Annoyed due to a stuffy nose? You find difficulty in talking; your nose drips and runs; or you need to blow your nose continually to breathe properly? A clogged or stuffy nose is a result of inflamed blood vessels in your sinuses. It is commonly termed as nasal congestion or blocked nose. Some of the common causes of a stuffy nose include flu, allergies, sinusitis, certain chemicals, hay fever, a deviated septum, non-cancerous growths in the nasal lining or nasal polyps, environmental irritants and non-cancerous tumours. Individuals may face symptoms such as sinus pain, difficulty in breathing/hearing, sneezing, a blocked nose, swelling of nasal tissues, and even eyes, build up of mucus in the nasal passage. Try out these easy home remedies to get rid of a stuffy nose overnight.
Home Remedies for Stuffy Nose
Take 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger along with a glass of warm water. It will give you quick relief from the stuffy nose. In order to increase the effectiveness, add lemon and honey. These two ingredients will increase the taste as well.
The anti inflammatory properties of ginger helps reduce inflammation of blood vessels, thereby curing stuffy nose problem (1).
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
In order to clear the stuffy nose, take two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar along with one tbsp of honey. Combine both the ingredients in a cup of warm water and consume it thrice a day. The acetic acid present in vinegar averts germ growth which resolves all the problems associated with nasal congestion (2).
- Alternatively, take some vinegar and bring it to boil. Inhale its steam to get instant relief from blocked nose.
3. Tomato Tea
Mix 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic, 1 cup of tomato juice, some hot sauce, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and a pinch of celtic sea salt. Boil the mixture and consume the prepared tea slowly for next couple of days. Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, which act against histamine, the substance responsible for causing inflammation and stuffy nose (3).
The quercetin content of onion proves very beneficial to avert nasal congestion (6).
- Alternatively, you can also consume chicken soup as well (7).
4. Black Pepper
Take some powdered black pepper in your palm and add 3 drops of sesame oil. Combine the mixture with your finger and then apply it beneath your nose. Inhale the smell and repeat the same process whenever required. It will induce sneezing, and therefore, helps get rid of mucus (8, 9).
- Alternatively, take a pan and heat some black pepper powder on it for two minutes. Inhale it.
It is one of the best remedies for stuffy nose. Take a cup of water, add 2 to 3 garlic cloves, and boil. For better results, you can also add one-half teaspoon of turmeric powder. Consume this mixture every day. Alternatively, you can also eat fresh garlic cloves to relieve discomfort and stuffiness (10).
6. Mustard Oil
Apply some mustard oil directly into the nostrils or else cook food using mustard oil in order to clear your nasal passage (11).
Consume 2 teaspoons of honey on daily basis along with warm water. Or else, you may also add it to milk for effective results.
Honey is a natural decongestant which relieves nasal congestion (12).
Note: It is not recommended for children.
Mix ¼ teaspoon of black pepper powder, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and some salt powder. Apply this mixture around the nasal area to get rid of a stuffy nose (13).
You can also have warm lemon water with honey, it will alleviate congestion (14).
9. Nasal Irrigation
Take 2 cups of distilled warm water and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Use a neti pot or any other irrigation device to inhale the solution. Repeat this process once or twice on daily basis for some days (15, 16, 17, 18).
- Instead, take an airtight container and mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 3 teaspoons of iodine-free salt. Now, put 1 teaspoon of this mixture into 8 ounces of distilled or lukewarm water. Use a Neti pot to inhale the vapors of this solution.
Note – Use previously boiled or distilled water only and don’t forget to clean the irrigation device thoroughly after each use.
Run a hot shower in your bathroom for a couple of minutes to vaporize the surrounding. Now, inhale these calming vapors and repeat the process 2 times a day (19).
- Besides, you can simply take a hot shower bath.
11. Warm Compress
Soak a washcloth or towel in warm water, squeeze the excess water, and place it over your face. Allow it to stand for 10 to 15 minutes and repeat the process throughout the day (20).
