Clear a Stuffy Nose and Head Utilizing These 13 Natural Approaches
A stuffy nose typically starts out as very thin, runny mucus and is usually a reaction to allergens or cold viruses. One thing’s for sure. It’s very uncomfortable because you can’t breathe well… or at least not out of your nose anyway. It feels very much like someone’s put a clothespin on your nose and blocked the passageways. And that’s not too far from the truth! A stuffed up head is caused by swollen blood vessels – not excessive mucus – that resulted from coming in contact with a virus and/or an irritant.
Whatever you do, don’t try to keep blowing stuff out of your nose if there’s nothing there. That in and of itself, can make blood vessels swell even more. Aside from using Breathe Right Strips, which can be costly, here are some simple things to try first.
Simple Solutions for Stuffy Nose
If your nose is constantly running like a kitchen faucet, your eyes are watering, and you have a constant drip in the back of your throat, you are most likely having an allergic reaction to something in the environment - or something you ate. Try an antihistamine and in the meantime, get out the Kleenex and gently blow your nose, try sniffing more, and avoid known irritants.
If your nose isn’t runny, try drinking lots of water to help thin the mucus.
Use a humidifier in your room.
Try a saline spray.
Sit up to help open nasal passages. When you lie down, they close again.
For babies, use a nasal bulb to help extract excessive mucus that cause sinus issues.
Clear a Stuffy Nose – Try These 13 Natural Approaches
Fresh basil leaves can help clear a stuffy nose if you have any around. For the best results, chew a few clean leaves before bed at night and in the morning when you rise.
When you’re trying to relieve congestion, people tend to breathe too much too quickly, which lowers carbon dioxide levels. Carbon dioxide is a vasodialator so the trick is to increase CO2 levels when inflammation occurs. Here’s the method:
Breathe your breath out and hold your nose and close your mouth.
Hold until you start getting uncomfortable. Walking around and nodding your head back and forth help.
Keep your back straight and unclamp your nose. (but keep your mouth closed) Breathe slowly. Your nose should start clearing up on its own.
The concept of raising carbon dioxide levels is known as the Buteyko method.
Hot compresses over the nose and face can help soothe irritated sinuses. Adding roots that have anti-inflammatory properties (such as ginger and turmeric) can work even better.
To make a hot ginger compress, soak two or three fat ginger slices in water for 20 minutes. Set aside until the mixture cools down a bit. Dip a washcloth in the water and apply it over your face until the cloth cools completely. Repeat as necessary.
Additionally, drinking ginger tea helps open up clogged passageways.
Try mint leaves (that have a mentholating effect) and thyme leaves (is a potent antibacterial). These two herbs used in a steam can be very effective for a stuffy nose.
Measure 3 tsp. dried thyme leaves and 3 tsp. mint leaves in a medium sized bowl. Add a cup or two of hot water to the leaves. Place a thick towel over your head and breathe in the steam. Keep your face a few inches above the water and inhale for 5 – 10 minutes. Repeat as needed.
Note: If you don’t have any mint or thyme leaves but you do have eucalyptus oil, use a few drops of the essential oil instead of the herbs in the recipe above.
Herbal teas help relax irritated blood vessels which can cure a stuffy nose Using your favorite herbs, make a strong hot tea to sip on throughout the day. Chamomile, rosemary, and other herbal blends work great!
Honey contains trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. Alone and by itself, it can calm a persistent cough caused by postnasal drip and can also treat many allergic symptoms IF you use honey from a local source.
To use honey, take two teaspoons of honey first thing in the morning and right before bed. For better results, mix the honey in a glass of warm water and drink the mixture.
In a study, birch pollen honey worked better than other types of honey.
"Patients who pre-seasonally used birch pollen honey had significantly better control of their symptoms than did those on conventional medication only, and they had marginally better control compared to those on regular honey. The results should be regarded as preliminary, but they indicate that birch pollen honey could serve as a complementary therapy for birch pollen allergy."
If you'd like to know how honey is made by the bees (fascinating to learn), click here.
Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat a wide variety of sinus issues but is especially good for a stuffy nose.
For best results, drink two teaspoons of ACV (with the mother) mixed in a glass of water several times daily. Repeat several times daily for the most benefits.
Although mustard oil isn’t used much anymore in the US, it is still largely used in other countries. If you have some on hand, use it very much like you’d use Vicks Vapor Rub. Apply inside of nostrils and under the nose several times daily. Alternately, it is also advantageous to use in the foods you cook.
*Note: Allylisothiocyanate—the pungent ingredient found in mustard—can cause a burning sensation in the nose and the dilator naris muscle briefly allows more air to enter. Receptors found in the nose then tell your brain that you’re breathing has eased.
Unfortunately, your nose is deceiving your brain. Spicy foods can cause greater nasal congestion and increase mucus production, according to a clinical study conducted by Drs. David S. Cameron and Raul M. Cruz of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, California.
Garlic can also do the trick when you’ve got a stuffy nose. It contains fructosans, allins, and saponins which have antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
To use garlic, eat one or two cloves of garlic daily. You can consume them by themselves or add them to soup.
Try some hot lemonade made with real lemons.
Boil some hot water and pour into a cup. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and one teaspoon of honey into the water and add a pinch of black pepper. Sip slowly.
Alternately, you can apply a small amount of the mixture to the nasal area as well.
This may sound weird but tomato juice (preferably organic) can be used to clear nasal passages and reduce inflammation in blood vessels.
Heat a glass of tomato juice on the stove and add a pinch of salt and one pressed garlic clove. Heat to boiling then remove from the stove. Drink slowly. Repeat at least twice during the day.
Note: Add lemon juice to the concoction for additional stuffy nose relief.
Oil pulling can clear a stuffy nose in 10 – 15 minutes. See more here.
Colloidal silver can be used to irrigate the sinuses using a pump spray, squirt bottle, or neti pot. Be sure to get a good amount of silver or it won’t do you any good.
While you have a stuffy nose, pay attention to your diet. Wheat and other grains, along with dairy products can make your congestion even worse. Avoid these foods while you’re recovering.
Stay far from wheat, other entire grains, milk and other dairy items as they will build the issue as opposed to increment. In this way, it’s ideal to dodge it until you get complete easing from the sinus and stuffy nose.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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