Watery eyes, discomfort when looking at your mobile and computer screens or artificial light, blurred mind, an inconvenience when pronouncing words with M and N. You probably recognize those symptoms when you have a runny or blocked nose. And if you are in this situation right now, we feel you, and will give you some useful information to help you go through this condition.
The majority of people think that in such condition is the best to use decongestant or steroid nasal spray with strong, active ingredients, which to stop the production of mucus and unlock the nasal cavity. But what they do not know is the fact that those sprays can be highly irritating, addictive, and harmful to the overall health of your nose and sinus.
In the instructions of most sprays, it is purposely mentioned that they shouldn’t be used for more than 5 days. That is because the active ingredients in those “medicaments” dry the nasal cavity, which can lead to a burning sensation, allergy reaction, and chronic sinusitis.
Here it is essential to mention that saline sprays (which contain salt and sterilized water as ingredients) are not categorized as “dangerous” pharmaceutics products, as they don’t have any side effects and will not harm you in any way. Those saline sprays are very suitable for daily use as they kill the viruses and bacteria in your nasal cavity and prevent congestion. So we can conclude that this is the most convenient nasal spray that you can find on the market.
But now, back to the topic.
In this article, you will find 4 fast ways to get rid of a stuffy nose at home. Those “homemade relieves” are entirely natural, without any artificial ingredients and are a sure way to handle runny nose situation.
Magical nasal spray
This first homemade recipe is the ultimate relief for stuffy nose. It is so effective that it helps to heal not only conditions, such as cold and flu but also allergies and chronic sinusitis. It contains only natural ingredients, and you can easily prepare it at home. The spray instantly decongests the nose and boosts the healing process. Its effect lasts for about 2 hours, but you can reapply it without any worries because you cannot overdose with it, and it has no side effects. The ingredients that you need are:
- Saline nasal spray (that contains only sterilized water and sodium chloride/salt)
- Thyme essential oil
- Take the saline spray and open the “lid” or the top part. If it is new (you haven’t used any of it) pour a small amount of the product out of the package.
- Carefully add 2 drops of thyme essential oil. Keep in mind that the essential oils are very strong, and if you put more than 2 drops in the container, the spray may burn the mucosa.
- Shake the spray well every time before using it to ensure that the oil is well mixed with the water. Otherwise, the oil will float above the water.
Keep in mind that when using the spray, you will feel a stingy sensation that will disappear after 5 seconds. This sensation is caused by the essential oil that disinfects your nasal cavity and strengthens its protective barrier.
Most of the people back off when they hear “warm compress” because they associate this term with highly unpleasant sensations. However, when it comes to this home relief, we assure you that you will not only feel good but enjoy the time with the compress on. This treatment warms the sinuses and the nasal cavity, thus naturally decongests the nose and stimulates the quick regeneration of the mucosa. Unfortunately, this is only effective when the nose is congested, due to viruses, cold or flu, and the treatment does not help people who suffer from allergy.
So what do you need?
- Soft towel
- Raw rice
- Reusable bag for injuries (those that you can put ice in)
- Essential oil of choice (optional)
If you use a towel, put one handful of rice in the microwave or the oven, until you feel it well warmed, but not burning. Put the rice at the center of the towel and tie its free ends with a hairband or elastic. The towel should take the form of a ball, and you should be able to hold its ends.
If you use a bag for injuries, just boil some water in a pot or an electric kettle. Here you can add a few drops of essential oil, just to boost the relaxing properties of the compress. Pour the water in the bag and close the lid. Those bags are usually heat and cold resistant and will not melt, so do not worry.
Now when you have your hot compress prepared, you are ready to begin the treatment:
Put some relaxing music on, lay down, and close your eyes. Put the warm compress on your forehead in the area in between your brows. Gently press and massage. Keep the compress there for about 4-5 minutes. The next zone where to put the compress is on the sinuses: on the sides of the nose, under the eyes’ inner corner. Press and massage the areas for 4-5 minutes each.
- This paste contains only 3 ingredients:
- 4 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine the ingredients in a small container and eat 2 tablespoons of the paste 4 times a day. The anti-inflammatory properties of the ginger kill the harmful bacteria in the mouth. And even though you do not put it in your nose, its strong smell enters the nasal cavity, calms the mucosa and eases the draining process. This treatment boosts the overall healing process of the nasal cavity, as it heals both cold, flu, and allergies.
Besides, this paste will stimulate your immune system and will help your body to detoxify from any unnecessary substances in the body.
In terms of taste, do not worry: the honey gives pleasant sweet taste to the paste, which makes its intake easier.
The herb chamomile has anti-inflammatory, calming, and soothing properties. It is widely used in cosmetics and non-traditional medicine because of its quick effect, and its availability on the market.
But one particular use of chamomile is to decongest the stuffy nose and heal the mucosa. The best way to use the herb for this case is making a tea and inhaling its steam. This way, the healing properties of the herb will directly impact the nose and will instantly relieve the unpleasant sensation of stuffing. The chamomile will kill the harmful bacteria, detox the nose by draining the unnecessary substances, and will boost the healing process, and the steam will reintroduce moisture and humidity in the nasal cavity.
Boil some water in an electric kettle and put a fair amount of the herb inside. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and remove the herbal pieces from the water. To inhale the chamomile steam, you can use the pot itself, or put the tea in a diffuser.
Stand with your head over the steaming tea, inhaling the vapor through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. 1 treatment should continue for about 10 minutes, as it is best to repeat it 2 times a day until the symptoms entirely disappear.
Every individual’s body reacts differently to various types of treatment. Every one of the homemade reliefs for the stuffy nose will do its work. However, one treatment may be more effective for some people and less effective for others. Our advice is to find what works best for you: it may be the first, the second, or even the last thing you try. Or maybe a combination of two!
Use this list as a guide and share with us what works best for you!