Colds, allergies and the flu are all conditions that can make your nose stuffed and generally feel miserable. When you have particularly bad congestion, you may rub your nose raw with the use of tissues. Sinusitis can be a serious condition if it gets too bad. Dealing with your congested and stuffy nose will allow you to breathe better and feel better overall.
If you feel like taking the natural route to clearing your nose then you will be glad to know that there are a lot of home remedies that you can try. Some will work better than others, but you should be able to take care of the problem without getting a prescription.
In this article, I will go over several of these home remedies that you can try in order to relieve your stuffy nose.
1. Essential oils
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to promote health and as a remedy for certain ailments. These days, they are getting a lot of attention as a cure-all treatment and some of them are a bit suspect. One of the ways that they can be very effective is to clear out your sinuses when you are congested. And there are a couple of ways to do this.
Putting a few drops of an essential oil directly on your nose can help get the mucus moving and help you to clear the congestion. Think about when you were a kid and your mom would put some VapoRub on your nose. That menthol cream would penetrate and help you breathe better.
You can do the same thing naturally now by using menthol like essential oils. Peppermint oil is strong enough to penetrate deep into your sinuses. Also, eucalyptus is a good menthol that can help your congestion. You can also breathe in the aroma from a combination of essential oils. Again, peppermint oil and eucalyptus are very effective. If you have a diffuser bracelet you can fill it with these oils and get relief throughout the day. Or, put it in a diffuser to fill your room before you go to bed.
2. Neti pot
If you have never used a neti pot then when you hear about it you may think it’s some sort of torture device. What it does is pass salinated water through your nostril and into your nose to clear out the mucus. It actually works well and doesn’t feel nearly as uncomfortable as it sounds.
The neti pot has been around for centuries in India and is commonly referred to as a nasal irrigation device. To use it, you fill the pot with warm salty water.
Then, place the nozzle into one of your nostrils and tilt your head the opposite way. Pour the solution into your nostril and it will flow through your nose and come out the other nostril. Do this over a sink or in the bath to avoid making a mess.
3. Apply a hot pack
Though the relief is temporary and doesn’t last very long, a hot pack placed on your nose can get the mucus moving. There are heat packs that work when you break them like the ones you would put in your gloves or shoes to stay warm.
Those can be quite effective when placed over your nose. Or, you could use one of the old style ones where you put hot water into a sort of bag.
Place it over your nose until it either cools down or gets your nose less stuffy. When you do this in conjunction with some of the other remedies, it can be a good way to add to the effectiveness of those.
4. Try some steam
If you have access to a steam room at the gym or a local bathhouse, then you are in luck as this is a very effective way to loosen the mucus in your congested sinuses. And if they use eucalyptus oil in the steam then that is even better.
If you don’t, then you can try to recreate the steam experience at home by running a very hot shower in your bathroom and letting the air fill with the steam. Alternatively, you can boil some water and then place your head over the steaming pot and breath in the steam.
Be careful with any hot or boiling water and take precautions to not burn yourself.