How to Get Rid of a Blocked Nose Naturally
Ever had a stuffy nose? Don't you hate when your nostrils get clogged up and you have to breathe through your mouth? I DO! Not long ago, my same old usual blocked nose pattern has came back to me and while I was searching for cures...
How to Get Rid of a Blocked Nose Naturally
Ever had a stuffy nose? Don't you hate when your nostrils get clogged up and you have to breathe through your mouth? I DO! Not long ago, my same old usual blocked nose pattern has came back to me and while I was searching for cures, my grandfather told me all these weird techniques to clear my congestion, since then I have never had any trouble breathing like I normally do.
The remedies he gave me were strange but got the job done. Not only do the remedies work, but the things I needed in order to treat my nose were all made from completely natural ingredients that could be found in any average household.
If the worst comes to worst, by any chance you do not have the right ingredients, you could try the special Chinese massage techniques that have always temporarily helped me.
#What to avoid
The five golden rules below are only for your own good, it is optional for you to follow it or not. However, if you are serious about clearing your nose of muscus and to get rid of the congestion, read the remedies below thoroughly and you will never have a blocked annoying stuffy nose or any sinus problems again.
1) Reduce intake of Tobacco and Cigarettes
Most people do not know that smoking can damage the lining of your sinuses as well as causing swelling in your sinus membranes, this is the cause of acute or chronic sinusitis. Almost 80% of the smokers in the world suffer from chronic sinusitis. Sometimes, a smoker can develop a long term fungal or bacterial infection without knowing, damaging the nose everyday.
2) Stop the Alcohol and Beverages
The simplest way to explain why you shouldn't have alcohol is “any sorts of artificial beverages can contribute to your congestion”, that includes cordials. The substances in fermented alcoholic drinks can thicken the amount of mucus you produce, as easy as it is for you to become intoxicated. Although some people have the ability to tolerate; scotch, gin or distilled spirits.
In addition, Black Tea is the worst drink you can have because of its high caffeine content. Some other drinks you should avoid: coffee, milkshakes, chocolate drinks and soft drinks with high sugar content. Drink plenty of water and it will wash away the "bad" stuff.
3) Watch out for wheat... and dairy products
This might not be the case for everyone, but a number of people are allergic to milk (usually without knowing and live with it). Milk naturally congests the ducts in the nose. Not sure if you are allergic to dairy products? Have a tiny box of yoghurt, see results under 10 minutes. Even if you are not allergic to dairy products, milk can naturally thicken your mucus and produce phlegm.
Oh! remember the same thing applies to foods containing processed wheat flour e.g.; bread, oats, oatmeal, rice, pastas, cereals, seeds and legumes. I know that sounds like everything, here are something you can eat in exchange: barley, buckwheat, corn, quinoa and millet. These alternatives are dryer and will not contribute into the amount of mucus/phlegm you produce.
4) No“certain”fruits policy
Fruits we all know for sure are natural delights and is good for anyone at anytime. However, that does not apply to the case of having a stuffy nose. There are a couple of fruits you should avoid, due to its natural sweet substances contained. Those “sweet stuff” causes you to produce more mucus and phlegm over time. Here are some major “bad” fruits you should avoid consuming: oranges, kiwis, avocados and soy(That's not technically a fruit but avoid it anyway).
5) Protein, Fats and Oils
Having foods with a high amount of fats or oils are always bad no matter what, although the oils you should avoid are the ones extracted from animal products, natural oils do no harm.
Protein, What kind of foods are high in protein? Red meat, pork, eggs and fish. It is recommended that you cut down on red meat and pork by all means, having a considerable amount of protein is enough. When selecting meats, you should purchase organic products, animals that have been injected with formaldehyde “fast growing chemicals” are no good.
It's for your own good.
I know the “What to avoid” list sounds almost like a diet program, but they are only optional tips. You don't have to go big on the five golden rules, although you should try and follow them if possible.
All the remedies below are for temporary relief, as there are no absolute treatment for a blocked nose, you will have to wait for your immune system to fight off the bacterial infections.
1) Unclog with Steam
Take a shower, go and have a hot drink or a cup of chicken soup, breathing in steam is by far the easiest way to cut down the amount of mucus you produce, also it will compress your congestion.
Another way is to place a warm wet-towel on the upper half of your face including the forehead, lean on your back for three to five minutes, do this two to three times daily.
Using the method above you could also try adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Alternatively, you could add a few drops to your humidifier, diffuser or vaporizer. Keep in mind that you should fill your device with distilled water, or the moist air produced may be counterproductive as it can easily spread germs, spores and water impurities.
