25 July 2015

Home and Herbal Remedies for Head or Sinus Congestion

Holy Basil
Often people feel congested nose, heavy head, sinus blockage and irritation, feeling a heavy head and congested nose is something that everyone of us have experienced once or more. It is a problem that not only disturbs your physical wellness but also causes problems for your working capability as well. No one can concentrate on work, study or anything if suffering with a heavy head or head congestion. There are pretty large numbers of viruses, bacteria and other micro-organism around us which we can’t see through our bare eyes, some of these bacteria and viruses gets active in certain conditions and infects us. One of these unseen micro-organisms is a virus that infects our nasal cavity and causes head congestion or heavy head. The nasal cavity when infected by virus gets congested as a result of swelling and makes breathing heavy. A person can experience a variety of symptoms when catches head congestion, some common symptoms of head congestion includes heavy head, itchiness, irritation, headache, flue, throat soreness, cough, breathing problem and congested nose and pain in the nasal cavity.

As mentioned above, viruses and bacteria gets active with certain conditions or triggers, these certain condition or triggers are known as causes or reason. There are varieties of reasons that may trigger head congestion, some common causes of head congestion includes pollution, sudden change in environment, depression, alcoholism, smoking, tobacco consumption, allergies, sinus problem, pollens and some chronic disease. Moreover, pregnancy and direct contact with chemicals may also cause head congestion as well. In general head congestion does not poses any serious threat to our health and can be treated easily however, it may lead to serious problems if not taken care of. There are various types of home and herbal remedies that you can use to treat head congestion apart from the general medicines.  Some of effective herbal remedies for the treatment of head congestion are mentioned below.


Turmeric is an effective home remedies for a variety of minor health disorders especially in skin related problems and nasal infections. Head congestion is a type of nasal infection and therefore turmeric is capable of treating it effectively. Loaded with a wide range of medicinal capabilities such as anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial, turmeric not only effectively cure head congestion but also boosts immune system of the body as well. The best way to use turmeric for head congestion is to take it with warm milk twice daily; moreover, consuming raw turmeric with honey is also good. 


Black Pepper
 Garlic is capable of curing most of the minor health problems including head congestion. The reason behind it is the medicinal capabilities of garlic that includes antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Another good thing with garlic is that you can find it very easy in obtaining as well as using. For head congestion or sinus congestion eat 1-2 raw garlic cloves twice daily to get relief, moreover add it in your food preparation. You can also buy its capsule from your local grocery store as well.


With its wide range of medicinal and religious uses basil sometimes termed as holy basil as well. The medicinal properties like anti-inflammatory, ant-allergic, antiviral and antibacterial found in basil makes it an effective home remedy for treating minor health disorders such as head congestion, skin problems, oral infections, nausea, headache, flu and many other similar problems. In head congestion, consuming basil tea two times a day is very effective in getting quick relief; moreover taking steam with basil oil is also good in head congestion as well. 

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is another useful remedy for the treatment of head congestion. Similar to other essential oil, it contains a variety of medicinal properties along with aromatic smell that makes it perfect for clearing the nasal passage and relieving head congestion. For using eucalyptus oil, pour few drops of it into a bowl of boiling water for taking steam. Repeat the procedure twice daily to get quick relief from head congestion.

 Black Pepper

Black paper contains antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties along with many other useful compound and minerals. Black pepper is also rich in magnesium and iron in addition it is also a rich source of vitamin K and C as well. Loaded with so many amazing medicinal capabilities, black pepper serves in treating wide array of minor health problems such as nasal or head congestion, liver and heart problems, asthma, muscular cramps, sinusitis, flu, cough, headache and even cancer as well. For getting relief from head congestion, consume meshed black pepper along with honey two times a day, in addition, you can add black pepper into your daily food preparation as well.  


Similar to eucalyptus oil, cardamom oil poses effective decongestant and soothing capability. Using cardamom oil is similar to that of eucalyptus oil, add few drops of it into boiling water to take steam, use this method twice daily for getting quick relief from sinus congestion.


For relieving head congestion or nasal congestion, peppermint is considered as one of the best home remedies due to its soothing and aromatic effect. The main compound of peppermint is mentha or menthol which contains nerve soothing capability and therefore very effective in treating cough, cold, nasal congestion and other similar problems. Using peppermint or mint is quite simple, prepare its tea by using mint leaves and drink it two times a day. Another method for using mint is to use its oil for taking steams or pour few drops of mint oil in your bathing water to have a calming bath.    


Ginger is one of the most versatile home remedies that can be used for varieties of purposes in verities of ways. Ginger is a commonly found kitchen item in most part of the world, in Asia it is an essential part of daily food preparation. Ginger contains antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties which make it an effective remedy for treating head congestion, cold & flue, nausea, bronchitis, migraine and other similar health problems. To get rid of head congestion, drink ginger tea 2-3 times a day moreover you can eat it raw with honey as well.

Other useful Remedies for Head Congestion:

·         Cinnamon
·        Camphor
·        Onion
·        Juniper
·        Apple Cider Vinegar
·        Parsley
·        Anise


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