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4 Home remedies for stuffy nose, common cold

Updated on December 6, 2016

When you have a nasal congestion, no way are you going to get any work done. You are busy sneezing, hold tissues close to your nose all the time, your nerves in nose and forehead are jammed, so much so that your eyes start watering. If you identify with all of this, then Indian homeremedies for cold relief and running nose are ideal for you. Numerous coldremedies have been talked about and written about all over the web, but it’s the natural home remedies have worked best for me and they also prove beneficial for pollen grain allergies or hives or hay fever which lead to stuffy nose.

Cold Home Remedies Herbal Tea

Kadho or herbal teat to treat cold. Pic:Countryliving
Kadho or herbal teat to treat cold. Pic:Countryliving

1> Cold Home Remedies Kadho

Indian Herbal Tea or Kadho (Gujarati) Ukada (Hindi):

Indians have depended on homeremedies for ages to cure every single thing. To prevent cold with herbal teas or Kadho is one of their forte and these teas should be consumed at least twice a day.

  • Kadho or herbal tea has been a major part of Indian homeremedies. Add ajwain (Oregano), Tulsi (Basil), pudina (mint), lemongrass and tea to 2 glasses of water and boil it to ½ a glass. Consume it hot
  • Add ginger, Tulsi and garlic to boiling water.
  • Chamomile and peppermint tea with a pinch of lemon juice works wonder for cold.
  • In winters at some ghee and ginger to your regular tea. It will help you fight cold and stay warm in awful, harsh weather.

Cold Home Remedies Steam

Steam, best way to treat cold
Steam, best way to treat cold

Cold Home Remedies Steam


Here is how you must take a steam at home to find cold relief, if you do not have a steaming machine at home:

Take a wide mouthed vessel, heat it on your gas burner and sit comfortably next to it so that you can easily bend over the vessel with face down on the steam arising from the following mentioned combinations. Further, when you are done quickly wrap your face with a soft warm cloth so that no your face doesn’t come in contact with any wind or air and take a short nap. While you are taking steam therapy as one of the coldhomeremedies, you must breath through your nose and allow it to melt the mucus so that it can be blown out the natural way.

  • Anti-cold balm: If you are one of those who doesn’t stock to many herbs at home, this is the best suited for you. Add 3 tablespoon of anti cold balm like Vicks, D Cold, etc.
  • Another effective steam that cures cold is made by adding Tulsi leaves, Oregano powder, Ajwain and jeera (cumin).
  • Simply boil ginger and garlic paste in the water till it starts giving out strong pungent smell.

Home Remedies Cold Poultice

Asafoetida, potent cure for cold. Pic: Nandyala
Asafoetida, potent cure for cold. Pic: Nandyala

Home Remedies Cold Smell

Garlic:- treats cold with ease  Pic: Vuatkerala
Garlic:- treats cold with ease Pic: Vuatkerala

Home Remedies Cold Poultice


In many Indian households when the cold becomes too strong that its clogs the nerves in forehead, around the eyes and nose almost giving you a maddening headache, they apply different homemade poultices. One of the most popular amongst them for cold relief is asafoetida. Mix about two tablespoon of asafoetida in enough water to immerse it. Heat the combination and stir continuously.

Turn off the flame and let it turn warm before apply it on the forehead and nose. Be careful about not apply it too close to eyes. Apply if before you do to sleep and let it dry before you fall asleep. In the morning this home remedy for cold would have done wonders. Wash it off with warm water, do not rub it hard or else it may leave your skin dry. Repeat it, only if severe cold persists.

Home Remedies Cold Smell


Of course your nose is clogged with cold and you can’t smell your favourite cheese pizza but you can definitely smell the overpowering stench of garlic, asafoetida, lemon and cayenne pepper.Keep them handy in your kitchen or wherever you travel.

Keep taking a whiff of one of this ingredient once in awhile about 20 times a day and by the end of the common cold treatment would be done and you would be ready to party without a running nose.

You could wrap them in a handkerchief or tissue paper, in case you think the smell is way too strong.

I am sure there are many more home remedies in your mother’s kitchen which can cure cold effectively and quickly than any allopathic medication, but these are the primary ones that have worked best for numerous people across the world.

Which of these did you find effective?

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      Haydee Anderson 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      thanks, i oftentimes have colds, then running nose due to my allergies. i will remember to keep them handy

    • Shivani Gala profile image

      Shivani Gala 6 years ago from India

      Thanks for stopping by. Steam works best for me!!!

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      Rehana Stormme 4 years ago

      Really helpful hub! The best way to prevent colds is to build up your immune system by eating nutrition dense foods and keeping away from unsalubrious foods.

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