3) Sniff an onion or garlic
Sniffing an onion or garlic is technically the same as applying drops of eucalyptus oil to yourself or using a menthol nasal spray, all it does is create irritation to your nose, causing your congestion to restrict.
The reason I said applying “eucalyptus oil to yourself” is due to the fact that not all people apply it in the same spot, some people prefer having a few drops on their chest, some like it on their wrists and some inside the nose or even on the face, beware that using an excessive amount will burn your skin.
Eucalyptus oil itself has antibacterial properties causing it to be a powerful antiseptic.
All the menthol sprays...,onions, garlic when inhaled works the same, they are all natural anesthetic, germicidal, incredible decongestants.
4) Go heavy on Spice
Have some hot and spicy foods and it will create a reflex response to make your nose runny, the results are immediate, this running removes irritants that is causing the stuffiness, and will also help break up congestion. Although if you don't think you can withstand hot chilli peppers, don't bother trying.
5) Homemade saline spray
Unlike the other decongestant sprays, saline sprays can be used indefinitely because you are not “forcing” your congestion to go away, what a saline spray does is moisten the membranes in your nose and that's all. The best thing is you don't even have to buy one at the pharmacy, you can make one at home.
Mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, ¼ teaspoon of table salt and 8 ounces of water into a nose dropper.
Use this solution as often as necessary.
The cures provided above are all natural, in other words it is not entirely impossible for a person to be allergic or sensitive to the treatment, stop using it as soon as you detect unusual symptoms. However, if you want to go along, for example with the spice method, it might take you some time to get used to it.
#Chinese Massage Techniques
I realize that the moment you have a blocked nose, you might not be at home to prepare for the remedies, therefore I have provided some great Chinese Massage techniques below. The techniques are nice but they only give you a short-term relief.
#1 Warm up your nose
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is a few inches taller in summer than it is in winter? That is due to the nature of heat expansion and cold restriction. Same goes for your congestion, so warm up your nose!
First, warm up your palms by rubbing them together. Then, rub the tip of your nose with the center of your palm for 15 times and after in the opposite direction.
#2 Relax your neck muscles
As you know, the spinal cord is important to the functioning of the whole of the body, a great way to reduce restrictions of your sinus is to massage and relax your neck muscles.
Start off by centering your palms on your ears. Then, with where both of your thumbs is, gently massage the side area of your neck. (Under your ears but more to the back of your neck)
#3 Hand Acupressure
This stimulation will not only help relieve a blocked nose but will also help a headache or sinus pains. The pressure point is the spot 1.5 inches above the web of skin between your forefinger and your thumb.
Deeply massage the area for both hands for 1-2 minutes.
#4 Sides of your nose
This method is by far is the best but you should perform all the listed massage techniques for a longer and throughout relief.
Massage the sides of your nostrils in circles for 20-30 seconds. Then, massage the bone between your eyes in circles for 20-30 seconds.
#5 Eyes and Ears
For the last massage to complete the whole procedure is the "eyes and the ears".
Slide your fingers around your eyes and then press the area under your eyes and a little above your cheekbone for 15-20 seconds.
At last, grab your earlobes and move them around in circles for 10-15 times and then press on the spot right behind your earlobes for 3-5 times.
It is recommended that you repeat this routine for two more times and most people will notice immediate effect, although this is only temporary.
There are a couple of other things you might want to take into consideration.
#1 Swallow some relief
There are side effects on decongestants, and the sprays should be used with caution by people with urinary tract problems, heart problems or high blood pressure. It is known that oral decongestants can counteract medications to slow down high blood pressure, changing the heartbeat rate as well.
#2 Zinc will do
Zinc has a special effect on the nose, as Zinc supplements are used to treat people with Anosmia, or a loss of smell. Having said that, take 50 mg of Zinc supplements a day will help improve congested sinuses.
#3 Vitamin C is Vital
Vitamin C supplements are known to help common colds, although it also brings relief to people with a stuffy nose. Take only 500 mg or less a day unless you have a Doctor's consent.
#4 Sleep with an extra pillow
By raising your neck as you sleep it increases the build up of nasal fluid, which helps remove irritants from your nose and drain away the germs. Don't sleep flat headed.
#5 Exercise, Refresh, Drain
Working out is a natural decongestant, anything that requires action, as simple as a walk, helps blood circulation. Exercising also helps shrink nasal membranes. Simple explanation, Sweat = Drain.
Alas, check the environment, vacuum the place! or maybe you're allergic to something? If your blocked nose lasts for more than 3 weeks, consult a healthcare professional.
To get rid of a blocked nose is easy, it's no rocket science. Don't like to be natural? Go to the pharmacy and buy a nasal spray, seriously that's what I would do.
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