Posts Tagged ‘tea’

Change Your Sleeping Habits to Help Post Nasal Drip

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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When you’re suffering from a stuffy nose and it becomes harder to breathe, you may not get good sleep, either. Even if you are feeling peachy during the day, once you hit the hay, symptoms can often get worse. To get a great night’s sleep, here are a few tips to fight against post nasal drip.

Drink hot tea before bedtime
Sipping on some chamomile – or whatever nighttime tea you prefer – can help you get a good night’s sleep. Drinking hot tea with lemon and honey will help post nasal drip to go smoothly, and it helps soothe the throat, to so it isn’t irritated throughout the night. If you are suffering from bad breath, sipping tea regularly will help freshen your breath as well. Preventing bad breath begins with hydration, and non-caffeinated tea can be a great solution.

Prop yourself up
When you’re sleeping, prop your head up with several pillows so that you can breathe more easily and the mucus will be able to drain down the throat. If you have an adjustable bed, lifting it up slightly could do the trick. If you are lying flat, the blood vessels in the nose stimulate mouth breathing, which can also lead to bad breath.

Put a pillow under your stomach
Instead of putting a pillow under your head, you could also try putting one under your stomach to help better align your body. Your neck will stay flat, which will help prevent nasal inflammation and allow for easier breathing.

Pick a side, any side
Sometimes, lying on your side can really help clear post nasal drip. A lot of us normally toss and turn during the night, but if you can try to stay in the same position throughout your sleep, it may be beneficial.

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Today’s Canker Sore Treatments Beat the old ones

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

If you get a canker sore, you’ve got a wealth of modern treatment options at your fingertips. You can gargle a specialty alcohol-free mouthwash to neutralize the odor or, for a deeper clean, rinse with a periotherapy product. In a pinch, you can even gargle salt water! But it wasn’t always this easy. In the 1800s, canker sore treatments were a little more, shall we say, unpleasant.

One of the weirder and more instructive reads you’ll find on the matter is Samuel North’s The Family Physician and Guide to Health (Waterloo, NY: 1830).

Pages 109-110 are all about canker sores, and the discomfort and bad breath they cause. If you were to follow Mr. North’s advice on canker sores, these are some of the many odd remedies you might try:

- Wash them with soapsuds.

- Rinse with strong tea.

- Apply a pinch of cayenne pepper (yowch!), followed by a poultice of white bread and ginger soaked with tea.

- Hold on a piece of eggshell until it sticks, then let it naturally fall off after several weeks.

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