Home remedies for nasal congestion

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Use a humidifier

To help alleviate nasal congestion, you can use a cool-mist humidifier in your bedroom. Use this device for at least two hours before going to bed, and keep the room doors closed so that it doesn’t disturb others. You should clean the humidifier daily and replace the filter every few months to ensure that it’s working properly.

If you have asthma or other respiratory problems, talk to your doctor first before using a humidifier to clear up your sinuses.

Take a steamy shower

Taking a steamy shower can help to relieve symptoms and clear your nasal passages. You don’t need to spend much time in the shower, but if you find that this is the best remedy for your congestion, try taking a steamy bath instead of just a hot shower. The steam will help open up your nasal passages as it travels through your nose.

Before you get into the shower or bathtub, boil some water on the stovetop and pour it into a large bowl filled with eucalyptus oil or other essential oils of choice (lavender oil works well). Once heated, place the bowl at the end of your tub so that when you sit down in it, your head will be near enough to inhale some of the vapors produced by steaming hot water.

Drink more water

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Sip hot tea or warm soup to help thin mucus and ease congestion.
  • Drink fruit juice with a straw, as the extra liquid may make you feel sick if it goes down your throat too fast.
  • Add honey to warm water to help soothe an irritated throat and soothe congestion in your chest. However, do not give honey to infants under 1 year old; use only plain sugar or glucose syrup instead.

Use saline drops and spray

  • Saline drops and spray are available in the pharmacy section of most stores. You can use them in children and adults.
  • It is safe to use 2-3 times per day.
  • You can also use them with other medications such as nasal sprays or decongestants.

Make humidified air at home

If you don’t have access to a steam room, or if you’re looking for a more pleasant-smelling alternative, try making humidified air at home.

  • Boil some water in a pan on the stove and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (eucalyptus is great). If you don’t have any essential oils, just boil some water and breathe in the steam.
  • Place the towel over your head and lean over it so that the steam touches your face. Breathe deeply for about 15 minutes until all the symptoms are gone—you’ll feel much better!

Try cold and flu medications

Your doctor may prescribe medications to help relieve nasal congestion. Some of these drugs can be purchased over the counter without a prescription, but others require a doctor’s approval. If you are taking any of these medications:

  • Check with your doctor before taking cold and flu medications if you’re under 12 years old
  • Check with your doctor before taking cold and flu medications while pregnant or breastfeeding

It helps clear your airways and make breathing easier.

While humidifiers are generally considered safe, you should check with your doctor if you have any questions about using one. If you’re thinking of getting a humidifier, consider the following:

  • Make sure your humidifier is cleaned regularly and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use only distilled or purified water in your humidifier. Do not use tap water; it could be contaminated with bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause illness or even death if inhaled into your nose and throat area.
  • Keep the water reservoir filled with clean water at all times. Before adding more water, empty out any old, stale liquid from inside of it so as not to mix them together when they’re reintroduced into circulation through evaporation processes within your appliance’s heating unit chamber (usually located somewhere near where air passes through).