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Nasal Congestion Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Nasal Congestion

Nasal Congestion (also referred to as blocked nose or stuffy nose) occurs when the nasal passage is blocked and stuffed due to swollen mucous membranes that line the nose. Nasal congestion can interfere with hearing and speech. Significant congestion may interfere with sleep, cause snoring, and can be associated with episodes of not breathing during sleep.

While nasal congestion is generally more of an annoyance in older children and adults, it is much more serious when it occurs in infants. This is because infants primarily breathe through their nose, which can cause life-threatening breathing problems when they are nursing.

Causes of Nasal Congestion

A congested nasal passage occurs when the membranes lining the nose become swollen from inflamed blood vessels. Congestion can be caused by many of the same things that cause a runny nose including colds, allergies, sinus infections, and the flu. Overuse of some nasal sprays or drops can also lead to congestion. In most cases, a stuffed nose is usually caused by a virus and typically goes away by itself within a week.

Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Nasal Congestion

Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano has long been regarded as a natural remedy for sinus or lung congestion, since it helps to strengthen the body's immune system. Simply mix 2 or 3 drops of oregano oil with juice, and drink this daily. Improvements are normally noticed within 3-5 days.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil has wonderful properties that make it a great natural agent for curing the three main types of infectious organisms: fungus, bacteria, and virus. Therefore, it can be inhaled to help clear nasal congestion as follows:

  • Add 3 to 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil to 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Inhale the vapours for 5 to 10 minutes.

Vitamin C

Histamine is a protein in the body that is often associated with nasal congestion when histamine levels are high. Taking 1000 mg of Vitamin C three times per day can help reduce histamine levels, which can therefore help reduce nasal and sinus congestion.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Oil acts on receptors in the nasal mucous membranes to reduce the symptoms of nasal congestion.

  • Add 3 to 4 drops of Eucalyptus Oil to 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Inhale the steam for 5 to 10 minutes.


Echinacea is an herb that stimulates the production of white blood cells, accelerating their maturation within the lymphatic tissue, and speeding their travel to the area of infection, where they help fight invaders in the body.

A study has found that people with cold and nasal congestion who drank 3 cups of Echinacea Tea every day for 5 days felt better sooner than those who drank tea without echinacea.

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  1. on said:

    Yes, apple cider vinegar with the mother in lukewarm water works, add some honey to taste. Take whenever symptoms return. If you need more help then add musinex to get rid of the sinus congestion. Histamine is what causes symptoms but it is not the problem, so don't take anti histamines -
    the body has a water/mineral balance and whenever something goes out of balance you get the histamine to warn you there is an imbalance in your system. It causes a lot of problems but you can fix them quick with a few things, for example, water /sea salt/ then if you need to try other electrolytes try potassium/magnesium. Read read read. Blessings , Kay

  2. on said:

    Drop the drugs and ask your pharmacist for a saline rinse - all natural, more effective and much cheaper than other meds. this has never failed me or anyone I have recommended it to.

  3. on said:

    My 5 year old has the same problem the doctor gave her Flonase and that helped and she also told us to cut down on dairy products. I pray that it helps you too.

  4. on said:

    In 2012 I bought a chemical that I used to spray around my garden. In the process of mixing the chemical I inhaled it. And from then on I developed a problem of stuffy and itchy nose and I sneeze a lot. My question is, does tea tree oil heal sinuses? Thanks.

  5. on said:

    I'm Adam from Rwanda. I am suffering from stuffy nose for quite sometime. Also my right ear gets blocked. I've tried all kinds of medicaments to no vail. I need help please. God bless you! Adam

  6. on said:

    I'm suffering from the blocked nasal passages (swollen nasal membranes). I can't sleep and fall asleep only when I'm exhausted from sleep deprivation. I have tried everything I can to fall asleep - prop myself up in a chair, steam, saline sprays, etc. but nothing works. This results in not being able to sleep for periods of 24 to 36 hours or longer on a regular basis. Afrin spray helps open the nasal passage but the side effects are worse than sleeplessness so I don't use this anymore. Any thoughts out there on what I can do to sleep with this condition? I just passed the 24 hour mark of staying awake and not able to sleep tonight.

  7. on said:

    Or drink through a straw :-)

  8. on said:

    I tried garlic capsules and they are nowhere as good as fresh garlic. Taking 2 cloves a day works best!

  9. on said:

    I have had chronic sinusitis my whole life and surgery on them. What helps Tremendously is drinking Apple Cider Vinegar (says With the Mother on label) I add two Tablespoons to aprox. ¾ cup of water twice a day for 5 days to began with then once a day. If I stop drinking it after a few days my nose gets stuffy again. So I know it helps. I felt a difference after only 4 days of trying this. This is natural and far better than popping pills and nasal sprays. I do worry that it is hard on my teeth so I either brush or rinse with plain water.

  10. on said:

    I am looking for cure for mold in the sinuses and nasal passages. Please help.

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