How to Clear a Stuffed Nose without Medication

All stuffed up and wanting to breathe – but without the chemicals? Here's how to get relief fast!

You will need

  • Steam
  • Licorice tea
  • A saline rinse
  • Hot peppers
  • Peppermint oil or peppermint tea
  • Chicken soup
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Table salt
  • Baking soda

Step 1 Inhale steam Go into the bathroom, close the door, and draw a hot bath or shower. When the room is filled with steam, inhale deeply. Or boil a pot of water, put a towel over your head, and lean over the pot, keeping your head about 6 inches above it. Then, inhale the steam.

Step 2 Drink licorice tea Drink licorice tea. Licorice root is an expectorant that breaks up mucus in the nose and the lungs, so you’ll breathe more easily.

Step 3 Snort a saline rinse Snort a saline rinse. Available at drug stores, it’s proven more effective than medicated nasal sprays. It not only clears the nasal passages, but reduces inflammation.

Step 4 Spice things up Eat something with hot peppers. They contain capsaicin, the chemical that makes your nose run when you eat something spicy.

Step 5 Try peppermint Put some peppermint oil, available at health food stores, on a cloth or cotton ball and sniff the vapor. Peppermint contains menthol, proven to clear congestion. Or drink hot peppermint tea, inhaling the steam as you drink.

Step 6 Eat chicken soup Have some hot chicken soup. This homespun remedy can break up mucus, helping you get over your cold faster.