The stuffy nose is getting quite frustrating on top of a cold so it is not something most people can bear. This is mostly because it is not quite the mucus that is the real problem, but the inflammation and irritation of the tissues in the sinuses. It is a stingy and very uncomfortable feeling nobody wants to face when it gets a cold. Thus, how about you try a natural saline solution? You can make one very easy at home, keep reading and see how you could treat your stuffy nose.
The ingredients you will need to make this DIY saline solution for the stuffy nose are:
-1 teaspoon of sea salt
-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
-1 cup of boiled water
-a sterile glass jar
-and a dropper
Start off by letting the boiled water cool off at room temperature. It needs to be only a little bit warm in order to dissolve the sea salt. Thus, once it is lukewarm, add the sea salt and the baking soda and start stirring to make sure they are completely dissolved. Next, all you have to do is transfer it into the sterile glass jar and put the lid on tightly. Remember to also shake before each since the baking soda might deposit to the bottom.
Here are the instructions on how to use this DIY saline solution:
First of all, the dropper should also be sterile so make sure you clean it very well.
Before proceeding, blow your nose as much as you can to make sure you take out all the mucus.
Next, lie on your back but make sure that your head is hanging off the side of the bed. That way, you will prevent the saline solution from going down your throat.
Then, put the tip of the dropper just past the inside of the nostril.
You should only use about 3 drops per nostril because it might sting as first so you don’t want to go heavy.
Maintain your position for about 10 minutes so that the solution will flow into the nasal passages.
Lastly, wait a few more minutes and finally blow your nose.
For optimal results, you should repeat this process at least 3 times a day.