My mother in law uses this homemade inhaler, whenever she has a cold and blocked nose. This homemade inhaler is very effective! It especially cures blocked nose and also gives good relief from headache due to cold. To make this inhaler, first dry roast pepper and powder it finely. Add good quality turmeric powder and arappu powder to it and mix well. Now take a small piece of pure cotton cloth. The cloth should be hundred percent cotton and it should be thick, else it will be hard to put off the fire. Spread the mixture evenly over the cloth and roll it tightly. You can even tie the rolled up cloth with a thread, to secure it. Now light up the end of the cloth in the fire. Put off the flame immediately, now the cloth will give out smoke from the mixture. Use it as an inhaler. For small children, reduce the amount of pepper in the mixture. Make sure the cotton cloth is long enough, so you don't burn your hands in the fire. This remedy is surprisingly effective to cure blocked nose and I have to admit, very comforting!
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