Winter is on its way and just like it's a pleasant season, it is also the time when we have that irritating nasal or nose congestion. Blocked or stuffy nose or running nose can get worse if not treated properly.
In fact, instead of taking medicines for an instant relief, it is always better to have a thorough treatment, so that more serious sinus and other issues don't occur.
Stuffy nose can be caused by infection, expanded nasal layer and irritation caused by pollutants, etc.
But before going for the drugs, it is always better to try natural ingredients that will soothe your nasal irritation. Here are some food/nutrients that you can take:
1. Drink Enough Water:
Drink adequate water or fruit juice (not cold of course), so that you don't get dehydrated and your throat remains moist. Avoid caffeine, as it can act as a diuretic and dehydrate you.
2. Vitamin C:
Vitamin C can reduce the duration of cold and reduce the severity of symptoms and discomfort, unless it is caused by allergens. Have enough of citrus fruits when you have cold, so that you not only alleviate the problem but also grow a strong immune system. Besides, herbs like myrrh, sage, calendula, propolis, etc., also help when you have serious cold and sore throat.
3. Hot Drinks:
Hot fluids help in reducing nasal blockage and avoid dehydration and soothe irritated layers in the nose and throat. If you are in a very bad condition, try hot toddy, known to be an age-old cure for bad nose.
4. Hot Soup:
Have hot chicken and vegetable soup to clear the nose congestion.
the other ‘G' we can trust when in need. Mix a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger in glass of warm water and drink it. Or else, you can also have a tea made of ginger, lemon and honey. This certainly will help your nose traffic to clear.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar:
It clears blocked nose by reducing the mucus and emptying the sinuses. Take it without any flavours.
Perhaps our best friend at the time of illness. A regular antiviral, garlic comes handy in treating a number of ailments like cold, flu and sinus inflammation. The sharp smell and taste of garlic is a much better option to clear your blocked passage. In fact, garlic should be taken all throughout to improve the overall health.
It is a very handy solution to cure a stuffy nose. Mix a teaspoon of dark pepper with the same amount of honey and fill the glass with boiling water. Drink it to regain a comfortable nose.