One of the most bothersome and annoying conditions we experience is a runny nose, stuffy nose, and nasal congestion.
We experience this condition multiple times during the year. It is a common problem none of us are immune.
Usually, when the condition is moderate, we ignore it and disregard it.
However, when the condition is severe and requires our full attention, it is annoying as hell.
What can you do?
We recommend a simple and natural massage that will take you just a couple of minutes of your time.
Causes of Runny nose
Anything that inflames or irritates the nasal tissues can cause a runny nose. In most cases, the cause of runny nose is an infection like the common cold and influenza.
Allergies, especially during allergy season can also cause a runny nose. During the allergy season, irritants are all around us.
Polyps, foreign body, a migraine-like headache, and other conditions can also cause runny nose.
With that in mind, here is the full list of causes of runny nose:
- Acute sinusitis, or a sinus infection
- Allergies, especially during the allergy season
- Chronic sinusitis
- Common cold
- Churg-Strauss syndrome
- Hormonal changes caused by PMS, menopause, or anything else
- Dry air
- Drug addiction, substance use disorder
- Deviated septum
- Wegener’s Granulomatosis disorder
- Lodged object
- Occupational asthma
- Spinal Fluid Leak
- Nasal polyps
- Nonallergic rhinitis, or a chronic congestion or sneezing that is not related to allergies
- Respiratory syncytial virus
- Tobacco smoking
Why you shouldn’t use nasal sprays?
When faced with nasal congestion or stuffy nose, most people reach for the nasal spray as an easy fix.
Well, while the spray is effective, there are few reasons why are better off with a natural remedy.
The first, and most important reason, nasal sprays are actually drugs and chemicals that might have side effects.
Additionally, they are sometimes addictive, as you start leaning on them too much.
Second, they are not practical, and you cannot use them anytime, anywhere.
If your nose drives you mad, you must buy a nasal spray first (which costs money), and then use it. Or, you can buy it and carry it with you everywhere you go.
With that being said, a simple massage can help you get rid of a runny nose, stuffy nose or any nasal congestion.
The goal of the massage is to relieve nasal congestion. It is a simple, and very quick massaging technique that you can perform anywhere.
It is fast and effective, and it doesn’t leave a bitter taste in your nose or mouth.
The massage is based on acupressure techniques that have been used in China for centuries.
The massage will take you to four points on your body: two on the ears and two on the nose.
If you memorize it, you can take it with you everywhere you go and use it anytime you have a stuffy or a runny nose.
When performing the massage, remember to perform 10 pressures on each spot.
After 10 or 15 minutes, you can do the quick massage again, just so you make sure that the nasal congestion doesn’t return.
Using round pressures, massage the cavity of each of the nostrils simultaneously.
When you perform a round movement, you will almost close and fully open the nostrils.
Remember, apply only mild pressure.
Simply put the fingers on your nostrils, and rotate using a mild pressure.
If it hurts, your pressing/pushing too much. Perform 10 pressures.
The second point is just below the corner of your eyes.
The exact point is the cavity between your eyes and your nose.
Make sure you are not pressing just the nose.
Instead, use round movements, as in point one, to massage the cavity between the eyes and the nose.
This is actually the spot where tears come out.
Or if you want us to paint you a better picture, the area where you take things out of the eyes in the morning the moment you wake up.
Make sure that you do not lift your fingers when you are massaging the area.
Point 3 and 4
These two points can be explained together.
Point 3 is the cavity below the cartilage, or in other words, behind the earlobe.
Point 4 is the earlobe.
You need to massage both points 10 times.
For point 3, you want round movements, and you are actually more pushing and pressing than moving the fingers.
For point 4, you can use your thumb and index finger to massage the earlobe.
Other ways to get rid of runny nose
A massage is not the only way you can treat a runny nose. In fact, there are many other home and natural remedies you can use to get rid of a runny nose.
Here are some of them.
One of the fastest ways to get rid of runny nose is to drink plenty of fluids. Given the fact runny nose is usually caused by infection and inflammation, drinking water and healthy fluids like chicken broth will help thin your mucus.
In the same time, fluids will allow mucus to drain faster from your sinuses. Hot tea, especially herbal tea has a soothing effect as well.
Putting a warm compress over your nose is very similar to a nasal massage. Similar as the massage, a warm compress will relieve sinus pressure and congestion.
You do not need to have a classic compress. Just dip a clean washcloth in warm water and then apply it to your face. Repeat several times per day to relieve nasal congestion and get rid of your runny nose.
Whenever you suffer from runny or stuffy nose, a steam treatment will come in handy. Just sit in the bathroom with the shower running.
You can add some essential oils to the bath for a maximum effect. Look up essential oils that help with congestion.
Another way to use the steam treatment is to boil water in a bowl, and then inhale it. Make sure to put a towel over your head, so the steam does not run away.
Get some rest
One of the simplest way to get better is to get plenty of rest. It is that simple. When you are not feeling well, your body needs plenty of sleep and rest so it can heal.
Resting will also give you a break from blowing your nose.
Saline spray or drops
A gentle saline nasal spray, or drops will help you stop your runny nose. You can buy over the counter saline spray, or make one at your home.
If you are doing the DIY saline spray, make sure to use boiling or distilled water. For saline drops, you need to dissolve ¼ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water. Store it in a clean jar, or in a spray bottle.
Get a humidifier
Moisture is always a good way to treat your runny nose. When you suffer from a runny nose, you need moisture in your environment.
A simple way to add more moisture is to get a humidifier or a cool mist vaporizer in your room. A humidifier will keep your nasal passages moist, which will essentially allow mucus to drain faster.