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POST-NASAL DRIP is the Secretions from the nose that drain down into the throat, causing congestion and cough. Postnasal drip is usually caused by allergies or the common cold.

Postnasal drip makes you feel like you constantly want to clear your throat. It also can trigger a cough, which often gets worse at night.

Postnasal drip can also be when the sensation of mucus buildup at the back of the throat causes discomfort. The nose, throat, and sinuses are all constantly producing mucus.

Mucus is a thick and slippery substance that helps to keep the airways from drying out throughout the day.



Aromatherapists use essential oils to help clear out the mucus causing your post nasal drip and you can too. There are several ways to inhale the vapors, including a vaporizer, a diffuser and putting a few drops on a handkerchief. Essential oils for congestion include:

1. Peppermint
2. Eucalyptus
3. Fennel

Despite the popularity of essential oils, you should avoid using these substances in small children or infants or if you have an underlying lung condition that could be aggravated by inhaling these oils. Additionally, never ingest essential oils.

Thin, Watery Mucus:

If you have thin, watery mucus, try these home remedies for post-nasal drip:

1. Eat spicy foods, including the chili peppers in Thai or Indian food and the wasabi in Japanese cuisine, because they are expectorants. The spiciness encourages your body to expel mucus and is also known to lift your mood.

2. Drink plenty of water.

3. Avoid spending a lot of time in cold temperatures. For example, avoid exercising outside in cold weather. This is because cold weather encourages your body to produce more mucus.

Thick Mucus:

The following home remedies are most helpful if you have thick mucus:

1. Avoid dairy products. While dairy doesn’t cause your body to make mucus, it may make it thicker.

2. A neti-pot (a small and simple device yogis use for nasal irrigation) is helpful in relieving symptoms. While most studies on neti-pots show positive results, at least one study shows regular use of neti-pots may increase your risk of developing a sinus infection. Aim to use a neti-pot just once per week when you’re not experiencing any infections or symptoms. Be sure to use a saline rinse, not just plain water. Avoid using a neti-pot regularly if you suspect a sinus infection or are particularly prone to developing sinus infections.

3. Drink plenty of water because staying hydrated can thin the thickened mucus. Also, avoid dehydrating beverages, such as anything with caffeine or alcohol.

4. Use a humidifier next to your bed at night or take hot, steamy showers. To loosen the thick mucus, breathe warm, moist air. A cool mist humidifier (versus warm mist) is helpful if you have inflammation in your throat or nasal passageways.

5. Try an over-the-counter saline nasal spray to loosen thick mucus and clear the debris from inside your nose. This can be used quite frequently throughout the day.


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