Nasal congestion is present in almost every case of a common cold or a flu. People today tend to just take a pharmaceutical medicine for every illness they suffer from, because they believe that only the classic, modern medicine is an effective medicine. However herbal medicine has been proven through many studies to be just as effective as modern medicine is for some illnesses and conditions.
It is therefore recommended to try out some of the herbal solutions for something as simple as a nasal congestion because they are all-natural and have no harmful effects on the health.
Herbs that help with congestion
Angelica is the herb whose root is used for many different ailments, especially those that affect the lungs, blood, intestines and stomach. It is beneficial for people who suffer from nasal congestion because increases energy, promotes expelling of the mucus causes sweating and warm the body up.
Rosemary is the second herb that should be used to cure a nasal congestion. In this plant the leaves are used and they have a cool and spicy flavor. This herb is beneficial for the spleen, pancreas, liver and stomach. It helps with headache, colds, joint inflammation and indigestion.
Rosemary should be consumed with caution because, like almost all astringent plants (including rosemary) it contains tannins. Tannins, which are very beneficial for general health, can also cause esophagus cancer if taken in excess quantities. It is advised to combine milk with plants that contain high levels of tannins.
Chamomile is another herb that can help with nasal congestion. Parts of the chamomile plant used as an herbal remedy are flower heads. Chamomile is very aromatic and soothing. It helps with nervous disorders, irritability, insomnia, digestive problems and teething in children.
Licorice root can be used as well. It is beneficial for the whole body and it can be used for treating lung problems, flu, cold and general weakness. If used in combination with other herbs it gives the mixture a most pleasant taste, since some of the herbs can be quite pungent and bitter. Licorice helps repair damaged tissues affected by inflammation and it promotes expectoration.
How to prepare herbs
These herbs should be used as a tea infusion and they work best when combined. The infusion is made with two parts angelica one part rosemary, one part chamomile and half part licorice.
When making an infusion, the herbs are not boiled but steeped in hot water for 10 to 20 minutes in a covered recipient. The recipe is one ounce of herbal mixture to two cups of water.
If a larger quantity of herbal tea infusion is made it should be refrigerated after the steeping, otherwise it may go sour.