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An agent that relieves mucus and congestion in the upper respiratory tract, it may also has a mild drying effect so it may help relieve a runny nose. Natural decongestants have been used for centuries to help relieve cold symptoms and allergies and natural decongestants breaks up congestion just like regular decongestants.
The active ingredients in most over-the-counter and prescribed pharmaceutical decongestants are pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. Unfortunately, the effects are not limited to the nose and congestion in the upper respiratory tract, in fact, these medicines may cause hypertension (high blood pressure) through vasoconstriction. Besides hypertension, common side-effects include sleeplessness, anxiety, dizziness, excitability, and nervousness. A natural decongestant alternative may provide powerful, yet non-drowsy relief. While avoiding some of the serious side effects of chemical remedies, some people are allergic to natural remedies so always check with your health professional, doctor, or qualified herbalist before treatment.
Commonly, congestion, or stuffy nose, is a symptom of common cold, flu, bronchitis, allergies or some other respiratory disorders. Natural remedies and decongestant herbs can address and relieve many of the symptoms as well as affecting some of the underlying causes. Sometimes, simple is best. With mucus buildup in sinus and ear inflammation, steam helps in thinning the mucus. A simple steam treatment may offer relief in the form of a hot water shower and inhaling the steam, or boil water and inhale the vapor. Add menthol (i.e.; peppermint oil), or a few drops of eucalyptus oil to enhance this effect.
There are a number of effective natural decongestants found in foods and herbs that provide temporary relief from nasal congestion but, in general these remedies do not cure the underlying cause of congestion. A natural herb blend and healthy diet can strengthen your body's ability to fight allergic symptoms such as running nose, itching eyes and congestion. At the same time, a combination of vitamins and herbs can retrain the immune system to better manage future exposure to allergens and build resistance to colds and flu. It you suffer from congestion for more than a couple of days, you need to go to the doctor and undertake complete treatment.
Several foods can be very effective at relieving congestion and a number of foods are natural decongestant remedies. Onions are a natural decongestant and expectorant and a raw onion is enough to start loosening phlegm and mucus. If you don't like onions, any spicy food may help relieve congestion. Spicy peppers, salsa, and curries all can afford some relief. Citrus fruits all also commonly effective decongestants.
Herbs with decongestant properties include