Head congestion can be quite an irritating and painful condition. It can even make doing normal chores difficult. Various home remedies to alleviate head congestion come in handy at such times.
Head congestion can occur due to various reasons. It can be a symptom for onset of cold or sinus attack or sometimes an allergy. Head cold can be very irritating, but there are many ways that provide relief from head congestion. Given below, are four effective ways to clear head congestion. Before your condition becomes worse, you can also follow some preventive measures. You can eat a lot of vitamin C, have ginger tea, drink plenty of fluids and take rest to resist the condition better.
Best Ways to Clear Head Congestion
This is one of the classic remedies to get rid of nose and head congestion symptoms. There are many ways to do steam inhalation. Either you can use plain steaming water or mix some oil or an over-the-counter (OTC) decongestant in the steaming water to make it medicated and more effective. For this method, fill up a medium-sized pot half with water. Cover it with a lid and let the water boil. Keep boiling the water for 5 minutes. Then take it off the burner, and keep it on a table.
Take a towel with you and take off the lid carefully from the pot. Cover your head and the pot with towel and keep inhaling the steam as much as you can. Keep a tissue box near if the need arises. If you want to make this remedy even more effective then add few drops of eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil to it or 1 teaspoon of any OTC decongestant balm.
This is another old remedy that helps to get rid of head congestion quickly. Neti pot has many other benefits like it removes all mucus from the sinuses and helps you breathe clearly. It also reduces the occurrence and duration of colds. Regular neti pot treatments can help you keep away from nasal and head congestion. You can buy a neti pot kit at any pharmacist. On the nasal irrigation kit you will get instructions explaining how to use it.
It is generally done by mixing 16 ounces of lukewarm water and 1 teaspoon of salt. This mix is filled in the neti pot and one needs to tilt their head over the sink at 45 degree angle. The spout of the pot is put in the top nostril, and gently the saline solution is allowed to pass through the nostril. This fluid will clear up the nasal cavity. If by mistake the solution runs in the throat, then just spit it out. Make sure you follow the safety instructions on the kit to avoid any dangers.
Inhale a Decongestant
There are many decongestant that work great. There are various natural decongestant and OTC decongestant. Just apply few drops of eucalyptus, peppermint or tea tree oil on a cotton ball, then hold it close to your nose and inhale deeply. Keep doing this for few minutes and it will help provide relief from head congestion. Similarly, you can apply a topical decongestant balm which you can find over-the-counter. There are many herbal OTC decongestants balms to choose from. Apply it on your chest, forehead, neck and back and sleep by covering your head. After some time, you will see that the head cold has alleviated.
Nasal Saline Spray
These are also very effective when it comes to clearing head congestion. You can make a saline spray at home or buy one over-the-counter. To make a nasal spray at home mix half teaspoon of sea salt to lukewarm water. Mix the solution well, and apply few drops in each nostril with a dropper. Nasal saline spray provides instant relief, however they can be habit forming. So, try to minimize their use and stick more to the above ways to clear head congestion.
If you have extreme symptoms like high fever with head congestion then seek medical help. Also, seek a doctor if your head congestion doesn’t get better within 2-3 days of the use of the above home remedies.