An effective home remedy for runny nose

The fastest and most effective home remedies for getting rid of a runny nose

Hello everyone!

I think it will be very difficult to find people who have never experienced a runny nose.

Each of us, at least once, has experienced all the inconvenience that this terrible symptom of a cold gives us.

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Sometimes a runny nose is so strong and manifests itself so severely that it prevents you from not only working normally, but simply living.

Therefore, for many, the question of how to get rid of a runny nose at home quickly, easily and effectively may become relevant already with the onset of the first cold weather.

So, let's look at all the possible ways to treat a runny nose, including home and folk remedies.

From this article you will learn:

Ways to get rid of a runny nose at home

First, a few words about what a runny nose is and why it occurs.

I will try to tell everything in simple and accessible language so that everything becomes clear to everyone.

What is a runny nose?

This is the first sign that some kind of infection has settled in our body and the body has begun to actively fight it (with the exception of allergic rhinitis).

Three stages of development of a runny nose

Conventionally, the process of developing a runny nose can be divided into three stages.

At the very beginning, a “mild” runny nose (clear discharge) can be completely prevented if preventive measures are taken in time to fight infection in the body (increasing immunity, rinsing the nose).

It begins if the virus has managed to penetrate the cells of the nose and caused an abundant release of water, this will invariably lead to the nasal mucosa swelling and causing severe swelling, which closes the nasal passages and prevents the passage of air into them.

Therefore, it is a big misconception to think that nasal congestion is the accumulation of a large amount of mucus in it. This is swelling of the nasal mucosa!

  • Stage three

The third stage may include thicker nasal discharge (due to a large number of leukocytes - cells that fight infection). Usually in the third phase the virus dies and the runny nose goes away.

Therefore, before using home remedies to treat a runny nose, you need to clearly understand which ones will be most effective for you.

Simple ways to fight a runny nose at home

The first stage of a runny nose - the beginning

Let's start with the very first phase of the development of the disease, if the runny nose has just begun.

So, if a runny nose is only at the very beginning of its development, the best and most effective remedy that can help you is to rinse your nose with salt water, or best of all, sea water.

This method will help cleanse the nasal cavity of harmful bacteria and germs, moisturize the mucous membrane and prevent swelling.

Nasal rinsing - How to rinse your nose correctly?

For washing you will need:

  • warm water - 1 glass
  • sea ​​salt - a little less than 1 teaspoon (if you use more you will get a cool composition)
  • small syringe – 1 piece
  1. Dissolve the salt in warm water, some add a few drops of iodine, and fill a baby syringe purchased at the pharmacy with the mixture.
  2. After this, rinse one nostril with a syringe, and then the other.
  3. It is advisable to learn how to do this so that the solution from one nostril flows smoothly into the other.
  4. A little practice and you will learn to do it professionally.

Scheme instructions on how to properly rinse your nose

Perform the procedure 2-3 times a day, usually within two, maximum three days, a slight runny nose will disappear completely.

The same procedure can be performed for children.

For convenience, you can also purchase any seawater-based nasal spray at the pharmacy.

Steam inhalations

The second remedy that can be effective in the very initial stages of the development of a runny nose is steam inhalation with essential oils.

They moisturize and warm the nasal mucosa, eliminating discomfort and increasing the functioning of the body's immune cells.

You can do this using special devices for inhalation or simply breathe through your nose over a bowl of hot water or an infusion of medicinal herbs, to which essential oils (eucalyptus, fir or mint) are added, 2-3 drops per liter, under a warm blanket.

Foot bath

At the early stage of the disease, when the first symptoms of a runny cold appear, a hot foot bath helps a lot, for which we will need:

  1. To prepare, you need to add mustard powder to a bowl of hot water, dissolving it in water.
  2. Soak your feet for a few minutes, then put on woolen socks and under the blanket.
  3. It’s good to immediately drink tea with honey or raspberry jam, allowing the body to sweat.

If you have good immunity and have taken these preventive measures, your runny nose will go away within two days.

The second stage - if the nose is stuffy and the runny nose lasts more than three days

First, it is necessary to relieve swelling of the nasal mucosa.

It is during this period of development of a runny nose that we experience the most severe discomfort.

Unfortunately, if at this time you cannot stay at home and have to work or study, you cannot do without vasoconstrictor drops or nasal sprays. They will be able to temporarily relieve swelling and reduce nasal discharge.

But, remember, such products are not used for more than 10 days in a row and they have a number of contraindications. Ordinary sprays based on xylometazoline will help you.

Among home remedies for fighting a runny nose, the same rinsing of the nose with salt water (the more and more often we rinse, the faster we help our body get rid of the microbes inside it) and steam inhalations may be useful at this stage.

Also in this case, it is very effective to do acupressure for a runny nose, which I wrote about here

As well as various traditional medicines that have antimicrobial properties.

Let's look at some recipes.

Homemade drops for runny nose - recipes

Some effective recipes for making homemade cold drops that you can prepare yourself at home.

Beetroot drops with honey

To prepare the miracle drop we will need the following ingredients:

  • beets - 1 piece
  • honey – 2-3 tablespoons ((depending on the size of the beets).

Grate the beets and squeeze the juice out of it, mixing with honey, at the rate of three parts beet juice to one part honey.

You should instill 3 drops 3 times a day; for children it is better to exclude honey from the composition, using only beetroot juice 2-3 drops 3 times a day.

carrot drops

To prepare the drops we will need:

  • carrots – 1 piece
  • garlic - in the amount necessary to form a few drops
  • sunflower oil – 1 tablespoon
  1. Grate the carrots; you need to get 1 tablespoon of carrot juice.
  2. Squeeze the juice out of the garlic.
  3. After straining, mix all the available ingredients.
  4. Instill 3 drops 3 times a day into each nostril.

Garlic drops

To prepare the drops we will use:

  • garlic – 5 cloves
  • sunflower oil – 1 teaspoon
  1. Finely chop the garlic, then pour in 50 grams of boiling water, let everything sit in this form for 2-3 hours.
  2. Next, add sunflower oil to the infusion.
  3. The drops should be used 2-3 drops 3 times a day.

