Post-Nasal Drip Remedies

| Modified: May 30, 2018
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Treatment of post-nasal drip is widely varied and includes such options as nasal cleansing using a neti pot as well as alkalizing formulas. While the most important consideration for treating this condition is identifying the underlying condition, many of these natural treatments offer relief from the condition whatever the cause. Natural options cleanse the sinuses and remove infection and bacteria causing the drip.

What is Post-Nasal Drip?

Post-nasal drip, also known as PND, is a condition characterized by the overproduction of mucus. The most common symptom is the presence of excess mucus running down the throat. Additional symptoms include hoarseness, sore throat and others. The condition is caused by a number of different factors including cold, flu, allergy, sinus infection and many others.

Natural Treatments for Post-Nasal Drip

While the causes of excess mucus production are widely varied, many cases of the condition can be treated effectively using similar natural treatments. Alkalizing formulas such as apple cider vinegar are effective options. Additionally, cayenne, garlic and other herbs offer relief.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural substance that kills germs and nourishes the body at the same time. The vinegar can be taken as a tonic, which works to cleanse the system and remove toxins from the inside out, healing a drip in the process. Another treatment option, however, is using the tonic as a nasal cleanse that is sucked in through the nose, drained through the sinuses and spit out of the mouth.


Cayenne is also an effective treatment for post-nasal drip. The capsaicin in cayenne functions to stimulate the production of mucus, thinning it out in the process. This process makes breathing easier and facilitates less dripping of the sinuses.


Garlic is a potent herb that also has powerful antibiotic properties. This nutrient is effective in eliminating infection and alleviating congestion. Garlic can also eliminate inflammation that may be contributing to symptoms of PND.

Post-nasal drip is a condition of the mucus membranes of the sinuses, which causes the presence of a liquid dripping feeling down the back of the throat. While specific treatment of the condition depends on the cause of the problem, natural treatments offer relief whatever the cause.

Alkaline Water

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Posted by Neat (Budapest, Hungary) on 04/10/2015

Post nasal drip can come from silent reflux. Treat the reflux with alkaline water, and your post nasal dripping will reduce.

Replied by Sam
(Miami, FL)

Post Nasal drip is often an indication of lactose intolerance.

Replied by Neat
(Budapest, Hungary)
5 out of 5 stars

Yes, I went to test it, and I am. Thanks for the help!!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne, Alkalizing Formulas

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Posted by Coachbrs (Livingston, La.) on 07/21/2013
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I really need some help, good advice. I am 51 very active in working out in the weight room/mountain bike riding. Today, I am upset! I popped a cough drop in my mouth for the purpose to prevent coughing in a very important board meeting. Within 15 sec. I was coughing, my sinuses flooded my dry nose and mucus in my throat! Needless to say, I had to leave. I coughed for 30min. trying to clear the junk out of my system. I have been working very hard over the past 5 days and the cough drop experience is very frustrating!!!

This is what I have been doing over the past 5 days. I changed my nutrition to follow a Candida diet plan. I started alkalizing formula (Lemon-Bicarbonate-Blackstrap molasses 2xday) Daily I sweated in hot tub 40 min. with epsom salt and ginger rubbed on my skin. Upon getting out of the hot tub, I put on sweats-hoody and sweat another 40min. (I tested my urine/saliva pH everyday; on day one my pH 6.25 today its 6.75) Yesterday, I started using the ACV. (2 TBSP sprinkle cayenne pepper in 8oz. Of water) I need to get well before school starts on August 7th. I also have dentist appointment to extract tooth on Thurs. 7-25-13. I need to get well.

