This great early winter classic may be due to a virus. In this case, the symptoms pass within a few days. If nothing helps and the rhinitis doesn’t go away, look elsewhere. An allergy to dust mites that return in the fall or to molds should be suspected. Also think about the excessive use of certain medications, such as a nasal cortisone-based decongestant which you would have abused at the onset of rhinitis, aspirin, certain hypertensives… Talk to your doctor. And in the meantime, some solutions to relieve with alternative medicine, according to the advice of Dr Bernard Chemouny, author of the Guide to homeopathy (Odile Jacob).
In each case its homeopathic solution
When a rhinitis sets in or becomes chronic, no doubt, the area must be treated. “Homeopathy offers short and long term solutions to prevent recurrence and limit the discomfort of symptoms in the event of a crisis” assures Dr. Chemouny. As a basic treatment, the expert advises to take, every week, a dose of Lung histamine 9 CH and a dose of Pollens 9 CH during the entire period of exposure to the allergens to which you are sensitive. During rhinitis, if the cause is essentially allergic, Dr Chemouny recommends taking Lung histamine 7 CH, 3 granules three times a day. If it is infectious, the nose becomes blocked or the nasal secretions are greenish and run in the nose, prefer Kalium bichromicum 7 CH and Hydrastis canadensis 7 CH 3 granules 3 times a day. In case of repeated sneezing and when the nose is very irritated, take Allium cepa in 5 CH, three granules three to five times a day. If it is mainly the eyes that are irritated, combine Euphrasia officinalis in 5 CH (same dose at the same frequency). And when both areas are affected, take Kalium iodatum in 7 CH, three granules five times a day, while the symptoms disappear.
Inhalations of essential oils
Niaouli essential oil is well known for its antiseptic and antiviral properties. It is particularly suitable in the event of an ENT pathway. Pour three drops on a tissue and inhale deeply. Repeat this gesture several times a day depending on the discomfort felt. You can also mix a drop with a little sweet almond oil in your hands. Then massage the maxillary and frontal sinuses. Inhalation is also effective. In a bowl of very hot water, put two to three drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Breathe in the preparation for 10 minutes, covering your head with a cloth.
At the border between homeopathy and herbal medicine, the glycerine macerate of Ribes Nigrum 1D can really relieve rhinitis. Dilute the equivalent of 50 drops in a large glass of water (or fruit juice) to drink. Please note, the product is alcoholic. Avoid for children under 12 years old. Thyme is also commonly used to treat ENT conditions and limit, for example, symptoms associated with rhinitis. Think about it before a cough sets in when the rhinitis does not pass and treat yourself once or twice a day to a special thyme herbal tea. Let a sprig of thyme infuse in boiling water and add a teaspoon of thyme honey to the preparation.
A homemade physiological serum: essential for cleaning and disinfecting. Do it yourself by mixing half a teaspoon of sea salt in half a liter of mineral water or boiled tap water. Shake well and inject into each nostril using a syringe (without the needle …) or a small ear bulb.
A herbal tea that releases the bronchi: in half a liter of boiling water, grate a little fresh ginger. Add a tablespoon of honey and mint leaves. Let steep for ten minutes and enjoy hot.