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
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.
According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine, oil of oregano has antimicrobial properties and may be effective in treating upper respiratory tract infections such as nasal congestion. However, more research is needed to fully understand its effectiveness in this area. 1Simply mix 2 or 3 drops of oregano oil with juice, and drink this daily. Or you may take 2-3 drops of oil of Oregano under the tongue if you can handle the spice. Improvements are normally noticed within 3-5 days.
Another simple remedy is to mix 1-2 drops of oil of oregano with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Rub the mixture onto the chest and throat area before bed. You can also add a drop of the mixture to a pot of steaming water and inhale the steam for additional relief.
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. 2, 3 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.
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. 4, 5
- 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. 8, 9
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.