There are a huge number of products now marketed as decongestants some available directly through your pharmacy, where as others a prescription is needed from your doctor.
But what natural options are available for people like myself who don’t like the ideas of filling their bodies up with chemicals that have names so long you have no hope of pronouncing them, let alone have any ideas about there possible side effects.
Well the truth is there are a surprisingly large number of ways to get your phlegm and mucus moving without having to reach for nasty prescription substances.
onions have a amazing ability to decongest your air ways. Sometime simply cutting up a raw onion is enough to loosen up a tight chest and get things moving. If this dose not have a strong enough effect simply add raw onion to your meals or salad. For people who don’t like the taste of onions I suggest adding them to some honey and keeping them in your fridge as a goto decongestant
Other foods to try:
There are a number of other foods to try that work in a similar way to onions, these include
Spicy Salsas / Mexican Food / Wasabi / peppers or any fresh food with chillies
Steam as a natural decongestant
You have probably seen friends or family bent over a bowl of hot water with a towel over there heads but rest assured they are not crazy for doing this. Its been medically proven that inhaling steam helps to loosen phlegm and mucus. For event better results simply add a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil to the water and you should be breathing easy in no time.
Salt water as a natural decongestant
Yes , you have read this correctly here is yet another great use for salt water. Simply add about 10 ounces of water to a table spoon of salt (we recommend natural himalayan salt if possible as this contains essential minerals your body needs and has none of the nasty stuff associated with refined table salt)
Wild Oregano oil
As you may already know wild oregano oil works as a amazing natural antiviral, anti-fungal and antibiotic. But less well known are its its decongestant properties. To use simply add a couple of drops under your tong , it will have a slight burning sensation so add juice or honey if needed.
Fresh oregano can also be added to your meals to increase its benefits.
This little known compound is extracted from the stem of pineapple plants. It has got to be one of the most effective natural decongestants, working by actively reducing the amount of mucus in the sinus cavity’s. Be sure not to take to much of this substance we recommend 400mg daily as a good starting point and increasing your dosage if needed.
As I’m sure you can now see there are a whole host of options available to people who prefer to avoid pharmaceutical products. Let us know if you know of any that we have missed out.