The year 2020 has been really hard for all of us around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we have been waiting to get over with it. With vaccine getting rolled out there is a ray of hope to look for but as we know it will take months until everyone gets vaccinated.
March 2020, time when COVID cases just started spreading like fire and even a single sneeze was making us doubt whether it is due to COVID-19. People around me were suffering from COVID and having symptoms like sore throat, sneezing, coughing, and nasal congestion covid. During the same time, I also felt severe Nasal congestion and sore throat. I was so scared but didn’t want to say to myself that it could be COVID. The first thing then I did was, I started consuming the herbal drink that I learned to make from my parents & grandparents over the years as a remedy to nasal congestion and sore throat. Within 2 days, I was already feeling better.
When I went to the doctor and got myself tested, at first doctor also mentioned that the symptoms are similar to COVID but then recommended me a nasal spray for allergies. And with just one usage I was feeling 70% better. So, all of that nasal congestion was due to pollen allergy.
Though this time is difficult, it also gave us time to introspect and think about new possibilities. Back home in India, I always used to notice that there were always some home remedies for most illnesses and that too with regular household spices and herbs. Since then, I was always so curious about herbs and their magical benefits.
The most common symptoms of COVID are the same as the normal flu, cold, or any changing weather allergies. So, it was hard to know first if you caught a normal allergy or COVID-19, without being tested for it.
These symptoms include Sore Throat, Sneezing, Coughing, Chronic nasal Congestion, Tastelessness and many more…
But for me, the most annoying thing whenever I catch a cold is Nasal congestion. It happens when there is an obstruction to the flow of air in and out of the nose. It can even become hard to breathe and sleep when having nasal congestion at night.
To treat these types of symptoms I always feel it is good idea to take help of some natural remedies.
How to get rid of nasal congestion covid 19:
Steaming is one of the very effective and natural ways to clear nasal congestion. It helps to thin out and drain the mucus from your nose by keeping your nasal passages and sinuses moist. Take a large bowl of boiling hot water, lean your head over while covering your head with a towel. Take long deep breathes through your nose.
To get better results, add the 2-inch stick of cinnamon or few cloves or both in boiling water and let them boil for few minutes. After that breathe in the steam from the pot, while covering the head with a towel. Do it slowly and with extra care.
Warm compresses are the traditional and one of the very effective cures for the stuffed nose. It helps in opening severe nasal congestion. Soak a face towel in warm water, squeeze the extra water, and put it over your nose and forehead. Repeat the process a few times, and it will give you great comfort and ease in breathing.
Garlic has antibacterial properties and when crushed, it releases a curative component called allicin, which helps to thin the mucus blocking your nasal passages. It also helps to reduce the inflammation and irritation caused by nasal congestion in COVID.
Here are some ways you can take benefits of garlic:
- Inhale crushed garlic 3-4 times a day.
- Garlic steam: Add the crushed garlic to the pot of boiling water. Turn off the flame and bend your head over the pot while covering the head and pot with a towel, so that steam does not escape. Take long deep breathes and exhale slowly for few minutes.
- Garlic drink: To make a garlic drink, add crushed garlic (2-3 cloves) in boiling water, add salt to taste, and drink it.
- Soup: You can also have garlic in soup. Add 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic in any soup while making it and serve hot.
Anu oil or Anu tel:
Anu oil is an ayurvedic oil that is highly effective to get relief from any respiratory allergies. Putting 2-3 drops of oil in both the nostrils will give good results. The oil is also beneficial in sinusitis, migraine, and headaches. Oil can also be used as a preventive measure for covid nasal congestion. There are high chances of coronavirus entering through the nose as we breathe, oiling nostrils with this oil can prevent viruses from entering your body. There are many major herbal companies that make this ayurvedic oil.
Putting 2-3 drops of warm mustard oil or sesame oil or almond oil in nostrils might also help you to get relief from any type of nasal congestion including covid nasal congestion. I’ll suggest using almond or sesame oil as both of these are mild in nature. Mustard oil is also a very effective remedy but its pungent smell can irritate few folks. However, if you heat oil mildly and then use it, the smell will be reduced. Use any of these 3 oils at your convenience.
Pepper and Honey:
Pepper is a natural decongestant and has been part of many ayurvedic drinks that are known to alleviate cold, cough and boost up your immunity naturally. The way I like to take this spice is by mixing half a teaspoon of grounded pepper in one tablespoon of honey and take it with warm water.
If you want to know that What can I drink to get rid of stuffy nose?
I am going to list down few drinks that I have used personally over the years and are very effective. Not only just covid nasal congestion, but these drinks will also be beneficial in protecting you from other diseases.
These drinks work like magic and are very easy to make. Most of the spices used are available in your kitchen, if not, you can find them easily in any Indian grocery store.
1-inch fresh ginger
2-4 gm cinnamon (dalchinni)
1-inch fresh turmeric or 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon licorice (mulethi)
8-10 holy basil leaves (Tulsi)
A little stick of Giloy and 2-4 leaves
Some black pepper
To make the decoction put all the ingredients in the mortar and grind them using a pestle. After this put all these crushed ingredients in 1-liter water and boil until ¼ is left.
If you do not have one or two above mentioned ingredients, don’t worry and put what you have in your kitchen. It might not give you 100% results, but 80- 90% is still there 😊
Ginger Lemon Tea:
Ginger is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the inflammation and irritation in the nasal due to congestion. To make ginger tea add grated ginger in water, boil for 2-3 minutes, and strain. Add honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice to this and enjoy a hot cup of tea.
Cardamom Clove Tea:
Cardamoms are packed with antioxidants. There are two types of cardamoms, one in black and the other is in green color. Black cardamoms help in curing colds, coughs, and other respiratory problems whereas green cardamom lends a distinct aroma with a sweet flavor. Any of them works great in tea.
As an expectorant, Clove helps to loosen congestion and make breathing easy by opening the sinus. It has the property to regulate body temperature too.
To make cardamom clove tea, take1-2 whole cloves or roughly crushed and 1-2 pods of cardamom, add them in boiling water. Let them boil for 8-10 minutes and strain.
Turmeric, Ginger & Pepper Tea:
Turmeric is a fragrant spice commonly used in India and is popular for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. An active component of turmeric, named Curcumin helps clear respiratory infections and build immunity. When combined with ginger root and pepper makes a spicy and very effective remedy for nasal congestion covid, as it helps loosen mucus from clogged nostrils.
To make this tea add 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1–2-inch grated ginger, and 1/3 teaspoon crushed pepper in 1 and ½ cup of boiling water. Let them boil for 10 to 15 minutes and strain. Add honey if you want little sweetness and enjoy a hot cup of tea.
Jal Neti is a very effective yogic cleansing process for treating nasal congestion and irritation. In this process salted lukewarm water is used to gently flushing out the blockages of nasal and respiratory regions, which facilitates smooth breathing through nostrils.
Steps to do jal neti :
- Mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 2 cups of warm water and transfer it into a neti pot.
- Now sit in Kagasana, keeping some distance between legs and lean forward from the lower back.
- Tilt the head to the right side and place the spout of neti pot in the left nostril.
4. keeping your mouth open and breathing through the mouth, let the water flow in from the left nostril and out through the right nostril.
5. Now do the same thing from another side. Tilt your head to the left and let the water flow in from the right nostril and out through the left nostril.
6. When done from both sides, gently blow your nose to clear out the remaining water.