I guess you are wondering why did I START these remedies... Background; I was sick 6 weeks with bronchitis. During the 3 different doc. visits, the doc. gave me 3 rounds of antibiotics, 2 steroid shots and codeine cough medicine. I never got completely well! On the 4th doc. visit, I was given meds. for vaginal yeast infection and acid reflux meds. I said, baloney!!! So I'm on a mission to heal myself by following these remedies. I am better after 5 days of doing all these remedies but I still have a constant sinus drip back throat, I cough crazy when the sinuses goes crazy, I had a sore throat but that's gone when I started ACV. I missed 5 days of working out to focus on getting well. I usually mountain bike a total of 100 miles per week and lift weight 2 days a week. Somebody please help me.

I will continues doing these remedies but I need to see more improvements. Please tell me if theres something else I need to do. CoachBRS.

Replied by Tom G
(Dodge City, Ks)

Any cold, nasal drip, cough has been eliminated for me by taking Oregano capsules.

Replied by Sami
(Houston, Tx, Usa)

I'm sure you will get many replies with help but here's my 2 cents. The red flags for me was the mention of " rounds of antibiotics, 2 steroid shots, meds. For vaginal yeast infection and acid reflux meds". I was one of those people that had no idea the yeast, fungus and/or bacteria can totally turn your life upside down until it happened to me. After seeing 7 different doc's finally got some help from the co-author of the 27 year old book - The Yeast Syndrome. There are many Candida type diets out there but since I'm now a patient of Dr. Trowbridge's I will follow his protocol. I believe in the healing value of Blackstrap molasses but my thoughts are since it's totally loaded with sugar you more or less made all the other Candida remedies useless or canceled out. If you have any type of yeast problems you usually have to totally cut out sugar and most carbs during the first stage of the diet or it's useless (depending on whose opinion/diet you are following. Yeast can flourish in your sinus, nasal passages and mouth. I had no sinus issues but ended up with yeast spores living in my nose. I actually could see the very small yeast hyphea spores come out when I exhaled. I had no idea that I was this infected with yeast and some people don't until it really bad and takes a big toll on your health. There is no quick fix for this illness. You have got to fix your stomach flora and much more to get this gone & healed after all the meds you have been given. I know been there and still working on this issue that has made my life hell for the last nine months. This doctor has a website with free podcasts or you can get his ebook cheap from amazon. It's not a fun read but can save you lots of other health problems or maybe your life. I think he saved mine.

Replied by Mike Giller
(Denver, Colorado)

I was poisoned by toxic fumes during my twenties. I was not able to function intellectually or socially. I was a loser who always failed. I ended up being a dirty and stinky, ignorant and ill mannered, mentally and emotionally disturbed homeless person sleeping on a piece of cardboard. I suffered from headaches, mouth ulcers, nightmares, high fevers, sore throats, heal spurs, and arthritis. Then I got lucky. I got a room and disability. I studied the way food affects cellular biology and the mechanisms of aging from naturopath doctors. I experimented with a variety of properly prepared products from reputable companies. I am completely cured. Every day I walk ten miles. I always have plenty of energy. I am going to tell you exactly what you must do to end up like me.

Put 4 oz. Organic baby spring mix, 4 oz. Organic straw berries, 100 grams organic sun dried cane sugar called sucanet or rapadura, 1 oz. Non gmo red miso, cayenne, and 2 tbls. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar into a blender with water and grind them up. Put that with more water into a 1 gallon container. Take 1 cup every hour. That is 16 cups a day. Every 4 hours take 1 tsp. Flax oil and 1 tsp. Coconut oil. That covers nutrients, carbs, and oils. Try to get some raw protein. You can get these items from the Grocery, Asian Market, Whole Foods, and Natural Grocery Stores. I am going to tell you other products you can study and take. I take them myself every day with 2 gallons of water. Raw honey, non denatured micro-filtered whey protein isolate, raw eggs from pastured hens, dead sea salt, raw fermented skate liver oil, nascent iodine, borax, water soluable humic acid, Hawaiian spirulina, thin celled wall chlorella, non-defatted desiccated liver, raw organic cocoa powder, freeze dried coconut water, Hawaiian cordeyceps, chia seeds, organic tomato paste, freeze dried acerola powder, and absorbable colostrum. You can get many of these items on the internet at wholesale prices. I eat 92% raw organic vegan and 8% raw grass fed animal products.

