As well as being an indication of an illness or an allergy, a runny nose is simply annoying. Read on to find out how to stop a runny nose. If you only have a runny nose for a short while, it is likely to be a symptom of cold or viral infection, and will pass of its own accord. If your nose consistently runs, you should see your doctor to rule out allergies or a potentially more serious cause.
Getting Rid of Your Cold and Flu through Natural Remedies
Colds and Flu
Tips to Stop a Runny Nose
Flush your nasal passage: Add half a teaspoon of table salt to a cup of water, then use an eye dropper to drip a few drops into the back of your nose (don’t forget to tilt your head back). Take a few deep breaths and repeat the process, before blowing your nose to clear the passages of any residue and remaining water.
Buy a humidifier: Keeping the air in your home moist will not only prevent aggravation to your inflamed nasal passages, but will help prevent colds in the future. Breathing moist air will help soothe your nose and stop your nose running.
Take antihistamines: If your runny nose has been caused by an allergic reaction, then you can take an antihistamine to stop and prevent it. Antihistamines are available as pills or sprays. Beware of the potential drowsiness or other side effects – always read the label of whichever product you take.
Use a nasal spray: Most drugstores stock nasal sprays that you can use at night. It is important to note that this may be a temporary solution resulting in aggravated symptoms later; do not use nasal sprays for more than three days, unless otherwise prescribed.
Eat spicy food: Indian and Mexican dishes, or other food containing cayenne pepper and ginger will increase the nasal discharge for a short while, flushing out a blockage or toxins that are causing your runny nose.
Chew ginger root: This tip will help to increase your circulation, which in turn will reduce the production of mucus. Less mucus means less runny nose.
Chew garlic: Chewing raw garlic cloves will have the same good effect as chewing ginger root, but of course it doesn’t do much for your scent.
Mustard oil: Use an eye dropper to instill a single drop of barely warm mustard oil into your nostril. Breathe for few minutes before instilling a drop into the second nostril.
Improve immunity: Drinking teas such as green tea or other herbal teas that are rich in antioxidants will help you boost your immune system to help it fight off colds and other viruses that cause a runny nose. Plenty of vitamin C will also help improve recovery time and ward off infection. It is important to stay hydrated, having a runny nose will deplete your fluid levels. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water every day, including plenty of fruit juice for the natural health benefits they provide.
Breathe steam: This is one of the oldest home remedies for stopping a runny nose. Boil some water and pour it into a large jug or vase type object. You may choose to add a few drops of a remedial oil such as pine or eucalyptus. Move your face close to the jug top and cover it with a towel. Deeply breathe in the steam to unblock your nose and help dislodge any blockages.
Avoid cold water: While you need to be staying hydrated, it is better to drink lukewarm water. If you prefer, you can switch your water for a glass of warm milk. Try adding a pinch of turmeric to your milk.
Don’t smoke: Smoking will aggravate your nasal problem. If you are not intending to quit smoking, at least try to cut down when you have a runny nose.