While many may think that nasal congestion is a result of too much mucus in the airways, this condition is in fact due to inflamed sinus cavities. These irritated nasal passages are often triggered by colds, flu, allergies or sinus infections.
Sinusitis caused by nasal congestion
Sinuses are hollow cavities lined with delicate mucous membranes. Healthy sinuses are filled with air, but when they become swollen and irritated, mucus gets trapped inside your sinuses, leading to that annoying stuffed-up feeling.
If your stuffy nose and cough last longer than 10-14 days or worsens after 7-10 days, chances are you may have sinusitis. Commonly known as sinus, it not only makes it difficult to breathe, but also increases the pressure within your sinuses, causing throbbing pain in the cheeks, forehead and around your eyes, and headaches. If excess mucus runs down the back of your throat, it may cause a cough or sore throat.
Fighting nasal congestion with natural herbs
Over-the-counter medications are often used for quick relief to alleviate a stuffy nose, but the results are temporary. Thankfully, there are plenty of natural herbs available to treat the underlying causes of sinus and nasal congestion.
Horseradish has a long history of use as a natural expectorant to help clear the congested respiratory passages. It helps expel mucus, which can become a breeding site for infection-causing bacteria if left stagnant within the respiratory system. It also helps thin mucus, making it easier to cough out.
Garlic is revered for its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Produced by a unique ageing process, aged black garlic confers greater bioavailability and antioxidant capacity than fresh garlic, making it easily absorbed by the body for greater protection against infections. It is effective in clearing up sinus infection as it unclogs the airways while removing bacteria which infect the nasal passages.
Known for their anti-inflammatory properties, fenugreek acts as a natural demulcent which helps soothe the swelling of the nasal blood vessels. It also helps loosen and get rid of excess mucus.
Eucalyptus oil effectively thins nasal mucus and clears the airways, providing a natural relief from nasal congestion. It is often used as a natural antiseptic to treat colds, sore throats and coughs.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice is specially processed to remove substantial amount glycyrrhizin, making it safer for long-term consumption. It has been traditionally used as an expectorant, helping to loosen up and expel mucus, and it also has a soothing effect on irritated mucous membranes. It is also good for easing sore throats, cough, and colds.
Marshmallow is known to soothe and coat the irritated mucous membranes, thanks to its high mucilage content. Its demulcent quality helps loosen mucus build-up in the nasal passages, as well as alleviates dry coughs and sore throats.
These valuable herbal ingredients work in synergy to help your body expel excess mucus from the congested nasal passage, soothe the inflamed mucous membranes, and kill the bacteria that cause sinus infections. In addition, it also provides relief for sore throats, coughs and colds.