How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose can get very frustrating, especially when you can’t even get some relief by blowing it. This is because the worst kind of stuffiness comes not from an excess of mucous, but from inflamed and irritated tissue in the sinuses and nasal passages. When fighting off a cold or the flu, these tissues and the blood vessels inside them become swollen from excess fluid.
Luckily, natural home remedies for a stuffy nose are some of the easiest way to get some relief. These do overlap with some remedies for the cold, as is to be expected since a stuffy nose is the trademark symptom of those pesky viruses.
Take a Hot Shower
Yes, it has been used at the bloodless and flu remedy posts, and no; it’s not cheating, as it truly is one of the best approaches to relieve stuffiness. The steam from the shower is nearly assured to relieve the irritation and inflammation and, if your stuffy nostril comes with an excess of mucous, the steam will thin the secretions and assist them drain.
You will need…
- A shower with hot water
- A towel
Get the water as hot as you can stand it and stay in there for at least 15 minutes.
Make Your Own Saline Drops
Saline drops are a attempted and genuine treatment for a stuffy nose. Remember how the worst sort of stuffiness (that doesn’t improve while you blow your nostril) is, in large part, excess fluids inside the tissue that strain the sinuses and nasal passages that causes the tissue to swell, which makes it uncomfortable and difficult to breathe. A saline solution is a powerful remedy as it uses the power of osmosis. Simply put, while there may be a higher concentration of salt outside the cells in the tissue, water will pass out of the tissue to balance things out again. When you draw fluid out of the tissue the swelling decreases and breathing opens up.
This solution is hypertonic – it has a higher concentration of salt than the body, which draws the water out unlike isotonic, which is balanced to match our body levels. Do not use a hypertonic solution on kids under the age of 5.
You will need…
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt (not table salt, or any kind with iodine)
- 1 cup of water that is either purified or has been boiled
- A sterile glass jar
- A dropper
If you are using tap water, boil it first to remove any impurities. If you are using purified/distilled bottled water, heat it in the microwave until it is fairly warm-it needs to be a higher temperature to dissolve the salt. Add the salt to your jar, and then add the water. Put the lid on and give it a good shake. Shake before every use.
Make a Spicy Decongestant
Last but not least, few things beat the power of a good homemade highly spiced decongestant. This recipe is one which I cherish, made with the trustworthy ingredients; cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, and ginger. Some individuals like the taste whilst a few don’t, but whichever side you’re in you’ll love it for the relief that it brings!
You will need…
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger
- 3 tablespoons of all natural organic honey
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
Pour 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar in pot and bring to a mild simmer. Stir in 2-3 tablespoons of raw organic honey and 1/4–1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and powdered ginger each (the latter amount makes it quite strong). Store in a jar in a cool, dark, place indefinitely. Adults take 1 to 2 tablespoons daily as needed. Shake well before using, as the powder doesn’t dissolve in the most pristine way.