Getting Rid Of Nasal Congestion
Nasal congestion can cause headaches during cold, flu and allergies, and intrude with sleep and overall well-being. OTC medicines may work for some time but may give sedation or other side effects. So, it is better to find how to get rid of a stuffy nose without medicines. Here are some ways.
Have a steaming hot shower. Hot water running over the body liquefies blocked mucus and the nasal passages drain naturally. Steam also prevents further thickening of mucus. Take care not to come before cool air breeze immediately after the shower.
Have Steaming Hot Food and Drink
Eat hot food and drinks. They also do the same job as that of shower, i.e. liquefying the mucus. Avoid refrigerated foods and drinks.
Take a Walk
Take a long walk in the park or anywhere in a pollution-free place. When body gets exerting activity, breathing rate increases and mucus gets loosened, which helps clear the congestion. Of course, exercise has other benefits too and it also helps prevent recurrence of nasal congestion.
Use Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric, basil and aloe vera to fight nasal congestion. You can add these spices to meals or have them separately. E.g. you can add ginger or basil leaves to your tea, mix a spoonful of turmeric powder to a glass of hot milk, or extract aloe vera pulp and drink its juice. However, don’t use all these spices together. Use any one of them.
Have Spicy Chicken, Crab or Chickpea Soup
I am sure you will like this tip, as these soups are real tasty. Make a soup of any of the item from chicken, crabs or chickpea. Add a little more of hot pepper so as to make a little (but not too much) spicier than usual and drink preferably hot, and if not, at least warm. Remember you have to first sauté onions, and other spices like clove, black pepper, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and bay leaf in a little oil and then fry the pieces over the spice mixture. Then add water, salt, turmeric and hot pepper to the solvent and let it come to a boil.
While following all these tips, you are recommended to keep in touch with your doctor and act upon her/his advice. So also, you should not make use of all the hot, spicy things at a time, when you use them separately; otherwise, your body will suffer from heat-related disorders like mouth ulcers or stomach upset. However if you take this primary care, you will get rid of your stuffy nose permanently with these aids.