Replied by Coachbrs.
(Livingston, La, Usa)

Thank you, planning to try the blender drink, sorry you had a rough beginning. Glad things are working out better for you.

Replied by Sami
(Houston, Tx, Usa)

This is a PS to my post/reply from last night. There are too many supplements and treatments in the protocol I am following to list here. I forgot the most important in ref to your lung/bronc issues. The doctor has me put just a few drops of 3 % food grade hydrogen peroxide to start out with distilled water in a personal cool air mist humidifier. The little simple inexpensive unit but we cannot put commercial/brands type links on this sites. To get an idea or a picture just google - Travel size coll air humidifiers, they run aprox. $40 bucks. It must be a cool air mist not hot air. You start with just a few drops and use a few times a day and work your way up to a little stronger mix and more inhalation. Don't over do it but just start very slow and bump your dose up. I have not had any negative side effects and using this for over 2 month. My doctor also does intravenous drips with the hydrogen peroxide which helps so many viruses and illnesses but I'm not ready to try this just yet. It is very important to use only the 3 % food grade hydrogen peroxide and pure distilled water as you don't want the chemicals from tap water and the drug store brown bottle peroxide.

I don't post much and usually just read and learn. Until you get this under control the damage from all the antibiotics and other meds have lowered your immune system and many nasty things will thrive unless you cut out all the sugar and carbs. This is not a life time diet but important in the first stage of healing and can be added back slowly after some recovery. There are many types of candida/yeast type diets/protocols. Bill , Ted and others have many excellent posts on this very site. I just needed more guidance and confirmation of the disease because of other doctors wrong dianois and my family and friends not believing that my illness was yeast related. I'm glad I found a wonderful holistic/md in my area that is educated on this issue. Please read a book or some website info on just how badly yeast/mycosis ( can slowly ruin your health. I hate the idea of anyone experience the nightmare I and many others are suffering because of over use of antibiotics due to life saving surgeries or just now knowing any better at the time.

It's true if the illness does not kill you the medicines will kill you. But it's a long drawn out slow kill that causes much more suffering than the original illness.

Replied by Emee
(Texas, US)

Honestly, it sounds like you've tried everything but have you considered that you may be having am allergic reaction to something? Have you visited an allergist, not a GM, but an allergy specialist? People, as they age, develop allergies. Sometimes to foods but also to weather conditions, animals and pollen. If you're outside for any length of time and it is allergies causing your PND I recommend:
-change clothes when you come inside
-wash your hands, face each time
-keep hair tied back and washed before bed
-neti pot after outdoor exposure
-saline sprays, zertec AND
-lots of TINY SIPS of water

Hope that helps... Consider what is new to your environment, outdoors or indoors. As to the detox. As long as you live you will be toxic, so as long as you address the detoxing you may feel like crap.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)

You might like this site. water, salt and mineral balance affect allergic reactions, since histamine is a signal to you that your electrolytes are out of balance

Replied by Paula

Go raw 3 months - raw veggies/fruits/smoothies/juicing, it will be gone!

Replied by Edgar
(Dallas, Tx)

What do you recommend for post nasal drip?

Nasal Drip Prescription Side Effects

Posted by Jeff (Smith River, Ca) on 12/11/2013

Ipratropium bromide nasal solution: I have been using this for yrs for stopping nasal drip (temporary). It makes it's way down my throat and probably my lungs and stomach. And, of course, my sinuses....... although it's doctor subscribed I often question it's safety. I believe it's a steroid......any thoughts? Thanks

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Jeff, as I just wrote: read up on Bill Munroe's h2o2 inhalation. Now that you have a nasal spray bottle, you're halfway there!

