One of the most uncomfortable feelings in the world is not being able to properly breathe due to a stuffy nose. Noses often feel stuffed due to blood vessels in the sinuses becoming inflamed. If a stuffy nose is not treated, it can cause other health issues, such as an ear infection, a sinus infection or restlessness.
However, there are many all-natural remedies for a stuffed nose that can be done from home. Today’s video will explore such remedies.
1. Steam Inhalation
Inhaling steam is very effective to clear blockages in the nasal passageway. It will also ensure that the inflamed blood vessels remain moist. To use this method, fill a pan with water and heat it until it boils. Then, turn off the heat. You can add a few drops of peppermint essential oil or eucalyptus essential oil to the hot water. Next, put a towel over your head and lean your head over the pan to ensure that no steam escapes. Then, slowly breathe in and out while inhaling the steam. Do this for a few minutes at a time and two to four times per day.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits, including the ability to thin the mucus in the nasal passages, to prevent bacterial growth and to speed up the healing process. Simply mix two tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of raw honey into a cup of warm water. Consume this mixture twice daily.
3. Warm Compress
Warm compresses also help to keep the mucus thin and therefore relieves a stuffy nose. To make a warm compress, soak a towel in a bowl of hot water. Then, squeeze any excess water out of the towel. Fold the towel and place it over your nose and forehead. Repeat this method as often as you would like, as there is no ill side effects of this remedy.
4. Nasal Irrigation
While this method is not very desirable, it is highly effective in clearing the nasal passageway and relieving stuffy noses. In 2016, a study was published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal which stated that nasal irrigation can relieve sinus congestion. It was found to be more effective than steam inhalation.
Garlic can act as a decongestant and an expectorant and therefore can relieve a stuffy nose. Bring one cup of water to a boil and then add two to four cloves of garlic to the water. Let them simmer for two to three minutes and then add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Give it a good stir and add some black pepper powder to it. Consume this soup once or twice daily.
6. Cayenne Pepper
Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which helps to relieve any swelling in the nasal passageways. Cayenne pepper also is a natural decongestant.
Bring ¼ cup of lemon juice and ¼ cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a simmer in a pot. Then, add in ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and ¼ to ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger. Then, add two to three tablespoons of raw, organic honey and mix well. Store this mixture in a jar and consume one to two tablespoons daily.
Ginger contains many healthy properties, including the ability to relieve a stuffy nose by thinning the mucus and boosting the immune system. Just add one teaspoon of freshly sliced or grated ginger to two cups of boiling water in a saucepan. Cover the mixture and allow it to simmer over low heat for ten minutes. Drink one cup of this solution while it is still warm and consume the ginger slices. Use the remaining water to soak a washcloth with and apply it to your nose and forehead while lying down. Repeat this twice per day.
Peppermint also helps to thin the mucus and helps to stimulate the nerve receptors in the nose. This makes breathing become easy and comfortable again. Some ways to use peppermint are to: add a few drops of peppermint oil to a pot of hot water and inhale the steam or put a few drops of peppermint oil onto a towel and inhale frequently. You can make a cream by mixing a few drops of peppermint oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil then rubbing the mixture onto your nose.
Being that stuffy noses are very common, have you ever used any of these solutions? Let us know in our comment section.
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