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How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose Fast: 10 Best Ways

Nasal congestion or “stuffy nose,” refers to the reduction of airflow in and out of the nasal passages. There is nothing more annoying than a stuffed up nose and sometimes even sinus pressure that causes pain and generally just feels miserable and everyone wants to get rid of a stuffy nose fast. Before you look for ways to clear your nasal passages, it is important why it happens. For many people, a stuffy nose can mean one of several things.

Allergies are when the delicate membranes inside the nasal passages and sinuses are reacting to some type of airborne allergen which causes them to swell, making it difficult to breathe through your nose.

Cold or Influenza, often called the common cold is a somewhat limited contagious illness that is caused by different types of viruses. The common cold is medically referred as a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Unfortunately there are a wide number of viruses that change constantly, so it is difficult to find a vaccine that combats the common cold.

Occasionally, there are other obstructions, which may turn out to be medical anomalies such as foreign bodies or a deviated nasal septum.

Sometimes, extended use of certain types of decongestant nasal sprays can cause nasal congestion to worsen. In rare cases, tumors in the nasal passages or chronic medical conditions may cause congestion of the nasal passages.

If you are uncomfortable about using chemicals to resolve the problem, there are a number of natural ways to combat a stuffy nose using more natural remedies.


Pour boiling hot water into a large bowl (3-4 quart size) and put a few drops of eucalyptus, lavender, or tea tree oil, or a combination of all three into the hot water. Then you place a towel over your head to make a tent over the bowl. Now just breathe in the warm steamy air for approximately 5 minutes, or until you feel your nose starting to run. Afterwards, blow your nose thoroughly and that should clear it out the clogged nasal passages. The warm steamy air also does wonders for clearing blemishes from your skin.

Drink Hot Liquid with Peppermint

If you eat/drink hot food or liquids (soup, tea, coffee etc) this will also loosen clogged/stuffy nasal passages. An old natural remedy used for centuries by people to get rid of a stuffy nose was peppermint tea made from the dried or fresh leaves of the peppermint plant ( Mentha × piperita). A nice bowl of hot soup or chili will also open nasal passages. You will find that ingesting the warm food or drink will cause your nose to run, as the heat relaxes the nasal passages. Then all you need to do is a good blowing of the nose and it clears it out.

Baking Soda and Salt Mixture

Mix 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda with 8 ounces warm water. Fill a bulb syringe with the mixture. Lean your head over a bowl, and using the bulb syringe, gently squirt the mixture into each nostril. Hold one nostril closed by applying pressure while squirting the mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain out. Then repeat the process 2-3 times for each nostril to get rid of stuffy nose. This will clear out the nasal passages and also help with breathing.

Salt/Saline Rinse

In order to remove bacteria and irritating particles from the nasal passages you can follow this simple remedy. The saline rinse loosens and thins the thick mucus that forms in the nasal area. This rinsing process helps the tiny, hair-like structures called cilia which are located inside of the nasal and sinus cavities. These cilia move and push mucus in the nose, or back of the throat where it can be swallowed.

Hot Shower

Many people have found that taking a hot shower or bath also helps to clear stuffed nasal passages and relieves painful sinus pressure as well. A shower is more effective than just a bowl of steaming water, as it not only feels great it surrounds the entire body with moist heat and reduces nasal congestion.

Menthol Products

You can also rub Olbas ( available at most health food stores) on the end and sides of your nose. This will feel icy cool mentholated. Just be sure to take off any glasses if you wear them, as the fumes will get under the glasses and give your eyes an icy sensation. You can also rub a little Vicks Vapor rub on/around nose for relief as well.

Use Humidifier

Using a humidifier in the room also helps reduce stuffy noses. It puts moisture into the air, dry air tends to dry air tends to dry out the delicate nasal passages as you breathe. You can even put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the humidifier as well to reduce stuffy nose as well.

Take Vapor Rub

You can put menthol vapor rub on your chest and cover your chest with warm flannel, but if you do this, it is probably better that you lay down and sleep rather than go into work as others will be sure to notice the pungent odor about you.

Suck Menthol

You can also suck on menthol cough drops or lozenges (like Halls or similar) or strong flavored mint candy or gum like Altoids etc. The menthol in the lozenges seems to relax the irritated nasal passages and reduce swelling that causes the congestion, which is why they help clear up a stuffy nose.


Turmeric works excellent for getting rid of a stuffy nose and many mom uses this remedy for their children. Heat 1 tsb of turmeric powder and mix it with hot milk. You can mix pinch salt into it. Now drink it straight away. Use this remedy twice a day and you should be ok.