Is there anything worse than a stuffy nose? You can’t breathe or talk properly, and your nose drips like a leaky faucet. Whether it’s cause by the flu, a simple cold, or due to allergies or infections, a blocked nose is uncomfortable to say the least, and requires some serious work to get rid of. Here we give you some of the best home remedies for nasal congestion so you don’t have to suffer for long.
Home Remedies for Nasal Congestion
If your nasal congestion is due to a respiratory infection, then garlic is your best option due to its antifungal and antiviral properties. You can use garlic in two ways:
- Boil 2-3 garlic cloves in 1 cup of water and drink it every dayuntil your nasal congestion is all cleared up. You may also add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to the garlic water.
- Eat fresh garlic cloves until your stuffiness is relieved.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Nasal congestion is often due to the buildup of mucus, which can be thinned out with the help of apple cider vinegar:
- In a cup of warm water, mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of honey. Drink this for a few days, 2-3 times a day.
- Use a Humidifier
A good humidifier can do wonders for your blocked nose. It turns water into moisture which then fills the air and increases the humidity of the room; breathing in this moisture can help thin the mucus and soothe inflamed blood vessels or irritated tissues in your nose.
- Inhale Steam
The idea behind inhaling steam is the same as using a humidifier, although it is not recommended for children, pregnant women, and people with heart conditions, high blood pressure, or central nervous system disorders. You can turn on the hot water in your sink and breathe in the steam, with a towel over your head. Or you can try adding something extra:
- Boil some water and add 1 tablespoon of crushed carom seeds in it. Then, inhale the steam making sure to keep your head at arm’s length from the boiling water.
- You may also add a little peppermint essential oil (a few drops) and then inhale the steam.
- Hot Shower
Similar to the humidifier and steam inhalation, the steam from a hot shower can help thin the mucus in your sinuses as well as reduce the inflammation in your nose.
- Use Fluids
Keep yourself hydrated with water, juice or sports drinks, because these too help thin the mucus in your sinuses and relieve the pressure, which leads to reduced irritation and inflammation.