Allergic Rhinitis with Congestion

Introduction

Allergic rhinitis often comes with the unwelcome companion of congestion, leaving you seeking relief from blocked sinuses and discomfort. Thankfully, nature provides a range of herbal remedies to help alleviate congestion associated with allergic rhinitis. In this comprehensive guide, we explore the soothing properties of herbs like eyebright, common plantain, goldenrod, and more. Discover how to create infusions and tinctures that can provide relief from nasal congestion and mucus buildup, allowing you to breathe freely and comfortably.

Treatments

Herbs: Eyebright (Euphrasia spp.), common plantain (Plantago major), goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea), boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Remedy: Make an infusion with one or a mixture of all of the herbs and drink up to 1 2/3 cups a day.

Note: Use this remedy especially for copious, watery mucus.


Herbs: Echinacea (Echinacea spp.), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis,), elderflower (Sambucus nigra), thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Remedy: Take 1 tsp of equal parts of each tincture 3 times daily with warm water.

Note: Use this remedy especially for thick yellow / green mucus and sinus congestion.

Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

Neuralgia

General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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Toothache
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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