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Natural decongestants

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Winter is here and with it my stuffy nose. Humidification helps.

I hate to take sudafed, in fact the NP does not give it out to people over 40 because of known risks of heart attacks and strokes due to increased heart rate since it's low grade speed.

I've heard water with lemon juice in the morning helps? Anything else?




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Altoids always clear up my sinuses.

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Have you ever used a neti pot? When I get particularly stuffy I will use a neti pot and it helps.

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Is there a difference between using it at night and in the morning? I usually find myself more stuffy in the morning when I first wake up.

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Have you tried taking a benadryl every night?
It works well for me.

Humidity can cause mold to grow, exacerbating allergies, so you have to keep it very balanced.
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Naturally Treating Nasal Congestion with these Home Remedies for Stuffy Nose

Tomato tea -Tomato tea is by far the most effective method as reported by peers on Earthclinic. It’s hot and spicy, providing steam and pepper to clear your sinuses, as well as a wallop of vitamin C and a boost to the immune system. Combine the following ingredients in a food processor and heat over a stove until steaming but not burn-your-tongue hot.

1 cup tomato juice
1 tsp fresh garlic
˝ tsp of hot sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
Pinch of sea or celery salt
You can make your tea a soup by using tomato flesh along with its juice.

“Within an 15 minutes of drinking one cup of “Jean’s Famous Tomato Tea” I could breath again,” one person said.

Green tea - Green tea blocks histamine production and helps the immune system. Additionally, green tea has been found in many studies to fight cancer cell growth, especially that of the lungs.

Ginger tea - Try having some ginger tea with coconut milk and local honey. This isn’t only for amazing taste; it breaks up phlegm and gives a boost to the immune system. What’s more, you’ll also experience a number of other benefits of ginger.

Apple cider vinegar - Potassium can help decrease mucus production, and apple cider vinegar is full of it. Although more research is necessary, vinegar also contains acetic acid, which prevents bacteria growth—possibly even those that would cause nasal congestion. Of course, this is only one of the many apple cider vinegar health benefits. Try drinking several times a day, especially before bed:

˝ cup of apple cider vinegar (? see my post below)
˝ cup of warm water
1 teaspoon of local honey to expose your body to local pollen, like a natural vaccine.
Eucalyptus or peppermint oil - These work for a quick remedy. Have a small bottle of essential oil in an office drawer or in the shower for either a quick sniff or a full, de-congesting steam shower.



Read more: Home Remedies for Stuffy Nose - How to Clear Nasal Congestion

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When I do ACV tea I only use one teaspoon in 12 oz of hot water. The above recipe seems way too concentrated, and also, a straw needs to be used to keep the acid off your teeth.
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Have you tried taking a benadryl every night?
It works well for me.

Humidity can cause mold to grow, exacerbating allergies, so you have to keep it very balanced.
We have wood heat. Extra humidity causes mold. We don't have any extra. I don't have allergies but do take benadryl at night. After what I'm reading about benadryl I would like to NOT take this.




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Thanks Sunflower! That's what I'm looking for!




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