People allergic to dust, pollen, hay, cat or dog hair as well as cold weather tend to develop congestion. Congestion or blocked nose, especially at night, can affect a good night’s sleep and leave you with a headache the next day. Nasal or sinus congestion can sometimes develop into a serious infection characterized by fever, coughs, ear ache, sore throat etc. If you are looking for ways to get rid of a stuffy nose instantly, here are some effective remedies:
1. Steam inhalation
Boil a pot of water and add some herbs like ginger or certain essential oils like Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender or Tea Tree etc. Now turn off the heat and place your head over the pot while covering yourself up with a towel. Deeply inhale the vapors and literally within minutes, you will drain your sinuses. You can also use a steamer for this purpose. Be careful when using this remedy, especially in case of young children.
2. Stand in a steamy shower
Nasal congestion at night in children can lead to unnecessary tears and can prevent everyone in the household from getting much needed rest. In such cases, run the shower and close all doors and windows. Seat the child in the steamy bathroom for at least 10 minutes. This will easily drain the sinuses out and provide immediate nasal congestion relief.
3. Use a chest rub balm or essential oil
A chest rub balm (Vicks Vaporub) or any oil containing Eucalyptus, Peppermint or other nasal congestion relief essential oils can also clear the sinuses. You need to apply the product on the nostrils or dab it on your nose, temples and pulse points. Pocket inhalers containing these oils are also great as they relieve nasal congestion instantly. Never use essential oils directly on the skin as they can cause a burning sensation. Always dilute the oil prior to use. Never get the chest rub or essential oils in the eyes. If contact with eyes occurs, rinse immediately. You can also pour the oil on a handkerchief and inhale deeply.
4. Onion poultice
A natural remedy to get rid of stuffy nose fast without medicine is with the juice of onions. Onions contain ammonia and sulfur which can instantly drain the sinuses out. You can make a poultice by roasting onions and packing them in a thin cloth. Press the poultice on the nose and chest for a few minutes. Reheat the poultice on a hot pan and again press it on the head, chest and nostrils to get relief from sinus headache, stuffy nose and congestion.
5. Apple cider vinegar
In order to relieve sinus headache and pressure, dip a Q-tip in concentrated apple cider vinegar. Dab the inner parts of both nostrils with the Q tip to immediately drain the sinuses and breathe easily. You can also drink apple cider vinegar mixed with a bit of warm water and if possible, squirt diluted ACV in both nostrils (use a neti pot) to remove mucus and drain the sinuses.
Grind fresh peppercorns and drink them with some warm water. This remedy immediately relieves nasal congestion at night or day.
7. Cayenne pepper
This is a painful remedy but it works wonders in getting rid of stuffy nose instantly. Dip a clean Q-tip in cayenne pepper and apply it to the inside of your nostrils. Initially, you might experience burning pain but very soon, your nose will start running giving you instant relief from pressure and stuffiness.
8. Herbal teas and hot soups
Try sipping on warm water or herbal teas whenever you have a stuffy nose. You can also drink other hot beverages like green tea, tea with ginger etc. Add herbs like nettle, rosemary, sage, thyme or oregano to your tea, broths and soups. Inhale the vapors before drinking. You will get instant relief from blocked nose.
9. Herbal supplements
Take turmeric supplement, garlic capsules, nettle capsules etc when suffering from nasal congestion and sinus infection. These herbal supplements boost immunity and also reduce inflammation to provide long term relief from recurrent stuffy nose and allergies.
10. Spicy foods
Your stuffy nose can actually benefit from eating spicy foods like horseradish, hot sauce, spicy chicken soup with tons of garlic etc. These foods are warming and they ‘go’ straight into your sinuses to relieve congestion and stuffiness.
11. Epsom salt bath
Soaking in a tub bath to which you have added a cup of Epsom salts, bath salts or baking soda can also relieve blocked nose at night. You can also add essential oils like Eucalyptus or Lavender as these help relieve congestion and also prevent muscular aches and pains.
As long as you feel up to it, exercising can help relieve blocked and stuffy nose. Try exercises like walking, running, swimming or dancing. These are fun and great for overall health. Regular exercise also boosts immunity since sweat throws out all toxins and keeps your systems ‘clean’.
13. Hydrogen peroxide in neti pot
Wish to get rid of a stuffy nose fast without medicine? Fill up a Neti pot with diluted food grade hydrogen peroxide. Tilt your nose over the sink and insert the pot’s spout in one nostril. Close the other nostril with your finger. Pour the water-hydrogen peroxide solution in the nostril and allow it to come out from your mouth. Repeat for the other nostril, covering up the first. This remedy helps drain your sinuses and gives instant relief from stuffy or blocked nose. In case you do not have hydrogen peroxide, you can simply use warm salt water or diluted apple cider vinegar in its place.
14. Tomato tea
You need V8 vegetable juice to make this tomato tea recipe. This powerful recipe has helped thousands of blocked nose sufferers get instant relief:
- 2 cups V8 juice
- Crushed garlic-4-6 cloves-more the better
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Hot sauce-as much as you can handle
In a pot, simmer all ingredients and drink hot. Sip the tea slowly. This is a delicious and healthy beverage so you can drink as much as needed. The remedy not only treats sinus infections you can continue drinking it past the time you feel better.
15. Sesame oil pulling
Take a tablespoon of sesame oil and swish it around the mouth rigorously for 20 minutes. Spit it out after 20 minutes are over. Do this each morning on an empty stomach and once again at night before bed. You will immediately notice a difference in your sinus pressure and may also see other health improvements like greater energy, reduced bad breath and fewer dental issues etc. Continue to perform oil pulling even after you feel better. You can replace sesame oil with coconut or olive oil if needed.
We hope these remedies relieve sinus headache and help you get rid of stuffy nose instantly.