My Natural Nasal Decongestant

I have dealt with sinus congestion for all of my life, and I’ve tried many different ways to help, with varying success.  One thing I’ve found useful lately is based on something I learned about during the Ayurvedic cooking seminar I attended with Dr. Vasant Lad in New Mexico last year. 

my homemade decongestant

Dr. Lad prepared Chai Tea for everyone on Saturday morning and I reacted badly to the milk in it.  I was willing to try it because he spoke about the spices in it (cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg if I remember correctly) and said they reduce the mucilaginous properties of the milk.  But unfortunately it didn’t do the trick for me.  So I mentioned this during the class, and Dr. Lad took my pulses and gave me a few ginger slices with lime juice and salt on them to eat, in order to stimulate my agni (this is the name for the digestive fire in Ayurveda) and burn up some of the ama, or toxins, that were the cause of my sinus issues.

I had a hard time with the ginger slices, but the cooking class was continuing so it wasn’t really the time to address it.  Recently I discussed it with Candice and she suggested I try adding some coconut flakes to help relieve some of the shock of the strong mixture.  I tried that and now I have some every morning before breakfast, and it’s an instant relief every day for my sinuses and helps get rid of nasal drip also.  I have been using ginger paste from a jar because we have it, but I may start buying the actual ginger roots once I empty the jar.

Asthma Relief

A few years ago I purchased a book which detailed another process to help relieve nasal congestion. The focus of the book was asthma, but I was able to use the techniques (developed by a Russian doctor) to help provide much needed sinus relief for myself. I wasn’t able to find that same book recently when I looked for it, but I did find a similar one, called Dramatic Asthma Relief.

11 thoughts on “My Natural Nasal Decongestant

  1. I’d like to try this – what is the recipe you use? How much of the ginger, lime juice, salt, and coconut flakes? Thanks.

  2. If you use ginger root, just cut a couple skinny (cracker thickness) slices, squirt some lime juice on it, and sprinkle a bit of salt – however much you want. Then eat the ginger slices like crackers. You can put half a spoonful of coconut flakes on the slices like you would cheese on a cracker. I actually use small bits of coconut creme, but coconut flakes would give the same effect. With the ginger paste, I use about a spoonful of the paste mixed with about half that much lime juice and a “pinch” of salt.

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  4. Thank you for sharing, this was most helpful. I suffer from Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and am aware that I should stay away from stimulates this includes some medications like sudafed, which can cause relapses in my condition. I have a bit of a cold coming on and my sinuses are playing up, so I tried your natural nasal decongestant, and found that it started to work right away for me. It was the first time I had used ginger… WoW! It was a bit of a shock to my system and a little hard to handle but the second slice was done using the coconut which took the edge off. My sinuses feel much better already, I have also made drink form using a similar mix, of hot water, ginger, lime juice, coconut flakes and honey. Hopefully this clears my cold up.

  5. Yes straight ginger is a bit of a shock, but sometimes that’s what we need. 🙂

    Thanks for posting your good feeling story, I hope you continue to feel better using your homemade tea.

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