How To Unstuff Your Nose Naturally

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  • Who hasn’t had a stuffy nose? Most of the time it’s nothing to worry about, but that doesn’t help the annoyance factor. A stuffy nose can keep you from sleeping, socializing, concentrating and enjoying food. You can always try an OTC decongestant, but before you do -- consider these natural remedies for temporary relief.

    Spice Your Meals

    Hot spices create a reflex response that makes your nose runny; results are immediate. The running removes irritants that may be causing the stuffiness, and also helps break up congestion.
  • Unclog With Steam Breathing in steam is the easiest way to cut down the mucus you produce and compress congestion. You can take a warm shower or sip a cup of hot liquid like tea or soup. Or place a warm wet towel on the upper half of your face. Then, rest on your back for three to five minutes. Try to do this two to three times a day.
  • Go For Zinc Studies have shown taking 50 mg of zinc supplements a day helps to improve congested sinuses.
  • Sniff An Onion Or Garlic This method works the same way as using a menthol spray. By sniffing an onion or a clove of garlic, your nasal passage is irritated and then constricted, easing congestion.
  • Create A Homemade Saline Spray These sprays can be used indefinitely because you’re not “forcing” your congestion to go away in the same way as OTC decongestants. Instead, a saline spray offers relief by moistening the membranes in your nose. To make the solution mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, ¼ teaspoon of table salt and 8 ounces of water into a nose dropper. Use the solution as often as necessary.
  • Opt For Aromatherapy Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your humidifier, diffuser or vaporizer. For best results, fill your device with distilled water.