Honey drops

For preparation you will need:

  • honey – 1 teaspoon
  • boiled water – 1 teaspoon

Let's dilute the honey in water, after which you can use the drops.

Ideally, you can take manuka honey with an activity of 20.

Place 2-3 drops in each nostril 3 times a day. People who are allergic to honey should avoid using this recipe.

Grandmother's drops from aloe leaves

I want to tell you about one recipe for drops that our grandmothers used, these are drops from aloe, which used to be in almost every house on the window.

  • To prepare the drops we will need: aloe – 2-3 leaves, depending on the size
  • Squeeze the juice from aloe, strain through cheesecloth and instill 2-3 drops into each nostril 4-5 times a day.
  • It is better not to cook a lot of drops, as they spoil quickly, prepare for one day

Bay drops

To prepare the drops you will need:

  • honey – 1 tablespoon
  • bay leaf – pieces
  • boiling water – 200 grams

Pour boiling water over the dry bay leaf and let it brew for 30 minutes. After the composition has infused and cooled, add honey to it.

Application: drops should be applied 2-3 in each nostril 3 times a day.

Kalanchoe drops

Read more about how to use Kalanchoe leaves for a runny nose in this post.

Folk remedies for colds and runny nose

And I also want to share with you effective folk remedies that will help fight not only the runny nose, but also colds.

Propolis for a runny nose

To do this, you need to prepare propolis ointment or oil, apply it to cotton wool and insert it into each nostril. And also lubricate the wings of the nose at night.

Iodine mesh against runny nose

Surely everyone's mother painted their nose in war paint as a child, like an Indian? We simply draw a grid with iodine using a match on the nose overnight.

Don’t worry, usually by morning you can’t see anything.

Mustard plasters on feet

One of the good ways to combat colds is to put mustard plasters or, better yet, pepper plaster on the heels and calves.

This method is good because it can be used even while at work, that is, outside the home.

Foot massage

An interesting option for getting rid of symptoms such as a runny nose and colds in general is a foot massage.

In Eastern practices, great importance is given to the feet, since they represent the projection of organs, influencing certain points of which they achieve a significant improvement in health.

And so we apply a warming medicinal balm or just a “star” to the area of ​​the heel, big toe and pad behind the toes, actively massaging these areas.

Then we put on woolen socks under the blanket. You can also drink hot tea with honey and work up a sweat.

Mustard socks

This method of treatment has been known to many since childhood; you will need mustard powder for it.

Pour mustard powder into each sock, a couple of tablespoons each, and quickly into bed. This method can be used many times, but in the absence of fever.

Hot baths

These baths are used in the first few days, when you first get sick, in this case the effect of them is higher.

  1. Pour hot water into a suitable container for our hands, adding 1 teaspoon of soda to it. (more about soda here)
  2. Dip your hands into the container, preferably so that they are completely hidden by water. Perform the procedure up to 3 times a day for 15 minutes.

Grandma's flatbreads

Many people remember how in childhood their grandmother prepared cakes from honey, I always thought that they were prepared to eat, but they were always used for something else.

So, we will need:

  • honey – 1 tablespoon
  • dry mustard powder – 1 tablespoon
  • flour
  • sunflower oil – 1 tablespoon
  1. To prepare the flatbreads, mix flour, mustard and honey, add sunflower oil.
  2. Flour in this case serves as a binding element, so its quantity is regulated depending on the formation of the shape of the cake.
  3. Place the prepared mixture in two pieces of gauze and place on the sinuses. Keep for 10-15 minutes.

Warming the sinuses with chicken eggs

There is also a method that was used to treat a runny nose in childhood, these are chicken eggs.

Boil 2 eggs hard, then place them in a cloth (thin towel) so as not to get burned and keep them on the sinuses until they cool down.

Potato inhalation

A method as old as this world, boil the potatoes in their skins, leaving them in the pan, climb under the blanket and breathe until the potatoes cool down. Use only if there is no fever.

Garlic inhalation

An interesting and simple way to eat it is also using garlic.

To do this, you need to cut a medium-sized clove of garlic into the palms and insert them into the nostrils, not too deep so that you can easily pull them out.

Of course, these are not all the folk methods that can be used to treat a runny nose at home.

The main thing to remember is that if your runny nose does not go away within a month, there may be a risk of developing sinusitis - inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, sinusitis and otitis media. Therefore, to avoid all these problems, do not engage in long-term self-medication and be sure to see a specialist.

Useful video about runny nose and its treatment

Watch this useful video and you will learn even more about how to properly deal with a runny nose and defeat it as quickly as possible.

Good cold remedies that should be in the house

On my own behalf, I would also like to advise you to look and evaluate these different and very convenient devices for rinsing your nose at home.

Here you can find various inhalers, saline solutions, and nasal rinsing devices for adults and infants.

I really liked this teapot for rinsing the nose. Be sure to watch and rate! It seems that it is needed, but when you use it, you realize how convenient it is.

Well, so that you don’t have to be treated for coughs and colds at all, I recommend that you watch this video course about the secrets of 100% immunity! FOR FREE.

In general, my dear friends, in any case, remember that a runny nose is easiest to prevent, so, if possible, take more preventive measures: strengthen your immune system, eat right, don’t get too cold, take vitamins and adaptogens, eat natural phytoncides, and if you only have a runny nose just starts to appear, rinse your nose with salt water and be healthy.

Alena Yasneva was with you, bye everyone.



Runny nose - treatment at home with folk remedies

Everyone knows the saying: if you don’t treat a runny nose, it will go away in a week, and if you treat it, it will go away in 7 days.

Some folk remedies for treating a runny nose at home will help you quickly cure a runny nose in 1-3 days without side effects, others will ease your overall well-being and relieve nasal congestion. It is better to combine several traditional methods for a quick recovery.

