Colds are an integral part of our lives, especially in times when we are exposed to continuous changes in temperature, such as early spring and fall.
Colds provoke in us a general malaise that only worsens when we have a stuffy nose.
We can not get enough oxygen into our body, and if we try to breathe through the mouth, the quality of the one we are getting into our lungs will be less.
That’s why it’s important to clear your nose when faced with such a situation.
This will allow you to improve all the symptoms that are related to this seasonal pathology.
Many people think that a stuffy nose is the result of mucus buildup in the nasal passages. While this is actually blood vessels inflamed in the sinuses, due to colds, flu, allergies or sinus infection. But no matter the reason, it is possible to uncork your nose and breathe freely again.
1- For this tip that we present you, you will just need two ingredients, hot water and peppermint essential oil. You probably have them already at hand. So here’s how you should proceed.
Pour 2 drops of peppermint essential oil into a large bowl of boiling water. Shake well so that the two ingredients form a homogeneous mixture. Then place the face about 15 centimeters above the bowl, the head covered with a towel.
Breathe calmly with the steam from the bowl while keeping your eyes closed for 5 to 10 minutes. You must notice the first results after 10 minutes. Renew the inhalation morning and evening to completely decongest your sinuses.
2- Take a shower:
Having a stuffy nose and taking a shower can be very comforting. There is a good reason for that. Steaming a shower helps clear the mucus in your nose and reduce inflammation.
Taking a hot shower can help your breathing return to normal, at least for a little while. You can achieve the same effect by breathing hot steam into a sink.
Here’s how to do it:
Turn on the hot water in your sink. Once the temperature is correct, cover your head with a towel and lean over the sink to inhale the hot steam it emerges. Let the steam accumulate and inhale deeply. Be careful not to burn your face.
3- Use a hot compress:
A hot compress can help open the nasal passages. To use a hot compress, first dip a towel in warm water. Squeeze the water out of the towel, then fold it and place it on your nose and forehead. The heat can bring comfort and relieve inflammation in the nostrils.
4- Stay hydrated:
Almost all drinks can help keep you hydrated when your nose is running, including water, sports drinks and even juice. These drinks help clear the mucus in your nasal passages, pushing fluids out of your nose and lowering the pressure in your sinuses.
Less pressure means less inflammation and irritation. If your stuffy nose is accompanied by a sore throat, hot tea and soup will also help relieve the discomfort in your throat.