14 Natural Remedies For Nasal Congestion
Fix your stuffy nose with these easy home remedies for congestion remedies. You probably have everything you need at home!
1. Use A Humidifier
Breathing in humid air moisturizes your sinuses and your airway while also breaking up mucus. Not only does it have a soothing effect, but the heat also reduces swelling in your blood vessels (6). If you don’t have an air humidifier nearby, hop into a nice hot shower or use a bowl.
Here’s how to do it:
- Turn on the hot water in your bathroom sink.
- Once the temperature is right, place a towel over your head and put your head over the sink.
- Allow the steam to build, and take in deep breaths.
- Be careful not to burn your face on the hot water or steam.
- Add essential oils to amplify the experience.
2. Eucalyptus Steamer
To unclog your nasal passages, combine a few drops of eucalyptus, sage, and juniper essential oil and add to your steaming bowl. You can also use these oil to make a shower bombs or add them to a nice Epsom salt bath.
3. Peppermint, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus
1-2 drops of each oil per quart of water will open up your airway and help you take it a proper breath. Add the oils into an essential oil diffuser or drink peppermint tea to clear right up! They all have a cooling effect to ease inflammation in your sinuses and respiratory tract. They’re also anti-microbial, which helps your body fight the infection that may be causing your symptoms.
4. Pine Needles
Collect fresh pine needles, bunch them up, and hang them from your showerhead to infuse shower steam with the healing herb. You can also add a bunch of clean needles to your teapot and steep for 10-15 minutes. Flavour with a touch of lemon and honey and drink hot.
5. Eucalyptus, Sage, Ginkgo, Rosemary and Peppermint
Gingko is a classic ingredient in cold and flu herbal remedies, but you shouldn’t take it as a supplement. Infuse steam with the above essential oils of dried herbs to detoxify and drain your sinuses.
6. Elderflower, Peppermint, Juniper, Goldenseal and Echinacea
These North American herbs can be found in any health food store or herbal shop and are often found in cold and flu tea mixes.Goldenseal root is also a natural antibiotic. You can also use them in equal parts when using the dried herbs.