Let's consider folk methods and remedies for treating a runny nose at home, from the simplest and most readily available to the more complex.

Nasal rinsing is a popular method of treating a runny nose.

To treat a runny nose, you need to suck the liquid from the palm of one nostril and pour it out of the other nostril or from the mouth. After the procedure, blow your nose, the nose is cleared instantly, the water washes away the viruses in the nose. This folk remedy helps cure a runny nose in one day, a maximum of 2 days. Rinse with warm water with added salt, preferably sea food (1 teaspoon of salt per glass of water). The medicinal properties of such washing are increased by adding tincture of propolis, calendula or eucalyptus to the water (0.5 tsp per glass of water). Rinsing the nose with beetroot decoction also helps. If, as a preventative measure, you rinse your nose with water every day, then the chance of getting a runny nose is reduced to zero.

Chronic persistent runny nose can be cured at home by rinsing the nose with the following solution: 1 tsp for 1 glass of water. salt, 0.5 tsp. soda and 5 drops of iodine - these rinses help cure even sinusitis.

Laundry soap in the treatment of a runny nose using folk remedies.

Lather your finger generously with soap and lubricate the inside of your nose - do this three times a day.

If you rinse your nose with soap every day for prevention during the flu period while washing your face, then the risk of getting rhinitis will be reduced to zero (HLS 2011, No. 21, p. 33)

Treating a runny nose with mustard at home.

Mustard is widely used in folk methods and recipes for treating a runny nose: apply mustard plasters to the feet and secure with a cloth, or pour dry mustard into socks and walk for 1-2 days. Or foot baths: before going to bed, soak your feet in hot water with mustard added. Cleanses the nose well, improves overall well-being during colds

Runny nose - treatment of rhinitis with massage.

Massage, rub your feet with alcohol, then put on woolen socks, it is advisable to put a heating pad on your feet after that.

Onions and garlic for a runny nose are popular folk remedies.

Treating a runny nose at home with onions.

Wrap the grated onion in a damp cloth, place it on the wings of the nose, cover it with a dry cloth, lie down with this compress for 15 minutes, repeat the procedure 3-4 times a day. A runny nose can be cured very quickly with onions - in one day. You can insert gauze pads soaked in onion juice into your nose. Or you can dilute onion juice with water in a ratio of 1:3 – 1:6 and put these drops in your nose.

Vapors of onion, garlic or horseradish for a runny nose.

The following treatment for a runny nose at home is often recommended: cut the onion, garlic or horseradish into small pieces, put it in a tightly screwed jar and inhale the vapors as often as possible. This remedy for the common cold is widely used in folk medicine. During a flu epidemic, this folk method will help avoid illness.

Here’s a more intensive way to treat a runny nose at home with garlic: take a large clove of garlic and cut 3 slices from it. Apply one strip to the skin under the nose. Then lie on your back, insert a mug of garlic into each nostril, and alternate two breathing options every 10 breaths:

1. Pinch your nose with your fingertips and breathe through your mouth – 10 times

2. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

The total duration of the procedure is 10 minutes. At the beginning there will be a strong sneezing, here you need to take care of the pieces of garlic so that they do not fly away in different directions - take them out of your nose or, on the contrary, hold your nose and sneeze through your mouth.

If you start this treatment at the first signs of influenza or acute respiratory infections, the development of the disease can be avoided (Bulletin of Healthy Lifestyle No. 19, 2010 p. 10)

Home treatment for runny nose with garlic oil.

Heat half a glass of vegetable oil in a water bath for 30 minutes, adding a head of crushed garlic. Leave for a day. Lubricate your nostrils 2-3 times a day.

Beets are an effective folk remedy for a runny nose at home.

Honey with beet juice is a popular folk method for treating runny nose in children.

Take liquid honey, 1/3 tsp, dissolve in a dessert spoon of boiled water and mix with 1 tbsp. l. beet juice. Instill 7 drops every 2 hours when heated. A runny nose can be cured in one day. (Bulletin of Healthy Lifestyle No. 16, 2000 p. 12)

You can cure a runny nose easier: mix beet juice with boiled water 1:1 and put 4-5 drops into your nose several times a day. (HLS 2010, No. 20, p. 39-40)

Raw beet tampons for a runny nose.

Cleanses the nose very well. Grate fresh beets, put on a piece of bandage and roll into a tube, insert into the nostrils for 1-2 hours, do several times a day. Garlic tampons are also made, but before inserting a garlic tampon, it is advisable to lubricate the nasal mucosa with Vaseline

Inhaling smoke through the nose is a remedy for a runny nose found in all folk remedies.

To cure a runny nose, you need to inhale the smoke from smoldering cotton wool or smoldering crackers. Inhale through one or the other nostril until you cry. The runny nose goes away the same day. (HLS No. 10, 2007).

The man suffered from a constant runny nose all year round. He took a cracker, set it on fire at one end, when it caught fire, he immediately put it out, smoke began to emerge, he inhaled it first through one nostril and then through the other. The runny nose went away after the first session. Now he is 91 years old, after that treatment he has never had nasal congestion. (HLS No. 18, p. 40, 2011).

The woman read about this incident in Healthy Lifestyle. She had mucus coming out of her nose day and night; she blew her nose every five minutes, not into handkerchiefs, but into diapers. And after reading the note, she immediately began treating her runny nose with smoke. I did only one procedure and the mucus stopped coming out. 20 days have passed after treatment - there is no rhinitis, I threw away the diapers, uses handkerchiefs, and only occasionally. (HLS No. 21, p. 7, 2011).

Rub your nose, lubricate it around the nostrils, it will become easier to breathe.

Treating a runny nose at home with oil.

St. John's wort oil: drop 2-3 drops into each nostril 2-3 times a day or lubricate the inside of the nose every hour. After two days, rhinitis goes away (HLS No. 4, 2007).

