If you suspect that you have post nasal drip, there’s no need to take yourself off to your doctor unless your symptoms are super severe. Likewise, you can avoid over-the-counter remedies, too.
Here are 20 natural remedies for post nasal drip that you can make at home:
Apple Cider Vinegar
According to grandma, apple cider vinegar can cure everything. While this probably isn’t quite 100% true, apple cider vinegar can cure lots of things – including post nasal drip.
All you need to do for this one is take a tbsp of apple cider vinegar and mix it with a glass of cool water. Add a pinch of honey for a bit more taste and then consume this once a day until your symptoms have gone.
This works because apple cider vinegar is anti-inflammatory and can therefore reduce the inflammation that has been building up in your nasal passage. It also contains anti microbial properties that come in handy, too.
Lavender Essential Oil
If you LOVE the smell of lavender, you’re going to love this natural remedy.
Simply, take 3 drops of lavender essential oil and add it to any carrier oil you want. We recommend either olive or coconut oil.
Then, massage it on your throat, your back and your chest.
Do this twice a day for best results. Careful, though – because this mixture smells so good, you’ll probably find that you want to do it more often!
It works because lavender is both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. As such, it’s particularly potent whenever you have a cold or the flu.
Winnie the Pooh loved honey so much that he’d walk around with a jar of it whether he had post nasal drip or not!
Honey is divine, and honey on porridge should be mandatory. Apart from that, honey is also a sweet and tasty way of eliminating post nasal drip.
All you need to do is take a tbsp of honey and add it to a cup of warm water. Then, drink it three times a day. And that’s it!
Of course, honey is a sweetener, so you don’t want to keep on taking it all the time once your post nasal drip symptoms have gone.
It works super well because of its anti-inflammatory agents. Indeed, folk have been using it for hundreds of years to treat various ailments, post nasal drip among them.
So if ever you’ve needed an excuse to consume more money, you now have one!
Perhaps our all-tim fav carrier oil here at Beauty and Tips HQ, coconut oil is amazingly versatile and can treat a number of ailments.
And if there’s one thing it doesn’t like, it’s post nasal drip.
This is good news for you! All you’ve gotta do is take a tsp of coconut oil – and consume it!
That’s right, consume a tsp (or two) of coconut oil each morning before you eat or drink anything else, and do this each day until you stop dripping.
Like most other things on this list, coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, and is thus guaranteed to work.
Like coconut oil, ginger tea comes in handy for so many different things, from stomach aches to post nasal drip.
All you need for this one is an inch of fresh ginger.
Then, steep it in a cup of hot water for around ten minutes.
For a bit more of a kick, you can add some honey to the proceedings.
Then, drink your tea when it’s nice and warm. Do this three times a day and you should soon start to see results.
Ginger tea always works because it’s a total superstar that contains something called gingerol. This is a neat component that has antibacterial properties.
Not just this, but ginger is anti-inflammatory too, which means that it’s ready to kick post nasal drip in the private bits!
If you prefer green tea, the good news is that you can drink green tea instead of ginger tea!Green tea works just as well for clearing up post nasal drip and its assorted symptoms because it’s loaded with lots of powerful antioxidants that go to work on your infection.
Green tea also contains anti-inflammatory agents, and this helps it to soothe your poor inflamed nasal passage.
All you need to do is take a tsp of green tea and add it to a cup of hot water. Let it cool for 10 or 15 minutes before drinking.
If green tea isn’t really your thing, you could flavour it by adding a dab of honey.
Whatever you do, drink a few cups a day for the best results.
And if you’re not even keen on the idea of green tea with honey, you can buy flavoured green tea. It’s just as effective as regular green tea, but some people think it tastes better.
Dieticians, nutritionists and health experts all agree that you should be aiming to consume garlic every single day, irregardless of whether you have post nasal drip or not.
Garlic is amazing and contains something called allicin that itself contains antimicrobial agents.
Garlic is used all around the world to combat many ailments, and it’s especially effective when treating the common cold.
