Take a natural approach to battle post nasal drip
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
SUMMARY: Now is the prime time of the year when people are experiencing post nasal drip, but a few home remedies will get you breathing normally again.
Posted: November 30, 2012
Although sometimes confused with allergies, post nasal drip is a common health problem that a lot of people suffer from. A problem also referred to as upper airway cough syndrome, which arises from the excessive production of mucus in the nasal cavities. The nasal passages tend to get clogged and an individual who is suffering from this may have difficulty breathing, a sore throat, congestion and bad breath.
There are some very simple home remedies for post nasal drip, such as taking a hot steamy shower or bath. Inhaling warm water vapor will help loosen up the dense mucus that is stuck in the nasal passages. If you feel like you are constantly suffering, investing in a home humidifier may offer great relief.
Rinsing your mouth with salt water is one of the best ways to get rid of post nasal drip. The salt soothes the throat and helps kill bacteria and loosen up the mucus. Doctors recommend this treatment for other throat and mouth issues such as strep throat, tonsil stones and bad breath. Using warm water and a lot - as much as possible - of salt, will be even more effective. I know what you’re thinking ... gross! It gets easier as you do it, and the relief it brings is well worth the few minutes of suffering.
Echinacea is a widely used herb to help fight infections, and it can be used to help your post nasal drip. Prepare a drink by boiling the herb with water for about 10 minutes. For the best results, you’ll want to sip on this drink two to three times a day. Before slurping this down, make sure you’re not allergic! Since it is a plant, some people are allergic, and you won’t want to find this out after consuming a whole glass. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to try other remedies.
Eucalyptus oil can be used in many different ways to help your post nasal drip. If you have a scented oil lamp, you can add a few drops of the oil and let the scent take over - do this while you’re in the shower and the steam you breathe in will be ultra soothing! If you don’t have an oil lamp, simply put a few drops of the oil into hot water and inhale, or use it as a gargle. A good alternative to eucalyptus is peppermint.