Do you have a tongue and a thumb? If you do, you already have everything you need to clear your sinuses in less than 20 seconds!
What Causes Nasal Congestion?
A stuffy nose often occurs as a symptom of another health problem such as a sinus infection or the common cold. Usually, these health problems are minor i.e. allergies, nasal polyps, (noncancerous growths on the nasal passages or sinuses due to inflammation,) chemical exposures, environmental irritants and hay fever.
When the lining in the sinus cavities gets inflamed due to irritants, bacteria or viruses, your nasal passage swells and gets blocked up, making it hard for you to breathe.
Nasal Congestion usually clears up within a week, but with this remedy, you may not wait that long to breathe easy ever again!
How To Clear Your Sinuses in 20 Seconds
Ready to breathe easy? Follow these simple steps:
- Push your tongue against the top of your mouth and place your thumb between your eyebrows.
- Apply pressure with your thumb for 20 seconds. Your sinuses will begin to drain.
What is The Science Behind This?
Your vomer bone is a bone that runs through your nasal passages to your mouth. According to Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, this technique causes the vomer bone to rock back and forth. The back and forth motion loosens congestion, allowing your sinuses to drain.
Four Additional DIY Remedies For Nasal Congestion
If the technique mentioned above doesn’t work for you, don’t rush to your drug store for a solution just yet! Try these four remedies. You may already have these ingredients at home.
1. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix eight ounces of warm water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey, or take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times daily. You sinuses should clear up in a few days.
You could also mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with half a cup of water, heat it on the stove, and inhale the steam with your mouth and eyes closed.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which contributes to this spice’s anti-inflammatory properties. Sprinkling some turmeric on your next meal can help to treat the nasal inflammation that his blocking up your sinuses.
3. Nasal Saline Rinse
This is not the most comfortable solution, but many people rely on a saline rinse to clear up their sinuses. The mixture can consist of a quarter teaspoon of sea salt/pickling salt with one cup of warm water. This rinse gets poured through one nostril and out the other to clear the sinuses.
If you have never done a saline rinse before, ask someone for assistance and read and follow the instructions on the package very carefully.
4. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil isn’t as widely available or as cheap as the above remedies, but if you happen to get your hands on this oil, simply ingest it, or steam it over the stove and inhale it to effectively clear up your sinuses.