Most of the time a runny nose is not a major concern and these remedies are beneficial in how to stop a runny nose, but they are not all inclusive. If a runny nose becomes chronic and lasts for a long time, it’s best to consult your health care provider to search for potentially more serious causes.
In a bowl with a lid, mix 1 cup of coconut juice or milk, ½ tsp of turmeric, ½ tsp of black pepper, ½ tsp of cinnamon, ¼ cup to ½ cup of jaggery or stevia per taste and ½ liter of colostrum milk.
- Place the bowl with its lid inside a pressure cooker with ½” to ¾” of water in the bottom of the cooker.
- Place the pressure cooker on the flame, but without attaching the whistle.
- Cook for 30 minutes, and then remove it from the flame.
- Allow the pressure cooker to cool down before opening it and removing the bowl.
- Cut the thick mixture into 1” cubes.
- Eat 6 to 8 cubes twice daily and store remainder in refrigerator.
The colostrums milk in kharvas, along with the other ingredients helps to give your immunity a boost and make your sinuses get rid of the irritant more quickly.
- You can boil 3 or 4 eucalyptus leaves in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes in order to create a tea.
- Add lemon and honey as desired and drink the tea several times a day.
- You can also add eucalyptus oil to a steam treatment, which we’ll discuss later.
Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant which helps to speed up the expulsion of the irritant in your sinuses.
- Place ½ to 1 tsp of grated horseradish root into your mouth.
- Keep the horseradish in your mouth until it becomes flavorless.
- Swallowing the remaining horseradish will help extract mucus from your throat as well.
Besides being antibacterial and antimicrobial, horseradish has mucolytic properties that help to drain mucus.
- Chop medium onion into thin slices.
- Add the onion slices to 1 cup of boiling water.
- Simmer for 5 minutes and then pour it into a cup.
- Drink the tea several times a day and breath in the steam as well.
Onions are antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, which means that they’re apt to kill whatever irritant is bothering your sinuses. In addition, onions tend to work at flushing out mucus as well.
- You can chew 3 or 4 basil leaves a couple times a day.
- You can also add 8 to 10 whole basil leaves or 1 tsp of dried leaves and 3 or 4 whole cloves to 1 cup of boiling water and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes to make a tea.
- Add honey if necessary and drink this tea a couple of times a day.
Basil is also antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, so it helps get rid of the irritant and not just the symptom.
Honey and Cinnamon
- Mix ½ tsp of cinnamon in 1 Tbsp of raw, organic honey and swallow it several times a day.
- Note: using local honey can help fight against local strains of allergens.
Honey is a natural antibiotic, which not only relieves the symptom but also helps fight the cause through antibodies that were produced by the bees as they were making the honey.
Peppermint and Lavender Oils
- Drop 3 drops of peppermint oil and 3 drops of lavender oil into 5 cups of boiling water.
- With your eyes closed, cover you head with a towel and breath in the vapors.
- Repeat this several times a day.
Both of these oils are antibacterial to help kill the irritant, but they also bring a soothing, cooling relief to your inflamed sinuses.
- The simplest remedy is to chew a clove of raw garlic twice a day.
- You can consume garlic capsule supplements.
- You can also increase your use of garlic in your cooking.
Garlic is high in allicin and other beneficial enzymes, which act as antiseptics and help to flush the irritants from your sinuses.
- Mix ½ tsp of turmeric powder in a warm glass of milk and consume the mixture twice a day.
- You can make a tea from slicing 2 Tbsp of whole turmeric and simmering in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.
- Drink this tea a couple of times a day. Adding a pinch or two of ground black pepper will increase its effectiveness.
Not only is turmeric is an extremely effective antimicrobial herb, but it is as effective as ibuprofen for pain and inflammation.
- Bring 5 cups of water to a boil.
- You can add 3 drops of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, oregano or any number of essential oils for sinus relief.
- Keeping your eyes closed, cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam.
- Repeat this treatment several times a day.
Steam not only soothes the sinus pressure but also assists the mucus in getting rid of the irritant and gets you back to normal faster.
- Add cayenne pepper to your regular foods when your sinuses are acting up.
- Consider using cayenne pepper in a hot and sour soup recipe.
- Mix cayenne pepper into your favorite vegetable dip or salad dressing.
Cayenne pepper is a natural antihistamine, which helps shrink swelling in your sinuses and helps to flush out the irritants that are making your nose run.
- You can slice off a ¼” thick slice of raw ginger, peel it and chew on a fresh slice several times a day.
- You can consume it like its cousin, turmeric, listed above.
Ginger helps to cleanse toxins from your body and especially from your sinuses.
- Warm ¼ to ½ tsp of mustard oil just slightly.
- With a dropper, place a couple of drops in each nostril.
- Repeat the process 2 or 3 times daily.
- You can also use mustard oil as a cooking oil.
Mustard oil has natural antihistamine, antibiotic and antiviral compounds which make it effective at getting rid of the toxins in your sinuses.
- Add ½ cup of fresh nettle leaves to a cup of boiling water.
- Let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Strain the leaves as you pour the tea into a cup and add honey to taste.
- Drink this tea a few times a day.
Stinging nettle is an especially effective natural antihistamine for the treatment of hay fever and other allergies.
- In 2 cups of distilled warm water, mix ½ tsp of table salt.
- With your head tilted back, use a dropper to put several drops of the salt solution into each nostril.
- Inhale gently and allow the solution to penetrate your sinuses.
- Blow your nose and repeat the process several times per sitting until you feel some relief.
- Continue repeating the process until your symptoms are gone.
Salt helps to thin mucus and to kill micro-organisms in your sinuses.