I’m sharing some information about decongestant herbs today. What is a decongestant?
Decongestants: reduce congestion and mucus production. This can help reduce the possibility of an opportunistic infection.
The following herbs help produce decongestant actions in the body.
- Herbs: Ephedra nevadensis and several other species (Marnon tea), Eriodictyon californica (Yerba Santa), Urtica dioica (Nettles) or Marrubium vulgare (Horehound)
- Decongestant Essential Oilss: Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Eucalyptus spp., Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lavadula spp. (Lavender), Mentha piperita (Peppermint), Ravinsara aromatic (Ravinsara).
Another thing you can do if you are feeling congested is reduce mucus producing foods such as: dairy, sugar, wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
Here’s a great easy recipe if you’re feeling congested.
Sinus Infection Inhalation
- 10 ml Eucalyptus globulus EO
- 10 ml Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) EO
- 3 ml Syzygium aromaticum (Clove) EO
- 3 ml Mentha piperita (Peppermint) EO
- 2 ml Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) linalol EO
- 2 ml Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) EO
Place your head over a pot of steaming (not boiling) water with a towel covering your head. Add 2-3 drops of Sinus Infection Inhalation and breathe deeply through the nose. Add more as needed.
Much of this information is shared from the Green Path Herbal School in Missoula, MT. They have a wealth of great information. Please reach out to me if you have any questions at all!
Cassandra Orjala has over 30 years experience in herbal remedies and colon hydrotherapy. She lives and and works in Post Falls, Idaho.