3 natural remedies for catarrh
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When the membranes of the throat and nose and irritated, such as after a cold, excess mucus can form; called catarrh. Catarrh is irritating and can lead to pains in the sinuses or head. In addition, it can prevent you breathing through your nose which can lead to sore throat. Sometimes catarrh can interfere with sleep as it can drip down the back of your throat and make you cough yourself awake.
Here are three natural remedies you can try to help you break down and expel catarrh.
Avoidance of mucus forming foods such as dairy and refined starches can help. This might mean replacing your cereal and milk for breakfast with fresh fruit and wholegrains. Garlic can help too – either take a supplement or use the fresh ingredient in your meals.
A steam inhalation with peppermint, eucalyptus or tea tree essential oils can help loosen mucus and fight infection. If the catarrh is chronic, try pine and lavender. Just put one drop of each in a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapours for ten minutes. Alternatively, place one drop of each essential oil in a warm bath and enjoy a relaxing soak.
Infusions of peppermint, elderflower or chamomile can help ease nasal congestion. Steep the herb for ten minutes, strain and drink, inhaling the rich vapours as you drink.
what about you – what natural remedies do you use to treat catarrh?
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