The throat and nose are the gateway to the body of germs and allergens. To counter this, the inside of the nose has mucosal membranes lined with blood vessels. Nasal congestion occurs when these blood vessels swell resulting in the expansion of mucosal membrane due to germs or allergens. This block the air passage to some extent and so most of the breathing takes place from the mouth. In new born infants this makes it life threatening as they are capable of breathing only through the nose. There is a rapid secretion of mucus which clogs up the nose. Nasal congestion can also result in difficulty in hearing and talking. To help you treat your nasal congestion read the article below for home remedies for nasal congestion.
Home Remedies For Nasal Congestion
Take a teaspoon of cardamom seeds and then heat it over coals. Inhale the smoke. This is very effective in removing nasal congestion.
Carom seeds (ajwain)
Take a handful of carom seeds and grind into powder. Take the powder in a piece of cotton cloth and tie it. Place this near the pillow.
Grapefruit seed extract
Heat a cup of water and boil until it is warm. Now put in a few drops of grapefruit seed extract and then inhale the vapor. Do this two to three times and before going to bed and after waking up in the morning.
Take bath in warm water to get relief from nasal congestion. Steam bath is also very good.
Grate a fresh horseradish and take one to two teaspoon of it on a toast. To it add apple cider vinegar or honey and then eat the toast. When you munch on the toast, inhale deeply, so that you take in the fumes which will give you relief from nasal congestion.
Apple cider vinegar
Take two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a pan and heat until it begins to steam. Inhale the vapor to open the nasal passage.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Take a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil in a piece of cotton or a cloth and taking it near the nose inhale deeply. This clears the air passage.
Peppermint oil is also an excellent ingredient to decongest the nasal passage. Take two drops of peppermint oil in a cotton ball and then breathe deeply.
Take in plenty of fluids throughout the day. Drink as much of water, tea and fruit juice as much as possible, throughout the day.
Roast a couple of black pepper seeds over fire and inhale the fumes. This will clear the nasal airway and gives fast relief. The fume dilates the blood vessels of the nose and increases the secretions and this in turn clears away the secretion of the nose.
Take ¼ teaspoon of salt and mix it with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Block one nostril with your finger and using a dropper squirt the solution into the other nostril, and allow it to drain. Repeat the same for the other nostril.
Decongestion Drink Recipe
- Tomato juice – 1 cup
- Fresh garlic – 1 teaspoon (chopped)
- Hot sauce – ½ teaspoon
- Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
- Celery salt – a pinch
- Take all the ingredients in a small pan and heat it.
- Drink hot.