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How To Stop A Runny Nose (Rhinorrhea) Fast

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How To Stop A Runny Nose (Rhinorrhea) Fast November 2, 2017

We all know how annoying a runny nose can be. We are forever in search of effective home remedies that can help stop that dripping nose. The last time I was down with a nasty cold, it did not take me long to use my phone and begin googling for remedies, REMEDIES THAT WORK! So, what did I do? I began reviewing every remedy and then decided to try them all! I am a big believer in natural remedies, and I often use them instead of resorting to over the counter medication. Here are the home remedies for runny nose that I tried. Jot them down, for they are sure to help you on a gloomy day.

How To Stop A Runny Nose – The 10 Best Remedies

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Salt Water
  3. Steam
  4. Ginger
  5. Garlic
  6. Turmeric
  7. Eucalyptus Oil
  8. Apple Cider Vinegar
  9. Honey And Lemon
  10. Mustard Oil

1. Essential Oils For Runny Nose

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You Will Need
  • 3 drops peppermint oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the essential oils and apply on the chest, neck, and the bridge of the nose.
  2. Leave it on.
How Often You Should Do This

Reapply twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Peppermint oil contains menthol, which decongests the chest and thins the mucus so that it can be easily eliminated from the body (1). Lavender oil is antibacterial and antifungal in nature and can treat the infection that might be causing the runny nose. It also calms the senses (2).

[ Read: Home Remedies To Treat Dry Nose ]

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2. Salt Water For Runny Nose

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You Will Need
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Dropper
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the salt to the water and mix well.
  2. Use the dropper to administer these saline drops into your nose.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this a few times in a day, till you get relief from a runny nose.

Why This Works

Salt water will thin down the mucus, thus making it easier for the body to expel it quicker. It also helps clear the nasal passages of any irritants (3).

Watch This Video To Learn How Salt Water Helps To Cure A Runny Nose

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3. Steam For Runny Nose

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You Will Need
  • A bowl of hot water
  • A large towel
What You Have To Do
  1. Hold the towel over your head and inhale the steam from the hot water bowl.
  2. Continue this for 10 minutes. Then, blow your nose.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this three to four times in a day.

Why This Works

The warmth of the steam breaks down the mucus that gives you the stuffy nose feeling (4). When you blow your nose, this accumulated mucus easily comes out.

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4. Ginger For Runny Nose

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You Will Need
  • Ginger
  • Salt
What You Have To Do
  1. Grate some ginger and add a pinch of salt and chomp away on it.
  2. You can also brew some fresh ginger tea and drink it.
How Often You Should Do This

Chew ginger several times during the day.

Why This Works

We all know ginger has antioxidants that can cure a myriad of ailments. It also has antiviral and antifungal properties that get to the root and banish a runny nose (5).

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5. Garlic For Runny Nose

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You Will Need

Small garlic cloves

What You Have To Do

Chew the garlic clove and ingest it to get relief from a runny nose.

How Often You Should Do This

Have three to four small cloves in a day.

Why This Works

Garlic will warm up your body and give you immense relief from a runny nose. The allicin present in it possesses antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that will kill the microbes causing the runny nose symptoms (6).

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6. Turmeric For Runny Nose

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 cup linseed oil
What You Have To Do

Soak the turmeric powder in a cup of linseed oil, and inhale the smoke emitted. Use freshly ground turmeric powder preferably.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

An antidote for cuts and wounds, turmeric also works wonders in putting a halt to that leaky nose. A small pinch of turmeric powder is loaded with antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and even antioxidant properties (7). This will loosen the mucus and make you feel less irritable.

[ Read: Benefits Of Turmeric for Health ]

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7. Eucalyptus Oil For Runny Nose

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You Will Need
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • A handkerchief
What You Have To Do

Just dab a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the hanky and inhale it through the day to appease the symptoms of a cold and runny nose.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day until the runny nose clears up.

Why This Works

The antiviral and antimicrobial properties of eucalyptus oil and their benefits for cold symptoms are well known. This potent essential oil also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (8, 9).

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8. Apple Cider Vinegar For Runny Nose

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • A glass of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the vinegar, honey, and cinnamon to the glass of water and mix well.
  2. Drink this while it is still warm.
How Often You Should Do This

Have this drink twice a day.

Why This Works

The antibacterial and antiviral properties of apple cider vinegar come in handy when it comes to treating a runny nose. It also exerts anti-histamine effects on the body. This property proves to be beneficial when the runny nose is due an allergic reaction (10).

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9. Honey And Lemon

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3-4 drops fresh lemon juice
  • A glass of lukewarm water
What You Have To Do

Mix the honey and lemon juice in the water and drink this.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this water twice daily.

Why This Works

The antimicrobial activity of honey works synergistically with that of lemon to treat the microbes causing the nasal infection. Honey also reduces inflammation of the nasal passages (11, 12).

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10. Mustard Oil

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You Will Need

Mustard oil

What You Have To Do

Heat a tablespoon of mustard oil until it’s a tad bit warm and gently put in a few drops of it into your nostrils.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this in the morning and night until the rhinorrhea symptoms go away.

Why This Works

This oil is enriched with antibiotic and antiviral properties that will get to work in no time (13). It will work at both eliminating the cold and relieving the symptoms of a runny nose.

[ Read: Benefits Of Mustard Oil For Health ]

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Now that you know how to stop a runny nose fast, its time you try out these remedies. These remedies have been tested and tried, and can easily give you relief from that annoying runny nose.

FAQs

1. What Causes A Runny Nose?

A runny nose or rhinorrhea can be caused due the following reasons:

  • Common cold
  • Flu
  • Hay fever
  • Allergies
  • Pregnancy
  • Vasomotor rhinitis

Among these, cold or flu is the most common cause for rhinorrhea or a runny nose (14).

2. Signs And Symptoms Of A Runny Nose

The main symptom of a runny nose is the excess mucus that is being produced in the nasal passages and, probably, even dripping out from the nostrils. This excess mucus blocks the nasal passages, making it difficult to breathe through the nose. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Sneezing
  • Nosebleeds

Sore throat or ear infection can develop if the infected mucus travels into the ear canals or back up into the throat.

3. How To Fix A Kid’s Runny Nose At Home?

You can use any of the simple home remedies listed above to treat your kid’s runny nose. These remedies are safe to use for kids and adults.

4. Preventive Measures To Avoid A Runny Nose

Take these measures to avoid that annoying dripping nose, especially in the winters.

  • Stay away from allergens
  • Cover your nose, mouth, and neck with a woollen scarf while heading outdoors during the winters
  • A dry atmosphere at home can also trigger a runny nose. Use a humidifier
  • Keep your body well hydrated. Drink plenty of water – at least 10 glasses in a day
  • Maintain a healthy diet

The above-listed remedies will not only provide relief from a runny nose but will also help alleviate other common cold symptoms.

What do you when you are down with a runny nose? Share your tips with us in the comments section below.

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