Congestion or blockage of the breathing passages makes breathing difficult. Flu, severe cold and allergic reaction can trigger congestion. Mucous may accumulate in the nasal passages, trachea, bronchioles or the lungs which increases the severity of the sickness.
Herbs are much safer to use than conventional allopathic medicines because they do not have side effects and can be used for a longer period of time.
Herbal Remedies For Congestion
One of the best herbs to treat congestion is Angelica. The scientific name of the herb is Angelica archangelica. The root of this herb has a warming effect on the body therefore it is used to treat cough, colds and fevers. The herb stimulates the lungs with its warming effect and helps in easing the congestion in the chest.
You can use the fresh or dried resinous roots of Angelica and prepare extracts or herbal teas with it. However, readymade extracts are also available online.
Eucalyptus is an excellent herb for treating congestion; in fact most conventional inhalers use the oil from eucalyptus as the core ingredient! The oil contains chemicals like cineole and aromadendrene that opens up clogged nasal passages thereby restoring normal breathing.
It also removes bronchial congestion, chest congestion, sinus congestion and even head congestion. In a bowl containing steaming hot water, add 1 teaspoon of this herbal oil. Place a towel or a cloth over your head and inhale deeply.
Colt’s foot is scientifically known as Tussilago farfara. It is a member of the Sunflower family. Colt’s foot is extremely beneficial for all kinds of cold or cough related problems. It removes infections from the respiratory passage and is a wonderful expectorant.
It clears all kinds of congestion and provides instant relief from breathing problems. The best way to take this herb is in form of tea. Colt’s foot tea must be taken 2-3 times daily; you may add honey to increase the taste. Tinctures are also available.
Well known for its medicinal properties, Beth root has been used over the years for treating blocked nasal passages. Chemicals called saponins are present in the roots which make this herb an exceptional expectorant.
It clears the mucous from the lungs, bronchiolar tract and the nose and restores normal inhalation. Beth root tea can be prepared using both fresh and dried roots. Tinctures and extracts may also be taken.
Horehound is a member of the mint family. It was used by the Greeks and the Germans as a remedy against cough. Some pharmacies use this herb to make cough syrups.
A bitter chemical called marubin is present in the aerial parts of this plant which helps in removing mucus from the breathing passage. If you have access to fresh leaves of the herb you can prepare a herbal tea. Bitter drops and tinctures are also widely available.
This sweet smelling herb is scientifically called Lonicera periclymenum. It is a common herb used to treat cold related problems.
The herb can effectively reduce inflammation in the chest or sinuses and removes mucous blockages. Teas can be prepared with the flowersa dn leaves and must be taken twice daily.