Take an onion, peel off, and cut it into small pieces. Inhale its smell for 4 to 5 minutes. It contains quercetin which relieves a stuffy nose by clearing the congestion and helps open the nostrils (21).
13. Spicy Food
14. Stay Hydrated
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking all types of liquids including water, soup, and tea. It will facilitate in decreasing the pressure of your sinuses, thinning the mucus in your nasal passages and helps push fluid out of your nose (23, 24).
15. Vapor Rub
Take about an ounce of coconut oil and add 7 – 10 drops (or more if needed) of essential oil like eucalyptus, wintergreen or mint. Mix well and apply it on your chest, backside, throat, and spread it under the nose.
Eucalyptus oil help loosen nasal congestion (25).
Note – Do not use essential oil on your palm as it may be harmful for your skin.
16. Fenugreek Seeds
Crush some fenugreek seeds and mix 1 or 2 teaspoons of it in a glass of water. Bring the solution to boil, strain and drink this warm solution. Carry out the same process 2 to 3 times a day until the problem is completely solved.
Note – Do not try this remedy if you are pregnant.
17. Steam Inhalation
It is one of the most popular home remedies to get rid of stuffy nose. In a cup of boiling water, add 1 tablespoon of crushed carom seeds; and inhale the steam. Keep your head at some distance from the bowl. You may also add peppermint essential oil to the boiling water. Repeat the process 2 to 4 times a day (26, 27).
Note – Don’t apply this remedy on young children and pregnant women.
18. Carom Seeds Powder
Add two tablespoons of crushed carom seeds powder in a handkerchief and tie it. Put this tiny bag near your pillow so that you could inhale its smell. The expectorant properties of these seeds will help to get rid of nasal congestion (28).
Alternatively, you can also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil to get relief from congested nose.
Mandarin oranges contain synephrine that is a natural decongestant. Besides, any citrus fruit will help loosen the mucus. Either eat them or drink their juice to obtain the benefits (29).
Herbal Remedies to Clear a Stuffy Nose
Chew 3 to 4 basil leaves before eating your breakfast in the morning and before sleeping at night. Or else, you can also brew a basil tea by steeping its leaves in warm water. The antioxidant properties of basil leaves helps to get rid of congestion (30).
21. Eucalyptus Oil
Take a clean handkerchief and put 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil on it. Inhale the aroma a couple of times. Additionally, put some drops of this oil on your pillow so that you may benefit from this oil even when you are asleep. This oil help loosen nasal congestion (31).
Chew mint leaves or a real mint chewing gum to get rid of congestion. Take mint supplements such as peppermint tea regularly to open the nasal passages (32).
23. Herbal Tea
Herbal tea detoxifies the body and prevents clogging in the nasal passage. To get relief from a blocked nose, take one of your favorite herbs like thyme, chamomile, rosemary leaves or blackberry, peppermint, and prepare tea. Drink it regularly to get rid of stuffy nose (33).
24. Goldenseal Root
Prepare a decoction from its roots and have it to obtain subsequent results.
Prepare a tea from the rosehips plant and drink it to clear your stuffy nose. It will give wondrous results. Rosehip contains vitamin C, which has anti cold and anti inflammatory actions (36).
In order to get relief from the stuffy nose, consume sage leaves or add it to your food. Alternatively, boil a cup of water and steep some sage leaves in it. Drink this decoction to prevent nasal congestion.
Sage is a traditional remedy used to get rid of inflammation (37).
- Use an additional soft pillow to keep your head elevated while sleeping (38).
- Drink plenty of water.
- Consume only hot drinks such as vegetable broths, herbal teas, etc (39).
- Eat food containing zinc, vitamin C, etc.
- Use saline nasal spray to prevent congestion (40).
- Sleep on the side that is unclogged.
- Take complete rest (41).
- If you love swimming, try to swim in water that does not contain chlorinated water, as it may annoy mucous membranes present in your nasal passages.
- Shun intake of cool drinks or any other carbonated beverages.
- Keep away from refined sugar and other sugary products such as chocolates, candies, cakes, doughnuts, and cookies.
- Avoid intake of wheat, whole grain products, milk as well as other dairy products.