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How to Cure Stuffy Nose Naturally

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Almost all people will have a stuffy nose at some point in their lives. A stuffy nose can be caused by a respiratory infection such as the flu, a sinus infection or allergies. Although medication can be taken to help alleviate a stuffed-up nose, medications may have side effects. Some cold and allergy medications are not recommended for people with certain medical conditions or during pregnancy. For individuals hoping to relieve a stuffy nose without taking medication, these are natural remedies that may help:

  • Breathe in steam. Breathing in the steam from a hot shower may help the nose run and reduce stuffiness. If you don’t want to take a shower, heat a pot of water and place your face over it with a towel draped over your head to help keep the steam in. Placing a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the pot may help relieve a stuffy nose. Be careful to avoid burning yourself. Inhale the steam two or three times a day for about 10 minutes each time.

  • Drink something hot. Hot herb tea or hot chicken broth may help unblock the nose. The hot beverages help the mucus drain from the nose. Drinking a lot of liquids also helps thin the mucus, which may make it flow out easier.

  • Place a breathing strip on your nose. One side of the strip has an adhesive, which is placed over the bridge of the nose. Breathing strips work by holding the nasal passages open. Various brands of breathing strips are available over the counter, including strips sized for children. Although they may not completely unblock your nose, they don’t have side effects and may help reduce the stuffiness.

  • Use a neti pot. Fill the pot with warm salt water. Tilt your head over a sink and pour some of the water into one nostril. The saltwater solution should flow out the other nostril. This helps rinse your sinuses, which may help trapped mucus be released.

  • Sleep with your head raised. Lying flat while sleeping may add to nasal congestion and stuffiness. Raise the angle you sleep at by placing several pillows under your head to raise it to at least a 30-degree angle. This may help the mucus drain from the nose.

  • Eat spicy foods. Spicy foods, such as chili peppers, can make the nose run and ease a stuffy nose.

  • Take vitamins. Certain vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and zinc, are believed to help reduce nasal congestion and may help prevent it. The recommended dose is 50 mg of zinc and 500 mg of vitamin C daily.

  • (source: eHow)

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    Who Am I And What Is This Weblog All About?

    March 12, 2011 4 comments

    Yes, there is no photo and real name of mine, only a pen-name Knowell (just like “know-well”) for the meantime. I am an average Filipino and at the time of writing this page, it is December 2010 and I am 43 years old.

    I have a strong appreciation for art and science, and a serious truth seeker. My passion for art and science was not fully materialized due to financial constraints brought about by hasty demise of my father. On the other hand, my interest in seeking enlightenment and truth continues up to my present-day profession.

    On a more personal level, I am working for more than ten years now as an administrative staff in various contracting firms in the Middle East. During this period, I remain unmarried and absorbed to my career, and beleaguered by the excessive perspiration of my extremities. Interestingly, I am not really bothered being a homosexual, but by this pesky sweating. Such health condition contributed to my aloofness and timely quest for inner alignment, and not mere healing or inspiration.

    It is still fresh in my mind when I boarded an aircraft and almost everybody around never failed to notice the stinking perspiration right from the boarding up to the arrival gate. I still remember fixing into my mind quitting and never to attend any worship services at all. And those memorable fast food dilemmas, when embarrassment prompted me to quickly gobble up my noodles; how can I really forget how “fast” those foods were.

    I have to admit that indeed it made me unhappy and lonely most of the times, and left me with unfulfilled feelings; took over and ruined my social life. And if you have the same sweating problems, I am pretty sure you understand what I mean.

    Let us face it; they really do not understand our situation. You can read from most of them that we are careless and untidy with our body. And worst, they do not understand how hard we try not to be branded as untidy.

    A philosopher named Epicurus quoted that the key to happiness are freedom, examined life and friendship. And I believe because of our condition, reaching this “friendship” goal is indeed a tough end. We are indefinitely trapped to this awkward position, if we will allow it and not do something about it.

    And this blog is what it is all about.  That is, forming our circle of friends RIGHT HERE in this site. I purposely created this as a virtual support group in a worldwide range so that even the clammiest person in the remotest part of the world can partake in this relieving endeavor.

    For those individuals who share my condition, I invite you to reach out and live our tagline BREAKING THE BARRIER TOWARD FREEDOM, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND EXPANSION.

    And if I missed or wrongly placed any location into one main group category, I humbly admit I am not truly expert on this line of categorizing. Please do inform me and I truly appreciate to apply such correction (even with my grammars). Finally, we mostly welcome individuals from advertising/media or related medical fields who can contribute to our cause; those who are not really suffering from hyperhidrosis yet enthusiastic to share their precious time and effort.

    We have so much to discover and share..