7 home remedies for a runny nose

Runny nose is the common and annoying problem most of us experience. Usually, the glands present in nasal passages and sinus produce mucus to keep them moist enough. But when the bacteria or allergens enter our body, they produce more mucus to flush them out. This is the main reason of experiencing a runny nose.

Apart from that, common cold, sinus infection and sudden change in weather can also trigger a runny nose. It has to be treated on time, if not it can lead to headache, earache, coughing, throat infection and other problems.


Home Remedies for Runny Nose:

Carom seeds (ajwain) steam

Steam is a versatile remedy that can be used to treat nasal problems. It helps to clear out excess mucus which causes runny nose and sneezing, along with irritation.

Add some carom seeds to water and boil it .
Drape a towel over your head and inhale the steam for about 10 minutes.
Blow your nose to clear the mucus.
Repeat 3 – 4 times a day.


Turmeric acts as antidote for many health related conditions. It contains strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties which help to treat runny nose.

Stir a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk.
Drink this before going to bed.
This process will give relief from lots of cold symptoms.


Ginger contains antioxidants, antiviral, antitoxic and antifungal properties. It helps to loosen the thick mucus and provide immediate relief from a runny nose.

Ginger Tea

Cut fresh ginger into thin slices.
Boil in a cup of water.
Strain the tea and add a little honey.
Drinking ginger tea for 3 – 4 times a day will helps to give relief from cold and runny nose.


Garlic contains strong and natural, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Chew a small piece of garlic 3 – 4 times a day to warm up your body.
Doing this repeatedly will cure your runny nose.
Garlic supplements can also help.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil acts as decongestant which gives instant relief.
It can  be inhaled throughout the day by adding it to a handkerchief.


Holy Basil or Indian Tulsi contains antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties which help to heal the runny nose by warming your body from inside.
Chew 3 – 4 fresh basil leaves early in the morning on an empty stomach.
Repeat it regularly.

Honey and lemon

Honey has antibacterial and antiviral properties which help to reduce runny nose.

Mix a tablespoon of honey and 1/2 fresh lemon juice in a glass of warm water.
Drink while warm, twice a day.
This process will strengthen the immune system.

If your symptoms last for more than 10 days, consult your doctor.

–Ankita K.

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