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Congestion (lungs, ear, nose throat)

Congestion is a general term which refers to a feeling of stuffiness in the nasal or breathing passageways. Nasal congestion, stuffiness, or a runny nose is generally caused by increased blood volume to the vessels that line the passages inside the nose. Sinus congestion refers to a feeling of fullness in the sinuses. These conditions can occur together or separately. Both may correlate with excess mucus or phlegm.

Nasal congestion, or a runny nose, is annoying but common. Causes of nasal congestion include infections usually caused by viruses and allergies to grass, pet dander, foods or other substances. The common cold virus RSVcan cause severe congestion and pneumonia in small children. While many small children are hospitalized with RSV each year, in adults RSV usually causes regular cold symptoms that go away in a week or two.

Sinus congestion (also sometimes called sinusitis results in a feeling of fullness in the face especially around the eyes, cheeks and forehead. It can cause severe headaches. It is often associated with a cold virus or occasionally a bacterial infection as well as allergies. It sometimes causes post-nasal drip. Some cases can go on for weeks but most cases resolve on their own. More rarely, a physicians may prescribe an antibiotic.


For use with gall stones, bile duct cysts, bowel or intestinal blockages

Castor Oil Fomentation – For Blockages


  • castor oil
  • un-dyed cotton cloth or wool flannel (wool flannel is preferable)
  • plastic wrap
  • ace bandage (optional)

Place a generous amount the castor oil on your cotton cloth (needs to be wet with the castor oil; squeeze lightly if too drippy). Place directly over affected area. Wrap with plastic wrap. Loosely wrap with ace bandage to hold in place.

Helpful Tips:

  • Castor oil removes various types of blockages and so it is good for liver, bowel, or lung congestions. This fomentation may also be used for appendicitis. It has a drawing power as deep as 4 inches into the body.
  • Use a cotton cloth that you are prepared to throw away. Castor oil does not wash out.
  • Use cold-pressed (or cold-drawn) castor oil that is hexane free. Other types of castor oil can clog your pores. Additionally, cold-presssed oils retain their valuable nutrients and properties.
  • Don’t have an ace bandage or plastic wrap?… can also use plastic pads (like the kind for urinary incontinence) and hold in place with some sports tape. Just cut it to the desired size. Your purpose for the plastic wrap is to hold in place and keep the oil on the skin instead of getting all over your clothes!

Easy Onion Fomentation – For Congestion

What You Will Need:

  • Large Onion, chopped (use 1/2 – 3/4 onion for children)
  • Olive oil (if using this on a child)
  • An un-dyed, unbleached cotton cloth
  • plastic wrap
  • ace bandage (optional)

Chop onion and place in the bottom of a pie pan (glass or stainless steel). Bake uncovered in an oven at 250 degrees Farenheit for about 20 minutes (will seem slightly slimy). Let onions cool until warm enough to place on chest (do not burn yourself!). Rub some olive oil on the chest first if applying this to a child. Place chopped onion directly on chest, and cover with cotton cloth. Wrap with plastic wrap and then cover with ace bandage to hold more firmly in place. Wear overnight.