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Stuffy Nose Remedy


Top 10 Natural Remedies for your Stuffy Nose

If anyone who has suffered with a congested nose will know how this can affect their life negatively. Watery eyes and plugged ears can accompany this problem which is usually caused by an allergy, high humidity in the air which caches dust and pollution and makes it hard to breath or some sinus infection or cold you have.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

The list of natural remedies starts with the one you have probably heard of: apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar (or ACV) works by helping to thin the mucus, thus relieving your stuffy nose and allowing the bad stuff to get out. There are a few ways to use ACV to get you feeling better quickly.

  • Boil 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of ACV. Remove the pot from heat and breathe in the steam. Be sure to keep your mouth and eyes closed.
  • Enjoy a glass of apple cider vinegar tea three times a day. Just mix 2 tablespoons of ACV, a cup of boiling water, and honey to taste (recommended 1 tablespoon).
  • You can also mix 16 ounces of water and 1/4 cup of ACV and sip on it throughout your day to help relieve your symptoms.

2. Onions

Onions are full of anti-bacterial properties, and there are a couple of ways to use those incredible properties to alleviate your discomfort.

  • Boil chopped onions and inhale the steam with a towel over your head. Just be sure to keep your eyes closed to make sure that they don't become irritated.
  • Incorporate onions into your food both raw and cooked. You should use it uncooked whenever possible.
  • Chop up an onion and leave it in a bowl near your bed as you sleep. That will help to draw out the yucky stuff. It's important to note that you should NOT eat the onion after doing this!

3. Tomato Soup

This home remedy is one that anyone can enjoy. Not only are tomatoes known for their vitamin C and fiber, but they also contain anti-inflammatory properties. That means that they can reduce swelling in the mucous membranes of your nasal cavities.

Here is a quick way to make tomato soup when you're short on time:

  • Bring to boil 1 cup of tomato juice, a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Drink down at least two bowls a day.

4. Grapefruit Seed

Grapefruits are known for their citric antibiotic properties, which can be useful for sinusitis. To get the best results you can, get some grapefruit seed extract. Using 5 drops to 6 ounces of water, mix them thoroughly and drink it twice a day.

Because some people are allergic to grapefruit, you should speak with your doctor before you try this home remedy.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric is a potent herb that has a long list of health benefits, including helping you with your sinusitis and other sinus-related problems. Not only will it help to reduce swelling, but the curcumin it contains will also help to speed up your body's healing processes.

  • Add turmeric to your dishes while you're cooking to help with your sinusitis.
  • Add a teaspoon of this lovely spice to a warm glass of water and drink it before bed every night that you're sick.
  • Make "golden milk" and drink it every day to help feel better quickly.

6. Eucalyptus Oil

Probably the most relaxing home remedy on the list is eucalyptus oil. While there is a wide range of essential oils that help with illnesses and diseases, eucalyptus is one of the best for managing sinusitis.

Draw yourself up a nice, hot bath, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil, and soak up. You'll want to drape a towel over your head to catch the steam from your bath. Breathe in for a few minutes or until your sinuses begin to clear. This treatment is excellent to do when you wake up and before you go to bed.

7. Lemon Balm

Gargling with lemon balm solution is a great and relatively easy way to cure your sinusitis. All you have to do is bring water to a boil and add in a decent amount (about a handful) of dried lemon balm leaves. Boil them together for about 10 minutes, then remove from the heat. Let it rest until the water cools, and then strain the solution. Gargle twice a day for best results.

8. Ginger

Ginger contains lots of anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an ideal quick-cure home remedy for sinus infections. To use ginger for a sinus-related problem, try drinking a cup of ginger tea or adding the root or powder to other dishes you prepare.

9. Horseradish

This delicious and spicy treat will undoubtedly clear up your nasal passages. Just wash and grate up a small amount of horseradish, place the gratings into your mouth, and suck the juices. After the flavor is gone, just swallow the shavings. This process helps to make sure that both your nose and throat are clear of mucus.

10. Garlic

Garlic has long been used and praised for its infection-killing properties, so it's no surprise that it's made this list. There are a few ways to use garlic to help with your sinus infection.

  • Bring water to a boil and add a few crushed cloves of garlic. Remove from the burner once the garlic infuses in the water. Cover your head and the pot in a towel; keeping a safe distance from the pan, breathe deeply, inhaling the garlic-infused steam. Do this every time your nose gets stuffed up.
  • Boil garlic in water. When the water is boiling, add a healthy dose of turmeric powder. Mix it well and drink four or five glasses of it each day that you're sick.
  • Crush a clove of garlic, wrap it in some paper towel, and gently insert it into your nostrils or ears. Do not shove it too deeply. That will help to treat infections directly.

You can also just add garlic to your meals to get benefits for your sinusitis.

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