by Sárka-Jonae Miller
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(The Best Years in Life)
It is a common misconception that stuffy noses are caused by excess mucus in the
nasal passages. No matter how much you blow, nothing comes out. That's because
the feeling of a stuffy or clogged nose actually comes from inflammation in the
blood vessels of the nasal passages. The inflammation might be traced to
allergies, a sinus infection, or a regular old cold or flu. Fortunately, there
are some natural ways to find relief from a stuffy nose.
Breathe in Relief
A pot of bowling water, a towel, and some simple ingredients might help you
breathe better. Eucalyptus has long been associated with better breathing and
could help soothe your irritated blood vessels. Begin by putting several
eucalyptus leaves in a pot of water and bring to a biol. Boil the leaves for
five minutes. Turn off the heat and remove the pot. Bend over the pot at a safe
distance and use a towel over your head like a tent. Take long, deep breaths
until you feel less stuffy. This method will also leave your kitchen smelling
If eucalyptus doesn't do the trick or you don't have access to a stove, try
apple cider vinegar. Find a microwave-safe container and pour in half a cup of
apple cider vinegar and an equal amount of water. Heat on high until the water
gets steamy. Use a towel to make a tent over the container and breathe in the
steam. This should cause your nose to clear up quickly. Have some tissues handy
in case your nose starts to run.
For a hardcore problem, gather some chili powder, horseradish, and jalapeno
pepper juice – all things known to clear up those sinuses. In a medium saucepan,
combine 1/3 cup jalapeno juice, a tbsp of horseradish, and two tbsp of chili
powder. Add water until the pan is ¾ full. Finally, put in a pinch of sale and
bring to a boil. Make your towel tent and breathe in the steam until the water
cools enough that there isn't any steam left.
Salt Water Solution
If steam isn't up to the challenge, try a saline solution. Fill a squirt bottle
with sterilized saltwater and lie on your back. Ether hang your head off the
edge of a bed or try to use the back of a chair to get the same effect. Use your
finger to close one nostril while you spray the saltwater into the other.
Breathe through your mouth. Then, close off the other nostril and spritz the
Keep alternating nostrils as you breathe through mouth and feel free to use a
lot of water. Wait a few minutes before sitting up and blowing your nose.
If none of these solutions work independently, try them back to back. They're
much better for you than nasal sprays and decongestants.
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About the Author
Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the
fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse
University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group
exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy.
Sárka also writes fiction. She is the author of the chick lit novel,
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