10 Natural Ways to Clear a Stuffy Nose: Unblock Cogestion

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How to unblock your nose instantly, using some natural breathing exercises at home.  

1. Having a blocked nose can be absolutely terrible, especially when we are trying to sleep at night. The following natural breathing exercise will help you with this.  

2. The first thing you should do is hold a large ice cube at the roof your mouth, whilst drinking a glass of cold water. The cold temperature will help to contract the swollen blood vessels in your nose, slowly starting to unblock it.  

3. When our noses are blocked, it is often the case that we are breathing through the mouth causing a lack of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The body tries to prevent C02 from escaping and causes the nose to become blocked and mucus to be produced.  

4. To stop this endless cycle, begin by taking a deep breath in through the mouth and then pinch your nose. Hold your breath and walk around your home until you feel a strong urge to breathe. This usually takes around 20-30 steps. Then, sit down with your spine straight and slowly release the air through your nose.  

5. After this, there will be a strong urge to breathe quickly and deeply. It is important that you do no give in to this urge. Instead, breathe slowly and take in smaller amounts of air than you need.  

6. Allow your body to feel slightly hungry for air. This will cause the brain to send a signal to your nose, telling it to unblock by releasing the restricted blood vessels.  

7. Stay relaxed through the whole process, and allow your body to feel hungry for air. After only one attempt, the carbon dioxide will begin to unblock your nose.  

8. Take your time, and repeat the previous steps if this does not work straight away. Do not rush the process.  

9. Drink lots of cold or hot water throughout the day to hydrate your body, and thin the mucus which may be causing the blocked nose.  

10. Stay away from milk and dairy-based products when trying to clear a blocked nose. These cause a build-up of phlegm and mucus which only make the problem worse.  

11. If this problem persists for more than 2 weeks, be sure to get medical advice from a doctor, as this may be caused by allergies.