A stuffy nose can be really uncomfortable and annoying. Your voice is affected, breathing becomes a problem and your nose drips and runs. When you blow your nose to clear your breathing, nothing comes out.
A lot of people think that a stuffy nose is caused by the overproduction of mucus resulting in the clogging of nasal passages, but this is not true. A blocked nose is actually caused when blood vessels in the sinuses get inflamed by cold, flu, sinus infection, allergies or some other irritant.
Nasal sprays are usually prescribed for congestion, but they can be addictive. In addition, they cannot be used for more than 3 days as they can aggravate the problem. Instead, try these highly effective, safe and simple home remedies and you will be feeling better in no time.
1. Apple cider vinegar
Whether you drink, inhale or squirt it up your nose, apple cider vinegar (ACV) will clear that nasal congestion that’s putting you down. For drinking, some people mix it with water and honey while others like to add lemon and cayenne. Simply add 2 tablespoons of ACV to 6 ounces of water and stir well. You can take this way, or add 3-4 teaspoons of honey.
To inhale apple cider vinegar, put some hot, steaming water into a bowl and add 3 tables of ACV. Cover your head with a towel, and then position your nose above the bowl, thereby creating a steam bath cocoon.
Horseradish is a very potent treatment for a stuffy nose. This is because it clears the sinuses, promotes release of mucus and boosts circulation towards the nasal passages. To achieve the best results, grate a fresh horseradish root and mix it with honey to form a paste. Put this paste on your tongue and breathe in deeply for as long as you can manage then swallow the mixture. Alternatively, use ground horseradish to make some juice which you should drink early in the morning when your stomach is empty.
3. Mint essential oil
Peppermint is a medicinal hub that is indigenous to the Mediterranean. Nowadays it is also found in most of Northern Europe, Balkans and the US. Mint essential oil is very powerful. A single drop of the oil equals 28 cups of mint tea! If you dab a small amount on your cheeks and forehead, the congestion will start to lessen, eventually improving your breathing within seconds. You can also put a few drops of the oil on a cloth and inhale deeply for as long as possible.
Garlic should never miss from your home. It is a magic root which treats many ailments. If your nose is blocked, chew a small piece for a couple of minutes and then swallow or spit it out. Garlic is a natural anti-viral which is makes it effective against congestion and other respiratory infections.
Chew a fresh ginger or grate one teaspoon and add it to a glass of warm water. You can also prepare some ginger tea and add lemon and honey to make it even more effective against your stuffy nose.