Herbal treatment for colds
Jun 01, 2018
Runny nose is a stuffy nose, accompanied by a secret secretion.It appears as a result of pathological( inflammatory) changes in the mucous membranes of the nose.The inflammation itself, described in the medical literature as rhinitis, can be the result of exposure to infectious agents( viruses or bacteria), hypothermia or the influence of allergens.The cause of rhinitis is often even a change in the hormonal background.Table of contents: Classification of rhinitis Why does a runny nose occur?Treatment of rhinitis with folk remedies The most effective phytopreparations for the treatment of rhinitis Treatment of vasomotor rhinitis Treatment of atrophic rhinitis with folk remedies Treatment of allergic rhinitis at home Inhalation with rhinitis Treatment of common cold in children Recommended reading:
Classification of rhinitis
According to the accepted classification, rhinitis is divided into:
- infectious( acute and chronic);
- non-infectious( allergic and neurovegetative).
Chronic inflammation of the nasal mucosa can be catarrhal, hypertrophic and atrophic.
Why does the runny nose appear?
By inhaling cold air in the nose, there is an alternating constriction and widening of the blood vessels, which leads to the development of reflex edema.Edema in turn complicates nasal breathing and negatively affects the functional activity of the secretory glands.Hence - dryness and irritation, which are manifested by such symptoms as itching and sneezing.
Under the influence of pathogenic microorganisms, a local inflammatory response occurs.Inflow of blood to the area of inflammation increases, as a result of which secretory glands are activated and transparent watery discharge appears.For OCR, a viscous separable yellow-green color is also very characteristic.The cause of edema of the mucous membranes of the nose can also become allergens( often - pollen of plants).
Treatment of rhinitis with folk remedies
Rhinitis itself is not dangerous, so the treatment of the common cold is most often performed at home.A significant threat can be only complications of protracted rhinitis( in particular - sinusitis).Often with a cold, treatment with herbs is indicated.
If nasal congestion is observed in colds and infectious diseases, it is recommended to use medicinal plants that are characterized by antibacterial, fortifying and cleansing properties.Herbal preparations in the treatment of rhinitis can be applied externally( topically, for instillations in the nose) and for inhalations, and also taken internally. Please note : along with herbal remedies, beekeeping products( honey and propolis) are also widely used for getting rid of the common cold.
The most effective phytopreparations for the treatment of the common cold
For treatment of rhinitis at home, the following are especially useful:
- Calendula.This medicinal plant has pronounced antibacterial( disinfectant) and anti-inflammatory properties.Infusions of calendula also have a mild sedative effect.
- Eucalyptus leaves contain substances that increase local immunity.A pleasantly smelling extract of this plant is often recommended for inhalation with a cold.
- Olive oil.It softens the inflamed mucous membrane and helps to reduce puffiness.
- The herb of St. John's wort - helps to increase the general resistance of the body, helps fight the pathogenic microflora and significantly reduces the severity of the symptoms of inflammation.
- Aloe vera juice - has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes immunity.It can be used for instillation into the nose with a cold.
- Kalanchoe - accelerates regeneration( restoration) of tissues and relieves inflammation.The plant juice is used for instillation into the nasal passages.
- Roots and rhizomes of thick-leaved balan - used for the preparation of phytopreparations( powders), which are applied topically in chronic forms of rhinitis.
- Ephedra is two-colony.From the green shoots of ephedra, two-colony for a cold, vasoconstrictive preparations are prepared for symptomatic therapy.
Treatment of vasomotor rhinitis
If a watery( serous) liquid flows profusely from the nose, this is an indication for the use of phytopreparations that have astringent properties.To treat this form of cold at home, take 12 grams of dried duckweed and 1 glass of water.Bring to a boil over low heat, cool and strain.Drink a third of the glass 3 times a day for half an hour before meals.In the absence of the expected positive effect after 4 days of treatment, it is advisable to increase the dosage by 2 times.
Good effect gives:
- instillation with beet juice( 2 drops in each nostril - 3 times a day);Instillation with birch sap;
- lubrication of the nasal mucosa with 10% ointment from walnut leaves prepared on the basis of Vaseline;
- take infusions from the collection, which includes oak bark( 30 gr.), Rowan berries( 20 gr.), Scampia leaves( 20 grams), mint leaves( 5 grams), sage leaves( 5 grams)Horsetail of the field( 15 gr.).To make it, 2 tablespoons of a mixture of herbs pour one glass of water, bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes, then insist for an hour.The received infusion twice a day is washed with nasal sinuses
The vasomotor form of rhinitis can be treated with such herbs as yarrow, peppermint, chamomile and St. John's wort.For oral administration, medicinal tinctures based on Eleutherococcus, Leuzea, Ginseng, Zamaniha, Peony evading and Rhodiola rosea are useful.
