Peppermint contains menthol that helps stimulate nerve receptors in the nose, which in turn makes breathing easy and comfortable.
In addition, peppermint helps thin the mucus and open up nasal passages to restore your breathing to normal.
Here are several ways you can make use of peppermint.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a pot of hot water and inhale the steam.
- Put a few drops of peppermint oil on your handkerchief and inhale the aroma frequently.
- Mix a few drops of peppermint oil with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Rub it on your nose to unclog your sinuses and enjoy relaxed breathing.
- Enjoy a warm cup of peppermint tea 2 or 3 times daily. To prepare the tea, steep 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. You can sweeten your peppermint tea with raw honey to improve its taste as well as infection-fighting benefits.
Air that is too warm or too moist can aggravate the symptoms of a blocked nose. Hence, adjusting the humidity in your house with the help of a humidifier can provide a quick, easy way to reduce sinus pain and relieve a stuffy nose.
The sinuses prefer moist warm environment, which is around 35 to 45 percent humidity. Adjust your humidifier to the preferred setting so that the environment turns moist but not too moist.
Breathing in this moist air can soothe irritated tissues and swollen blood vessels in your nose and sinuses. It can also thin the mucus in your sinuses, which in turn helps empty the fluids in your nose and return your breathing to normal.
Make sure to put a humidifier in your room where you sleep.
- You can stand under a hot shower until there is an adequate buildup of hot steam. Inhale this steam in order to get relief from the blockage.
- Take a decongestant, antihistamine or allergy medication only after consulting your doctor.
- Keep away from typical aggravations, such as tobacco smoke and sudden temperature changes.
- Regularly blow your nose gently to expel the mucus. Avoid sniffling mucus back into your head.
- Increase your intake of spicy foods to facilitate the flow of mucus from the nasal passages.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. It will also help break up your congestion and keep your throat moist.
- Hot chicken soup also helps fight a stuffy nose. You can also drink vegetable soup to heal up quickly.
- Use an extra pillow under your head while sleeping to help relieve congested nasal passages.
- To soothe the inflamed lining of your nose and throat, drink warm water and other soothing warm beverages.
- Do not smoke, as it can worsen the condition.
- Get proper rest when you first come down with a cold or the flu to help your body fight off the infection.
- If your stuffy nose and other symptoms of congestion last for more than 3 weeks, make sure to consult your doctor.