Colds are a miserable affliction. You’re fine one day and then the next, you wake up with a blocked nose, thumping headache, and are aching all over. Often the blocked nose part of a cold is the most difficult to deal with. When our nose is blocked we can’t breathe properly, which makes it pretty difficult to sleep. And if we can’t sleep, we end up feeling even more miserable. Yes, it really is a vicious circle.
A lot of people resort to using over the counter cold remedies, but for the most part they don’t really work that well and are expensive to boot. Fortunately there are other options available for those who prefer to make use of natural remedies for colds. So what are your options?
Massage Your Nose
A nose massage might sound like an unlikely cure for a blocked nose, but massaging pressure points around the nose helps to clear the sinuses and drain excess mucus away in as little as five minutes. All you have to do is massage each side of the nostrils for ten seconds, using a rotating technique with the index fingers. Next, do the same on the inner corners of the eye, and then apply pressure on the cheekbones, followed by sweeping movements up the cheekbones to the ears. Lastly, massage the ear lobes for 30 seconds. All in all, it should take no more than a minute and a half to clear your nose using this simple technique. The effect won’t last forever, but it is a great temporary cure and it doesn’t cost a penny.
Other Natural Techniques for Clearing a Blocked Nose
- Salt-water nose gargle – Saline is a great all-purpose solution for relieving a stuffy nose. Add some salt to a mug of warm water, press one nostril shut and snort the solution into the other. Blow your nose and then repeat with the other nostril.
- Steam bath – Inhaling steam can help to clear a blocked nose and sinuses, especially in children. Run the hot tap and let a decent amount of steam build up in the room. Alternatively, fill a bowl with hot water and throw a towel over your head. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or similar, and inhale deeply.
- Chop some onions – Chopping up strong onions will open up your blocked nose and clear the sinuses. It will also make you cry a lot, so have some tissues handy.
- Eat spicy foods – Spices such as chilli, cayenne pepper and coriander are good for blocked noses, as the spices help the nose to drain.
- Drink lots of water – A blocked nose is caused by a build up of mucous. Staying hydrated will water down the excess mucous and prevent troublesome blockages.
A blocked nose rarely lasts for more than a few days. It’s irritating, but once your cold begins to go, your nose will clear naturally. However, if you notice that the mucous is an alarming shade of green or you’re not getting any better, there could be an underlying infection, so consult your doctor for advice.