It never hurts to know how to prepare a good natural decongestant. For this reason, we suggest natural options to decongest your airways and relieve discomfort when you have a cold.
This remedy is simple and effective, without the side effects that some types of medications can sometimes cause.
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The benefits of a good natural decongestant
The natural decongestants that we suggest are suitable for the whole family, even the little ones. Its natural elements are accessible and have the following properties:
- Immune stimulant
- Reduces mucus production
- Suitable for flu and allergies, and colds.
Preparation of the natural decongestant
- 1/2 tablespoon of ground turmeric (5 g).
- Juice of 1 lemon.
- 3 tablespoons of honey (90 g).
- 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (60 ml).
- 1/2 glass of water (100 ml).
- A pinch of cayenne pepper.
- 3 eucalyptus leaves.
- First, heat the half glass of water in a kettle
- Then add the eucalyptus leaves for the decoction.
- Then, include a pinch of cayenne pepper and ground turmeric.
- Once it has come to a boil, turn off the heat
- Then add the honey, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice.
- Mix well. It should not be too thick.
- Then strain the decongestant to remove pieces of the eucalyptus leaves
- Finally, take it warm in a dose of 2 tablespoons during the day and 2 before going to sleep. Children only 1 tablespoon, morning and evening.
- This remedy can last in the refrigerator for about 2 days.
Other remedies to decongest the nose and throat
Infusion of aloe vera, honey and lemon
Excellent for every morning while you have a cold.
- Place 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel in a glass of boiling water and allow the decoction
- Then, add the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 tablespoon of honey
- Finally, drink it warm to feel relief.
Steam with onion
It is a remedy as old as it is traditional.
Slice 1 onion into four halves and leave on the bedside table when sleeping. This characteristic smell acts as a decongestant and natural antibiotic.
- First, bring a glass of water to a boil
- Then add five mint leaves
- Allow the decoction to cook and rest for 5 minutes.
- Finally, wrap your hands around a cup of this infusion and bring it close to your face. Let the peppermint steam reach your nostrils.
- Once it’s warm, start drinking.
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Water with salt
The following is a well-known technique to reduce throat inflammation and promote healing:
- Heat 1 glass of water (not very hot)
- Then add 1 tablespoon of salt
- Don’t drink it. Alone, gargle and then spit.
Another similar decongestant is made with baking soda.
- Mix a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water
- Then drink it in small sips, throughout the day.