Nasal congestion is most often from inflammation rather than mucus. There are several things that can cause inflammation:
- Bacteria or virus, as with the common cold or flu
- Mold or fungus, as with sinus infections (which can also be caused by bacteria and viruses)
- Seasonal or other allergens
- Overuse of nasal sprays
There are other natural remedies to combat stuffiness. I can tell you first-hand that nasal congestion can be quickly cleared by jalapeno peppers. In preparing an omelet for my husband, I sautéed jalapeno peppers in a skillet with a small amount of olive oil. It did not take long before everyone in the house was coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. I was amazed at how it got everything flowing.
Green tea blocks histamines. Ginger tea breaks up phlegm and gives a boost to the immune system. Potassium decreases mucus production so try drinking apple cider vinegar, which is full of potassium. Try this apple cider vinegar recipe from Natural Society:
- ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of local honey to expose your body to local pollen, like a natural vaccine
Eucalyptus or Peppermint essential oil is great to use for nasal congestion. Cup your hands around the bottle and inhale to find quick relief.
Garber, Lisa. “Home Remedies for Stuffy Nose – How to Clear Nasal Congestion.” Natural Society. N.p., 15 Aug. 2012. Web. 18 Aug. 2013.