Stuffy nose or sinus infection is nasal congestion that occurs due to inflamed blood vessels in the membranes of the lining of the nostrils. When virus infections are inhaled by the nose, the body releases a chemical known as histamine which considerably increases the blood flow to the nasal tissues causing them to distend and swell. This in turn inflames the nasal membranes which become congested with blood and produce a lot of mucous which turns viscous and stuffs up the nasal pathway.
This condition is caused by severe common cold, influenza, air pollutions and allergies. The clogged airways prevent the passage of air and fluids. Breathing becomes extremely difficult and causes great discomfort. You have to keep struggling to breathe and the inability to expel the accumulated phlegm makes it worse. It can interfere with sound sleep and can result in extreme distress and fatigue.
Home Remedies For Stuffy Nose
Clear Congestion With Hot Steam
This is an extremely easy remedy and does not involve much effort. All you have to do is boil a pan of water. Place the pan on a table and sit at it with your head lowered over the pan. Drape a big towel over your head and the pan so that the steam is trapped inside. Inhale the hot steam as long as the water emits it. If you repeat this three times a day, the air passage will clear and make breathing very easy.
Eucalyptus oil has been used since centuries for its medicinal values. It has analgesic, decongestant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Put a few drops of this oil on your kerchief and keep inhaling the aromatic fumes. If the vapors get exhausted refurbish your kerchief. The nasal passage will be decongested and the accumulated mucous will melt and thin down and will be expelled easily.
Carom seeds are rich in strong aromatic oils which have antibacterial, antifungal and decongestant properties. It is a natural cleanser and precipitates the ejection of mucous. Take two teaspoons of carom seeds and place them in a small sachet or pouch. Heat a griddle. Place the sachet on the hot griddle till it is quite hot. Bring it close to your nose and inhale deeply, the hot and pungent fumes. Do this several times. Repeat every night before going to bed. Your stuffy nose will be cleared within no time and you will be able to sleep soundly breathing easily and evenly.
Honey And Cinnamon
Honey has antibacterial, soothing and calming properties. It helps in relieving swelling and restores good health. Cinnamon is remarkably rich in health promoting qualities. It has healing and decongestant qualities which clear the sinus infection rapidly and efficiently. Pound one stick of cinnamon and add to a cup of boiling water. Simmer for three minutes. Strain the tea and stir in two teaspoons of honey. Drink this hot tea three times a day.
Horseradish has the ability to overcome sinus infection, clear the nasal passage, improve the blood circulation and clear the accumulated mucous. Grate some horseradish and eat two teaspoons twice a day.
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