These can easily be heated up in the microwave in about one minute. After you heat your pad up, apply it to your nose and let it sit until the heating pad has cooled down. To speed things up, even more, drink a cup of hot water or herbal tea while the heat pad is on your nose. For some reason, this works and will help get rid of your stuffy nose in no time at all.
6. Massage Your Sinuses
Oftentimes when we’re sick it makes us so tired that we can’t even fathom getting up and preparing any sort of remedy for a stuffy nose. A bed is usually the best remedy, and while you’re getting the rest you need you might to think about giving your sinuses a good, old-fashioned massage.
Putting pressure on the right places is sure to give you some relief and you don’t need to exert much effort at all.
To give yourself a sinus massage, take both of your index fingers and place them just above the nose, beneath the brow on either side of the eye cavity. Start massaging the outside of the nose in outward circles for about 30 seconds.
Next, take both of your fingers and place them just beneath the eyes on the outside. Using outward circles once again, continue to massage this area for another 30 seconds. Lastly, take your thumbs and place them gently on your cheekbones. Massage in an outward circle for another 30 seconds.
You should feel immediate relief after this round of sinus massages, and you won’t even have to leave your bed.
7. Rethink Your Diet
When our sinuses are acting up and we’ve got a stuffy nose due to whatever reason, it is wise to think about the foods you are feeding yourself. If your stuffy nose and sinus issues are caused by an infection like the common cold, you’ll want to do your best to keep your diet moderate and avoid some certain things that are a trigger for the build-up of more mucus. Foods to stay away from include:
- Dairy Products (Cheese, Milk, Yogurt)
- Fried and Processed Foods
- Bread and other Foods Made with Flour
Staying away from these foods when you’ve got a stuffy nose is super important, as is knowing the right foods to eat to make you feel better. If you’ve got a stuffy nose that is from an infection make sure to get plenty of healthy foods that will kick-start your immune system and make you feel better in no time. Some of these foods include:
- Whole Grains
- Soups (Non-Cream Based)
- Lightly Cooked Vegetables
The next time you’ve got a stuffy nose, rethinking your diet may be the first place you’d like to start. Healing your body from the inside out with good, wholesome nutrition is apt to help you get rid of a stuffy nose quickly and give your body the energy it needs to fight infection.
8. Get a Humidifier
Choosing to use a humidifier when you’ve got a stuffy nose can help your symptoms tremendously, especially if you happen to live in a drier climate. When you live in a place where the air is dry, it makes it hard for the mucus in your nose to properly flush its way out.
A humidifier will help bring back necessary moisture to the air which will in turn help to get the mucus effectively moved through your sinuses.
Cool-air humidifiers save energy and work as well as warm-air humidifiers. A warm-air humidifier will work too, and if you don’t have one it is easy to fashion one yourself at home. All you need to do is bring a pot of water to a boil and then set it on a heat-safe surface somewhere close to you.
The warm steam from the boiling water will add significant moisture content to the air around you.
A word of advice when using a humidifier to clear up a stuffy nose. The overuse of a humidifier can actually make things worse. Don’t get your room so humid that it feels like you’re in a sauna.
Having too much moisture in the room may cause respiratory problems. If you’re going to use a humidifier to relieve your stuffy nose, just make sure you do it correctly.
9. Use Eucalyptus Oil
If you’ve got a stuffy nose, or suffer from a chronic stuffy nose, eucalyptus oil just may become your new best friend. There are many ways you can use this essential oil to clear up your sinuses, and it will offer very quick relief.
There is nothing quite as soothing as eucalyptus oil for a stuffy nose and the sooner you try any of the following methods, the sooner you’ll find the relief you’re looking for.