Nasal Congestion Remedies – When you are suffering the dreary symptoms of irritated inflamed (and probably runny) nose and sinus pressure, either from allergies or a cold, it may seem that drying out the nasal passages would be helpful but this is definitely NOT the case – in fact the opposite is true, it is vital to keep your nasal passages moist.
According to WebMD “to keep your nasal passages moist, you can:
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer.
- Take long showers or — very carefully — breathe in steam from a pot on the stove.
- Drink lots of fluids, which will thin out your mucus and may help prevent your sinuses from getting stuffed up.
- Use a nasal saline spray – simple unmedicated salt water – to help prevent your nasal passages from drying out.
To further ease your nasal congestion and sinus pressure, here are some other things you can try at home.
- Irrigate. It may seem odd, but the time-honored technique of flushing out nasal passages with salt water has some good scientific evidence behind it. The water washes out mucus and other debris – including allergens or germs – while keeping your nasal passages moist. There are many different approaches. You could just use a syringe, a neti pot, or one of the more elaborate and expensive nasal irrigators available in stores. Use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution. It’s also important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry.
- Use warm compresses on your face. Sitting with a warm, wet towel on your face may relieve discomfort and open your nasal passages.
- Prop yourself up. At night, lie on a couple of pillows. Keeping your head elevated may make breathing more comfortable.
- Avoid chlorinated pools. Although you might think the moisture will help, the chlorine in pools can irritate the mucous membranes in your nasal passages.”
Additional Natural Nasal Congestion Remedies:
Some great recommendations for stuffy noses come from Home Remedies Web …
“Oil of Oregano has long been regarded as a natural remedy for sinus or lung congestion, since it helps to strengthen the body’s immune system. Simply mix 2 or 3 drops of oregano oil with juice, and drink this daily. Improvements are normally noticed within 3-5 days.
Vitamin C: Histamine is a protein in the body that is often associated with nasal congestion when histamine levels are high. Taking 1000 mg of Vitamin C three times per day can help reduce histamine levels, which can therefore help reduce nasal and sinus congestion.
Tea Tree Oil has wonderful properties that make it a great natural agent for curing the three main types of infectious organisms: fungus, bacteria, and virus. Therefore, it can be inhaled to help clear nasal congestion as follows:
- Add 3 to 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil to 1 cup of boiling water.
- Inhale the vapours for 5 to 10 minutes.Eucalyptus Oil acts on receptors in the nasal mucous membranes to reduce the symptoms of nasal congestion.
Eucalyptus Oil acts on receptors in the nasal mucous membranes to reduce the symptoms of nasal congestion.
- Add 3 to 4 drops of Eucalyptus Oil to 1 cup of boiling water.
- Inhale the steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
Echinacea is an herb that stimulates the production of white blood cells, accelerating their maturation within the lymphatic tissue, and speeding their travel to the area of infection, where they help fight invaders in the body.
A study has found that people with cold and nasal congestion who drank 3 cups of Echinacea Tea every day for 5 days felt better sooner than those who drank tea without echinacea.”
Nasal Congestion Remedies – Things to Avoid
Avoidance of things which make congestion worse is always a wise course of action. Alcohol and many foods can cause or worsen a stuffy nose. Try to avoid Milk, cheese and ice cream when you have a stuffy nose. Caffeine should also be avoided where possible as it can irritate and dry out the nasal passages.
More information on Nasal Congestion Remedies can be found here.