To relieve a stuffy nose fast, try this simple chamomile and eucalyptus herbal steam solution.
Bring 6-8 cups of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add ½ cup chamomile flowers. (In a pinch you can substitute a good quality chamomile tea – use 5 bags) Add 3 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Cover the pot and let it steep for about 15 minutes. Place the pot on a trivet or hot pad and put it on a table where you can sit comfortably over the bowl. Next remove the lid and place a large towel over your head and over the steaming pot. Position your face at least a foot away from the bowl. Do not bring your face too close to the water as your face should feel warm but not overheated. You may want to close your eyes.
Simply breathe in the herbal steam for a very quick and safe relief from your stuffy nose. Continue to breathe over the pot for about 5-10 minutes. Just a warning, make sure you have tissues on hand as this will definitely unstuff your nose.
Another great remedy that we have been implementing lately is to place garlic and oregano oil on the bottoms of the feet before bed time. Add warm socks over the well-oiled feet and this will help with cold symptoms as well as reduce coughing.
My favorite reference manual on finding these types of natural remedies is Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use. I love her no nonsense approach and she gives very clear directions that anyone can follow. She brings 35 plus years of experience in herbal remedies and essential oil to this reference guide. This guide can help you find safe and all-natural remedies that will save you money and keep you healthier for 2014!