For this remedy, take 3 garlic cloves, crush them and extract the juice.
If you want more taste, add some honey to the juice and consume three times a day for best results.
Salt Water Gargle
When you have nothing else in the house, you can always rely on good old salt water gargle to clear up a nasty throat infection.
Because salt water gargle attacks the infection behind your post nasal drip, it can improve your symptoms so that you soon start to feel better.
For this one, all you need to do is take a tsp of salt and add it to a glass of warm water.
Then, once you think it’s nicely cooled, gargle it around your mouth for a few moments (but don’t swallow!).
Then, just spit and rinse.
If you do these a few times a day, you should start to see some noticeable results pretty darn soon.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is known to work wonders when it comes to post nasal drip. It contains antimicrobial agents, and it works at soothing inflammation,
It’s used to combat a number of infections, including post nasal drip.
For this one, take 200mg of grapefruit seed extract and consume it twice a day for best results.
Watch out, though – it has one heck of a sour taste!
Arguably as sour as grapefruit seed extract is Miss Reliable herself – lemon juice!
Lemon juice is well known for its health benefits, and it’s advised that anyone drinks it in the morning to flush toxins from their system.
Lemon juice can also combat post nasal drip because it’s a fab source of vitamin C, which hastens up the speeding process.
All you need to do is take a tbsp of lemon juice and add it to a glass of water 3 times a day.
Not a massive fan of lemon juice? Try pineapple juice instead.
Just take a cup of cut pineapples, blend them with a cup of water and drink at least once each day.
Rather like apple cider vinegar and ginger tea, turmeric is known to cure a great deal many things. This is because it’s a natural decongestant that contains anti inflammatory and antibacterial agents. It’s often used in the fight against the common cold, which itself is one of the prime causes of post nasal drip.
For this remedy, grab yourself a tsp of turmeric and mix it into a glass of hot or warm milk.
When the milk has cooled down, drink it up!
Do this at least once a day if you want to see results.
However, this one is a bit of a hit and miss remedy because turmeric itself is a bit of an acquired taste.
And turmeric milk? Not everyone is going to go for that!
Peppermint Essential Oil
If you’re a big fan of essential oils – and especially if you’re a big fan of peppermint essential oil in particular – you’re going to love this one.
Peppermint essential oil works because it’s a natural expectorate that comes with both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This ensures it’s able to treat post nasal drip quickly and effectively.
All you need to do is take around 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and and them to a bowl of hot water.
Then, carefully inhale the steam.
Don’t put your face too close to the bowl – the last thing you want to do is burn your face!
Do this at least once a day and you should soon start seeing results.
If you prefer the smell of lavender, as we mentioned above you can use lavender essential oil as an alternative.
Vicks Vapour Rub
Remember when you were a kid and your mom used to rub this on your chest to cure your cold?
We’ve got news for you – Vicks vapour rub isn’t just for kids! It’s just as effective for adults, and it comes in real handy if you’ve got post nasal drip.
All you need to do is pop to your local chemist and buy a tub. Then, rub a hefty amount of it onto your back, your throat and your chest. Don’t be mean with the amount you use – use a generous amount for the fastest results.
In fact, Vicks works so fast that you should see instant relief.
It works so well because it contains an ingredient called menthol. It also contains eucalyptus which, like menthol, is known for its antibacterial and expectorant agents.
If you have post nasal drip, check your medicine cabinet to see if you already have some Vicks in!
Ever heard of oil pulling?
This is a known detoxifying treatment that helps to clear post nasal drip right up by clearing the congestion in your throat.
Oil pulling also contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents that allow it treat your drip super fast so that you feel better in no time at all.
All you need to do is take a tsp of sesame oil and mix it with 3% of hydrogen peroxide (no more than that).
Then, swish the mixture around your mouth for around 10 minutes. That’s quite a long time but you can do it!
Also, make sure that you only do it on an empty stomach.
After the 10 minutes are up, spit the mixture out into the sink and then rinse your mouth with water.
Do this each day for best results.