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  • Home Remedies for Nasal Congestion

     

     

    Although over the counter nasal spray can get rid of congestion temporarily, they can also be extremely addicting and can actually make the problem worse. Here are some natural, home remedies that won’t cause rebound congestion like those sprays.


    Saline Sprays


    Saline nasal sprays, a mix of sterile water and salt, work by thinning mucus and soothing nasal inflammation. If used consistently, they may also help rinse out pollen or bacteria that irritate airways. Saline sprays boost moisture and are especially helpful in winter months when the inside of the nose may dry out and be prone to bleeding.



    Chicken Soup

     

    Studies suggest that chicken soup may actually decrease mucus production by affecting immune function and inflammation, and the steam and heat will also help. If you're sick, it is also a great way to stay hydrated.


    Steam

     

    Inhaling steam from a hot shower, soup, tea or even a pot of hot water can help to open up and soothe irritated nasal passages. Humidifiers are also good if you need some help breathing at night.


    Peppermint Tea

     

    Peppermint contains menthol, which helps to thin mucus and open up nasal passages. Peppermint tea combines the effect of menthol, steam and warm liquid, all of which can help speed clearance of nasal gunk.


    Neti Pots


    Neti pots, which you can find at many drug stores, have been used for centuries to help relieve nasal and sinus congestion and have become increasingly popular in recent years. These small spouted pots work by literally rinsing out your nasal cavities.


    To use a neti pot properly, make sure you use bottled water that has been distilled or sterilized, as otherwise you may put yourself at risk of infection (if you use tap water, boil it for several minutes and then allow it to cool completely before use). Tilt your head to the side over the sink, and pour water into one nostril – it will come out the other nostril, washing away mucous and irritants.

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