You can also use camphor oil for home treatment (HLS No. 2, p. 41, 2012). It is especially advisable to use camphor oil for treatment if a runny nose is accompanied by a headache - lubricate the nose and temples at least 2 times a day (HLS No. 3, p. 30, 2007).

Menthol oil also helps in treatment.

Folk treatment for a runny nose: Kalanchoe.

Aloe and Kalanchoe are wonderful folk remedies for treating a runny nose. You need to instill Kalanchoe pinnate or aloe juice into your nose 3-4 times a day, 3-5 drops into each half of the nose. Instilling Kalanchoe juice sometimes causes severe sneezing, but rhinitis can be cured with this remedy in one day.

You can also effectively cure a runny nose using golden mustache juice - in just one day. Instill golden mustache juice 2-3 drops 3-4 times a day.

Viburnum juice with honey is a folk home remedy for a runny nose.

The recipe is as follows: mix 1 glass of viburnum juice and 1 glass of honey, drink 1 tbsp. l. 3 times a day. Store in the refrigerator and drink warm. On the 3rd day, all the mucus comes out (HLS No. 23, 2000, p. 19).

Warming up porridge with a persistent runny nose in a child.

If a child has a prolonged runny nose, sew a small bag of linen fabric, fill it with warm, hard-cooked millet porridge and place the bag on the maxillary sinuses. Keep until cool.

Warming the nose is the most common folk remedy for treating a runny nose. To warm the nose at home, use two boiled chicken eggs, wrapped in cloth, a bag of hot sand or salt.

Treatment of a persistent runny nose with drops of propolis and oils.

It happens that a runny nose does not go away for several months. Then use the following recipe for treatment: you need to take 10% tincture of propolis, camphor oil, sunflower oil - 1 tsp of all components, pour into a dark bottle, shake. Place 3-5 drops into each nostril 3 times a day for a week. Then a break of 3 days. Then drip again for a week. The runny nose goes away. Before dropping, the mixture must be shaken (HLS No. 10, 2007).

Chronic runny nose - rinsing the nose with salt water.

The man had chronic rhinitis, he constantly put various drops into his nose, but they did not help for long; his nose was constantly blocked, especially at night. I began to rinse my nose with salt water using a pear (1 teaspoon of salt per 1 glass of water). At first I did this procedure several times a day, then less often. Chronic rhinitis was completely cured. (HLS No. 13, 2010, pp. 28-29).

Chronic rhinitis - healing drops.

The woman had a constant runny nose for a long time. No remedies helped. A friend recommended a simple recipe: take 1 tsp. 10% propolis tincture, camphor oil. unrefined sunflower oil, pour everything into a dark glass bottle and shake. Instill 3-5 drops into each nostril 3 times a day for a week, then break for 3 days. After the second week's course, the woman's runny nose went away completely. (HLS No. 9, 2007, p. 30).

Traditional treatment of chronic runny nose with herbs.

Healer E. F. Zaitseva gives a recipe for a collection that cleanses the lungs and nasopharynx of mucus.

You need to take coltsfoot grass, wild rosemary, thyme, plantain, linden and black elderberry flowers, marshmallow root and licorice in equal proportions. 2 tbsp. l. collection of these eight components, pour 2 cups of boiling water, leave for 30 minutes, strain. Drink the infusion 3-4 times a day 15 minutes before meals, half a glass. The course of treatment for chronic rhinitis is 1.5 months. (HLS No. 8, 2006, p. 24).

Treatment of chronic runny nose with water.

The woman caught a cold and developed a runny nose that did not go away for a long time. And, in the end, it became chronic. A neighbor suggested an unusual folk method for treating a runny nose: you need to pour cold water on the big toe of either your left or right foot. I decided to try it. I poured cold water on each finger every day for 3 minutes. The effect is amazing! For 2 years now he has not remembered a runny nose or other colds (HLS No. 23, 2012, p. 32).

Treatment of persistent runny nose with dew.

The man suffered from a severe runny nose both in winter and summer. Drops from the pharmacy and folk remedies did not help. Then he decided to walk barefoot in the morning dew. I went for a whole month. And the chronic runny nose was cured. (HLS No. 8, p. 38, 2013).

All methods may have contraindications. Before using traditional recipes, be sure to consult your doctor!

Runny nose - treatment at home with folk remedies Comments 38

Traditional recipes are the best remedy for treating a runny nose.

Folk remedies for a runny nose help better than expensive drops, just don’t be lazy about preparing them.

Very accessible, I’ll try honey, then I’ll probably try aloe, I had a runny nose and now my nose is stuffy, thank you, it’s good that there is information.

Thank you very much for the recipes for the runny nose, onions helped me a lot after the first use…………….thank you so much!!

Thank you very much))) I walked around all day with a stuffy nose, but when I tried the onion method for a runny nose, it helped immediately) I recommend it;)

Another remedy that helps with a runny nose is to breathe in steamed tomato leaves.

Onions are very good, but rinsing is much better.

It’s so good that there are folk remedies for treating a runny nose!

Thank you very much for the folk recipes for the runny nose, onions help a lot, but only if you don’t come into contact with people that day.

Another method of home treatment for a runny nose is to set fire to a stick near the head of garlic and inhale the smoke... it breaks through =)

It is good to treat a child’s runny nose with mustard. First, we steam the legs in water with the addition of mustard powder, and then pour it between two socks. Try it, a very effective remedy for a runny nose.

I treated a child’s runny nose with Kalanchoe, honestly it helps. But I haven’t tried aloe treatment, I’ll definitely try it.

I treated rhinitis with household soap, which helps.

We got a flu shot - so now our ears are blocked and we have a severe runny nose!

Thank you, honey with beet juice really helped, and the runny nose went away in one day

Thanks for the advice! I'm going to try the suggested remedies.

This method of treating a runny nose always helps us - warming our feet and wearing warm socks

But I have sinusitis, I don’t know how to treat it! Write, help! Thank you!

I recently tried to treat a runny nose by washing it, and I got otitis media. ENT advised me not to do this, she said that improper rinsing of the nose is the most common cause of otitis media. I'll try the onion treatment..))

