ALTERNATIVE AND NATURAL APPROACHES
Aromatherapy can help prevent snoring. It’s best to consult with a qualified aromatherapist, who will make a blend of oils to use as a massage lotion for the neck and throat or as a gargle to soothe the inflamed airway. Some of the stronger essential oils can be used in a steam bath to encourage the expulsion of mucus, thereby clearing the airway.
Herbal remedies. There are herbal remedies that can clear the airway, allowing the unrestricted passage of air, and dispel mucus and congestion in the sinuses.
Homeopathic treatment works on the basis of treating the person and not the disease or condition. It is therefore difficult to predict which homeopathic remedies might be offered to alleviate snoring – it will depend on what the homeopath determines is the underlying personality type causing the condition.
Reflexology can be used very effectively to stimulate organs, especially those involved in the elimination process. It is therefore very good for clearing congestion if this is thought to be at the root of the snoring problem.
The natural remedies can be as effective as anything else in curing snoring, but it is essential that anyone who snores is checked by their doctor to ensure that the snoring is not a sign of a more serious underlying health condition.
Snoring is no laughing matter, and can reflect serious health problems. Fortunately there is help available, and you can do a lot about it if you accept responsibility for it.
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