Table of contents:
- 1. Ginger and Garlic Tea
- 2. Peppermint Tea
- 3. Green Tea
- 4. Hemp tea
- 5. Saffron Tea
- 6. Dill Tea
- 7. Thyme Tea
- 8. Nettle tea
Some teas, such as ginger and garlic tea or peppermint tea, can help to unclog the nose naturally, as they have substances with decongestant, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which help to remove mucus and secretions and relieve inflammation of the airways.
A stuffy nose, or nasal congestion, can be caused by a cold, flu, sinusitis, or rhinitis, which causes the blood vessels in the nose to become swollen and inflamed, or an increase in the production of mucus and secretions, that clog the nose. See other causes of stuffy nose.
Although they do not serve to replace medical treatment, teas are a good option to unclog the nose naturally, and can be used to complement the treatment indicated by the doctor.
Some tea options to unclog your nose naturally are:
1. Ginger and Garlic Tea
Ginger garlic tea has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties due to substances such as allicin, present in garlic, and the phenolic compounds in ginger, such as gingerol, chogaol and zingerone. These substances help fight sinusitis or rhinitis that can cause a stuffy and runny nose, as well as sore throat and general discomfort.
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved;
- 1 cm of ginger root or ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger;
- 3 cups of water;
- Honey to sweeten (optional).
Boil the water with the garlic. Remove from the heat and add the ginger and honey. Strain and serve next.
Ginger should not be consumed by people who use anticoagulants, so it should be removed from tea in these cases. During pregnancy, ginger should only be used in the amount of 1 g per day and up to a maximum of 4 days.
2. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is rich in menthol, an essential oil with a natural decongestant property that helps to unclog the nose and relieve a runny or runny nose.
In addition, this tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce inflammation of the airways and irritation of the sinuses that cause nasal congestion, especially in cases of sinusitis or allergic rhinitis.
- 6 chopped peppermint leaves;
- 150 mL of boiling water.
In a cup add the water over the chopped mint leaves and let it rest for 5 to 7 minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey if desired, and drink 3 to 4 cups a day.
3. Green Tea
Green tea, scientifically known as Camellia sinensis, has phenolic compounds in its composition, such as epigallocatechin, which has antioxidant properties, helping to reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals in cells, which improves the action of immune system, helping the body fight infections like a cold, relieving stuffy nose.
Green tea can be used in the form of teas, infusions or natural extracts, and must be used with medical advice because excessive use can harm the liver.
- 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves or 1 green tea bag;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Add the leaves or the green tea bag to the cup of boiling water and let it rest for 10 minutes. Strain or remove the sachet and drink immediately. This tea can be consumed 3 to 4 times a day, or according to medical advice.
Green tea should not be consumed by children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, people who have insomnia, hyperthyroidism, gastritis or high blood pressure. In addition, as it contains caffeine in its composition, you should avoid drinking this tea at the end of the day or in an amount greater than the recommended amount.
4. Hemp tea
The marshmallow tea is an excellent natural option for a stuffy nose, as this medicinal plant of the Althaea officinalis species has decongestant, expectorant, anti-inflammatory and emollient properties, helping to de-inflamm the blood vessels in the nose and unclog the nose.
- 1 tablespoon of marshmallow root;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Add the marshmallow root to the cup of boiling water and let it rest for 10 minutes. Strain and then drink up to 2 cups a day.
Mouth tea should not be used by children, pregnant or breastfeeding women. In addition, people with diabetes should only consume this tea with medical advice, as it can increase the effect of antidiabetic drugs and cause changes in blood glucose levels.
5. Saffron Tea
Turmeric, also called turmeric, is rich in curcumin, a substance with potent anti-inflammatory properties, which works to decrease the symptoms of inflammation, which can help relieve the symptoms of pain and pressure on the face, in addition to the general malaise caused by sinusitis.
- 1 level teaspoon of turmeric/turmeric powder (200 mg);
- 1 cup of water.
Bring the water to a boil and add the saffron/turmeric. Let it boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the tea and drink. You can drink 2 to 3 cups of saffron tea a day.
Another option is to consume turmeric in the form of capsules, which can be used by taking 2 capsules of 250 mg every 12 hours, totaling 1 g per day. Learn how to use turmeric in capsules.
Turmeric/turmeric should not be used by pregnant women, or people taking blood thinners such as warfarin, clopidogrel or aspirin, as it may increase the risk of bleeding or bleeding.
6. Dill Tea
Dill tea, prepared with the medicinal plant Aneethun graveolens, is a great home remedy for a stuffy nose because it has expectorant properties, helping to remove mucus and secretions.
- 1 tablespoon of dill leaves;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Place the dill in the cup of boiling water. Let it rest for 15 minutes, strain and drink next.
Dill tea should not be used by children, pregnant or nursing women.
7. Thyme Tea
An excellent natural treatment to relieve a stuffy nose is to drink thyme tea, as it is rich in anti-inflammatory and antiseptic substances such as thymol, carvacrol, cymene and linalool, with expectorant, antibacterial and antiviral action that helps to clear nasal secretions while helping to eliminate the infection that is causing the problem.
So, this tea, in addition to unclogging the nose, improves symptoms of flu, colds, allergies or sinusitis, such as excessive sneezing and a runny nose. The ingredients used eliminate excess phlegm in the nasal passages, thus improving breathing.
- 1 tablespoon of dried thyme extract or 2 sprigs of fresh thyme;
- 1 liter of boiling water;
- 1 tablespoon of honey (optional).
Add the dried thyme to the boiling water and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and drink up to 3 cups a day.
Thyme tea should not be used by people with stomach problems such as gastritis or ulcers, by people with liver disease or who use anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin or clopidogrel, for example.
8. Nettle tea
Nettle tea, prepared with the medicinal plant Urtica dioica, allows blocking the effects of histamine in the body, the substance responsible for the inflammatory response in cases of allergy. Thus, drinking this tea throughout the day helps to unclog the nose, especially when it is caused by allergic rhinitis.
- 2 teaspoons of chopped nettle leaves;
- 200 mL of water.
Boil the water and add the nettle leaves, then let it rest for 10 minutes, strain and drink 3 to 4 cups of tea a day.
Another option is to take the nettle capsules at a dose of 300 to 350 mg, 2 to 3 times a day.
Nettle tea should not be used by children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with heart disease or impaired kidney function.