Boil an egg and roll it hot across the bridge of your nose, HELPS with a runny nose!

Eucalyptus drops are the best remedy for a runny nose. This is how I clear up my runny nose in a couple of days. Recently I also tried a vasoconstrictor with eucalyptus, it’s absolutely great, and the congestion immediately disappears and heals.

Thank you for the recipes for the runny nose - The best folk remedies should be used by everyone

We are only two months old, can anyone recommend a folk recipe without eggs and onions?

Here is a link to the article “Runny nose in newborns” read the recipes there - very mild folk remedies for treating runny nose in children

Previously, every month my nose was stuffy, I tried a lot and realized that the best treatment for a runny nose is Atmos - anti-runny nose, it is intended for the prevention and treatment of rhinitis (runny nose) of various origins using low-energy, narrowly targeted light waves in the red and infrared ranges...

Checked, I forgot what a runny nose is and I recommend you try it too...

I tried to treat rhinitis with antibiotics and movements, but it didn’t help for a year now, I’ve been suffering, I want to use folk remedies to treat a runny nose. Tell me what to do?

The only homemade recipes that help me are warming up my nose with boiled eggs or paraffin masks. But the main treatment for a runny nose is still medication.

My runny nose was very persistent, ordinary drops did not help me, and folk recipes were of no use. That's why the doctor prescribed me treatment. Only after that I was completely cured. So now I try not to self-medicate, I only use doctor’s prescriptions.

Try to set fire to the core of a head of garlic, such a dry, hollow stick... And when it begins to smolder, inhale through each nostril in turn. Super recipe.


Treating a runny nose at home

A runny nose always causes inconvenience - poor health and sleep, “weakness”, inability to enjoy your favorite smells. Today we will tell you how you can cure a runny nose at home using proven folk methods.

Treatment of a runny nose at home - recommendations

Although homemade folk remedies for treating a runny nose are quite effective, they must be used carefully, just like any medicine.

  • Firstly, traditional methods of treating a runny nose will be effective only in the first stages of the disease. If the runny nose is severe and is accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms, for example, purulent discharge, pain in various parts of the nose, or hearing impairment. In this case, you need to consult a specialist for advice and drug treatment, and use traditional methods as an additional home remedy.

Home treatment for a runny nose using inhalations

Inhalation is a very effective method in the treatment of a runny nose, used both in clinics and at home. Vapors of medicinal herbs or essential oils have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, well free the respiratory passages from mucus, thereby improving breathing and moisturizing the nasal mucosa.

  • For the first inhalation recipe you will need a mixture of chamomile, calendula and sage herbs. Brew 1 tbsp. l. Add the listed herbs to a glass of boiling water, cover with a lid and let brew for 20 minutes. Afterwards, bend over the container, cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapors of medicinal herbs for minutes. If you have a special inhaler or heating pad, then the broth can be poured into it and used according to the instructions.

Rinsing as a home treatment for a runny nose

Homemade rinses help with a runny nose - they eliminate congestion, relieve inflammation, itching and dryness, and can “pull out” mucus from the deepest places in the respiratory tract. The best product for rinsing a runny nose is salt. You can use either regular table salt or sea salt. Pour in 1 tsp. salt with a glass of hot water, stir until the salt is completely dissolved. After this, put the saline solution into a plastic bottle with a small hole on top, or if there is none, into a syringe or syringe (an ordinary small rubber bulb) and rinse the nasal passages. Repeat this procedure up to 4-5 times a day, doing it every 1.5-2 hours.

Warm up your nose to get rid of a runny nose

A traditional folk remedy for treating a runny nose is home heating. They help drain mucus from the nasal passages, reduce inflammation, relieve itching and irritation.

  • The simplest method is to use turundas. To do it, you just need to wrap a small amount of cotton wool around a match or toothpick, and if you are warming up a child or the mucous membrane is very irritated, just use a twisted cloth. For the procedure you will need 4 pieces. Next, prepare a solution for heating, dissolve 1 tsp in a hot glass. salt (you can also use sea salt) and soda. Place the turundas there, wait 1-2 minutes, then take out two pieces and carefully insert them into the nasal passages. Just don’t insert them too deeply; insertion should be comfortable and eliminate pain. Wait 2-3 minutes until they cool down, then change the turundas, that is, 2 are working, two are heating up. The duration of this home procedure for treating a runny nose is minutes.

Homemade foot baths with mustard against runny nose

At the first signs of a runny nose, as well as as it progresses, traditional healers advise doing foot baths with mustard. This has long been a proven remedy in the treatment of a runny nose, and should not be discounted. For the bath you will need a bowl of hot water; dissolve dry mustard in it at the rate of 1 tbsp. l. per liter of water. Immerse your feet in the resulting bath and wrap them with a blanket. Carry out the procedure for a minute; during this time, hot water can be added to maintain the same temperature. It’s good to do foot baths before bed, so that you can lie down under a warm blanket. Instead of mustard, you can use good old mustard plasters. In this case, mustard plasters should be placed in hot water for about a few minutes, then applied to the feet, secured with a bandage and put on warm socks.

Other folk methods for treating a runny nose at home

We bring to your attention a few more well-proven home methods for treating a runny nose.

  • Traditional medicine offers an excellent ointment for a runny nose. To prepare it you will need 1 tbsp. l. melted soft honey, 1 tsp. sunflower oil and a quarter of a lemon. Grind the lemon until pureed in a meat grinder or blender, mix with honey and butter. Lubricate the nasal mucosa with the resulting ointment every 2 hours.

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Treating a runny nose at home - quickly and effectively!

Nasal congestion is a signal that it is time to urgently take action. Treating a runny nose at home quickly suppresses the main symptoms and restrains the further development of the disease. Timely cleansing of the mucous membrane and relieving inflammation prevents the infection from descending. If you take control of the situation in the first hours of illness, you can protect yourself from more unpleasant consequences.

