Chest and nasal congestion occurs due to build up of thick mucus around the lungs and nasal passage which makes breathing difficult. You experience a feeling of heaviness and tightness in the chest region. This causes very uncomfortable and unpleasant condition. If not treated early, it can obstruct the flow of oxygen into the lungs and cause serious health issues like pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma. If you don’t want to use chemical laden decongestants to get relief from congestion, you can make your own homemade natural decongestant to unblock your chest and nose. Here are 3 homemade decongestants will help to thin the mucus, clear the nasal passage and decrease inflammation.
Here Are 3 DIY Homemade Natural Decongestant Recipes:
1. DIY Decongestant Recipe No. 1
The following decongestant recipe helps to clear up stuffed up nose by reducing mucus production and also work as excellent expectorant by loosening the mucus and expelling them through coughing up.
¼ cup Apple cider vinegar
½ tsp Cayenne pepper
3 tbsp Honey
¼ cup Lemon juice
½ tsp Ginger powder
The ingredients like ginger, honey and cayenne pepper are all natural expectorants. Cayenne contains a natural chemical capsaicin which reduces swelling and inflammation of the nasal passage and makes it easier to drain the mucus. Apple cider vinegar also aids in thinning the mucus and lemon juice rich in vitamin C helps to boost immunity and also helps to add flavor to the recipe.
Take ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and ¼ cup of lemon juice in a pot and heat on slow flame. Now mix honey, ginger powder and cayenne pepper and stir well. Store the syrup in a jar and take 1-2 tbsp two times daily to find relief from congestion.
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2. DIY Decongestant Recipe No. 2
This home made decongestant recipe is good for clearing chest congestion.
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup honey
1 small Red onion
5-6 Garlic cloves
Peel and wash vegetables and cut them into small pieces. Put all the vegetables including onion chunks into a blender to get a smooth consistency. Add lemon juice and honey and blend again. Transfer the syrup in a jar and refrigerate after use to use it for a week or more. For adult 1 to 2 tbsp once or twice a day will be appropriate. For children up to 12 years, 1 tbsp will be enough. It will help to expel mucus within 24 hours.
3. DIY Decongestant Recipe No. 3
With this recipe you can make your own vapor rub for chest congestion and coughs. This vapor rub will not only knock out the symptoms, but will also help your body heal itself. It is even better than commercial vapor rub which are typically based on petroleum and are synthetically made.
¼ cup Coconut oil
¼ cup Shea butter
10 drops Lemon essential oil
5 drops Tea tree essential oil
25 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops Peppermint essential
Whip up the coconut oil and shea butter oil for 30 seconds in a mixer. Add all the essential oils, whip again for 30 seconds and transfer the solution to a tight lid glass jar.
How To Use
Apply a little amount of this vapor rub on your chest and back when you have congestion. For getting relief from nasal congestion, mix small amount in hot water and inhale the steam. For small babies, you can apply this vapor rub in small amount on their feet. As this vapor rub is diluted with carrier oil, it can be used for people of any age. Moreover, it is cheap and doesn’t dry the mucus and makes you sleepy.
Along with using this natural decongestant, drink plenty of water and fluid which will help to loosen the congestion. Take rest so that your body can heal itself.