Natural Remedies for Congestion: A Safer, More Effective Approach
When the common cold strikes, this illness can make both children and adults feel tired, achy, and congested. But with the FDA recently casting doubt on the effectiveness of phenylephrine (a common decongestant ingredient) what can you use to help fight congestion?
Understanding phenylephrine as a decongestant
Phenylephrine is a staple in many over-the-counter cold and flu medications aimed at relieving nasal congestion.
However, recent scrutiny from the FDA highlights concerns about its actual benefits. The agency's findings suggest that phenylephrine may not provide the relief consumers expect and may work no better than a placebo.
The shift to natural remedies
Natural remedies are not only safer but often more effective – especially for children whose developing bodies are more sensitive to chemical-based medications.
Natural remedies offer a holistic approach, addressing the root cause of congestion without the side effects commonly associated with conventional drugs.
4 natural remedies for congestion
Natural congestion remedies encompass a variety of techniques and ingredients. So whether your congestion is from a cold or allergies, here are several ways to fight the symptoms:
Use a humidifier
Simple home practices like steam inhalation, using a humidifier, and staying hydrated can significantly alleviate congestion.
These methods help loosen mucus, making it easier to clear the nose and lungs to breathe.
Drink herbal tea
Herbal teas – particularly those with peppermint, eucalyptus, or ginger – provide natural decongestant properties that soothe the respiratory system.
For children over 12 months old, honey may be used to sweeten the tea. Older children may appreciate hot teas, while younger ones often prefer them chilled.
Eat foods rich in vitamin C
Incorporating certain foods into your diet can also play a role in alleviating congestion. Foods rich in vitamin C (like oranges and bell peppers) and anti-inflammatory foods (like turmeric and garlic), can help boost the immune system and reduce the severity of congestion.
Supplemental vitamin D3 combined with vitamin K also strengthens the immune system.
Use liquid herbal supplements
At KidsWellness, we prioritize natural, safe, and effective solutions for children's and adults’ health needs. Our carefully formulated products embody our commitment to holistic wellness.
Here are 3 of our natural liquid herbal products you can use to improve any congestion:
This herbal blend – featuring wild cherry bark, mullein, licorice, and other synergistic herbal tinctures – targets respiratory discomfort by easing cough and congestion and supporting healthy lung function.
It’s a gentle yet potent formula that offers a natural alternative to conventional medications.
Crafted with nettle, ginger, peppermint, and other natural ingredients, this formula provides relief from sinus and allergy-related congestion and supports the nose & sinus tissues.
Its herbal composition ensures safe and effective relief for both adults and children.
A robust immune system is key to preventing and managing congestion.
Rely on the effective natural treatments to fight congestion.
As we navigate the challenges of colds, allergies, and respiratory discomforts, let's remember that the best defense often comes from the natural world around us.
Whether it's through simple home remedies or our carefully formulated supplements, the power to heal and protect lies in nature's hands.Make KidsWellness and Dr. Rydland’s herbal formulas your partner in this journey, providing the support and care your family deserves for a healthier, happier life!