How to quickly cure a runny nose at home?

Breathing through the nose is physiologically correct. The skull contains many sinuses through which natural ventilation of the internal cavities occurs. They open fully and work correctly only when we breathe through our nose.

When breathing through the mouth, not enough air enters the cavity, which causes a decrease in negative pressure in the skull. Venous outflow is disrupted. Swelling and headache appear. Excess fluid accumulates in the sinuses, which becomes a breeding ground for pathogens.

A runny nose leads to congestion, congestion to mouth breathing, and the latter, in turn, aggravates the situation and contributes to the further development of infection. This vicious chain can be broken through rapid response measures.

The key points in the fight against congestion should be:

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  • relieving inflammation;
  • timely removal of mucus;
  • reduction of microbial load.

To quickly overcome a runny nose, you need to use products that improve venous outflow, thin secretions, and have an antibacterial effect.

The most effective pharmaceutical products: list

The most effective pharmaceutical drugs are considered complex products, which include mucolytics, vasoconstrictors and antibacterial components. They work on all fronts at once: they thin out secretions, improve sinus drainage, reduce congestion and free the nose from infection.

The list of effective drugs is as follows:

"Rinofluimucil" contains acetylcysteine, which thins sputum and nasal secretions. And thauminoheptane, which is part of the composition, has an anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effect. The product is in the preferred aerosol form for treating a runny nose. Distributes evenly and provides quick results.

Not recommended for bronchial asthma, heart disease and glaucoma. Approved for the treatment of children over 3 years of age.

"Vibrocil" spray. Two substances, dimethindene and phenylephrine, suppress the activity of the ciliated epithelium, thin mucous secretions, help cleanse the sinuses, and reduce inflammation and pain. The drug has a vasoconstrictor effect. Available in the form of drops, nasal spray and gel.

This remedy acts not only against ordinary rhinitis, but also relieves congestion due to allergies. Not prescribed for patients with degeneration of the nasal mucosa, diabetes and thyroid diseases. Approved for use in children over 2 years of age.

"Xymelin Extra" contains two active ingredients: xylometazoline and ipratropium bromide. At the same time, it inhibits the activity of the ciliated epithelium, does not allow fluid to accumulate inside, dilutes the secretion, promotes its rapid removal, reduces pain and the severity of inflammation.

Nasal spray is contraindicated for children under 2 years of age, pregnant and lactating women, people with high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, tachycardia, and glaucoma.

"Adrianol." Drops with phenylephrine and grimazoline reduce swelling and reduce the viscosity of secretions. They make breathing easier, quickly restore ventilation of the cranial cavities and internal negative pressure.

Not recommended for heart and kidney diseases. Contraindicated for children under 7 years of age.

All vasoconstrictor drugs can be taken without a doctor’s prescription for no longer than 3 days.

Traditional medicine for a runny nose

The most effective measures to combat nasal congestion are rinsing. The liquid should forcefully flow into one nostril and calmly flow out of the other.

You can make a “device” for washing yourself. You need to take a teapot with a long spout. Pull a baby bottle nipple over the hole and insert it into the nostril.

For rinsing, prepare a solution: dilute a teaspoon of sea salt in a glass of boiled, not hot water. To enhance the effect, add a drop of iodine or a quarter teaspoon of soda.

The pacifier is inserted into the nostril. Tilt the kettle so that the liquid flows freely into the nose. The nostrils are washed alternately. The procedure is repeated morning and evening.

In the absence of such a device, you can use a regular syringe without a needle. There is no need to inject the solution heavily. It needs to be poured in slowly so that it also pours out unhindered.

Treating the outer part of the nasal openings with peach oil helps a lot with a runny nose. The product simultaneously reduces inflammation and kills pathogenic bacteria. The passages are carefully lubricated with a cotton swab 3-4 times a day.

Traditional medicine values ​​honey for its immunostimulating and bacteriostatic properties. It suppresses the development of infection and enhances the local response. Honey thins the secretion and helps remove mucus. Both nostrils are treated with a cotton swab up to 4 times a day.

Onions and garlic are known for their antibacterial properties. To prepare a remedy for a runny nose, you need to boil half a glass of vegetable oil. Mix it with the juice from half an onion and 3-4 cloves of garlic. The product is infused for 3 hours. Pass through gauze. Treat the nasal passages with a moistened cotton swab 3-4 times a day.

Treatment with traditional methods continues until complete recovery.

Inhalation treatment: fast and effective

Nebulizers are modern inhalers that help deliver medicine to the problem area. They crush the product into tiny particles, which, settling in the respiratory tract, envelop each villi of the mucous epithelium.

For inhalation, special pharmaceutical products are used (for example, based on acetylcysteine). The nebulizer sprays a substance that enters the passages through a special mask. Inhale freely through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

Mucolytic components thin out secretions and help quickly eliminate swelling. Inhalation is the most effective method of combating respiratory diseases.

We treat in 1 day

To cure a runny nose in one day, you need to devote all your free time to it. If possible, stay at home, which will help avoid possible hypothermia and additional effects of infection.

To understand how to quickly cure a runny nose, you need to understand the basic principles. They consist of freeing the nose from accumulated secretions, stimulating the production of secretions to quickly remove the infection, using antibacterial drugs and reducing swelling. Procedures must be repeated every 2 hours.

First of all, the nose is rinsed with saline solution. This method removes stagnant mucus. Among other things, salt has an osmotic effect, which is why it can dilute secretions and effectively clear the sinuses.

After removing the mucus, drops based on essential oils of eucalyptus, fir, and tea tree are instilled into the nose. You can prepare them yourself: dissolve two drops of the product in half a glass of warm boiled water.

The passages are instilled with the resulting solution at the rate of 2-3 drops in each nostril. You can lubricate the outside of your nose with undiluted essential oil, near each passage, carefully, without affecting the mucous membrane.

To enhance the therapeutic effect, after rinsing the nose twice a day, it is recommended to do inhalations using a nebulizer and a medicine (for example, acetylcysteine ​​in the form of a solution).

