Runny nose is another term that is used for Post Nasal Drip and this is most prevalent in cases of influenza, hay fever, cold, and other seasonal allergies. Mucous is the slimy substance that is produced by glands present in the lining of the nose and when there is excess of mucous production that reaches the back of the throat through the nose while swallowing it is medically termed post Nasal Drip.
Though it is harmless it can cause a lot of itching, sore throat, red eyes, coughing and other side effects. Medications that are allopathic can not only have side effects, they are unreliable and unsafe, while on the other hand herbal remedies are one of the most effective mode of treatment for runny nose and at the same time they are inexpensive and can be used on children as well with exceptions of a few herbs. Some of these herbal treatments such as Butterbur, Stinging Nettle, Fenugreek, Eucalyptus, and ginger are discussed below.
Herbal Remedies For Post Nasal Drip
Butterbur is an herb of European origin and found in Russian countries as well. It is basically very bitter in taste and not recommended for children as it is can be taken in the form of lipophilic extractions and also ethanol. This herb is very strong and damaging for the liver so dose should be prescribed accordingly. It is also not very favourable in the form of tea and infusions. This herb is known to show prompt benefits when taken in the form of ethanol or alcohol.
This herb is one of the most effective herb in curing hay fever and its side effects such as post nasal drip, sneezing, etc. It is known to be beneficial in treating flu and other ailments that cause runny nose. It is known to lower the histamine levels of the body and also provide relief in thee irritation caused due to post nasal drip. The best way to use is by preparing tea with the help dried leaves of this herb.
This herb also doubles up as a condiment in most Indian kitchens and possesses a lot of useful qualities as an herbal remedy. It is known to treat both nasal and chest congestion by getting rid of the mucous present in the nasal lining. It not only provides an excellent flavour to the food but also acts as an astringent. It is available in the powdered form, capsules and extracts. This seeds of this herb is generally preferred.
Basically an antiseptic herb, eucalyptus is known to clear the respiratory system by eradicating the excess mucous. It has the ability of healing all types of infection. This herb can be used in various forms, the most common form being Eucalyptus tea. It is prepared by boiling the leaves of the eucalyptus in water and then using the strained solution. This preparation can be used as a gargle. Eucalyptus leaves can be used for inhalation as well. Combining it with other herbs is also very popular for the treatment of runny nose.
Another herb of Indian origin is ginger and it is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is most effective in the form of tea but is readily available in the form of capsules and extract as well. It can get rid of mucus and is very helpful in providing relief from runny nose easily.