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