By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD
Sneezing is a natural urge. As per Ayurveda, when sneezing is initiated, you should not suppress it. But some people get continuous sneezing in the early morning hours. Ayurveda recognizes it as a Kapha dominant, Vata associated symptom.
Sneezing is a reaction to the stimulus caused due to irritating factors of the cilia of the nostrils.
Morning mist or dust is the common causes for sneezing. Tropical eosinophilia, allergic rhinits, infective rhinits etc are some of the underlying diseases for this annoying symptom.
Here are few simple and effective techniques and home remedies to overcome sneezing caused during the morning hours-
1. Turmeric fumes:
1-2 spoon of turmeric powder is taken. It is sprinkled over a pan, kept on fire. The person is asked to inhale the fumes.
For those who find turmeric fumes as a bit string, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder can be mixed with 1 teaspoon of ghee and this can be sprinkled over the pan, kept on fire.
The patient is asked to inhale it 3-4 times in a day, or at least, soon after getting up in the morning.
This is based on an Ayurvedic procedure called Dhumapana / herbal smoking.
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2. Betel leaf juice remedy:
2-3 betel leaves are taken and it is crushed well to obtain fresh juice. To this half teaspoon of honey is added and mixed well. Patient is given to lick and consume this paste. This is very effective in case of morning sneeze as well as cough, allergic rhinitis, cold.
4. Black Pepper and pepper leaf recipe:
5-8 pepper seeds and a pinch of turmeric powder are taken and wrapped over a pepper leaf.
This is subjected to mild heat.
Soon after tooth brushing, this This is given for chewing.
Though it is a very effective remedy, it is better to avoid in young children as they develop gastritis or burning sensation of the mouth and chest.
4. Drum stick leaf/ Tulsi and garlic remedy:
A fistful of drumstick leaf is taken and added with de-husked garlic. This is pounded well and fine paste is made. This is applied to a cloth or cotton gauge and patient is asked to inhale/have the smell of it.
In case if drumstick leaves are not available this can be tried even with Tulsi (Holy basil) leaves also.
Read related: How To Use Turmeric for Allergic Rhinitis? 4 Traditional Methods
Warm water usage, avoidance of the mist and dust, remaining away from the pollutants and irritants including the allergic agents are also equally essential to control excess sneezing early in the morning.
Consult Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD