There are a lot health conditions that can trigger continuous sneezing and a runny nose. It can be a sign of flu, cold or even allergies. These conditions stimulate increased nasal mucus which leads to stuffy or runny nose. Moreover, the irritation of the nasal passages often triggers sneezing which can be annoying most of the times.
Whoever experienced these symptoms, they know that their day is ruined. Whether is about the flu, cold or allergies, constant sneezing accompanied by a runny or stuffy nose is quite unpleasant. Hence, after years of confronting with this situation and tried all sorts of medicines, I found a way to overcome this problem. It is totally under control now with the help of natural remedies.
Saline Nasal Flushing
Flushing the nasal passages with salt water drops, sprays or solutions can be useful for softening thick mucus and promoting its clearance from the nose.
So, you can prepare your own nasal saline spray:
- mix 3 teaspoons of non-iodized salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- store this solution in a sealed jar and when you’re ready to use it
- mix 1 teaspoon of the mixture into 8 ounces of distilled water
- put the solution in plastic squirt bottle and spray each nostril
With the same saline preparation, you can use the Neti Pot by standing over the bathroom sink.
Hot Liquids and Steam
Hot liquids, such as broth or tea, might be helpful for relieving a runny nose and sneezing. So, drink plenty of warm teas such as chamomile, ginger or green tea and eat chicken soups.
Steam inhalations are by far the most effective in getting rid of constant sneezing and a runny nose. Just boil some water, put it in a bowl, add 3-4 drops of lavender and peppermint essential oil, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam. This remedy can be done at any time of the day.
Another option, the one I’m actually using, is to put 1 teaspoon of Vicks Vaporub in the hot water bowl and sniff the mentholated aroma of Vicks Vaporub.
Or, squeeze one orange in the bowl and add 2-3 chopped garlic cloves and inhale the steam. Garlic is well-known for its curative benefits when it comes to flu and cold. It is also one of the best natural antihistaminic.