Even if you only get a cold once or twice a year, natural remedies are cheaper and better for your body than prescription or over-the-counter cold elixirs.
As an allergy sufferer for nearly 11 months out of the year, sinus and chest congestion seem to always creep back when my allergies are at their worst. This is the second part in a series of 4 blog posts about curing a cold naturally. Here are a few of my tried and true remedies for clearing sinuses and chest congestion.
Garlic. Minced or chopped raw garlic (allow to set for 15 minutes to allow healthy compounds to be more potent) on toast or crackers consumed 4-5 times a day will loosen phlegm in your chest and help you breathe better. I’ve had 2 people testify that they could feel a difference after only 1 intake of raw garlic and toast.
Vitamin C. Combined with raw garlic, these two natural cures are just as potent as a prescribed antibiotic. Both can stave off colds and flu-like symptoms quicker than common cold elixirs and tablets. See Stage 1 Natural Cures for recommended doses of Vitamin C when your body is fighting a cold.
Saline Nasal Wash/Spray. Common store bought versions like the NetiPot (or bottle w/ syringe) come with pre-measured packets of a salt-baking soda mixture and a nasal wash bottle. I’ve used these in the past and they last for several washes. You can also mix your own nasal wash using 1/4 teaspoon pure salt (should be iodine free) such as pickling salt without the alum and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Mix this together with warm, not hot water, and using a bulb syringe or Neti pot, flush one nostril at a time (allow water to run out of other nostril). It will feel funny going up into your nasal passages at first – somewhat like getting water in your nose while swimming. Blow your nose after each nasal rinse and you should start feeling better after just a few times.
Hot drinks. Whether it’s your favorite Green Tea, Lemon Hot Toddie, hot chocolate or grandmother’s secret recipe, hot drinks are good for loosening phlegm in both your sinuses and chest. Lots of liquids will help your body eliminate congestion and keep you hydrated while those antibodies are hard at work.