No matter if brought about by the common cold, flu, sinusitis or allergy, nothing about having a stuffy nose is particularly pleasant. It can be an embarrassing condition too, especially if it’s something accompanied by a runny nose.
While there are medications that may be taken to help relieve congestion of the nasal passages, it’s not unlikely for their intake to cause symptoms such as mouth dryness, headaches and drowsiness. Luckily, there are a handful of home remedies for your stuffy nose. Whenever the problem strikes, try out any one of these to attain relief naturally:
A Warm Shower
Having a warm shower helps you to get rid of that icky feeling you get when your nose is stuffed or runny. More importantly, it helps you breathe better because the steam produced in the bathroom thins out those thick mucus secretions in the nasal passages. This results in a temporary relief from nasal congestion.
Lots of Water
Whether or not you have a bout with nasal decongestion, drinking plenty of water is good for you. Staying hydrated is extra beneficial if your stuffy nose is giving you a terrible day. The consumption of lots of water helps loosen mucus. If the condition is accompanied by a sore throat, go for warm water or tea to stay hydrated and get sore throat relief.
Drinking peppermint tea helps relive a stuffy nose in 3 ways. First, it contains menthol that clears up the nasal passages, thus allowing you to breathe better. Second, the steam from the cup of peppermint tea as you slowly sip it helps make mucus thinner. Third, drinking peppermint tea contributes to your daily fluid intake.
Especially if the stuffy nose is due to a bacterial or viral infection, garlic may be used as an excellent remedy for it. Simply boil 2 to 3 cloves of garlic in a cup of water and drink once it has cooled for a while. You may also eat those cloves of garlic daily while you’re suffering from nasal decongestion to benefit from its powerful antimicrobial properties.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Due to apple cider vinegar’s versatility, a list of home remedies for various conditions won’t seem complete without it. Using apple cider vinegar is very good when you are suffering from a stuffy nose. In a cup of hot water, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey. Drink this concoction 2 to 3 times daily until fully healed.
A Warm Compress
One excellent way to deal with a stuffy nose as well as the discomfort it brings is with a warm compress. Soak a small towel in warm water and wring out the excess. Fold neatly and place on the forehead or over the nose, and rest. A warm compress is especially beneficial if the stuffy nose is accompanied by a headache or you’re suffering from sinusitis.
Available in most drugstores, a neti pot is a small tool particularly designed to help in irrigating stuffed nasal passages. When using a neti pot, make sure that you fill it with distilled water to ward off infection. When planning on using tap water, see to it that you first boil it for several minutes and allow it to cool completely.