If you don’t have a device at home, you can do steam inhalations using a decoction of medicinal herbs (calendula or chamomile). Place a sachet of dry product in a glass of water. Heat in a water bath for 10 minutes. Cool to a comfortable temperature.

Pour the liquid into a wide container. Lean over her. Wrap yourself in a blanket on top. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. And so on until the liquid cools down. You should know that inhalation of hot steam is contraindicated at elevated temperatures.

Help with illness during pregnancy

Some vasoconstrictors are contraindicated during pregnancy. Women in special conditions are sometimes wary of even officially approved drugs.

As immediate help, salt water rinses are suitable for them, as well as medicinal medications that are unable to be absorbed and enter the systemic bloodstream, for example, Rinofluimucil.

The use of herbal preparations such as Pinosol is possible only on the recommendation of a doctor. Natural products may contain oils from coniferous plants, some of which negatively affect fetal development.

Effective remedies for runny nose for children and infants

Most “adult” drugs are approved for use in children from 2 or 3 years of age. But what if the child has not reached this age?

The main goal in treating infants is to clear the nasal passages. Nasal congestion prevents the child from eating and sleeping normally. Therefore, first of all, it is necessary to clear the airways of mucus.

For these purposes, use “Aquamaris” or “Quix” based on sea water. The products quickly dilute the secretions and help clear out mucus and dried secretions. Flushes out bacteria and reduces swelling.

Children over two years old can irrigate their nose with Vibrocil or Xymelin. The herbal “Pinosol” is suitable as a natural preparation.

Preventive actions

To prevent a runny nose during the period of rampant respiratory infections, you must first avoid hypothermia. In such situations, the immune system experiences severe stress, as a result of which it malfunctions.

If you often have to come into contact with sick people or visit crowded places, treat your nose with Fleming's ointment as a preventive measure before leaving home. This will help reduce the bacterial load on the mucous membrane.

Upon returning home, you should rinse your nose with salted or sea water. The measure will help wash away accumulated bacteria and prevent them from penetrating deep into the mucous membrane.

Remember that a runny nose is easier to prevent than to treat. But if a problem is on the doorstep, you need to immediately put all your efforts into fighting it.

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A runny nose is a pressing problem in our family, and we haven’t gone through anything and haven’t tried anything to treat it. From your article I discovered a secret - I didn’t know that it was really possible to do inhalations and that they would be effective. I always do inhalations with a nebulizer when there is a strong cough and it helps me and my son, but when I have a runny nose I try not to do anything at all. To be honest, I haven’t heard about Aquamaris, but since the maternity hospital we have been using Humer and recently prescribed Nasol as an alternative to my husband. The drugs are identical, the same salted water, the only difference is the price. Humer costs about 200 UAH, and Nasol costs pennies up to 30 UAH, the effect is the same.

After all these waters, my little son (we are 2.2) had his nose dripped with regular saline solution (recommended by the pediatrician), but I began to notice that if I don’t drip anything, it goes away within 3-5 days, and if I drip, the runny nose lasts for up to 2.5 weeks.

I would like to slightly correct the information on rinsing the nose: you should not drip it, but rinse it, but it’s better not with a teapot, but by closing one nostril, you suck it from the saucer with the other. I’ll say right away - the pain is hellish, it feels like the salt has entered the brain and is quietly walking around there, all the sinuses are cleared and it will hurt, and your ears will shoot so much that you can even lose consciousness! But 2-day similar procedures will restore you overnight)


How to quickly cure a runny nose in adults

The main culprits of colds are rhinoviruses, which are transmitted from person to person by contact and airborne droplets. Outbreaks of rhinovirus infection are recorded in all regions of the country year-round, with the peak incidence occurring in the cold season.

The source of the rhinovirus is a sick person who is contagious for two days before the first symptoms of the disease appear and two to three days after. With prolonged contact with sick people, the likelihood of getting sick is higher, because when a large number of viruses enter the body.

Medicinal treatments

The main treatment for the second stage of a runny nose, when copious liquid discharge is a concern, are vasoconstrictor drugs. You can use both drops and tablets (Ephedrine, Phenylephrine, Pseudoephedrine, Phenylpropanolamine).

The remedies help quickly, but there is one “but” - they have a number of contraindications, dry out the mucous membrane, and are addictive. For this reason, vasoconstrictor drops/sprays for rhinitis cannot be used for a long time, even by adults.

Vasoconstrictor medications interfere with blood circulation in the nose, so it is better to use long-acting drugs - Oxymetazoline or Xylometazoline (the effect lasts up to 12 hours), this will reduce the frequency of their use. It is better to use sprays rather than drops - the spray is distributed evenly and widely, due to this drug, less is spent than when using drops.

Vasoconstrictor tablets do not act as quickly. They spare the mucous membrane, but have systemic effects, so they are not recommended for use by senile and elderly people suffering from glaucoma, vascular and heart diseases, and impaired motility of the digestive organs.


To quickly cure a runny nose without damaging the mucous membrane, you need to use combination medications. One of these is SeptaNazal, which contains Xylometazoline and the healing substance Dexpanthenol.

The drug constricts blood vessels, heals microcracks, and prevents the development of dryness, burning and itching in the nose. The drug can also be used to treat allergic rhinitis in adults.

Protargol and Collargol

If a drug-induced runny nose appears from the use of vasoconstrictors, then rhinitis should be treated with astringents - 3% Collargol or Protargol.

Homeopathic medicine Corizalia

To treat rhinitis that accompanies a cold (viral or bacterial infection), homeopathic tablets Corizalia are used. They contain components that can eliminate nasal congestion and discharge at different stages of a cold.

The sooner treatment is started, the faster the drug helps. You need to dissolve 1 tablet every hour. From the second day, the dosage is halved. The drug does not cause addiction, does not cause unpleasant sensations, and does not dry out the mucous membranes of the nose and mouth.

