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15 natural remedies to decongest a stuffy nose

15 natural remedies to decongest a stuffy nose


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Home remedies for stuffy nose

Nasal congestion (or stuffy nose) consists of an inflammation of the mucous lining of the nose that causes a blockage of the nasal passages, making it difficult for us to breathe. The main causes of nasal congestion are viruses and allergic reactions.

1.- Vitamins and herbs

Vitamin C is proven to shorten the duration of a cold and decrease the intensity of its symptoms (but it does not affect congestion directly). Therefore, if we are fighting a nasal congestion caused by a cold, an extra dose of vitamin C will come in handy to deal with its symptoms. If instead of a cold, it is an allergy that causes the congestion, vitamin C will not help us to remedy the congestion.

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2.- Hot drinks

Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, prevent dehydration, and soothe inflammation of the membranes of the nose and throat. Therefore, if we have a blocked nose and cannot sleep, we can try having a hot drink.

3.- Steam

The dehydration and feeling of dryness that we suffer when we fight a cold or flu often causes congestion in our nasal passages. Creating humidity in the environment through vaporizers and humidifiers can alleviate congestion (since the vapor softens the mucosa inside the nose).

4.- Garlic

Garlic is a natural antiviral that is used quite frequently in the treatment of viral infections such as colds or flu. Garlic contains a flavor that releases the secretions responsible for draining the nasal passages, allowing us to breathe comfortably.

5.- Ginger

Consuming fresh grated ginger (1 teaspoon) mixed with a glass of hot water can provide relief from nasal congestion. We can prepare a tea mixed with ginger, lemon and honey for greater results.

6.- Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps clear a stuffy nose, softening the mucosa and draining the sinuses, allowing us to breathe comfortably.

7.- Tomato juice

Tomato juice is rich in vitamin C that helps improve our immune system. It also helps to free the nasal passages by reducing inflammation of the nasal membranes.

8.- Herbal tea

Consuming herbal teas like ginger, rosemary, chamomile, and spearmint easily relieves inflammation and nasal congestion.

9.- Hot soups

A good hot chicken soup is one of the best natural remedies for a stuffy nose as it helps cure a cold as well as relieve congestion. We can also consume vegetable soups and obtain a very similar result.

10.- Nasal saline sprays

Salt water helps to eliminate nasal congestion in addition to eliminating virus and bacteria particles that may be in the nose.

11.- Onion

Peeling and cutting an onion in half and smelling the onion for 4-5 minutes will help to free the nostrils and relieve nasal congestion. We can also place an onion cut in half in the room (near the bed) so as not to have problems while we sleep.

12.- Pepper

Pepper is great for relieving nasal congestion. Mix a tablespoon of pepper with a tablespoon of honey in a glass, fill the glass with boiling water and let the mixture rest for about 15 minutes. Drink the mixture to relieve a stuffy nose.

13.- Spicy food

It is good to increase the consumption of spicy foods when we suffer from nasal congestion. Try to include in your diet foods such as chilli, onion, ginger, garlic ... The spicy will help to liquefy the mucus, facilitating its expulsion and alleviating blockage.

14.- Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is one of the most effective remedies when it comes to releasing a stuffy nose. Drop a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil on a handkerchief and inspire its fragrance. We can also drop a few drops on our pillow to prevent congestion during the night.

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15.- Lemon

This remedy for cutaneous application consists of a mixture of 2 small tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 of a small spoon of pepper and a pinch of salt. Place the mixture around the nose to combat the symptoms of nasal congestion.

Related Reading:

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  • Tips to prevent colds
  • The best way to avoid colds and flu


Video: How to Cure a Cold, Cough, Stuffy Nose, or Sore Throat Naturally (July 2022).


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