Snack on horseradish
Want a quick way to clear a stuffy nose? Try horseradish, an old home remedy for a stuffy nose to clear sinuses of mucus. Add horseradish to your favorite sandwich, or blend a tablespoon into your favorite vinaigrette. “Your nose and throat have glands that produce 1 to 2 quarts of mucus every day, which you swallow without realizing it,” says Ashley Wood, RN, a nurse in Atlanta, GA, and a contributor at Demystifying Your Health. “Since the mucus helps to filter out particles that you inhale, it’s not uncommon for bacteria or viruses to get stuck in it and cause inflammation to the membranes in your sinuses, causing the mucus to thicken.” If your stuffed-up sinus symptoms are chronic, make sure you rule out nasal polyps and these other underlying reasons for feeling stuffed up.
Make a hot ginger compress
Moist compresses on your forehead, eyes, and cheeks can help stuffy sinuses drain. Try alternating between 5 minutes of hot and cold ones, suggests New York City physical therapist Peggy W. Brill in her book Tell Me Where It Hurts and I’ll Tell You What to Do. For a pain-busting boost, use ginger tea or the water used to steep fresh ginger. The herb is a natural anti-inflammatory and inhibits the production of cytokines that cause pain and swelling, says Elizabeth Trattner, an acupuncture physician in Hallandale Beach, FL. “Ginger is my go-to herb.”