One who suffers from rhinitis knows how bad it is to wake up in the morning and sneeze about 50 times in a row.Also to like cats and not being able to play with them, because the eyes swell, the nose itches unbearably and the crises of sneeze seem to have no end. Also, one is unable to use certain perfumes or getting close to those who use them, and much less smoke or stay close to anyone who smokes.
These are just a few symptoms of who, like me, suffered from childhood and part of adolescence with this disease and still have bouts of rhinitis in adulthood. Unlike most people, I could not get proper treatment because of the lack of information from my parents, but today, even though I suffer less from rhinitis, I can go after the correct information and, better yet, look for natural and home-made alternatives to avoid and even remedy the problem.
Nowadays, with the number of medicines we must take, the search for home-based remedies and natural alternatives, both for treating diseases and for having a better quality of life, has increased considerably.
It is as if we were going back to our grandparents’ time when they prepared “magic potions” with herbs and spices that solved problems in the blink of an eye. This is what we want to rescue for our lives and this is what we will learn in this article with simple alternatives, but first let us know more in detail what is rhinitis, what causes, symptoms and what to do to remedy them.
What is Rhinitis ?
Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucosa of the nose (the inside of the nose where the air we breathe passes through) and it is caused by an allergic reaction that we develop when we inhale toxic particles in the air we breathe.
The nose has the function of filtering, warming and humidifying the air that will reach the lungs, and when the air is impurified and in conditions that are unfit for our organism, our defense mechanism, which is our immune system, is activated causing the uncomfortable symptoms of rhinitis. This is because the organism tries to prevent the passage of the “aggressor agent”, that is why we sneeze so much and so much secretion and coryza is formed.
What Triggers Rhinitis?
Usually, rhinitis is triggered when we come into contact with allergic things like dust, hairy animals, environments that have been closed for a long time and have not been cleaned. Also moist and musty environments, bedding that is not changed and regularly washed, accumulating acarus and fungi, and even to the ingestion of some foods considered allergens like milk, eggs, chocolate, and seafood can trigger it.
Those who suffer from rhinitis also have many problems with air conditioning, especially if their maintenance is faulty and leave it at a very low temperature (very cold environment).
According to Dr. Juliano Pimentel , the people most likely to suffer from rhinitis are those who already have some pathologies such as asthma, dermatitis (skin diseases) and conjunctivitis (inflammation in the eyes), because the body produces more secretions due to inflammation obstruct the vision channels and airways.
Symptoms Of Rhinitis
The symptoms of rhinitis go beyond what we have said before. In addition to sneezing, swollen eyes and itchy nose, rhinitis also causes:
- Persistent dry cough
- Nasal congestion
- Burning sensation in eyes, nose, and mouth
Rhinitis can also favor the onset of other diseases such as ear infections and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eyes), due to the accumulation of secretion in the airways.
Home Remedies for Treating Rhinitis
To treat rhinitis there are several procedures, from the removal of carpets, curtains, blankets, cleaning environments, to the replacement of some food allergens, but in addition, we will talk about the natural treatments where we highlight 10 options of home remedies to be used.
Oregano is a great ally for fighting not only rhinitis but also other respiratory problems and is widely used in folk medicine due to its high antiseptic power cleaning the airways for being antihistaminic reducing the symptoms of rhinitis and sinusitis. Antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of oregano fight colds and flu; reliving pains and cramps, and is also a source of omega-3 helping in the fight against heart disease; combat asthma stimulates the appetite and even reduces problems of flatulence.
Oregano can be used both fresh and dried leaves, but these should be used in smaller quantities due to the fact of being more concentrated. The proportions vary according to indications and needs. It is usually used in the preparation of foods like pizzas, snacks and some dishes, but is very useful if consumed in the form of tea.
Ginger is a potent root, much used in Asian cooking, but is now gaining more and more space in functional medicine. It is highly sought after by people with colds, sore throats and coughs.
Boil 2 cups water with a piece of ginger (about 5 cm), boil for 5 minutes and then place 1 eucalyptus leaf.
Turn off the heat, cover it and wait for heat.
This mixture is to be ingested as a tea so that it is possible to drink, add the juice of one lemon and two tablespoons of pure honey.
Usually, chamomile is used as a form of tea for ingestion but, for the treatment of rhinitis is made with this ingredient, it is necessary to inhale. So the tea should be stronger and the inhalation procedure is the same as the salt solution we talked about before (bring the tea face up and breathe the steam for a few minutes).
To help concentrate the vapor toward the face, it is advisable to put a towel on the head to prevent smoke from escaping and make inhalation more effective. Consult a pediatrician for practice in children under 7 years of age. And be careful not to get burned!
We speak of eucalyptus to be used in ginger tea, but it can also be used both in inhalations in the form of essential oil, which is sold in natural food stores, as in teas with the own eucalyptus leaf in combination with other leaves and herbs
If using eucalyptus essential oil, put 5 drops of the oil in 1 liter of boiling water and inhale the steam for 5 minutes. But attention, its smell is strong and there are people allergic to eucalyptus.
6. Eucalyptus and blackberry tea
Another suggestion of tea with the eucalyptus leaf is to boil 1 liter of water in the morning, add 1 thin sheet of eucalyptus and 2 leaves of blackberry. One should take 1 cup of this tea in fasting and the rest during the day when the crises of rhinitis appear.
7. Hydrogen Peroxide
A great alternative to relieve dryness of the airways are nasal sprays. Better yet when we have the option of not spending money buying those sprays ready with more than one component in the formula that can cause addiction by having an immediate action. Therefore the use of hydrogen peroxide as a nasal spray is indicated, but be careful! The hydrogen peroxide is 10 volumes and not the ones used for discoloration of hair and hair.
To prepare the spray, simply mix 1 tablespoon of 10 volumes of hydrogen peroxide in a glass of non-chlorinated water (filtered / chlorine-free) and place in a clean, sanitized spray bottle to apply to the nostrils whenever necessary.
8. Salt and Hydrogen Peroxide
As an alternative to conventional spray purchased at the pharmacy, it is suggested to use sea salt (half a teaspoon) and hydrogen peroxide 10 volumes (also half a teaspoon) in a glass with non-chlorinated water (filtered / chlorine-free) . Mix and place in a spray bottle or clean, a sanitized syringe. This mixture cannot be used by hypertensive people due to salt as one of the ingredients.
9. Mango Juice with Orange
This recipe can not even be considered a “remedy” because the main ingredient is delicious: mango!
The mango has antioxidant properties, purifies the blood and has an expectorant action that helps to eliminate accumulated secretions, excellent in fighting diseases such as rhinitis, sinusitis, and asthma. To prepare this nutritious home remedy for allergic rhinitis you will need:
- 1 sleeve
- ½ cup pure orange juice
- Water if needed
Beat the mango and orange juice in the blender by adding water gradually to facilitate mixing. The juice is very creamy due to the consistency of the sleeve! Drink 400 ml of this juice daily until symptoms subside.
10. Northern Buchanan
The North Buchinha or Cabacinha, depending on the region of Brazil that is spoken, is a small plant, rounded, with some “thorns” outside (looking like a Mamona) and inside it looks like those vegetal bushes that is used to take bath, hence the origin of the name.
It is a plant native to Brazil and its dry fruit is widely used for the treatment of respiratory diseases such as rhinitis and sinusitis. However, it is necessary to be very careful in its use because it is a toxic plant and its handling by experienced people is recommended.
There are several ways to use it, but it should never be boiled whole, as it can release components that cause irritation and bleeding into the nasal mucosa.
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