About the Illness

A stuffy or runny nose can result from a cold or allergy. 
A lot of mucus in the nose may cause ear infections in children or sinus problems in adults.

Common Symptoms

Mucus blocking the nasal passage;  runny mucus that dribbles from the nose.

Children's Issues

It is especially important to teach children to try and wipe their noses instead of blowing them.  Blowing the nose can lead to earache and sinus infection.  In little children, carefully suck the mucus out of the nose with a suction bulb or syringe without a needle.

Important Information


Herbal Therapy

Eucalyptus globulus Inhalation For immediate relief, add one drop of eucalyptus oil to a glass of boiling  water and inhale OR pour boiling water over a handful of eucalyptus leaves and use for a steam inhalation.  This will help decongest your nose.    

Steam Inhalation
  • Boil the medicinal herbs in a pot, or add a few drops of medicinal oil to a pot of boiling water.  
  • Sit the patient on a chair or at the edge of the bed and place the pot at their feet.  
  • Cover the entire head and body with a sheet or blanket with the pot inside it.  
  • Let the patient take deep slow breaths to inhale the medicinal steam.  
  • Reheat or add more medicine as needed.  
  • Babies and small children should be placed under the sheet with the care giver and allowed to breathe just a few breaths. Then take them out and let them breathe fresh air for a minute or so before putting them back under the sheet for another few breaths.

[Steam Inhalation]
Good for:All
Lemon Juice and Water Mix 1 tsp fresh lemon juice with 1 tbsp water. Cup in the palm of hand and sniff up nostrils. It will burn slightly and mouth will fill with mucus. Then spit out and keep spitting until the mucus stops.    

  • This means preparing a powder from a part of the plant which is then dissolved in water.

Good for:All
Spiced Tea Ginger, black pepper corn, cloves and cinnamon in tea.

This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

Good for:Careful for kids

Food and Nutrition Advice

Avoid mucus-forming foods (dairy products, eggs and wheat).

Body Work and General Advice