Stuffed nose: 10 natural remedies for nasal congestion

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Nasal congestion is usually linked to colds or staying indoors with particularly dry air. It can also be one of the most common symptoms of the flu. To try to solve this problem in a natural way, it is possible to resort to some remedies of the grandmother, or related to alternative medicine.



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Stuffed nose, Which remedies? The nasal congestion it is usually related to the cold or to stay indoors with particularly dry air.



It can also represent one of the most common symptoms ofinfluence. To try to solve this problem in a natural way, it is possible to resort to some grandmother's remedies, or related to alternative medicine. Below we list some of the best known among them.

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Index

Suffumigi with sodium bicarbonate

This is the natural remedy probably more used in case of stuffy nose, to be followed for a few days until the symptoms disappear. Bring a liter of water to a boil in a saucepan, wait a couple of minutes and pour into it a spoonful of baking soda. Not just cover your head with a towel and breathe deeply the steam released by the hot water.

Suffumigi all'eucalyptus

THEessential oil of eucalyptus represents excellent remedy for stuffy nose and is sometimes an ingredient in herbal nasal sprays. You can use it in addition to or in place of the sodium bicarbonate to carry out fumigations. They are enough a few drops to be poured into a liter of boiling water. The best time to indulge in fumigations is in the evening, so that the nose can free itself during the night.

Hot drinks

Drinking hot drinks in case of a cold contributes to relieve nasal congestion. The same effect can be obtained by choosing for lunch or dinner a hot soup or a soup prepared with vegetable soup. Three of the best hot drinks to take in case of a cold and stuffy nose are there ginger herbal tea and echinacea herbal tea, which also helps strengthen the immune system.



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Onion

Peel and slice onions not only causes the negative effect given by burning eyes and tearing, but would also help reduce nasal congestion, thanks to the substances released by the onion which, if you breathe, help to stimulate the nose in breaking free. When cutting an onion, one would have to breathe very deeply to achieve the desired effect.

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Humidify the air

Nasal congestion may get worse if you spend a lot of time in environments where the air is excessively dry. When you come home and are in the kitchen, humidify the air by placing a saucepan of water on the fire, in which to add citrus peel and a pinch of cinnamon, as well as a teaspoon of vinegar, considered able to stimulate the nose to reduce congestion caused by colds.

Spicy spices

The reference is above all to hot spices, which are believed to be able to automatically stimulate the nose, so that it frees itself and begins to run in order to expel the mucus. Among the spices useful for this purpose are not only the Chili pepper, ginger, but also black pepper and long pepper, a spice of oriental origin recommended by Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine, in case of colds. Long pepper must be crushed or ground and used for seasoning dishes, as for other spices.

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Sesame oil

Another natural Ayurvedic remedy that can be used in case of colds and nasal congestion is sesame oil. Sesame oil must be applied, preferably after being warmed, with the fingers in very few drops inside the nasal cavities. The sesame oil applied in this way should not be inhaled, but simply rubbed gently inside the nostrils, to solve the problem of dryness of the mucous membranes and counteract nasal congestion, favoring the elimination of mucus.



Burbot

The lota is an instrument similar to a small teapot, used in Ayurveda for the cleaning of the nasal cavities, which takes the name of "Jala Neti". The lota is filled with water to which a pinch of salt or turmeric is usually added. Through the spout and keeping the head tilted, the water can pass through one nostril and be expelled from the other, leading to a complete cleaning of the nasal cavities.

Suffumigi with coarse salt

If at the time of having to solve the problem of a stuffy nose you realize that you do not have either eucalyptus essential oil or sodium bicarbonate available, you can resort to coarse salt, usually always present in the kitchen. Bring a liter of water to a boil in a saucepan and turn off the heat. Pour a tablespoon of coarse salt into the water and mix. Breathe the vapors released for about ten minutes, covering your head with a towel.

Nutrition

From a nutritional standpoint, natural remedies provide for reduce the consumption of dairy products, so as not to contribute to the formation of excess mucus, as well as of alcohol, which can cause dehydration and increase the dryness of the nasal cavities, and chocolate, which can contribute to accentuate the inflammatory state of the organism. To promote the disappearance of nasal congestion and colds, the consumption of is usually recommended freshly squeezed orange juice e of fruit and vegetables rich in Vitamin C, also in order to stimulate the immune defenses.

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