How I Managed To Get Rid Of Runny Nose Without Over-The-Counter Decongestants

It’s well-known that a runny nose is excess nasal drainage. It may be a thin, fluid, thick mucus or something in between which is often associated with rhinorrhea or rhinitis.

Once you’re dealing with a runny nose, a box of tissue is gone in within 3 hours, leaving a big reddish nose behind. It’s a bit frustrating! However, I managed to keep my nose intact and relieve quickly the remedies of runny nose with some natural remedies. I’m not a hippie or something, but I don’t trust the pharmaceutical industry. I often rely on home remedies when I face with common cold and influenza symptoms.

So, the first thing I tried was Salt Water

  • Mix ½ tbsp of salt in a cup of water.
  • Use a dropper to pour two drops of this solution in each of your nostrils and inhale it.
  • Now blow your nose to push out excess mucus.
  • Repeat this 3-4 times a day or as and when required for a few days till your condition improves.

…and then I inhaled Eucalyptus Oil….

  • Boil some water in a large bowl.
  • Add some drops of eucalyptus or menthol oil in it.
  • Keep your face towards the bowl and cover your head with a thick towel to trap the steam.
  • Inhale it slowly.

…but, without garlic and ginger I couldn’t face this runny nose spurt.

  • Boil some garlic in water. Strain this mixture and add some sugar to it. Take this so-called-syrup twice daily.
  • Alternatively, grate 1 tbsp of ginger and boil it in 1 cup of water. Strain. Add 1 tbsp of honey into this mixture and sip. Drink this tea 2-3 times a day to clear respiratory passage and get rid of runny nose.

Or, you can replace ginger with horseradish so you can breathe easily!

  • Add a piece of horseradish and onion to boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and then strain the mixture. Sip this tea 2-3 times a day to get relief from runny nose.

DO’s when dealing with runny nose!

  1. Massage each of your earlobes for 10 seconds.
  2. Use filtered water to clean the nasal opening.
  3. Blow out the excess mucus and fluid buildup in your nose. Use soft, unscented tissues for this purpose.
  4. Drink lots of warm water, fruit juices and soups.
  5. Get adequate rest.
  6. Use a humidifier in dry and cold weather.
  7. Take steam bath to get rid of nasal congestion.
  8. Take hot water shower, and breathe in-out to blow out mucus.
  9. Have tea (black or herbal) or coffee to soothe sore throat.
  10. Sleep with head in an elevated position.
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