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I use boiled warm water with sea salt and breath this up into my nose. To enable you to breath the solution up into your nostrils you will need a funnel such as as the bottom of a pen for a funnel, one that screws into 2, make sure you clean this completely with boiled water. I then used the warmed boiled water with sea sale and close one nostril and stiff you the solution into the nostril and then do the other. This is not for the squeamish and I don’t pretend it is pleasant but what happens is it clears your sinuses immediately and the sea salt heals the lining or swelling in the nostrils. Usually 2 twice a day for 2/3 days will do it and keep it any. Hopes this helps people. ps you can buy this solution at a pharmacy or chemist off the shelf, so it is a known cure

Carmen Gilson

my special broth which is chicken raman noodle seasoning mix, into a boiling water, then add in two teaspoon of salt, and pepper, and three teaspoon of garlic with chili powder this will clear it up within an hour you can drink it. Make sure you have toilet paper with you because it can start clearing it out once drank.


This cold, I’ve been pretty lucky. Humidifier at night and rinsing my nose in the morning with the little nelimed squeeze bottle. I’m not taking anything because I’m breastfeeding. My husband sleeps during the day, won’t run the humidifier, won’t rinse his nose and is whining about being stuffed up. Took some Nyquil so he can sleep. My daughter has the nice gushing snotty toddler nose and I’m a bit drippy this morning, but 3 days in and no headaches!


This is so easy and effective, please try it! Just eat several pieces of ginger-based candy chews by either Chimes or Gin-Gins brand. These spicy candies have a long-lasting nasal decongestant effect that is much more effective on me than cough drops, nasal spray, or even the Neilmed pot. I suffered from severe nasal congestion daily for two years until I discovered the amazing effect of these candies. They are hard to find in stores but can easily be ordered online from Amazon.

Zack C

NeilMed has a bottle that you squeeze a mixture of salt and warm water into each nostril. I use it BUT I also add one single drop of 100% Tea Tree Oil. I have had extremely blocked nasal passages for the last 5 years and I can breath and sleep comfortably. This is not an immediate relief, but it will clean your nasal passage AND kill any bacteria. I will try this with lime juice also and update.

Lauren 🙂

Put Vicks or any decongestant vaporizing rub (I just use Walgreens) on your chest, under your nose and/or on your feet (put socks on afterward). And take a nice, long hot shower! Hope this helps anyone!


Ricola cough drops and hot decaf mint herbal tea (with honey if you have a cough – personally i prefer the taste sans honey).

I like the ricola honey lemon drops the best – for whatever reason the herbs in the drops just open up my sinuses completely. any flavor should do – and in theory other brands of cough drops that have menthol flavoring also would probably work – but ricola IMO is definitely the best and you cant overdo it.

also – sinus rinse. ive found the neti pot (it looks like a blue version of the genie lamp from the movie alladin) to not work for me, instead i use a positive pressure version, i think its called sinus rinse? its a clear bottle with a black cap and it comes with special salt packets. you can find it at drugstores for $10-15. i rinse the nose piece with rubbing alcohol between colds/infections to keep it sanitary.

also – hydrogen peroxide 3% (most commonly found in drugstores and supermarkets) – i put about a capful in my ear, with head tilted almost horizontal, and let it sit for a few minutes until i head a whoooooosh. youll hear bubbling and popping, it might be a little uncomfortable but harmless and not painful. repeat with the other ear. dont overdo it though – H2O2 is bad for your skin, it kills good cells and in stronger forms acts as a bleach. i do this after the sinus rinse – the positive pressure tends to clog my ears, somehow this equalizes the pressure and relieves the sinuses overall.

vitamin C in very large doses (i take emergen-c drink mix twice a day – i like the raspberry flavor), and zinc 50mg twice a day.

and in general, spicy food. avoid dairy products – they increase mucus production.

and last but not least, 12 or 24hr sudafed behind the counter at the drugstore – the one that contains pseudophedrine HCI (not the over the counter kind – it does not work!). in the US you have to show ID to purchase it – people use it as an ingredient in making meth. don’t take vitamin C when taking sudafed, it lessens the potency of the sudafed and makes it last a shorter amount of time. don’t take sudafed if you have a heart condition, and don’t take it without asking a pharmacist if you are taking other meds to make sure they dont interact negatively.


Relief from nasal congestion…drop a few drops of peppermint extract on a cloth handkerchief and periodically hold to your nose. Only do it periodically as it can produce burning in your nose or burning on irritated areas. Will give temporary relief. See a dr. For long term or serious symptoms.


I’ve just tried this for the first time because I’m desperate to find something that works. Dab about a half a tea-spoon of tiger balm on a tissue folded to a small size. Cover that with another tissue so there is no actual skin contact with the tiger balm. Hold the tissue in or under your nasal passage, which will only give a bit of relief. Follow up by holding the tissue firmly against the different sinus points. soon you should be able to actually blow your nose and your eyes will water. It takes away so much of the congestion pain. Not sure how long it works for yet, but it’s definitely giving me some relief.


A good remedy seems to be lime juice. Apply a little juice from a lime into each nostril; lie down for a few minutes. Apply once or twice daily. The congestion and the cold pass within 1-2 days, especially if you also drink lime juce.

Mummy Matters

We have been using Sterimar Baby for the children under 3 and Sterimar for everyone else in the house for the last year now and it really does work wonders. It is made from 100% sea water which has been cleaned and it is approved by Allergy UK so you can’t get better than that.

Another thing I really like about it is that once opened it can be used for up to 3 years because of the special no-return valve so you don’t have to buy a new one every 28 days 🙂

Asian Food Solutions

Hot & Spicy Broth

This requires a trip to your local asian grocery, but worth every penny.

For 3 cups broth (2 servings/doses)

1 chicken bouillon cube
1 tsp asian chili oil
2-3 dashes Togarashi spice mix
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp Dashi powder

Boil together and sip while very hot. If you can handle more heat, the better! Add togarashi to pump it up. After a mug of thisyou should have at least pne nostril fully clear!


After seeing rave reviews I started using sinusoothe nasal spray. Due to my nasal congestion I was only getting three hours sleep a night. Now I sleep so well I have gained all my energy levels back. This contains essential oils such as cinnamon and tea tree and it really clears my nasal passages. I have also found after using this I have much less nasal congestion so I don’t to use it as much. At first I used sinusoothe three maybe four times a day now I use it once every couple of days.

Franks Hot sauce

Franks Hot Sauce…
i work in the food industry and we use a lot of Franks hot sauce, just the smell of it will clear out your sinuses.. if your brave enough you could also try a spoon full to clear it up…


My mom told me to chew minted gum flavor such as winterfresh or any brand of spearment flavored gum it works! I was surprised I always try to keep gum on me for that reason


neilmed sinus rinse…amazing. Use directed on package or get a neti-pot and use as directed.


Never fails for me – do ten or more jumping jacks.

Syed Ahmed

Drink Sunkiss or Fanta when you are bit hungry and do not eat any think for half an hour. Itis very effective for nasal congestion


For over 30 years I had chronic nasal congestion. Nothing helped except OTC nasal decongestant sprays and prescribed corticosteroid spray. Four years ago I began taking gin-soaked golden raisins for arthritis. They didn’t cure the arthritis, but my nasal congestion disappeared after a few months, not to return. There are several recipes on the internet for the raisins. I let the vapors enter my nasal passages while chewing the raisins and exhaling through my nose. I don’t overdo it. Best wishes.


(sorry, I accidentally posted this under a comment, same topic.)

My family has a history of asthma and I have been suffering from seasonal allergy/cold. Claritin and other drugs didn’t help much except making me drowsy every time. We finally learned an extremely effective method from an Eastern herbal medicine book. (The book is about 100 plants/vegetables and their miraculous cures for various ailments. Unfortunately it’s in another language and I don’t know if there’s an English translation. You can do some personal research on herbal medicine, fruits, and vegetables in general.)

I received instant result the next day; no more congestion, runny nose, phlegm, no more cold feeling around my chest area, and I no longer feel like I drown in my own water every time I go to bed and wake up. Pollens and whatnot, I now can breathe and walk freely in the park during spring and summer time. What a relief!!! If the following method is also effective for you, please spread the words to others also.

-Buy some fresh garlic bulbs, take out about 4 pieces/cloves (or a few more pieces/cloves if you don’t mind the smell and taste), peel off all their papery covering, and cut the pieces/cloves into small slices (like how you would for frying or sautĂ©)
-Get a fairly full cup of water (like a normal coffee cup/mug)
-Boil the water and the garlic slices in a pot for about 5-10 minutes (the main purpose is to get the garlic’s juice)
-Wait for it to cool down and drink the juice
-Do so daily until the symptoms of allergy/cold are gone

I personally prefer the taste and smell of burnt garlic, not boiled garlic, so I usually have to eat a bit of something sweet after every time I drink the juice. 😀 If you don’t like the lingering smell and taste of garlic afterwards, drink some tea mixed with a few slices of ginger. Ginger also helps in warming up your body. It really worked for me and my family. I now no longer suffer from nasal congestion and I hope it will work for you too!


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