A runny nose (“rhinorrhea”) is a common ailment, when a person suffers from a cold, allergies, or a virus. There are many home remedies that don’t cost a lot of money and involve ingredients you probably already have on your food pantry shelves or refrigerator. Some effective home remedies for runny nose applications, include:
1. Salt water gargle
Salt water is an age old remedy for colds, infections and a runny nose. First gargle with the following solution, for a couple of minutes throughout the day: Place some warm water in a bowl Add a pinch of salt and mix, creating a saline solution, then gargle
Another salt water method, involves irrigating the nostrils. You can use a Neti Pot or an eyedropper: Dissolve ½ tsp of salt in 8 Oz of warm water Place this solution into a Neti Pot or dropper By using a Neti Pot, the solution will flow through the nasal cavity and out the nose Insert the solution into one nostril at a time and breathe
Blow your nose afterwards to remove the mucus and the solution. Repeat this method a few times during the day for relief. Salt is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, which destroys the bacteria that causes inflammations.
2. Mustard Oil
Mustard Oil can be found in grocery stores and health food stores. Mustard oil can be placed in each of the nostrils, but because it is highly scented, use mini drops so that you can breathe it in easily:
• Heat slightly, a few drops of mustard oil
• Place one drop in each nostril, giving it a minute to absorb in each
Mustard oil is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory products that contain “glucosinolate,” which is great for fighting germs, bacteria and microbes that create colds and infections.
3. Oil of Oregano
There is no better germ prohibitor than Oil of oregano. This oil contains antioxidant, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties that are extremely powerful in stopping pain and infections. For a runny nose, simply mix 2 or 3 drops into a glass of juice, and drink this daily, until you see total improvement, within 3 to 5 days.
Purchase some fresh ginger root and peel them. Cut them into small pieces and every hour, chew on one to release its juice. Swallow the juice, which is great in drying of the mucous in the nostrils, as well as the fumes that you will smell of the ginger. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a day until your runny nose ceases. The natural enzymes in the ginger roots reduce inflammation and aids in the nasal passages draining cleanly and completely. Also, make a cup of ginger tea by boiling some of the initial small pieces for about 10 minutes. Remove the ginger, add some honey and drink throughout the day.
5. Menthol Vapo Rub
Menthol vapor rub, has been used since the 1800s and remains on the top of the popular home remedies ever since. For a runny nose, rubbing it on the chest and covering up is always a solid option. Additionally, place a small dab of the menthol vapor rub under the nose so that its vapors can open up nasal passages and allow mucus to flow out quickly and easily. Before you place menthol vapor rub on the skin, dab some vaseline on the skin under the nose, then place the vapor rub on top to keep the skin from becoming irritated.
The Eucalyptus oil, capsules, and herbs, have been used for centuries in remedying colds. Eucalyptus serves as an expectorant and decongestant to open up the sinus and nasal passages, as well as relieve congestion in the respiratory system. Use Eucalyptus as a scented steam inhalant, take a couple of capsules daily, or brew a great cup of tea for relief.
Physicians approve using the Turmeric herb to relieve a runny nose, as well as other inflammations. This herb is used by pharmacists in prescription drugs. Turmeric is a great antidote to anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-bacterial properties. Some methods as a home remedy to relieve that runny nose using Turmeric includes:
Mix 1 tsp of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink
Soak ½ tsp of fresh turmeric in a cup of linseed oil. Heat the mixture and inhale the fumes through each nostril. Repeat this process twice a day.
Turmeric will provide quick relief for a runny nose so that you can breathe easier.
8. Cayenne Pepper
Medical researchers and physicians, have long known of the medically beneficial antihistamine properties within Cayenne Pepper. As a home remedy for runny nose, Cayenne Pepper flushes out toxins from sinuses and nasal passages, which causes a runny nose. The easiest method for a runny nose, is to make a Cayenne Pepper tea mixture.
Place a small amount of Cayenne Pepper (½ tsp) in a cup
Pour boiling water and stir until dissolved
Cayenne Pepper is spicy, so add lemon juice, ginger, molasses, or add honey to taste
9. Chicken Soup
Whether its homemade or you’ve opened a can, chicken soup is physically and psychologically the best home remedy for runny nose, colds, a flu, or any other illness.