Nasal congestion is a very common ailment. In fact, most people get a stuffy nose from time to time.
Although frustrating, it is rarely serious. Nasal congestion mostly develops when the blood vessels inside the nose become inflamed and the nasal tissues swell.
Excess mucus drainage may also arise with a stuffy nose.
The worst kind of stuffiness comes not from an excess of mucus, but from swollen and irritated tissue in the sinuses and nasal passages.
When fighting off a cold or the flu, these tissues and the blood vessels inside them become swollen from excess fluid.
Other things, such as allergies or irritants like smoke, can also result in that dreadful stuffy feeling.
Fortunately, home remedies for a stuffy nose are easy to fix. These remedies are sometimes similar to that of cold, as is to be anticipated since a stuffy nose is the trademark symptom of those pesky viruses.
The hot steam from the shower is almost certain to relieve the irritation and inflammation and, if your stuffy nose comes with too much of mucus, the steam will reduce the secretions and help them drain.
You can also prepare a bowl of steaming water with some essential oils added for an extra boost, and place a towel over your head.
You will need a shower with hot water and a towel.
Get the water as hot to your desired temperature and stay in there for at least fifteen minutes. Make sure the bathroom door is closed, and push a towel under the door to keep that precious steam in.
A saline solution is a potent remedy because it uses the power of osmosis. When there is a higher concentration of salt outside the cells in the tissue, water will move out of the tissue to balance things out again. When you draw fluid out of the tissue the inflammation decreases and results in your breathing opening up.
Adding to this, the fluid can loosen up trapped mucus and help rid irritants and germs out of your body.
This type of solution is hypertonic since it has a higher concentration of salt than the body, which draws the water out as opposed to isotonic, which is balanced to match the body’s levels.
Do not use a hypertonic solution on children not up to 5 years of age. There is also the addition of baking soda (optional) to help reduce the potential for the drops to sting if you have a sore nose.
You will need a teaspoon of sea salt (not table salt, or any iodized salt)
A half teaspoon of baking soda (optional)
A cup of water that is either purified or has been boiled
A sterile glass jar and A dropper
If you choose to make use of tap water, boil it first to get rid of any impurities.
If you are making use of purified/distilled bottled water, heat it in the microwave until it is fairly warm-it needs to be at a higher temperature to dissolve the salt.
Add the salt and the baking soda to your jar, and then pour the water. Put the cover on and give it a good shake. Shake before each usage.
To use, make sure the dropper is clean and sterilized. Blow as much mucus out of your nose as possible just beforehand and Lie on your back with your head hanging off the side of the bed (to prevent it from running out or straight down your throat).
Insert the tip of the dropper just past the inside of the nostril, taking care not to rub it all around inside your nose.
Use 1-3 drops for each nostril and remember it may sting the first few periods. Stay in the same position for 5-10 minutes to let the solution to flow into the nasal passages.
Wait for some minutes and then blow your nose. You can do this process up to 3 times a day during the period of your cold.
Store at room temperature for a week, and then make a new batch. If you prefer the spray to drops, get a container made precisely for administering a nasal spray, and follow the instructions on usage.
This recipe is made with the faithful ingredients of cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, and ginger.
Some people like the taste and others don’t, but whichever group you’re in you’ll love it for the relief that it brings you when it feels like nothing can.
You will need a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a half teaspoon of powdered ginger.
3 tablespoons of all-natural organic honey with 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
Health benefits of ingredients used in making a Spicy Decongestant
Cayenne pepper, honey, and ginger are all-natural expectorants meaning they aid in loosening phlegm or mucus from the lungs, making it easier to rid yourself of it and therefore relieving pressure and making you more relaxed.
Cayenne also serves as a decongestant, thanks to the natural chemical capsaicin, which helps relieve irritation and inflammation that is narrowing nasal passages.
Apple cider vinegar is believed to help reduce the secretion of mucus, making it easier to drain the congestion.
Lemon juice is also believed to help with congestion, although the precise scientific reason isn’t known yet.
Pour ¼ cup of lemon juice and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in pot or container and bring to a gentle simmer.
Mix in 2-3 tablespoons of raw organic honey and a ¼-½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and also powdered ginger each (the latter amount makes it quite strong.)
Store in a jar and place in a cool, dark, place indefinitely. Adults take up to 1-2 tablespoons daily and remember to shake well before using, as the powder
When sick, the body ramps things up to protect us. An increase in mucus also brings an increase in antiseptic enzymes and antibodies.
Our noses rush to wash out some of the germs, thereby making it harder for others to enter.