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Home Remedies for Nasal Congestion

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Home Remedies for Nasal Congestion

writtenByWritten by: Leah McCabe
Leah McCabe

Leah McCabe

Leah likes writing about health and science subjects. Through her writing she hopes to help people of all backgrounds have equal access to information and quality healthcare.

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October 8, 2018 Read Time - 4 minutes

Nasal congestion varies drastically in severity, from annoying drip to a completely blocked septum, no one wants to feel any degree of nasal congestion.

While there are many over the counter and prescribed medications to treat congestion, there are also several home remedies that can reduce and relieve nasal congestion.

Read on to learn more about what you can do at home to improve your nasal congestion.

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Why Home Remedies?

There are many reasons why you may turn to home remedies for nasal congestion instead of drug store medications.

These can include:

  • Conflicting medications — people who are taking medications for pre-existing health conditions may not want to mix their medication with a prescribed or over the counter nasal decongestant.
  • Negative side effects — prescribed and over the counter nasal decongestants often have negative side effects. Some people experience these more severely than others and opt for more natural home remedies. Some common negative side effects are:
    • Drowsiness
    • Headaches
    • Restlessness
    • High blood pressure
    • Rapid heart rate
  • Antibiotic Allergies — many doctors will prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial nasal infections. It is not uncommon for people to have negative reactions and allergies to antibiotics and therefore seek an alternative treatment. In this case, home remedies for nasal congestion are a great alternative.

If you are influenced by any of the above factors, or are simply just interested in home remedies for nasal congestion read on to learn what you can do to get relief from the comfort of your own home.

Essential Oils for Nasal Congestion

Essential oils have many health benefits and if you know which ones to use you can get nasal congestion relief.

The best oils to treat nasal congestion and provide relief are:

  • Tea Tree Oil — tea tree oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties making it good at clearing your nasal passage by reducing swelling and fighting bad bacteria.
  • Eucalyptus Oil — eucalyptus oil is a natural cough suppressant that also has been shown to fight bacteria. Eucalyptus oil does not contain antibiotics. It can help with decongestion by reducing the negative bacteria and other microbes in the nasal passage.
  • Peppermint Oil — peppermint oil contains menthol and is good for immediate relief as it provides a cooling sensation. However, it does not help fight bacteria or reduce swelling, therefore it is not a long-term solution for nasal congestion.

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are most effective for congestion when inhaled through the mouth and nose. Put 3-7 drops in boiling water and inhale the steam for several minutes or until you start to feel relief. Do this several times a day. You can also inhale from the bottle, but be careful as some oils are very potent.

Another method is to put a few drops in a humidifier so the oil is released into the air.

Other at Home Remedies for Nasal Congestion

  • Take a hot shower. The steam from the shower can moisten the nasal passageway and break up the mucus.
  • Use a humidifier to moisten the air.
  • Use a saline spray in your nose to loosen the mucus.
  • Try a sinus flush such as the Neti Pot, it will also help break up thick mucus.
  • Use a warm compress to relieve pressure in the nose and face.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. This helps to thin mucus making it easier to clear your nasal passage.

If you are going to try at home remedies book an appointment with a PlushCare physician today to learn what is causing your congestion and to ensure you use the best treatment available.

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