Stuffy nose is awful, we know. The feeling of a blocked nose due to sinus infection, allergies or cold can leave you feeling tired and irritable. We advise you to pay a visit to the doctor and receive medication as well as trying these home remedies to help soothe your blocked nose.
Drink lots of water. A generous amount of fluid helps thin the mucus in your nasal passages. Warm water with honey and lemon, hot green tea or ginger tea are good for nasal congestion. Keep your hot drink warm with a Gusto Leak-proof carafe, which is designed to insulate hot drinks for at least 12 hours and to prevent spillage.
Source: Medical News Today
Take a hot shower
The steam of a hot shower also helps to thin out the mucus in your nose, as well as reducing inflammation. Take comfort in a hot shower or bath and let your breathing return to normal, even for a while. Also try breathing in the steam from a bowl of hot water if you do not feel like having a shower or bath.
Source: Health Line
Use a humidifier
A little humidifier can go a long way. Breathing in moist air helps to relieve stuffy nose because it thins the mucus in your sinus, and soothes irritated tissues and swollen blood vessels, in turn allowing your breathing to return to normal.
Source: Everyday Health
Try eucalyptus oil
Made from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, eucalyptus oil helps to decrease inflammation of the nasal lining (which causes stuffy nose and discomfort) and soothes your breath. Inhale the oil directly or add a few drop of it in boiling water and then take in the steam. You can find eucalyptus oils at major pharmacies like Guardian, or seek recommendations from aromatherapy boutiques like Hysses.
Source: Reader’s Digest
Smell some onions
Loaded with vitamins and minerals, onions are not only great for cooking, it is also a remedy for getting rid of stuffy nose. Interestingly, smelling a peeled onion for a few minutes can help clear nasal congestion and makes breathing easier!
Source: NDTV Food
Eat spicy food
Spicy food such as chilli consists of capsaicin, which is a compound that helps ease sinus pain, reduces inflammation, thus releasing blocked mucus. Try a dish of Spicy Beef & Pepper Stir-Fry and beat that sinus with haste and efficiency.
Source: Taste of Home
Stay warm and well rested
It is important to rest as much as possible during this period of time. Getting sufficient rest means allowing your body to fight off the infection without tiring yourself too much. Stay warm with a blanket and hydrate as much as possible.