Tired of stuffy nose with changing seasons? I can understand how frustrating this could be. Over the years, we have been taking medicines to deal with it. But if blocked nose is your all round partner, you really need to think of other ways to deal with it.
I am not one of those who sit back and relax when unwell. Instead, I try dealing. And this is how I naturally deal with stuffy nose all the time.
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Effective stuffy nose remedy
- Hot soup
This has been coming with us for years and years. Since our birth, our granny and mothers have been offering us at that very moment when there is a nose blockage. This has proved to be the right option as the hot broth helps loosen mucus. Thus, offering a less stuffy feeling. Unlike medicines, it taste amazing.
- Eucalyptus oil
It is one of the effective and amazing ways to naturally deal with stuffy nose. Simply pour some drops of eucalyptus oil on a small piece of cloth and inhale the fragrance. For a good night sleep, you can also pour some onto the pillow and avail benefits.
- Hot water shower or steam
With stuffy nose, it is harder to breathe. Taking steam is one of the relaxing options available. Even when it is from shower, it can also help in thinning the mucus. Thereby, reducing inflammation and helping to breathe normally. One can also use a facial steamer to get the desired result. One can go through the steam process for 4-5 times a day.
- Hydration is the key
Being hydrated is beneficial in all the aspects of the body. If you have mild symptoms of having flu very soon, ensure hydrating your body as it helps in pushing the fluids out. Thus, reducing the pressure in your sinuses.
The anti-inflammatory nature of cloves makes it a beneficial option. Simply crush 2-3 cloves, mix them to a tablespoon full of honey and enjoy. Take it twice a day!
None can deny the active benefits of peppermint. The presence of menthol serves as a natural decongestants that works in thinning the mucus and helping relieve it. This option can be availed in multiple ways. One can choose to have it in the form of tea. The second method is to steep a teaspoon full of dried peppermint in 1 cup of boiling water and let it boil for few minutes. Strain it and drink five times a day.
- Ginger tea
Consumption of ginger tea during the blocked nose is also one of the magical stuffy nose remedies. Simply grate the ginger and let it boil for few minutes. Now add 3-4 cardamoms and switch off the flame. For better taste, add lemon juice and a drop of clove oil. Strain and enjoy the taste. For added taste, you can also add honey!
For the blocked nose, this is a really special exercise that can help relief. Simply pinch your nose and hold your breath for few seconds or as long as you can. Release it and take small breath, ensuring closed mouth.
** Don’t take deep breath.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is the fastest way to get rid of a stuffy nose?
A hot cup of tea or steam in a bowl or while taking shower both helps with thinning of mucus. The simple process of steam goes like taking some hot boiling water in a bowl, cover your head using a towel, lean, and inhale the steam. Since it has no side effects, one can take it twice to thrice a day!
Q2. Can you use Vicks VapoRub for stuffy nose?
This is an ointment that is rich in menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus oil. When you rub it around the nasals, it feel like getting relief. But it tricks the brain and makes you feel like you are breathing through an unclogged nose.
Q3. How to sleep with a stuffy nose?
The best way to naturally deal with stuffy nose is to prop up your head on a high pillow and allow sinuses to be more open. Alternatively, sleeping on an adjustable bed or recliner chair is also a solution.