There are a number of ways to help relieve a stuffy nose at home, which work very well when combined with regular nose blowing. Try not to sniffle, as you can suck nose mucus into your lungs, which may later cause an infection. If the congestion is accompanied by high fever, coughing, or painful sinuses, you may want to consider seeing a doctor to get to the bottom of the problem.
There are multiple ways to approach a stuffy nose. You can help to reduce the amount of stuffiness in the first place by cutting down on wheat and dairy consumption, and upping your consumption of zinc, vitamin C, and other useful nutrients. Keep your head elevated while you sleep to reduce the buildup of mucus, too. It is also important to keep properly hydrated, and good hydration will help you recover from a cold faster as well. Remember to carry a handkerchief or soft tissues around for frequent nose blowing.
Consuming hot liquids helps with a stuffy nose and the general malaise that comes with a cold. Try chicken soup, vegetable stock, tea, apple cider, or other hot beverages. The heat and steam will start your nose running, which can help clear congestion. You can also up the ante by consuming spicy food, which often triggers an explosion of mucus.
Sniffing irritants such as onions and menthol can also help with a stuffy nose. You can try cutting an onion in half and holding it under your nose, or you can smear a menthol rub under your nostrils. Nasal decongestant sprays may also be used, although they should not be employed too frequently. A better choice is a saline spray or rinse, which can be used as often as you need to.
Steam is another great way to treat a stuffy nose. You can stand in a hot shower or steam room to get your nose running, or you can make your nose a steam room all its own. Fill a bowl with hot water and add eucalyptus, orange, or mint oil if you like. Crouch over the bowl and drape your face with a towel, inhaling the steam deeply. The steam will also be beneficial for your skin.
Another option for treating a stuffy nose is a neti pot. A neti pot looks like a small teapot, with a long spout which is designed to go up into your nostril. The neti pot is filled with warm water which is gently poured into the nose to irrigate it and loosen the mucus. When used properly, a neti pot pours water all the way through the sinus passages, and is best used over a sink.