How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose Fast and Naturally

5. Eat Spicy Foods for Nasal Congestion

spicy foods
Spicy Foods
Spicy foods can break down congestion in the nostrils. If you love the spicy taste of the food, you can have this method to get rid of a stuffy nose. Spicy foods must contain chili, in which chili is rich in compounds called capsaicin and acts as a natural decongestant. Capsaicin stimulates secretions that help cleaning up the buildup of mucus in the nostrils.

Ingredients you need:

  • Chicken soup – one bowl.
  • Chili powder – sufficiently.


  1. Pour about 10 drops of chili powder into the hot chicken soup and consume while it still hot to enhance the effects of a decongestant and expectorant.
  2. You can also make a spicy broth when suffering from a stuffy nose.
  3. Alternatively, concocting a chili tea which is made of ½ teaspoon of dried chili flakes, a teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of lemon juice. Pour a glass of hot water and let it steep for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Strain the solution and drink the tea while it still warm and get relief from a stuffy nose.

Relieving a Stuffy Nose Using External Utensils

External devices such as a humidifier, steamer, massages and neti pot can help you to get rid of a stuffy nose. They are also known to be effective in breaking down congestion in the nasal cavity due to the accumulation of mucus. The use of external devices should be accompanied by appropriate treatment to cure the reasons behind a stuffy nose.

1. Inhale Steam for Nasal Congestion

inhale steam
Inhale Steam
Inhaling steam can facilitate the relief for those who suffer from nasal congestion. It provides both heat and humidity to help reduce the swelling of blood vessels; hence it is an excellent healing agent that is capable of breaking down congestion in the nasal cavity.

Ingredients you need:

  • Hot water – one bowl.
  • Towel – clean one.
  • Essential oils – optional.


  1. Bring a bowl of hot water and place on a flat table, sit down beside the table as normally you would.
  2. Lean your head to make sure your nose catch the steam out of hot water. Do not forget to keep a safe distance.
  3. Cover your head with a towel followed by inhaling steam out of hot water.
  4. Maintain this position for several minutes to allow the mucus rupture due to steam.
  5. You may add essential oils to add to the efficacy of the steam.

2. Humidifier for Nasal Congestion

Choosing a humidifier, when having a stuffy nose can help you achieve the desired relief. If you live in a dry climate, it becomes quick relief to break down the congestion in the nasal cavity. The dry air causes mucus has difficulties to flush the way out, a humidifier, on the other hand, provides the necessary moisture to move the mucus out of your nostrils freely, which in turn frees you from nasal congestion.

Ingredients you need:

  • Humidifier – good one.


  1. Simply place a humidifier in your room but keep it from getting too humid.
  2. It can increase the humidity of the room which helps relieve the swelling of blood vessels in the nasal cavity.
  3. The humidifier also helps break up mucus lodged in the nasal cavity, which in turn drain fluid and get rid of a stuffy nose.
  4. Due to having too much humidity could potentially cause respiratory problems, you should be careful in using a humidifier.

3. Neti Pot for Nasal Congestion

neti pot
Neti Pot
In my opinion, this method proved to be the fastest way to flushing out the mucus covering the nostrils and sinus cavities. Hence neti pot works fast to get rid of a stuffy nose.

It works by pushing the mucus with the aid of a saline solution out of the sinuses; hence it requires a proper technique for applying a neti pot on your nose. Neti pot known as Ayurvedic treatment and has been used over the years for the issues around sinus disorders.

Ingredients you need:

  • Neti pot – clean one.
  • Saline solution – sufficiently.


  1. Pour the saline solution into the neti pot; you may purchase a saline solution or mix a few teaspoons of salt and warm water to make your own saline solution.
  2. Tilt your head by 45 degrees so that one nostril is facing upwards. Pour the saline solution in the upper nostril and let the solution out through the other nostril.
  3. The saline solution will flush mucus out of the sinuses and nose blowing to remove the remaining mucus.
  4. Remember, during the flushing, you have to hold your breath or breathe through the mouth. If you accidentally swallow the solution, immediately spit it out.

4. Saline Spray for Nasal Congestion

saline spray
Saline Spray
Just like the neti pot, saline spray is one of the effective treatments to break down the congestion in the nostrils. The saline solution increases the moisture in the nasal cavity, which in turn help loosen mucus and make it easy to come out.

It also helps relieve the swelling of blood vessels in the nasal cavity and contribute to get rid of a stuffy nose. You can purchase the saline solution at a drug store or make your own at home.

Ingredients you need:

  • Salt – ¼ teaspoon.
  • Warm water – one cup (lukewarm water).
  • Bulb syringe or nasal aspirator – clean one.


  1. Pour the salt in warm water and put into syringe bulb. Tilt your head 45 degrees and the tip of one of the nostrils pointing upwards.
  2. Spray the saline solution through nostril facing upward, allow the saline solution to drain mucus from your sinuses and out through the other nostril.
  3. Repeat this process over the other nostril, and perform this nasal irrigation at least 3 times daily or as required.