Swollen nasal passages can occur when you are experiencing a cold, flu or allergy attack. Your nose becomes congested and the nasal passages swell up because of excess mucus. Swollen nasal passages can make it hard to breathe and go to sleep at night. Fortunately, there are home remedies to treat swollen nasal passages.
Tea tree oil works well to combat nasal congestion. It has the ability to reduce both bacteria and viruses– decreasing whatever is causing the nasal passages to swell. Simply boil 8 oz. of water and add in 4 drops of tea tree oil. Once it is cool enough, lean your head over this mixture and begin breathing the steam in. Do this every morning and evening until you are well.
Eucalyptus oil reduces the swelling in your nasal passages by working on the mucus membranes. Just place 4 drops of eucalyptus oil in 8 oz. of boiling water. Lean your head over the steam and breathe it in once it is cool enough. Continue doing this until there is no more steam left in the cup. Do this once when you wake up and once when you go to bed.\
Salt Water will work to get rid of any mucus that is causing your nasal passages to swell. Neti pots, or nasal irrigators available in stores. Use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water, and then mix in 1 tsp. of salt to make up the irrigation solution. Tilt your head to one side and pour the water in one of your nostrils. The water will come out the other nostril. Repeat this process with the second nostril. Do this twice per day until the nasal passages are no longer swollen.
Other ways to keep your nasal passages moist:
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer.
- Take long showers or — very carefully to avoid burn– breathe in steam from a pot on the stove.
- Drink lots of fluids, which will thin out your mucus and may help prevent your sinuses from getting blocked up.
- Use a nasal saline spray – many are available online at stores.
Other home treatments to further ease your nasal congestion and sinus pressure:
- Prop yourself up at night. Lie on a couple of pillows. Keeping your head elevated may make breathing more comfortable.
- Avoid chlorinated pools. Although you might think the moisture will help, the chlorine in pools can irritate the mucous membranes in your nasal passages.