A runny nose is an annoying, yet common problem and it happens when there is an increased amount of mucus in the nasal passages and the sinus. The body will produce more mucus because it intends to flush out the allergens, the irritants and the flu or cold viruses. A runny nose is usually caused by a sinus infection, a common cold, a change in weather or an allergic reaction. If it’s not immediately treated, it can trigger other problems such as headaches, earaches or coughing. You can use various home remedies so as to treat a runny nose. Let’s see what these remedies are.
This is probably the best treatment for a runny nose. It will instantly clear the excess mucus that usually leads to sneezing and a runny nose. Boil some water and put it in a bowl. After that, put your face over that bowl and cover it with a towel so that you can feel the steam entering your sinuses. Do this for almost 10 minutes and repeat up to 4 times a day, until you notice any improvement. You can also add menthol or eucalyptus oil for a better effect. This remedy can make wonders when it comes to the flu or a cold.
This bee product is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties and can reduce numerous cold symptoms, including a runny nose. So, mix lemon juice (1/2 tablespoon) with cinnamon powder (a pinch) and honey (2 tablespoon) and take the mixture 2 times per day. You can also try to mix warm water (1 cup) with honey (2 teaspoons) and drink the solution twice a day. Another remedy including honey implies mixing a cup of warm water with fresh lemon juice (4 drops) and honey (1 tablespoon). Drink this warm solution two times daily. This will combat a runny nose and will also boost your immune system.
The eucalyptus oil has decongestant properties and will immediately treat your runny nose. Boil a bowl of water and after that add eucalyptus oil (7 drops), peppermint oil (4 drops) and lavender oil (4 drops). Lean your head above the bowl and use a towel to cover your head. Sit there for a few minutes and just inhale the steam. At the same time, you can use a handkerchief and put some eucalyptus oil drops on it. You can keep it with you all day an inhale from time to time so as to diminish the symptoms associated with a runny nose.
This herb has antiviral, antifungal, healing and antibacterial properties that will immediately treat a runny nose. Use fresh basil leaves and chew 3 of them every morning on an empty stomach. You can repeat the remedy in the evening, before bedtime. You can also prepare a tea with 5 cloves and 10 basil leaves. Boil this mixture for almost 10 minutes, add some honey and drink it two times per day.
Other remedies for a runny nose include cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger, turmeric, mustard oil and salt water.