DIY Natural Decongestant that REALLY Works! Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose Naturally
Nasal congestion (a.k.a. stuffy nose) is very common as Winter approaches. In fact, many people suffer from stuffy noses off and on throughout the year due to seasonal allergies. Regardless of the reason for a stuffy nose, here is a great decongestant you can make yourself that really works!
I highly recommend making this right now and having it ready to go just in case you get that stuffy nose. Who wants to be making a remedy when they're already sick! Be prepared, people!
Why Not Just Buy an Over the Counter Decongestant?
Well, first off, OTC decongestants are often extremely addicting. Years ago I had a good friend who had taken Afrin so much (daily) that he HAD to take it or he seriously could not breathe, especially from his nose. He couldn't even tell if he was well or not. This is NOT a good situation. In addition, these chemical mixtures are often filled with toxins of one type or another. Why put unpronounceable chemicals into your body when you can make your own decongestant with ingredients you know and understand? PLUS, it's a TON cheaper to make decongestant yourself, takes just a few minutes, and it's actually pretty tasty!
Ingredients for Natural DIY Decongestant
A NOTE about the spices & herbs used: I get my herbs and my culinary spices from Starwest Botanicals. I purchase from Starwest because I get super high quality herbs/spices at bulk prices. The shipping is fast, too. These herbs & spices are WAY better (higher quality, fresher, & more choices) than grocery store spices, which may have been sitting around for up to years.
ON TO THE INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Find out how to make your own)
1/4 to 1/2 cup organic Honey (I use quite a bit of honey to offset the acids, and it tastes pretty good this way too!)
Ginger: 1 tbsp powdered OR 2 tbsp dried or fresh root
1/2 tsp Cayenne (I used 90,000 Heat Units for my last batch, and that was quite hot. If you are sensitive to Cayenne or spicy heat, be sure you go with a lower heat unit, OR just use less.)
Cinnamon: 1 to 2 tsp powdered OR 1 tbsp dried chips
Horseradish (optional)---about 1 tsp freshly grated.
**If you are planning to use this with children, I would definitely do a taste test and dilute it well. You can also reduce the amount of Cayenne.
Directions for Natural DIY Decongestant
Just add all the ingredients into a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer onLOW for about 5 to 10 minutes. You don't want to go crazy here and boil it...just a nice slow little bubbling simmer. This allows the herbs to release their constituents into the mix.
Remove and strain into a jar. Let cool down, then put on a lid and store. This will keep indefinitely due to the acids and antimicrobial nature of the honey.
How to Use Natural Decongestant
This is a very safe decongestant. SHAKE WELL. This makes sure any powdered herbs that settled will be dispersed into the liquid equally.
Just take a teaspoon or two once to several times a day. If it's too spicy, you can dilute in a bit of water or tea. I like it straight!
When I use my handmade decongestant, my nose generally starts to run a bit, I feel energized and more clear-headed and warm....and this is a GOOD thing! It means mucus is breaking up in those nasal/sinus passages.
How Natural Decongestant Compares to OTC Decongestants.
1) First, it works naturally to help loosen and expel mucus. It works quickly too, although you will notice the effects are different from the chemical OTC's.
2) Second, you'll have to take more than the amount in an OTC decongestant. Luckily, it tastes ok so that shouldn't be a big deal. Also, it's GOOD for you!
3) Third, this natural decongestant has so many other health benefits that work on multiple systems in your body, which an OTC decongestant will NOT have. For instance, your heart, your lungs, your circulation, energy, blood sugar levels....all are improved by using the herbs in this mixture. In fact, an OTC decongestant, with all its nasty chemicals, will cause your liver to work overtime in order to filter out the impurities from the chemicals.
How Does Natural Decongestant Work?
The lemon juice and especially the raw ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) help to thin that thick, sticky mucus in the nasal passages. Both also have many other health benefits too.
Honey has been used for ages as a remedy for colds and flu. Additionally, it is antibacterial and antiviral. Honey soothes the throat and membranes.
Cayenne, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Horseradish help to open up the sinus passages. The Cayenne, the Ginger (and the honey as well), all have exceptional expectorant benefits. This means they help loosen up the mucus.
More about Cayenne: The capsaicin in the Cayenne is a literal miracle compound. It's a pain reliever and also helps to reduce the inflammation that causes the nasal passages to close up. This is kind of counterintuitive, since it's such a hot and spicy herb.
My husband says it tastes like a hot and spicy Apple Cider. LOL---so that tells you it tastes ok--just a bit spicy. It warms you right up, too!
I hope you'll give this remedy a try and let me know how it goes for you!
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P.S. I have to make this disclaimer too: I am not a medical doctor. In no manner is any article on my website, including this one, meant to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any health ailment. Please see a medical doctor for any issues. I simply provide my own advice/opinions based on my years of experience and study. Every person is responsible for their health choices. Please do your own research!
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