Post nasal drip is also referred to as “Upper Airway Cough Syndrome’’. It is a common problem caused by factors such as allergy, sinus infection, cold, flu, gerd or swallowing disorder. Excessive intake of alcohol or caffeine products and smoking may also lead to this problem.
An individual suffering from this problem may experience cough, sneezing, frequent spitting, congestion, sore throat, hoarse voice and headache. An individual suffering from this problem should avoid the use of perfumes and birth control pills. Natural cures for this problem are mentioned below.
Natural Cures for Post Nasal Drip
Sea salt (1/4th teaspoon) can be added to warm water (1 glass) and used for gargling multiple times in a day to relieve various symptoms associated with the problem. Further, it can help in preventing throat irritation.
Ginger and Thyme
Ginger powder (1 teaspoon), thyme seed powder (2 teaspoons) and salt (1 teaspoon) can be boiled in water and used for inhaling the aroma. To obtain quick relief, the head should be covered with a towel while performing this process. Consumption of tea prepared with the use of ginger and thyme several times in a day may also provide the desired results. A mixture of ginger juice and honey can also be taken to treat the problem.
Vitamin C can help in reducing the discomfort resulting from the problem. Intake of food items rich in vitamin C can boost the immune system which may help in alleviating the symptoms.
Strawberry, kiwi, tomato, cauliflower and orange are good sources of vitamin C.
Stinging nettle can also cure the infection which may lead to the problem of post nasal drip. Dried stinging nettle can be consumed on a regular basis to treat sneezing and itching caused by this problem.
Barberry is another natural remedy. Barberry contains “Berberine Alkaloids’’. Dried barberry root can be boiled in water to prepare tea and consumed 2 to 3 times in a day to relieve the symptoms associated with the problem.
A few drops of eucalyptus oil can be added to hot water and used for inhaling the aroma to clear the nasal blockage. Rosemary, thyme or peppermint oil can also be used to remove the mucus from the throat. The aroma of lavender or tea tree oil can be inhaled to obtain the desired results. It is advisable to repeat the process 2 to 3 times in a day to obtain quick relief. Application of basil or oregano oil on the chest area can also give effective results.
Intake of herbal tea can help in improving the immune system to fight against the infection. Further, it can prevent the loss of water. Consumption of tea prepared by boiling dried echinacea root in water multiple times in a day can provide relief from various symptoms.The aroma of this tea can also be inhaled to clear the nasal blockage. Drinking a cup of fenugreek tea can cure congestion and inflammation resulting from post nasal drip. Frequent intake of ginger or basil tea is also recommended.