Now that winter is creeping closer, so are seasonal sinus issues. If you find yourself suffering from sinus congestion (the inflammation and swelling of the nasal lining), then you might be underwhelmed about holiday parties and New Year’s Eve. Congestion can stem from a sinus infection, cold, allergies or the flu, and excess mucus can make symptoms all the worse. Fortunately, herbal teas can be a soothing, natural remedy for cold-weather health blues.
How do herbal teas help? First, the steam from boiling water can reduce congestion. Inhaling additional vapors as you sip also can alleviate nasal inflammation, and drinking the hot beverage itself can speed nasal drainage by moisturizing the mucus membranes.
Several types of herbal tea are especially beneficial for relieving congestion:
- Wild thyme
Adding lemon juice or a slice of lemon to your tea can also thin mucus, thanks to the acidic properties of the fruit.
While dealing with sinus congestion in the winter months and all year long, consult with a doctor to see what treatment is right for you and whether herbal remedies should be part of your care. We’re always here when you need to talk.