Nasal Congestion Relief for Stuffy Noses




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peppermint teaWhether you're suffering from a nasty bout of the flu or the change in season has triggered your allergies once again, a stuffy nose can be a frustrating thing to have to deal with when you're already feeling fatigued because of your body's response. Because of difficulty breathing through the nose and the suffocating feeling of clogged sinuses, people who cannot find nasal congestion relief suffer from sleepless nights spent trying to get comfortable and breathe peacefully. Untreated nasal congestion can lead to ear infections, so make an easy and effective home remedy for nasal congestion right now to prevent the problem from worsening.
 
Saline Spray
One of the most effective ways of finding nasal congestion relief, you can make a great nasal saline spray right at home without having to go out at all. Simply boil a teaspoon of ordinary table salt and a pinch of baking soda in a pan of water and allow it to cool. Store this in a sanitized bottle and use a nasal syringe to apply a few drops directly into your nasal passage, leaning back to allow it to drain into your mouth, where you can then spit it out. This will help get rid of the excess mucus and shrink the inflamed membranes which cause nasal congestion.
 
Peppermint Tea
Peppermint has a variety of benefits for clogged nasal passages. The essential oil acts as a natural decongestant and specific chemicals in the peppermint have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The hot drink also calms and soothes the sufferer, making peppermint tea the perfect home remedy for nasal congestion. To make peppermint tea, place half an ounce of dried peppermint leaves (available in the herbs aisle of your local supermarket) in a quart jar. Fill the jar two-thirds of the way to the top with boiling water, cover and allow it to steep for five minutes. Allow the tea to cool, strain and sweeten with honey if you wish. Drink this 2-3 times a day to find immediate nasal congestion relief.
 
Steam Treatment
Steam inhalation is a tried and tested home remedy for nasal congestion, immediately opening up any clogged sinuses and nasal passages with minimal effort. Simply boil 5 cups of water and grab a towel and a bowl. Pour the water into a bowl and quickly sit down with your head over the bowl, using the towel to cover you. Inhale the steam released by the boiling water through your nose for about 20 minutes, closing your eyes to prevent them from becoming irritated because of the moisture.
 
Heat Compresses

Applying heat compresses to congested sinuses and nasal passages may help you feel comfortable and will also aid with clearing up blocked noses. Find easy nasal congestion relief by simply heating a damp washcloth in the microwave for about a minute. Test the cloth to make sure it isn't too hot and apply it to your face, focusing on the area above and below your eyes, as well as the nose. The steam from the cloth will also help clear a stuffy nose.