Is a stuffy nose driving you crazy? It doesn’t matter whether you have a cold, the flu, or allergies. Constant congestion and difficulty breathing can leave you feeling exhausted.
I’ve suffered my entire adult life with a stuffy nose. I can’t breathe well at night and sometimes during the day I get stuffy for no apparent reason. Winter months seem to be the worse when low humidity levels leave me stuffed up and dry.
If this is you, you’re going to love the all natural remedies I have in store for you that took me from stuffy to breathing more clearly.
Natural Remedies for Stuffy Noses
1. Use A Humidifier or Vaporizer
Nothing’s worse than that dried out feeling. The winter months are terrible because the humidity levels are at their lowest point. Getting moisture back into the air is essential in the health of your sinuses. Humidifiers help break up the congestion in your sinuses by adding the needed moisture back into the air. It helps to thin the mucus in your nose and drain the sinuses.
Both warm mist and cool mist humidifiers are equally useful, but you’ll want to stick with cool mist for a child’s room to avoid accidental burns from the heat of a warm mist unit. Make sure to clean your humidifier regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Follow the instructions that come with your unit or just wipe it down with a 10 percent bleach solution.
2. Use A Neti Pot
If you’re hesitant to use a neti pot, don’t be. These are the most fantastic devices to help clear your sinuses.
Neti pots have been around for centuries and were introduced by yoga and Ayurvedic practitioners in India as a gentle and effective way to clear the nasal passages of mucus and allergens. To use this remedy, you fill the neti pot with a saline solution made with distilled warm water and salt. You insert the spout into one nostril while you tilt your head to the other side, allowing the solution to flow up into your nasal passage and then out the other nostril. Make sure to use only DISTILLED Water and PHARMACEUTICAL grade salt in your neti pot.
Research has shown that it is an effective solution for people with chronic nasal and sinus problems and that people who used nasal irrigation had greater improvement in symptoms than those treated with saline sprays. Neti pots are safe to use on a daily basis.
3. Essential Oils
I’ve been using Essential Oils for years. I use it for almost anything that ails me with great results. So, when I was looking for other all natural remedies, I turned to my friends at Grove and found three Essential Oil alternative treatments that help.
The first is Eucalyptus Oil steam. It’s not only a soothing way to relieve congestion, but it smells good too! Take a steaming bowl of water and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Drape a towel over your head and around the bowl, keeping your face at arm’s length away. Breathe in the steam for about 10 minutes.
My second go to Essential Oil remedy is the application of Breathe Again Essential Oil Blend which is a combination of Peppermint, Myrtle, and Copaiba with four different types of Eucalyptus to the bridge of my nose. This just opens up my nasal passages like nothing else I’ve tried. It is my go-to oil when I am stuffed up and need some instant relief. I love to use it before bed to help me sleep better.
Last but not least is using my diffuser with 2 drops of lemon grass and 1-2 drops of peppermint oil which makes my nose drain like crazy. All of these and many more oils help to clear the congestion and help you breathe better all day and night!
4. Breathe Right Strips
I want first to say, sometimes I can tolerate these strips, and sometimes I can’t. You can most certainly feel them on your nose and for me, it sometimes annoys me so much I have to remove them.
With that being said, when I do use Breathe Right Strips, they do help.
If you’ve never used them, they are a piece of plastic, or cloth reinforced with a plastic strip that you place across the bridge of your nose that lifts and open your nasal passages allowing you to breathe easier. Millions use them with great success. I use them in conjunction with some of the other remedies I listed above.
5. Herbal Remedies
My friend told me about this product, and I figured I had nothing to lose. I purchased my first bottle in December, and I immediately noticed a difference in the amount of sinus pressure I had in my head.
Sinus Chi is an herbal remedy developed that blocks histamine release for the relief of Hay fever or rhinitis symptoms. It improves immunity and reduces symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, sinus congestion, chills, and fever.
I’m not sure I care why it works, just that it does. I take two capsules at the end of the day, and it significantly reduces the amount of congestion in my head when I sleep. I can wake up and breathe properly within minutes rather than hours. If I feel for some reason stuffy during the day or feel more congestion coming on, I take another two capsules. Leaves me breathing freely all day!
I realize I may never be cured completely of my stuffy nose and sinus congestion. But these remedies have improved my condition significantly, and I’m not popping allergy medicine all day. Either way, these all natural remedies are better for you than living on drugs.
So if you suffer from a stuffy nose, these solutions will help you reduce the congestion and have you breathing more freely.
**Remember to seek advice from your health care professional.