Whether you have a runny or stuffy nose, both are completely annoying flu symptoms. Thus, I decided to provide you with the best natural remedies, which will end this annoying feeling in a very short time. The main reason behind irritated nose most commonly is allergic rhinitis, which is called Hay Fever. As a result, you will experience sneezing, congestion, and runny and itchy nose. Thus, the major problem is Inflammation.

Natural remedies for runny and stuff nose

Now, the question is: is there a difference between the cause behind runny and the stuffy nose?

Yes, there is a difference. However, you may experience both runny and stuffy nose together, or one separated symptom.

Scientific background

Usually, your sinuses are filled with mucus, which functions as a lubricating and moisturizing substance. Also, it acts as a Scavenger, where it traps dust and general irritants from entering your lungs. When your sinuses produce Excess mucus, your nose tends to be a runny nose. Thus, you might experience a postnasal drip as a complication symptom. In which the mucus will drain down to your throat causing a Sore throat. On the other hand, If the sinuses filled with mucus, nasal congestion will occur.

I know you are asking: Are there simple remedies where you can improve the case?

For sure, you can start with the coming quick methods for quick relief.

  • Consider breathing warm air. Because steam can improve the congestion case and assures a better feeling.
  • Use your thumb and index to massage your nose. by gentle movement up and down along your nose. certainly, this will relieve congestion.
  • Drink a lot of fluids, it can comfort your runny nose.

Now, let’s start our remedies for runny nose and stuffy nose. And keep in mind that, Most remedies work for both symptoms. Also, the most important tip I would like to give you is“use your most effective treatment just before you sleep”.

Do you know why? Because usually, hay fever is due to bacterial or viral infection. Thus, the best way to treat these infections is to have a well-functioning immune system to fight the illness. As a result, sleeping well in the most effective way for your well-functioning immune system. Do you get what I mean? I mean, fight the cause before the symptom😉.

Your remedy will help you sleep well with less nasal irritation. As a result, your immune system will function better.

Let me introduce your herbal remedies for your runny nose and stuffy nose.

Eucalyptus herb

Eucalyptus, an evergreen plant, is a native of Australia. Dated back in history for its medical properties. The leaves of this plant are extracted to remove the oil used for treating different health conditions.

Mechanism of action:

Eucalyptus helps in Loosening the phlegm in the neck by acting as an expectorant. It has bioactive compounds such as, tannins and flavonoids, which act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance. As a result, it helps in providing an open passage to allow the intake of air more efficiently. Also, it helps in loosening mucus congestion in the lungs.

  • Always ensure to dilute eucalyptus oil before use on children.
  • Take care: Eucalyptus oil can cause skin irritation when used excessively.
Method of preparation and recommended dose:
  1. A few drops of eucalyptus oil should be added in a bowl of steaming water.
  2. Cover your head and the bowl using a blanket or towel.
  3. Inhale the steam for about 8-10 minute.

Let’s start the coming herb, which assures less flu catch.

Garlic clove

Garlic benefits for stuff and runny nose

Garlic clove is regarded as one of the best plants in the world, and this is due to its extraordinary healing properties. It belongs to the onion family and has astounding health benefits attributed to it. Studies proved that people who consider a reliable amount of Intake of garlic clove catches less cold and flu catch.

Mechanism of action:

Garlic clove has potent antiviral, antifungal, and anti-bacterial properties. In which comes from its active ingredient “Allicin”. According to scientists, this property works in such a way that they provide a relieving effect on your nasal passage. Thus, a relieving effect for your runny and stuffy nose is assured. Also, it elevates your immunity. Results in a well-functioning immune system.


It is a safe herb; however, consider these mini precautions.

  • If you have a record of being allergic to Allicin, then do not use this remedy.
  • Do not take garlic clove in excess, it can make you develop bad breath.
Method of preparation and recommended dose:
  1. Slice your garlic and boil them using a half pot of water
  2. Then, transfer the boiling water into a bowl and place a towel over your head and the bowl
  3. After that, carefully breathe in the steam.

Repeat this process until you feel relief.

Also, crush a garlic clove for 5 minutes a day if you can handle it. It will activate the allicin providing better results.

The third herb that we have today is:

Nettle herb

With the way nettle herb grows, people mostly consider it to be a weed. A lot of work and research has been carried out to demonstrate the health benefit for the runny nose. you can find it in root form, leaf form, and even powdered form.

Mechanism of action:

Nettle herb contains a set of compounds, that assures a well-functioning immune system. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory action. Also, it hinders the release of Histamine, which helps in preventing nasal congestion. It contains vitamins C and A, as well as Trace minerals. Thus, it is called Blood purifier.

  • Do not use nettle herb during pregnancy, as it may stimulate uterine contractility wall and increase your risk of miscarriage.
  • If you are a hypotensive patient, then avoid nettle herb. It will reduce your blood pressure even more.
  • Avoid if you have kidney problems. Because it will increase your blood flow.
  • for diabetic patients, take care because it will act as a synergistic effect with your medications. It lowers blood sugar.
Method of preparation and recommended dose:
  1. Add 1 teaspoonful in your hot pot and Steep for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Then, Drink it in the morning for early relief.

After you are done, you can re-use the same leaves for couple times, by re-infusing them in hot water once more. However, it is better to use new leaves for a more potent effect.

Chilli Pepper

Let’s discuss our final herb, which has well-studied health benefits.

A 2016 study declared that nasal spray contains chili pepper active ingredient, due to its potency for the runny nose. it can perfectly treat hay fever. Usually, spicy food causes a runny nose. However, studies proved that Capsaicin which is the active ingredient for chili pepper is unique among all spicy food. Because it causes a mild irritation followed by prolonged runny nose relief. If you can bear the spicy effect of chili pepper, then congratulations on your long life😉. A Study in 2017 in Vermont university proved that hot chili pepper extends lives.

Mechanism of action:

The aim of capsaicin is to lower substance P. In which it causes the pain signal. It works on the nerve fibers that transmit pains. Decreasing its movement. Thus, less irritation and less runny nose and even congested nose.


It is a safe herb; however, it is not recommended for babies due to dermatitis effect. Also, it is better not to administer to your kid for not enough research.

In surgery, capsaicin will increase the bleeding tendency. Thus, stop eating it 2 weeks prior to your operation.

Also, it is better not to be applied to damaged skin.

Recommended dose:

the best and safest way to for capsicum to improve your hay fever is by chewing it and adding to meals.

These herbs are the most effective for runny nose and stuffy nose. Try them once you feel the flu symptoms. And do not forget to use your treatment before sleep, as well as, use the quick methods for your quick relief. I can assure you that this article is enough for your runny and stuffy nose symptom.

Keep checking our blog posts for our final flu symptom on:


Name NourhanElshneky.