Note: as an "emergency aid" for a cold can recommend an effective vasoconstrictive drug "Pinosol".It contains essential oils of pine.
Treatment of atrophic rhinitis with folk remedies
Atrophic rhinitis in children and adults is particularly effective sage leaves and walnuts, as well as calendula flowers.Infusions based on these plant substrates are indicated for inhalation and nasal washings.
Treatment of an allergic rhinitis at home
An allergic runny nose requires the use of plants that have more or less pronounced desensitizing properties, i.e., capable of reducing the reactivity of the body.Antiallergic properties have such a biological substance as hamazulen.It is present, in particular, in rosemary and yarrow.Among other plants recommended for allergic rhinitis, burdock is large, blackhead, barberry, horseradish, dandelion, tri-colored violet, lavender, sweet potato, string, nutmeg, dill and licorice.
Recipe for a soothing infusion for the treatment of an allergic rhinitis:
- Take 20 grams of hop cones and pour 1 cup of boiling water.
- Insist for 15-20 minutes, then cool and strain.
- Take one third of the glass 3 times a day.
From natural sedatives( sedatives) are shown alcoholic or vodka tinctures of the root and flowers of the peony of the narrow-leaved peony.They need to take 15-60 drops in the morning and in the evening. Another prescription for an allergic rhinitis:
- Take the freshly harvested dandelions, cut off the roots, and cut all overhead parts of the plant through a meat grinder or chop with a knife.
- From the obtained mass squeeze the juice through gauze.
- Dilute the juice with water in a ratio of 1: 1, put the resulting liquid on a slow fire and bring to a boil.
- Cool and take medication at 3 tbsp.L.2 times a day( in the morning and afternoon) for half an hour before meals.The course of treatment is 30-45 days.
Recipe for raspberry broth for the treatment of an allergic rhinitis at home:
- 50 grams of dried raspberry roots pour 0.5 liters of water, bring to a boil and cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes.
- Ready to drink broth for 2 tbsp.L.Three times during the day.Continue course treatment until the symptoms of allergic rhinitis disappear.
Celery and black currant with rhinitis of allergic origin is useful for eating raw.
Inhalation with rhinitis
With a cold, herbal treatment can include "classic" steam inhalations with extracts from plants. The following essential medicinal plants containing essential oils are added to the boiling water:
- coniferous trees( fir, pine);
Please note: essential oils should be used with caution, as these herbal medicines have high biological activity and can trigger the development of an allergic reaction.
In addition, water can be added to water for inhalations independently prepared water plants containing phytoncides( substances with pronounced antimicrobial activity). Recommended infusions and decoctions from:
- Labrador grass;
- of poplar buds;
- rhizome of calamus;
- roots of elecampane;Oregano grass ;
- of eucalyptus leaves;
- heather grass.
Important: for pregnant women with a runny nose to treat herbs should be treated with extreme caution.Local application in the form of drops or inhalations is relatively safe, but when taking decoctions and infusions inside these phytopreparations have a systemic effect.Some plants are categorically contraindicated in the period of gestation, since biologically active ingredients can lead to undesirable consequences for the fetus or cause premature birth.
Treatment of a common cold in children
For treating rhinitis in children at home, it is well suited:
- Kalanchoe juice.It can be purchased in the pharmacy chain or obtained from a fresh plant itself.For instillations the drug should be diluted with boiled water( or water for injection) in a ratio of 1: 1.The procedure is recommended to be carried out periodically with an interval of 3-4 hours.The effect is not immediate;Decrease in puffiness is observed after 20 minutes.Initially, rhinorrhea( separation of fluid) increases somewhat, but soon it decreases substantially.Juice of onion or garlic.Treatment of the common cold with folk remedies also involves digging into the nasal passages of diluted water onion or garlic juice.It is important that the child's eyes are closed during the procedure - this will help to avoid additional unpleasant sensations associated with irritation of the mucous eyes.Bury the juice of these plants, which have strong bactericidal properties, is recommended not more than 3 times a day.Juice of geranium or calendula.3-4 times during the day you can also instill the juice of calendula or geranium bloody.The acquired marigold juice in the vials is too concentrated, and requires a dilution of 1: 4.
For inhalations using a conventional atomizer, traditional medicine advocates recommend using a warm infusion based on the leaves of the mother-and-stepmother.You can also use for watering the water infusions of chamomile, sage, yarrow and St. John's wort.For temporary relief of nasal breathing, children are shown instillations of the nose with infusion of ephedra - 3-5 drops in each nostril.It is not recommended to repeat the procedure more often than 3 times a day.
If a child suffers from a chronic rhinitis, it is advisable to use locally the juice of nightshade black for home treatment - 2 drops in each nostril three times a day.Therapy in this case should be a course: the recommended duration is 1 week.Several additional folk recipes used in the treatment of the common cold can be found in this video review:
Vladimir Plisov, phyto-therapeutist