Some people have dry cough and stuffed nose when they suffer from cold, however some other people suffer from a runny, dripping nose. The eyes are watery, there is constant discharge of watery phlegm from the nose which is cause discomforting. The person may have extreme difficulty in talking to people and may want to stay indoors. Constant sneezing make matters worse. In such a situation, one can get relief if the constant stream of watery phlegm from the nose is stopped.
The characteristic triad of runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing is usually a sign of allergic rhinitis . Hay fever is a kind of allergic rhinitis. This is an allergic reaction. It can be triggered by things like pollen, dander, grass, dust, mites, minute insects and their smells, pets and mold. In some cases, it is because of an upper respiratory tract infection, in which case there may be sore throat.
There are lots of home remedies to curb these three symptoms. This provides great relief to the person and they can move outdoors and sleep peacefully. No need for handkerchief all the time. The first thing to dry is obviously the vapor rub. It contains many natural and some synthetic ingredients that are excellent for cold induced symptoms.
Home remedies for runny nose
1. Lady fingers or Okra
This is a vegetable that contains a sticky substance called mucilage . Wash the okra pods and take out the seeds. Then eat the okra pods after boiling them. Also drink the water in which the okra pods were boiled to prevent any wastage of mucilage. This mucilage is very soothing for the throat and it prevents the irritants from inflaming the throat. This prevents the much more troublesome sore throat condition. Moreover, it improves also digestion. This in turn helps with the runny nose condition.
2. Sour fruits
Take out the juice of lemon, lime, orange or pineapple and put this in warm water. Drink this sour juice. It should provide relief from runny nose and frequent sneezing.
3. Ginger tea : Drink ginger tea many times a day. Ginger is very helpful in cold and cough.
Finely grated ginger ( from a 1 inch thick piece )
- Directions / How to use
Boil some water. Put the ginger in it. Squeeze out the juice of 2 large lemons. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, covered. Now strain and drink this liquid. This is awesome for stemming runny nose and lowering inflammation.
4. Hot water after peppercorns
Chew some peppercorns ( black pepper ) in the mouth. It is going to feel spicy . Drink some hot water over it . It will make the runny nose more runny and make the body release phlegm at a high rate. A lot of phlegm is expelled and the nose and throat is relieved greatly. A similar remedy is to do a gargle with a pinch of cayenne pepper. It is a reverse kind of remedy, one that provides relief by aggravating the condition in the beginning.
5. Warm chicken soup ( Very soothing and nutritious )
It is an awesome remedy for cold and runny nose in babies and adults too. In case of any kind of cold, cough, sinus infection or other respiratory tract infection, chicken soup is very relaxing. However, if it is because of an allergic reaction, it may not be that effective. Prepare a warm chicken soup, but keep it bland, not spicy. This way it won’t make your nose more runny instead.
When preparing food, add some turmeric to it. When the food starts cooking, turmeric vapors emerge along with other vapors of the food. Take these vapors. They can be really helpful in stopping a runny nose. Also eat the food containing the turmeric. It is strongly anti-inflammatory and reduce the redness around the nose, inside the mucus membranes and near the eyes. This yellow spice is a miraculous food when it comes to lowering inflammation. Do not however drink this with milk in this condition, as milk can increase phlegm production.
7. Sniff Caraway Seeds
Get some caraway seeds and inhale their smell. They have a mild cooling odor which helps to calm a runny nose. This happens because caraways seeds are a natural antihistamine. They curb the body’s histamine based inflammatory response to allergen. The body still does its job, but not with too much external symptoms.
8. Thyme Steam
In a pot of boiling water, put some dried thyme, about 2 tablespoon. Now, it turns into a big pot of thyme tea. Inhale the vapors from this tea. It has a similar effect as caraway seeds and stops a runny nose.
- Lemongrass tea : The exquisite flavor of lemongrass in tea makes it more potent in treating the condition of cold and runny nose.
- Leeks : This is a vegetable which is of the onion family. Making a vegetable of leeks is beneficial in the condition of runny nose.
- Schisandra berry : These berries from China are an ingredient in a famous traditional Chinese remedy for runny nose, watery eyes and other symptoms caused by allergic rhinitis. One can take these berries for getting relief from this condition.
- Sage tea : Sage is a popular herb which has drying properties. It can dry up the throat and nasal passages and can thus provide relief from runny nose. However, it should not be given for runny nose to babies and kids. Sage should be taken in the form of herbal tea.
Home Remedies for Watery Eyes
The easiest and perhaps the best remedy for excessively watery eyes is the cool cucumber. Apply cucumber slices over the eyes to reduce the watery eyes and redness. Cool cucumber is great for the eyes. It also takes care of dark circles under eyes and puffiness. Keep the cucumber for 5 minutes every hour till the eyes become normal.
2. Tea Bags
Take 2 used black tea bags. Cool them in the refrigerator. Then apply them on the eyes. It reduces inflammation, swelling and thus the inflamed tear glands are relieved. They stop releasing so many tears.
3. Cold Milk
Got milk in the refrigerator ? Well, put it to use for getting relief from excessively watery eyes. Put the milk in a finely knit cloth and tie a knot at the top. Now place two such handkerchiefs, one on each eye. Milk is really soothing for the eyes.
4. Cilantro Seeds Eye Wash
The tea made from cilantro or coriander seeds is an excellent eye wash for infections and other eye problems.
- Directions / How to use
Add 2 tablespoon ground cilantro seeds to about 250 ml water. Boil once and let it cool for 20 minutes. Use this water to wash the eyes. It relieves excessive watering in the eyes.
Besides these remedies, get adequate sleep and wash the eyes with a good eye drop. Keep them as clean as possible. Try not to rub the eyes. It really promotes the watering.
Home Remedies for Sneezing
Sneezing is a good sign. It is an indication that the body is trying to eliminate the irritant or allergen. However, if you have to sneeze like every few seconds, then it becomes a problem. Moreover, if it happens in public, then it becomes a peculiar situation. The more you think about controlling the sneeze, the more you may want to do it.
Using these remedies, one can stop sneezing and give some rest to the nose, throat and chest.
1. Peppermint Inhaler
Get an empty inhaler. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of dried peppermint. Use this inhaler and breathe deeply with each nostril for 5 seconds. It immediately stops sneezing in most people. One can also sniff peppermint essential oil. The mint family contains menthol and many other aromatic, cooling compounds that reduce inflammation in the nasal mucus membranes.
2. Chamomile Tea
Prepare a herbal tea with 1 tablespoon of chamomile in about 250 ml water. Drink this tea when cool. Chamomile is a powerful anti-histamine and it helps to curb all the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Other herbal teas that one can use are ginger, nettle, parsley seed and fennel.
3. Powerful remedy for Hay Fever
One can relieve the symptoms of hay fever by using these three ingredients
Extract the juice from grapefruit and lemons. Add them about 2 tablespoons each. Then add 1 tablespoon honey. Drink this 2 times everyday. This aids the body in overcoming hay fever.
In case of an allergic reaction, one should never neglect the condition and try to find the allergen. It is difficult, but very important. Otherwise, this kind of symptoms would keep coming every time one contacts that allergen.
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2. Recent researches on okra: Abelmochus esculentus. Fong YapLai et. al.