Nasal congestion is one of the most common and annoying symptoms of colds and allergies. Many believe that it is caused by excess mucus, but nasal congestion is actually a swelling of the small blood vessels lining the nasal cavity, resulting in inflammation.
Being congested is one of the worst parts of the disease. Even if you have a mild cold, being unable to breathe can make you feel 1000 times worse. Instead of using drugs filled with chemicals, try this natural decongestant that you can do at home.
Causes of nasal congestion
Congestion can have several causes. If you notice that you are easily congested, even when you are not sick, the remedy we offer will help you keep your airways clear.
Regular congestion can be caused by allergies, especially in spring and summer. If this is your case, you should add to your diet foods that fight against allergies. Foods rich in antioxidants and fermented foods are particularly recommended.
The toxins that are in our environment can also lead to congestion. For example, walking near a construction site can expose you to all kinds of dust and irritants.
The best cure for relieving congestion
It is advisable to prepare this remedy in advance. We recommend using good quality herbs and spices, as this can make the decongestant even more potent.
- ¼ cup of cider vinegar (raw and unfiltered)
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of honey (raw)
½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon of dried ginger powder
- A pinch of black pepper
Start by pouring the apple cider vinegar into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and then the honey. Whisk all the ingredients until they are well mixed, as it is harder to do once you start adding the dry ingredients.
Then, add the cayenne pepper, the dried ginger, the turmeric powder and finally a pinch of black pepper. Mix all the ingredients with a whisk.
Pour the mixture into a clean glass container with a lid. A jar can be perfect for this mixture, to keep closed when not in use. As soon as you are congested, swallow one or two tablespoons of this mixture. The spiciness of the mixture should immediately relieve your congestion and help you breathe normally all day long.