon of mint leaves into one cup of boiling water and let set for a few minutes. Drink two to three cups of this infusion each day, or if you prefer, drop 3 drops of this infusion into each of your nostrils.
Treatment #5: Lemon
There’s nothing quite like warm lemon juice to alleviate the flu, throat inflammation, the tonsils and other respiratory tract conditions. You could also gargle with it every two hours, mixed with half a glass of hot water, rather than drinking a delicious cup of hot lemonade.
Treatment #6: Aloe Vera
To sleep with a clear nose, add a few drops of Aloe Vera gel inside your nose. You’ll see just how effective this is.
Treatment #7: Alleviating combination
Not only does this remedy decongest, but it also cures colds. Heat a cup of almond oil and mix with half a teaspoon of mint oil. Use this mixture to massage your back and congested chest. It is important that you cover up well and drink a hot mint tea to get good results.
Treatment #8: Onions
One Chinese method that will remove chest congestion in the blink of an eye: Slice and saute 5 large onions. Cover with vegetable oil and let them set in a hot oven, but that has been turned off for half an hour. Then place them in a flannel bag, oil your chest up with olive oil and apply the onion poultice for 30 minutes. Cover up with a cloth to keep it hot.
Treatment #9: Garlic for long term treatment
In order to decongest your respiratory tract over the long term, you need to eat two cloves of garlic three times a day for one week. Your nose will thank you for it.
Treatment #10: Ice
Yes, it’s a bit absurd, but it is incredible effective if you want quick relief. Add several ice cube trays into a tub with water and then submerge just your toes into it until they go numb. And voila!
I hope this article has been helpful to you, and to end, I’m going to give you some advice that will help prevent respiratory congestion:
- Don’t smoke: The toxic substances that are released during cigarette combustion not only affect the skin and mouth, but they also promote the accumulation of fluid in the lungs and repress the immune system, leading to the appearance of several diseases.
- Avoid becoming a passive smoker: Stay away from cigarette and tobacco smoke. Remember, this is highly damaging for your health, even when you don’t inhale directly.
- Avoid abrupt temperature changes: Cover up in the evenings and when it’s raining. Don’t sit directly in front of the fan when you’re done exercising. Take care of your lungs.
- Stay away from chemical products and other substances that could cause allergies.
- Get preventive vaccinations: This is important, especially in children and the elderly.
Take care of your health and keep your respiratory system in perfect condition.