Alternatives for addictive nasal sprays
So, I'm currently coming off Afrin nasal spray cold-turkey, and having flashbacks to my childhood asthma attacks as I try to clear the phlegm. First off, do NOT ever let any friends of loved ones use this stuff for a chronic condition. It creates a strong dependency and in isolated cases, has done serious long-term damage to sense of smell and natural nasal drainage.
Secondly, I've still got the now-empty spray bottle, and still have my chronic congestion that keeps me from getting a good night of sleep. So, I'm pondering a safer, herbal alternative. After some searches on commercial "all natural" products, plus my experience with my own garden, I'm considering a chamomile-raspberry leaf mix (soothing + mild astringent), or a more radical dilute capsicum + chamomile + eucalyptus attack.
And yes, I'm already using the nasal strips, and they do help.
I'd love to hear any better-informed thoughts on the subject.