5 Natural Remedies for Congestion Relief

"According to the Cleveland Clinic, nasal congestion should clear after a few days, but if it persists longer than a week, an infection is typically to blame"

Whether it’s caused by a cold, flu, or allergies, sinus congestion can make life pretty miserable. A stuffy nose can make it hard to breathe and eat during the day and interfere with sleep at night. Thankfully, there are natural remedies that can help make life easier and take the pressure off. 

How does Sinus Congestion Occur? 

Though it is often associated with colds and flus, sinus congestion can also be caused by any foreign substance that irritates the nasal passageways. This may include allergens, smoke, and even car exhaust. The irritant triggers the body’s inflammatory response, leading to swelling and increased mucus production, which may make it difficult to breathe. 

From steam therapy to getting creative with pillows, here are five things you can do to get congestion relief.

1. Breathe in Steam  

While it won’t help to cure a cold or flu, steam can certainly make breathing easier by thinning mucus and helping it drain. Steam therapy has also been shown to reduce headache and aid sleep.1, 2 No fancy contraptions are needed either. Taking a hot shower or holding your head over a steaming cup of tea can also do the trick, though it’s important that you are cautious not to burn yourself. Scalding injuries are the most common causes of burns in children, which is why this remedy is only recommended for adults.3 

2. Try Homeopathic Medicine Relief 

There are dozens of over-the-counter products that claim to clear up nasal congestion, from cold/flu medications to antihistamines, but these medications typically contain synthetic chemicals that make you feel worse before you feel better, inducing side effects like drowsiness, nausea, dry mouth, and dizziness.  

A homeopathic medication like Brillia Health offers a safe alternative to such medications in two distinct formulations and neither contain harsh chemicals or cause harmful side effects. Both Brillia Health products, Cold-Flu Recovery and Cough Control, contain lapine histamine immune globulin, an antibody ingredient that targets and reduces inflammation to relieve sinus congestion. Unlike antihistamines, which fight your body’s natural response to foreign invaders, this antibody works with your body to reduce inflammatory symptoms so your immune system can do its job more efficiently. 

Brillia Health products are also safe for children and people with blood pressure issues who may not be able to take other over-the-counter medications. If you’re suffering from other cold/flu symptoms in addition to your stuffy nose, like sore throat pain and body aches, Cold-Flu Recovery is the right option for you. If you’re also suffering from a cough, you can safely take Cold-Flu Recovery and Cough Control together for multi-symptom relief without harmful interactions. 

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3. Drink Lots of Liquids

Staying hydrated is one of the best things we can do for our health, especially when battling sinus congestion. When you drink liquids, the mucus inside of your nose keeps thin and moist, while dehydration thickens the mucus and makes you more susceptible to catching a secondary infection. Water, tea, and even broth can help keep your body hydrated while also soothing a dry, itchy throat, which may accompany your congestion.   

4. Sleep (and Rest) with Multiple Pillows 

Sleep is just as important as hydration when it comes to our overall health because the body releases protective cytokines to strengthen our immune response during rest. But trying to sleep with a stuffy nose can be a challenge as blood flows to the head to create more pressure when you lie down. Sleeping with your head elevated can help relieve this pressure so you can get the rest you need.  

5. Apply Warm, Wet Towels to Your Face 

Applying warm, wet towels to your face combines the magic of steam and the power of heat to fight congestion naturally with common household items. This joint effort doesn’t just thin mucus, but it also helps to relieve swelling and inflammation, making it one of the easiest and effective ways to make you breathe easier and feel better faster.

How Long Does it Usually Last? 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, nasal congestion should clear after a few days, but if it persists longer than a week, an infection is typically to blame.4

Another benefit of taking Brillia Health Cold-Flu Recovery is that the medication also contains ingredients that recruit more immune cells to help your body fight off illness more efficiently. This can be helpful if your sinus congestion is actually tied to a cold or a flu. Brillia Health products have even been clinically proven to help shorten the duration of illness so you can get back to feeling like yourself again. 

Learn more about how Brillia Health products work and explore resources like “Top Homeopathic Remedies for Allergies and Sinus Relief” and “How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose” at the Brillia(nce) Resource Center.

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References: 1https://www.cmaj.ca/content/188/13/940, 2https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2019/2453483/, 3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7228710/, 4https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/17980-nasal-congestion

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