Neti Pot

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Posted by Sunny (Sg, Ca) on 05/30/2013
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The Neti pot worked for me! For my excess phlegm that fell from my nose to my throat. I always felt choking phlem and I always had to clear my throat. To the point that it would become to irritated. When to Dr. of course the prescribe antibiotics like always. I took them and nothing, I went back and they prescribe a different, stonger antibiotic and nothing! I looked for a natural solution. Found the Neti pot it worked!! I did it in the morning and early evening. If you need more info google/ youtube Neti pot. Its pretty much a flusing of your nasal passages with sea salt water. Give it a try I'm sure it will work for you! I used the neti pot with Himalyan salt. If it works for you PROMISE to spread the word and also come to post it her on EC! :). Oh yea and not milk this makes phlem worst and also sugary and cold drinks. Warm soups and teas help to losen phlem and honey soothes the throat. Much love Sunny. EC rocks!!! <3

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Oh yea I forgot to say how long I did it for. I did it for about 3 weeks 2x a day morning, and evening. You can do it more times if you have the time. Also you might need to do it for a longer time period. But I really belive this will cure you, if not at least help to improve it, but you have to keep at it tell you feel the difference , then you can try stopping.

Also now I use drinking water heated up to really warm. As I have been told about the floride in the sink water. You can use really pure salt, ( just salt, not with anticaking ingridients and iodine! ) or fine grain sea salt.

Other things I have found helpful.

Lemon or Lime honey tea ( boil water and add ingredients)

Troat drops ( not like halls) They are like different the ingredient is pectin read lable) ( look at back ing( its like moisturizing) ( (Since the clearing of throat causes irritation), not menthol.

Oregano tea, oregano pills

Past the love forward -Sunny

Replied by Chickey23
(Richmond, Virginia)
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for sharing your methods of treatment!

After having been diagnosed with sinusitis, I've found a similar satisfaction and relief in having performed nasal rinses (with the type of neti pot that is able to be squeezed, and thus, used to control the force of sterilized saline) every other day.

I discovered I suffer from food allergies, namely to wheat and dairy. I ditched standard allergy medication and opted for a natural approach. Though I've changed my entire diet to a gluten-free, dairy-free, fully-hydrated, organic lifestyle, I still find the need to use the neti pot to clear my sinuses. Even with the use of herbs and apple cider vinegar (with the mother), it's as though they cannot drain on their own. Maybe it's just my body's composition, but if this information can help someone like myself, I want to give back what the Earth Clinic community has offered to me.

Work hard for yourself and others! Enjoy your life- we only have one chance to get it right (unless you believe in reincarnation). :) Have fun, treat yourself right, stay active in mind and body, and remain positive.

Oregano Oil

Posted by Deborah (Appleton, Wisconsin) on 05/29/2018

Question about oregano oil. I have some 100% pure oil. I want to use it to treat my annoying post nasal drip. I don't have a sinus infection that I can tell. Just the annoying PND that started from a cold with an infection in January. It's the end of May, and I want a cure!! ...Can I just wave the bottle under my nose and inhale the fumes? Tonight I will try a few drops with Lemon Oil in a cup of hot tea. I have read all the suggestions here.... But has anyone just inhaled the fumes from the bottle? Thank you in advance!


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Posted by Gilly (Uk) on 08/15/2017
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I occasionally get a thick mucus in the back of my nose which is easily and quickly remedied by eating two or three slices of fresh pineapple (including the core).


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Posted by Karen (Chicago) on 02/08/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I recently discovered that forced air heating triggers my allergy to dust, creating post nasal drip, and severe coughing. I started taking 50 mg of quercetin for my arthritis and my post nasal drip went away.

Replied by Patrice
(New Hampshire)

Of all the suggestions I read for pnd, yours hit home. Will buy quercetin tomorrow. Thanks much.

Saline Nasal Spray

Posted by Michael (Sacramento, Ca) on 08/09/2013

Saline nasal spray helps dry up the nasal mucus associated with post nasal drip.