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Natural remedies for nasal congestion

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Nasal congestion can result from sinusitis or simply from cold and flu. More common during the winters, the blockage in nose is very bothersome- you are unable to breathe smoothly, your nose looks red and you have to flush your nose every now and then. However, you do not always need to take medicines for blocked nose as the home remedies are quite effective. Discover the natural therapies for nasal congestion in the following content...

Nasal irrigation

One of the best natural remedies for nasal congestion is to irrigate your nose. For this, you must use distilled water or pre boiled water, so that it’s cool when you pour inside your nose. Mix a half tea spoon of salt to water and draw it inside a sterile syringe or neti pot.  Stand before the sink and raise your head a little. Release the water in one nostril and allow the water to exit from the  other nostril. You can bend down your head slightly towards the flow-out nostril. Repeat this technique with the other nostril. Your nose will get irrigated this way and the mucus will be flushed out.

Eucalyptus oil

Congestion in nose is quite bothersome, especially when you are at office. What you can do is- pour a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your handkerchief and smell it frequently. This is an instant remedy for nasal congestion.

Inhale steam

The warm vapours work wonders on your blocked nose and we are quite familiar with the technique. The best way to do this is to cover your head with a towel to prevent the vapours from escaping. For best results you can add some herbal balms or a few drops of eucalyptus oil or clove oil to the water. Inhale steam at least twice a day.

Drink warm liquids

Drinking warm liquids helps to get rid of the mucus piled up inside your nose. It’s the time to ask your mom to prepare delicious soups for you! Eh, you deserve little pampering now. A steamy bowl of chicken soup, mushroom room, chickpea, or vegetable soups blended with green peas, broccoli, carrots, shallots, etc. is what you need right now to get over that groggy feeling due to blocked nose.

Other than soups you can also drink coffee, tea- black, green, chamomile, etc. to get relief.

Keep yourself hydrated

When you drink fluids your mucus then to thin and thus, they get eliminated easily from your nose. Increase you intake of juices and water when you have nasal congestion. If you have sore throat, then prefer drinking warm water. Healthy options for juice include- orange, lime,

Ginger juice, pepper and turmeric

Ginger, pepper and turmeric are rich in antioxidants that speed up your recovery from the infection that had led to clogging of your nose. So grind some ginger and sieve the juice. Add a pinch of turmeric and pepper and drink it until your nasal passages get cleared up.

Flush your nose

You need to expel the mucus from your nose. So flush it whenever you feel heavy inside. But, do not gush out your nose with a jerk or too much pressure, do it gently. Once the mucus is out you’ll get relief.

Apart from all these, you can buy OTC humidifiers, nasal sprays and decongestants, but remember not to overuse them.

Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: December 12, 2014