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Stuffy Nose Remedies

Updated on September 29, 2009

Sore throats and muscle aches aren't exactly a party, but when it comes to having a cold or flu nothing sucks more than having a stuffy nose prevent you from breathing easily. As someone who sleeps on their stomach this affects me tremendously as my choices are sleep on my stomach and not breathe, or sleep in an elevated position and not sleep. I had the same problem with allergies before I found a medication that worked for me, but allergy medications don't really help when it comes to treating the common cold or flu. But there are several things you can do to cure your stuffy nose and unblock your nasal passages when they get clogged up. Have a look at the following tips.


These are not just for kids (although, there are some very cute kids humidifiers on the market). As a child I slept with one often and it helped far more than any medication anyone any ever gave me. And it worked FAST and the effects last all night. If you can't sleep at night due to nasal congestion and a stuffy nose, you will want to use one of these. Every home should have one! Just fill it up with water, plug it in and voila!

Saline Nasal Spray

This is not a medication! This is nasal irrigation. If you've got some sort of irritation which is causing your nasal problems, this may help a lot and if it doesn't help it won't hurt. You can get these OTC at any drug store or supermarket. You can also make your own batch at home but personally I prefer store bought as they don't have to be "freshly made".

Shower Steam

You can either take a nice hot bath or just go sit in the bathroom with the shower running hot water in the background. Every time I have a cold I do this and I can breathe very well afterward. Therefore, if you're someone who usually showers at night, be sure to switch your schedule or take another shower in the morning as this will get your nose completely unstuffed before you start your day.

A Steaming Bowl of Water

This is actually a good portable remedy for the office. Boil some water in the teakettle, pour it into a bowl and add some eucalyptus for extra effect. Inhale the steam until it's done evaporating and by then you'll be good to go. You can do this several times a day at work and no one will notice if you're subtle about. You could also be really covert and use a coffee mug so people think you're just waiting for your tea to cool off.

Spicy Soup

Thai and other Asian restaurants offer fabulously spicy soups that will clear you right up. Even if you're not someone who usually enjoys spicy tastes, this matters not as you will already have an impaired sense of taste and smell due to your nasal congestion.

Peppermint and Eucalyptus

This can be the form of candy, cough drops or natural oils. Using candy or cough drops as sucker candy will clear your nose up but you may have to use them frequently. You could also dab a bit of eucalyptus or peppermint oil under your nose (not inside of it!) to help clear your nose up.

Prop yourself up at night

If you lay flat on your back your nose will stuff up more. Prop yourself up until your nasal passages open enough to allow for comfortable breathing.


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