Yes, I tincture the fresh Lemon Balm BEFORE it blooms. Strange plant, that one, once it blooms, even the scent of it changes. It is also called Melissa officinalis. When I say it is the SUPREME decongestant, I mean in EVERY conceivable way. We discovered it was just THE answer to the specific depression that comes with Lyme disease which patients describe as feeling 'pressed down'...'jammed up'.....I've also felt it decongest MUSCLES themselves. I LOVE the stuff.
Karen's description of HOW is exactly the way I would do it. (Fairy mattress, that's wonderful!)
And yes, the take on mucous and it's NOT FLOWING is really the essence of the sinus horrors. When my sinuses get congested I also look to hot peppers. Think about it, WHAT happens when you eat really hot peppers in a meal? Your NOSE starts running...the mucous THINS out. That's why dairy is usually NOT suggested for congestion, as it SLOWS down the flow of mucous.
Hope he's feeling LOTS better already and you can PREVENT the next one!
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