Home Remedies for Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion in simple terms is known as a ‘blocked nose’ or ‘stuffy nose’. This happens when there is swelling in the nasal cavity, leading to a buildup of mucus. As a result, it becomes difficult to breathe normally. This is a symptom often associated with colds, flus and allergic reactions.

Nasal Congestion illustration

Nasal congestion can be more than merely annoying. It is important to treat it immediately or it can cause other problems, such as ear infections, restless sleep and so on.

There are many ways to clear congestion. This very common problem can be easily treated by using ingredients already in your kitchen. Use any of these remedies as needed to relieve discomfort until you are well again.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for nasal congestion.

(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)

1. Garlic

Garlic is one of the best home remedies for reducing nasal congestion. Its antiviral and antifungal properties help fight the respiratory infection causing congestion.

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  • Boil two to three garlic cloves in one cup of water. You may also mix in one-half teaspoon of turmeric powder. Drink it daily until the congestion clears.
  • Eating fresh garlic cloves can also help relieve stuffiness and discomfort.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can quickly clear a stuffy nose as it helps thin the mucus. Plus, being rich in several nutrients, it is also good for your overall health and immunity.

  1. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water.
  2. Drink this two or three times a day at least for a few days.

3. Steam Inhalation

Inhalation therapy is another popular home remedy for instant relief from nasal congestion. It works as a natural expectorant to clear the congestion and also lubricates the irritated respiratory tract. You can do this two to four times a day.

  • Add one tablespoon of crushed carom seeds (ajwain) to boiling water and inhale the steam (keep your head about an arm’s length away from the bowl from which you are inhaling the steam).
  • You can also add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to boiling water and inhale the steam.

Note: Steam inhalation is generally not recommended for young children because of the risk of scalding. Also, it may not be suitable for pregnant women, and those suffering from high blood pressure, heart condition or central nervous system disorders.

4. Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation with saline solution can also be used to treat nasal congestion. It helps wash away the mucus and irritants from the nasal passages.

  1. Mix one teaspoon of salt in two cups of distilled warm water.
  2. Use this solution for nasal irrigation using a neti pot or some other irrigation device.
  3. Repeat once or twice daily for a few days.

Note: Make sure to use distilled or previously boiled water for nasal irrigation and wash the irrigation device after each use.

5. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is highly beneficial for those suffering from nasal congestion, thanks to its decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Simply put one or two drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a fresh handkerchief and inhale the aroma. Do this a few times a day.
  • You can also use eucalyptus essential oil on your pillow so you can get the benefits of this oil even when you are in deep sleep.

6. Warm Water

When suffering from nasal congestion, it is important to aid a steady flow of mucus through your nasal passages. Warm water can be of great help in this regard. It will also keep the nasal passages moist and prevent them from drying out.

  • Using a humidifier can help open up clogged nasal passages.
  • You can also run a hot shower for several minutes so that steam builds up in the bathroom. Breathe in the soothing vapors. Repeat twice daily until you recover completely.
  • Another option is to wet a washcloth in warm water and place it over your face. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat several times a day.




  1. thanks for the remedies. i’m going to try them and share if they helps.

  2. I been dealingwith sinusitis for about 3 months, i been to the doctor several times and nothing seems to work. any suggestions???

    • Go see a chiropractor!

    • Use a Neti Pot. Its a simple pot with a spout like a tea pot.
      I couldn’t find it in India tough it is a Yoga concept. It is freely available in USA at any pharmacy or it can be purchased online.
      It is filled with luke warm water and a half teaspoon of table salt and quarter tea spoon of cooking soda.
      It is poured through one nostril and the water exits the other nostril Reverse the procedure till both nostrils are cleared.
      It irrigates the nasal cavities and desentisizes the nasal passage hence reducing allergic symptons. It also helps in clearing dry mucus and snot.
      Use it daily and you will notice remarkable improvement.

      • Neti pot is dangerous i tried that already, so pls never ever suggest neti pot.

        • Natalya Stoycheva October 13, 2014, 2:49 am

          It’s only dangerous if you’re using tap water. Distilled water or boiled non-iodized salt water is perfectly safe for internal use. They’re highly effective and safe if appropriate maintenance is performed to upkeep the neti pot.

          Kolonji oil, tea tree oil, and basil are all good to use in a neti pot (with distilled or boiled water and non-iodized salt).

          Incorporating turmeric, basil, ginger, and lemon into your diet will do wonders for your congestion and sinus infections.

          If none of these are working, you may want to seek out your family doctor or go to the free clinic.

      • I just did this and I feel better than I did. I will definitely use this step.

    • C0ncepcion Colis October 10, 2014, 9:46 pm

      When my sinus attack I use to do the old practices of my lola..I used to boil paombong vinegar or apple cider & inhale the vapor until I begin to sneeze..dry mucus will soften because of the warm vapor & then flow out..it also lessen the headache..I will continue doing this until my sinus or nasal congestion gone..try it..its effective

    • Boil water add tea tree oil then breath in for 10 minutes with a towel over your head. This should fix it do this 2x a day.

  3. The best thing I have found for sinus congestion is to use a netti pot at least 2 to 3 times a day; can be found in almost any drugstore…follow directions.
    Definately helps!

  4. The best and quickest remedy is salt and water.;). Take some and drop some in the nose like nasal drops. And it clears in less than a minute…

  5. I used Alerid-Cold and applied Vicks vaporub at night. It help me every time. But now Alerid-Cold is banned. Any alternative to Alerid-Cold

  6. I just tried 2 tbs of honey, lemon juice and a tsp of ground cinnamon, added a little water to it and drank it. My nose has cleared up

  7. I always grab for the distill water and salt if i even think my sinus is about flare up..it works everytime for me and i back it up with lemon/honey cough drop

  8. Thank you for the remedies.

  9. I can recommend Nasal Spray with Turmeric (curcuma longa). I’ve bought a bottle (20ml) during my vocation in Vietnam. This product is manufactured by Thai Duong and also available in a couple of online stores.

  10. Breezy Phuntsok August 7, 2014, 2:56 pm

    Thank u coz that was very helping

  11. Thanks for help

  12. This is very helpful

  13. very good teaching

  14. Put few drops of virgin coconut oil in t

  15. Thanks a lot i found it help full.

  16. Midelyn Ababon June 24, 2015, 12:08 am

    ThAnk you very much…

  17. thank u for that

  18. this home remedies are very helpful todo our home. thanku very much

  19. Iam suffering from sinus for the last 3 years. Can you please give me a quick relief.
    Thanks for all the comments you all have posted I will try some. Thank you.

  20. Thanks for your enlightenment. I will try one of these.

  21. Add 4 drops cinnamon oil
    4 drops clove oil
    4 drops thyme oil in a pan of boiled water now inhale through nose, one nostril at a time. Take steam for abt 2 minutes because it is very strong. Do this for a few days until nasal passages are clear. Not suitable for heart patients or high blood pressure.


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