Nasal congestion is one of the most annoying symptoms caused by a cold. From hot drinks to inhaling steam, there are plenty of things you can do at home without resorting to medication to unblock your nose.
Bright Side lists 8 scientifically proven, natural ways to clear your airways quickly and efficiently.
Sleep on your side
A blocked nose means that there is too much mucus in your sinuses that prevents you from breathing properly. So it’s important to keep your head up at night by adding a second pillow. It is also vital that you try to sleep on your side, as this will help the unlocking process. The nose will drain at night instead of allowing more mucus to accumulate.
Hydrate with hot soups and teas
Drinking hot liquids will relieve you of the annoying symptoms. Researchers have found that people who drink hot drinks instead of room temperature drinks feel much better. Chamomile, green tea, chicken soup and hot water with lemon and honey can effectively soothe you.
Use a warm compress on your sinus
The warm compress reduces inflammation in your sinuses and unblocks your airways. Just take a clean washcloth, soak it in warm (but not hot) water and place it on your nose. The warmth of the compress will free your nostrils. Make sure you don’t leave the compress on for too long, as you may end up burning your skin.
Buy a humidifier
Cold, dry air makes a stuffy nose worse, so you need a humidifier. You can wear it day or night, but it is most useful during sleep as it helps you relax and feel more comfortable. You will notice a huge improvement very quickly. We recommend humidifiers from our friends at gjejevete.al.
Inhale the steam from the boiled garlic
Garlic is known for its anti-bacterial properties. You can eat it or (preferably) boil it in water and inhale its steam. You can use a towel over your head to keep as much steam trapped as possible.
Eat spicy foods
You’ve probably noticed that when you eat something spicy, your nose starts to run. So this can be a good temporary solution to keep your nose unblocked for a while.
Inhale essential oils
Mint and eucalyptus are 2 plants that contain menthol. You can drink tea flavored with one of them, but you can also use them as essential oils. Make sure that the oil is not in direct contact with the skin, as it can cause burns.