Nasal congestion is a familiar symptom faced by all of us. The problem aggravates when there is a climatic change and sinus infections that can be chronic. Nasal congestion is also very common during pregnancy and in infants. In such cases, it is always better to try natural medicines than go after OTC drugs and antibiotics that can be harmful with prolonged usage.
Here are some great home remedies that are as effective or even more than prescription medications, minus the side effects. They are very safe during pregnancy and for infants.
Home Remedies For Nasal Congestion
Eucalyptus oil is an excellent solution for opening up the air passages. You may smear some eucalyptus oil onto the pillow on which you sleep using a cotton ball. This will help you sleep better without interruptions.
Alternately, boil two cups of water and transfer to a glass bowl, add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to this and cover your face and the bowl with a towel for inhaling the steam. Inhaling for ten minutes will help loosen the mucus which you can blow out for clearing the nasal passage.
Oregano or Tea Tree Oil
Using oregano oil or tea tree essential oil in the same manner too will offer good results by clearing away the nasal blocks and opening up your airways. Try all three alternatively to choose the best one that works on your condition.
VapoRub can offer temporary and quick relief for blocked nose. VapoRub can be directly rubbed under your nostrils or massaged on your chest for relief from the symptoms. Apply as often as needed for relief.
Garlic has antibacterial qualities that can help destroy the germs that cause the congestion. Take 2-3 cloves of garlic internally. To fortify its effect, take a clove of garlic and slice two thin pieces from it.
Place each one on the entrance of your nostrils and relax by keeping you head slightly raised up. The natural oils in garlic will soon start destroying the bacteria in the nasal passage and open up the nose.
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which can help in boosting the immunity and destroying the germs. It can be sprinkled on to a bowl of soup or your regular meals as taking cayenne pepper on its own could be a difficult proposition.
Take 1/4th teaspoon of salt and add this to a cup of warm water. You can use an eye dropper or a Neti pot for irrigating your nose with this solution. Drop the solution into one nostril, keeping the other closed and keeping your head elevated. Flush out the water through the other nose. Repeat with the other nose. This will offer you great relief.
Targeting certain pressure points on your face like the sides of your nose, forehead, under the eye etc. will help in removing the inflammation and offer great relief from nasal blockage as well. Warm your hands a bit before you massage or use a warm and soft cotton cloth for massaging so that the heat can melt the blockage.