10 Effective Home Remedies For Nasal Congestion

Home Remedies For Nasal Congestion

A stuffy nose can really stop our day. Though it is usually a very minor medical condition, it can cause a lot of discomfort to the person. Stuffy nose or nasal congestion can hamper your day to day activities. Nasal congestion is often accompanied by a runny or stuffy nose, cough, fever and headache.

What Is Nasal Congestion?

Nasal congestion is a condition when you find it difficult to breathe due to a stuffy nose. It is generally caused due to the common cold. Sometimes it may be an indication of another health problem like a sinus infection, flu or allergy. Some common symptoms of nasal congestion are:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Swollen nasal tissue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Mucus buildup
  • Sinus pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue

What Causes Nasal Congestion?

Nasal congestion is caused when there is mucus build up inside the nose due to the inflammation in nostrils. When you are suffering from the cold due to allergies the membrane lining the nasal passage becomes irritated and inflamed due to which they produce more mucus to flush out the allergen. This mucus builds up inside the nose causes nasal congestion.

How To Get Rid Of Stuffy Nose At Home?

But there are a lot of home remedies available to give you instant relief from nasal congestion. Instead of popping an OTC medicine, try these home remedies which will help to alleviate the discomfort caused due to nasal congestion.

1. Stay Hydrated

Stay hydrated

What You Will Need

Water, Juices and Soups

What To Do

Drink lots of warm liquid to keep your body hydrated. Drink warm water, juices and soups at regular intervals.

How Often To Do

At regular intervals

Why This Works – H4

Keeping your body hydrated helps in thinning of mucous which is the main reason for your discomfort. Thus clears your stuffy nose and provides relief from nasal and chest congestion.

2. Warm Compress

Warm compress

What You Will Need

  • Washcloth
  • Warm water

What To Do

Dip the washcloth in warm water and squeeze out the extra water. Place this washcloth on your nose and forehead. Repeat the process several times.

How Often To Do

Repeat this process 2-3 times a day.

Why This Works

Warm compress is one of the best-known home remedies for treating nasal congestion. It helps to clear the nasal passage by thinning the mucous and provides relief from stuffy nose. It helps to soothe irritated membrane of the nasal passage.

3. Use A Saline Spray

saline spray

What You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of table salt
  • ½ glass of warm water

What To Do

Mix 1 teaspoon of table salt to ½ glass of warm water and pour this mixture into your nostrils directly with the help of a dropper.

How Often To Do

3-5 times

Why This Works

Saline water helps to keep the lining of your nasal passage moist, which will decrease the irritation in the outer layer of the mucous membrane and helps soothe the tissues. It also helps in thinning the mucus to give you relief from nasal congestion.

4. Inhaling Steam

Inhaling steam

What You Will Need

  • Bath Towel
  • Water
  • Large Bowl

What To Do

Take some water in a saucepan and bring it to boil. Transfer this hot water to another bowl and cover your head with a bath towel and inhale the vapour coming from hot water.

How Often To Do

Once or twice a day

Why This Works

Steam inhalation is the introduction of warm and moist air into nasal passages, throat and lungs. This vapour helps to keep the nasal passage moist and also allows to clear the blocked passages. Thus steam inhalation provides instant relief from nasal and chest congestion.

5. Essential Oils

Essential oil

What You Will Need

  • 2 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
  • Bath Towel
  • Water
  • Large Bowl

What To Do

Take some water in a saucepan and bring it to boil. Transfer this hot water to another bowl and add 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to it. Cover your head with a bath towel and inhale the vapour coming from hot water for not more than 5-10 minutes.

How Often To Do

Twice a day

Why This Works

Essential oils are rich in antioxidants which help to fight disease-causing viruses. Eucalyptus Oil contains antimicrobial property and anti-inflammatory property due to which it effectively fights the virus responsible for causing cold and other respiratory conditions.

How to use Eucalyptus Oil for Cold Relief

6. Use A Humidifier

humidifier

What You Will Need

  • Humidifier
  • Water

What To Do

Fill water in the humidifier and keep the doors and windows of the room shut, Humidifier converts water to moisture, so that the room becomes humid.

How Often To Do ( H4)

Daily once

Why This Works

Humidifiers help to keep the air moist. Breathing this moist air helps to thin out mucus and soothes the irritated membrane of your nasal passage.

7. Basil

Basil

What You Will Need

  • Few Basil Leaves
  • 1 cup of water

What To Do

Take 1 cup of water and bring it to boil. Add basil leaves to the boiling water and cover the lid. Let it cool. Drink this decoction of basil water.

How Often To Do

Frequently

Why This Works

Basil is known for its therapeutic value. It helps fight the infection and reduces the symptoms of cold, thus helps in speedy recovery from cold and nasal congestion.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

What You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon honey

What To Do

Take 1 cup of warm water and to this add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Add 1 teaspoon of honey to it.

How Often To Do

2-3 times a day

Why This Works

Most of us have come across the recent popularity of using Apple Cider Vinegar for hair. In addition to that Apple Cider Vinegar finds its use in wellness as well. The acidity of Apple Cider Vinegar helps to thin out the mucous of nose and throat, thus clearing congestion. ACV is rich in Vitamin C which helps to increase your immunity, thus helps you to recover soon from cold and nasal congestion. Honey has an anti-inflammatory property which helps to soothe and calm down the irritated mucous membrane.

9. Garlic

Garlic

What You Will Need

  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of water

What To Do

Make garlic soup by boiling garlic cloves in water or else consume an entire clove of garlic.

How Often To Do

2-3 times a day

Why This Works

Garlic has strong antimicrobial property due to which helps to fight the disease-causing pathogens and boosts your immune system, thus increasing your body resistance power

10. Mustard Oil

Mustard Oil

What You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of Mustard Oil
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic

What To Do

Gently warm the mustard oil and put the crushed cloves of garlic to it and apply on your chest and its backside. Rub mustard oil on the soles of your feet.

How Often To Do

Twice a day

Why This Works

The pungent smell of mustard oil does the miracle of clearing the nasal congestion. Mustard Oil has got heating property due to which it melts the mucous build-up and helps to clear chest and nasal passage.

Try out these simple and effective home remedies to get relief from a stuffy nose or nasal congestions without worrying about any side effects.

Also:

A feeling of nasal congestion could be because of inflamed linings of sinus cavities, a condition called Sinusitis. Read about these most popular natural remedies For Sinusitis.

 

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