6 Natural Ways To Relieve Congestion

When mucus builds up in your nasal passages and lungs, it causes congestion and a general feeling of stuffiness.  Most congestion from a cold will clear up on its own over time, but you can reduce symptoms and suffering with these six simple tips.


  • Stay hydrated. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey and ginger helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration.



  • Use a cool-mist vaporizer. Humidifiers add moisture to the air to help ease coughing and congestion.



  • Run a hot, steamy shower or bath using essential oils.  Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Clove, Lavender, Clary Sage, Peppermint or Spearmint are all helpful essential oils for congestion and colds.



  • A saltwater sinus flush is a safe and simple remedy for nasal congestion and sinus irritation that anyone can do at home.  You can make use of a neti pot or sinus rinse kit.  Just make sure the water you use is not tap water it must be distilled or sterilized water.



  • Place a warm mask compress on your face for sinus pain relief.



  • Prop up your head with pillows before bed. This may allow some of your congestion to drain from your nose while you sleep.


Nothing can cure a cold, but we hope these simple remedies might help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable.