Hi, we spent some time in Michigan mint country this spring and learned its medicinal uses. Got that virus the grandkids give for free so bought a good organic peppermint essential oil and used a qtip to dab on sinuses. Didn't irritate so used it liberally.
I put 2 drops in 3/4 c. water and slugged it down. Within 2 minutes could breathe well! Within 5 minutes can feel it doing something to lungs! Waiting for coughing to stop, quality of cough changing, seems more productive in a less unpleasant way--less dry/painful. Menthol in it. Draining sinuses now. Some people are allergic, be advised.....
I've been reading the many posts about chronic mucus in the throat. I've been there - done that for many years. I've seen 4 different doctors without any positive results and tried MANY - MANY Rx's. I've been tested for allergies, asthma and GERD and I'm not a smoker. I not knocking the medical community but they seem to have tunnel vision when it comes to this condition. With the help of some on-line postings and some research, I've come upon some promising results.
Antibiotics seem to be a common denominator. When a doctor prescribes an antibiotic it kills all the bacteria [good and bad] in your system - this is good when you are ill since it eliminates what was making you ill. However the elimination of the good bacteria has consequences. [Please note that I'm not a medical professional so my descriptions/explanations may not be stated well but this is what I've pieced together with some research] There is a relationship in the body between mucus and good bacteria. If the good bacteria are not adequate, the body produces mucus as protection.
With my condition, I separated it to a mucus problem and a post-nasal drip problem. First the mucus - Probiotics are designed to replace the good bacteria. They are not new and have been around for a long time and there is a lot of information available on them - doing your own research is recommended. In my case, I've been prescribed antibiotics many times over the years but never replaced the good bacteria. So I started with a low dose of Probiotic and worked up. [I currently take 3 capsules 2X daily] This has reduced the mucus in my throat a lot - maybe 80% or more. [I'm reluctant to say that I'm cured]
Next the post-nasal drip. This is still a work in progress. Over-the-counter decongestants aren't a solution for me - Sudafed-like compounds mess with my blood pressure but I still use Flonase. So thanks to another on-line posting, I'm trying lemon water with cayenne pepper in it - not a lot of pepper but enough to give it a little warmth. [Yes, I know this sounds like a witch's brew but it's really not so bad] So far, so good! It seems to be working.
I hope this information works. Good luck.
Follow this URL for more info on chronic sinus problems: http://markstengler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/chronic_sinus.pdf
I can't thank you enough for getting rid of my excess phlegm.
A few month ago, I had a chest infection and had to take antibiotics for a week, it cleared up the infection but left me with a lot of phlegm that I could not get rid of, I tried everything on Earth Clinic, Hydrogen peroxide, Oregano Oil, Olive Leaf, Turmeric and nothing shifted it until I read your recent post on the Congestive Heart Failure page to ORH, and I tried your 1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt, it was amazing......
..."I'm sorry to hear about your oxygen predicament. A while ago I also had problems with gunk in my lungs. I just followed Ted's advice of taking 1/2 tspn Sea Salt every day. Worked like a charm. No more gunk in my lungs. Nada. Taking sea salt reduces all mucus in the lungs, nose etc. And it gives your body many essential trace minerals as well. I'm also aware that many are afraid to take salt -- even the good sea salt -- because they insist that it's bad for the heart. You know where I stand there. I've been taking sea salt for over 10 years and my heart is always 70/110. So if you've got a healthy kidney and healthy intestines, sea salt should be OK as far as I'm concerned."
Luckily I had some Sea Salt in the pantry and within an hour of taking it, my chest felt 50% better. I have now been taking it each day for 4 days and it has gone and I will keep taking it for another week to make sure it has completely gone.
A big Thank You to Bill and Earth Clinic.
TEN MILE, TN
I found a cure for my excessive phlegm and mucus problem: Turmeric! It worked instantly for me so I hope this will help someone out there.
I have to say turmeric is one of the herbs that I dislike the most, I don't like the way it smells, tastes and it pretty much discolors everything. However, it's a miracle cure for many ailments.
Here's how I take turmeric:
Heat up 1/4 cup of water.
Add 1/2 teaspoon or more turmeric powder,
A few drops of coconut oil or any type of oil that you prefer
A pinch of cayenne pepper, skip it if not available.
The point is to dissolve the turmeric in the water, they say turmeric works best in oil or milk since I do not always have milk in the fridge so I always use oil. I found this basically out of desperation because prior to that, I tried everything: antibiotics, garlic, salt water, daikon radish...nothing helped.
I drank this turmeric mixture before bedtime and was able to sleep really well without having my nose and throat plugged up. I think ginger may work the same way since turmeric and ginger are in the same plant family.
If I have fresh ginger on hand, I would just basically chop it up real fine and take it with a big glass of water.
Three of the things I always have in my pantry: turmeric, ginger and garlic. I take garlic for cold and sinus, remmeber to buy fresh garlic grown in the US and not the cheap stuff from China.
I cannot emphasize enough that nature does provide almost every cure you need for most ailments, the only issue is whether you are aware of it or not.