Traditional methods of treatment

An infectious/cold runny nose can be treated with both medications and improvised means. We provide a list of the most effective methods that do not require financial costs and can cure a runny nose after the first procedure.

Garlic and onion

They quickly dry out the nasal mucosa and kill viruses and bacteria. To quickly cure a runny nose, you need to breathe over chopped garlic or onions. The positive effect will increase if you eat garlic and onions at the same time.

Chopped garlic placed around the room will help prevent and cure colds. Pregnant and lactating women can fight a runny nose in this way.

Horseradish and mustard

The pungent smell of these products can eliminate a runny nose. You need to eat horseradish and mustard and breathe in their vapors - they irritate the mucous membranes and cause sneezing, which releases a significant amount of snot.

Warming your feet

A hot bath helps to quickly cure a runny nose: soak your feet for 15–20 minutes in hot water, to which mustard powder and sea salt are added. After the procedure, put on warm woolen socks.

To keep warm longer, you can pour mustard powder into your socks at night and place your feet on a heating pad. This treatment helps very quickly - the runny nose stops and the congestion goes away.

Feet can also be rubbed with alcohol, turpentine or warming ointment for bruises and injuries.

Steam inhalation

In emergency situations, inhalation over water diluted with sea salt will help to quickly cure a runny nose. You can use a decoction of medicinal plants - eucalyptus, chamomile, calendula. Add “Star” balm, soda or Validol tablet to the herbal decoction. Breathe for 15 minutes.

After steam inhalation it is recommended to go to bed. It is prohibited to go outside for the first 30 minutes in summer and one hour in winter.

Rhinitis can also be treated with pine buds. You need to boil a handful of kidneys in a liter of water for 10 minutes, and then breathe over the decoction.

Warming up the nose

The method has been tested for several generations. It is better to warm up your nose at night. To warm up, use a boiled egg wrapped in gauze, jacket potatoes, and coarse rock salt heated in a bag.

It is believed that the optimal temperature for warming up is when the patient feels a comfortable warmth, and not a burning sensation and fear of getting burned. The procedure lasts 15 minutes. The method is effective for colds, but if the cause of the runny nose is an allergy, then its effectiveness is low.

Warming the feet, nose and steam inhalations to treat a runny nose in adults is allowed only at normal body temperature.

Hot drink

A hot drink can quickly ease your breathing: any tea or compote. The main thing is that it is heated to 50-60 degrees, drink at least 0.4 liters. It is better to drink a decoction of rose hips, cranberry juice, raspberry or linden tea.

It has been proven that raspberries and linden have anti-inflammatory properties, but to achieve the effect, you need to drink a lot and often. It is useful to add a spoonful of honey or ginger to your tea.

Nasal rinsing

The most proven and effective method that almost every person has tried. If the cause of a runny nose is an allergy, then an isotonic solution is prepared - ½ teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water.

If a runny nose is due to a cold, then add a whole teaspoon of salt to the same glass of water. You can rinse your nose every hour, using the entire glass of solution in one procedure. The hypertonic solution helps the first time.

A modern and safe method is to rinse the nose with a pharmaceutical saline solution. If the cause of a runny nose is an allergy, then you need to use Salin, saline, isotonic Humer. If the cause is an infection, then hypertonic solutions Quix, Humer, Aquamaris, Aqualor will help you quickly get rid of a runny nose.

Balm “Star”

You can treat a runny nose with “Star” balm, which is recommended to be smeared under the nose three times a day.

Nasal drops

  1. Aloe juice (agagave) helps to quickly cure a runny nose in an adult. It is mixed with honey and dripped 2 drops into each nostril up to 5 times a day. Treatment of aloe with honey is contraindicated for allergy sufferers.
  2. Fresh Kalanchoe juice is mixed with honey in equal proportions, and then dropped into the nose 3-4 times a day.
  3. Beetroot or carrot juice will help get rid of snot quickly. The juice irritates the mucous membrane and causes sneezing, with which all the mucus comes out.

Before instilling the juice, the nose should be rinsed with saline solution.

If the cause of your runny nose is allergies

Allergies are the second most common cause of acute runny nose. Allergies can be year-round, when reacting to dust, fur, animal dander, and seasonal, if they bother you during flowering plants. It is not always necessary to treat an allergic runny nose - sometimes it is enough to stop contact with the allergen. There are several groups of drugs for the relief of acute rhinitis.


The best and fastest treatment is provided by glucocorticosteroids Mometasone, Fluticasone, Beclomethasone and Budesonide. They have a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect, can quickly cure a runny nose, are well tolerated, but have a number of contraindications.


Suprastin and Loratadine are most often used at home. You can take no more than 1-2 tablets per day. A special place among antihistamines is occupied by the 3rd generation drugs Hifenadine and Sehifenadine, which act in 5-20 minutes.


Most often, people use the wonderful Vibrocil nasal spray. It combines an antihistamine component and a vasoconstrictor with a mild effect. Vibrocil relieves allergy symptoms, constricts blood vessels, relieves congestion and runny nose.

The drug does not affect the arteries, but the veins, so it does not interfere with blood circulation, does not dry out the mucous membranes and is approved for use for more than 14 days in a row.

Barrier means

Allergic rhinitis in adults should be treated by creating a barrier with allergens floating in the air. For this purpose, special sprays have been created from cellulose, blue clay, guar gum, glycerin, sesame and mint oil. Treatment with barrier sprays is approved for adults and children over 6 years of age. The modern drug Vibrolor will protect the nasal mucosa from dust, tobacco smoke and other inhaled allergens.

It is not recommended to treat allergic rhinitis with vasoconstrictor sprays. They are only allowed to be used in critical situations.

These treatments may have an effect for a few hours, but no more. After all, a runny nose lasts as long as a cold or an allergic attack lasts. In the normal course of an acute respiratory infection without complications, the duration of a severe runny nose is 2–3 days, then relief occurs even without treatment. If the cause of the disease is an allergy, then only complete protection from the allergen can save you from rhinitis.

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