You Have a Runny Nose? Try These Home Remedies!

As the name suggests, runny nose (rhinorrhea) refers to a condition when a fluid continues to discharge from the nostrils. This occurs in your nasal passages and sinuses due to congestion and inflammation of the linings, often caused by a viral infection that we know as common cold. The other causes that lead to nose and sinus inner lining swelling include allergy, flu, or sinus infection.

The glands in your nose and sinuses are constantly producing mucus. The nose membranes cleans this mucus and help in the fight against infections. Sometimes in an attempt to clear up viruses or allergens, the development of mucus rises abruptly.

Inflammation caused by virus increases the flow of fluid from the blood vessels into the nose lining and into the nose as well. This leads to nose lining swelling resulting in air flow obstruction and a runny nose. Allergens, on the other hand, cause cells to release histamine and other chemicals in the lining of the nose and the airways of the lungs, which also contribute to fluid leakage, runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion. Doctors use antihistamines, decongestants and even antibiotics to treat runny nose and other symptoms that accompany it.

Here are some safe and natural home remedies for runny nose that can help relieve you from this very uncomfortable condition and comfortably expel the fluid.

Home Remedies

1. Salt Water Rinse

Salt water rinse for a runny nose is one of the most common home remedies. Doctors even recommend salt water in the form of saline spray to help the mucus expel easily from the nose. It thins the mucus and makes it easy to come out to get rid of all the irritants. You may buy a saline spray at home or make your own salt water.

In warm water, dissolve the salt. Pour some salt water into one of your nostrils using the suction bulb or dropper. Take some water in your hands if you don’t use any of these and sniff it with one of your nostrils. Blow your nose gently now to remove the salt water that the mucus will also come out with. Repeat with the other nostril the method.

2. Steam Inhalation

For a runny and stuffy nose, this is yet another traditional remedy. It helps loosen the mucus when you inhale steam so that you can easily clear your nose and get rid of the congestion. Although steam from plain hot water is also powerful, by adding herbs such as mint, ginger, or essential oils such as eucalyptus, camphor, thymol, pine oil, etc., you ensure quick comfort for a longer period of time.

Fill a bowl with hot water halfway. Tilt your face down to the bowl. Now take the towel over your head and place it there, holding it in the corners with both of your hands to ensure that the steam does not escape. Close your eyes, as they may be damaged by steam. Then breathe deeply so that the steam reaches your nose to give you nasal congestion relief and runny nose relief.

3. Ginger

Ginger is one of our time’s finest natural anti-inflammatory herbs and is easily available in our kitchens as well. In addition to antiviral and antibacterial properties, ginger has various antioxidants. It helps loosen the phlegm and also provides relief from respiratory problems. It is therefore ideal not only for a runny nose but also for other signs of cold, flu, sore throat, fever etc.

Cut ginger slices and chew them. Use some salt or even honey to make it palatable if you can’t tolerate its hot and somewhat pungent taste. You can also make a ginger tea to heal your runny nose. Take a piece of fresh ginger¬†and cut into slices. Place the slices in a cup and pour hot water over it. Let steep for approximately 10 minutes. You may strain or drop the ginger pieces to the bottom. You should add some honey to this ginger tea as well.

Can You Prevent a Runny Nose?

A runny nose’s best treatment is to eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids, and rest as much as possible. It is important to practice good hygiene and help prevent germs from spreading. Here are just a few simple tips:

Wash hands often, throw away the tissues used after the nose has been blowed or wiped, keep away from people who have colds, eat healthy and exercise and clean and disinfect specific surfaces such as tables and countertops, toys, handles for doors and bathroom fittings.