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Battle Post Nasal Drip the Natural Way

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

iStock_000012840411XSmallThe winter season is in full swing, and this may be the worst time of the year for many people who commonly experience post nasal drip. An irritating cough and raw, sore throat may lead you to believe that you’re coming down with a cold, but after weeks of nothing changing – you may grow irritated. There are many causes for this uncomfortable illness, including allergies, bacteria, chemicals, a virus or dry air (which is why most people experience it during the winter).

Luckily, there are several natural ways to remedy post nasal drip, as well as some great products that can help alleviate any harsh issues. Although this issue isn’t severe, it can lead to other uncomfortable symptoms such as bad breath.

Acupressure

Acupuncture is the ultimate natural way to cure your post nasal drip – but those afraid of needles may prefer to try acupressure. The best-known acupuncture point for thinning mucus is called “Stomach 40.” It is located on the outer leg, along the shinbone and about halfway between the knee and ankle. This is commonly used by acupuncturists for individuals who experience a phlegmy cough, heaviness in the chest, difficulty swallowing or throat swelling.

Since nighttime is the most common time of the day to experience post nasal drip, it can be helpful to do self-acupressure on this point right before falling asleep. You can experiment with both legs to see if you notice a difference. It’s best to use the thumb because you can grasp the leg with the rest of your hand and use a firm pressure; however, you can use whichever finger feels best to you.

Steam

Breathing in steam feels amazing for anyone experiencing post nasal drip. There are two ways to do this:  By boiling water or using a hand-held steam inhaler. Both ways are effective, but there’s no need to buy any product if you are boiling water. You’ll want to heat up the water on the stove and then transfer it to a bowl that can withstand the heat safely. Then, you’ll throw a towel over your head and breathe in deeply for several minutes. Adding a drop of eucalyptus or lavender oil can make that steam feel even more soothing.

Steam inhalers are convenient ways to battle post nasal drip, and they are safer for children to use than boiling water. However, it is important to maintain proper cleaning of these types of products so that germs and bacteria don’t spread.

If you have a membership to a gym – even better! You should take advantage of a steam room whenever you can if you commonly suffer from post nasal drip. Plus, steam rooms are great for the entire body and your skin.

Strong foods

You know how your eyes water and your nose begins to run when you cut up an onion? This is actually a great, natural decongestant to break up the phlegm and mucus in your throat. You can throw a thick slice of onion on to your sandwich, and add it to other foods as frequently as possible and you may notice relief. If you’re not keen on onions, consider spicing up your food. You may want to eat hot Mexican food, spicy chili or Wasabi – you can feel the Wasabi cutting through the thick mucus.

Vitamin C is another great option to break down the phlegm. Taking vitamin C tablets can be helpful, but for a more immediate remedy, it is better to eat fruits like oranges or pineapple. These foods can also do wonders to get rid of bad breath.

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