When a stuffy nose and dry cough strike at the same time, it can feel miserable. In many cases the sickness will be over by the time a doctor appointment can be made. However, the feeling of misery still remains. As an alternative to driving to the store while feeling miserable to pick up over-the-counter medication, there are several different homeopathic remedies that can be used instead to fight the symptoms of a stuffy nose and dry cough.
Things You'll Need
- Mustard oil
- Nux vomica
- Rumex crispus
- Spongia tosta
Stop a stuffy nose by mixing a solution of salt water consisting of 1 Tbsp. salt in 8 oz. of warm water. Take an eyedropper and fill with the salt water solution. Squirt a few drops of the salty water into each nostril and breathe in. Be careful not to breathe so deeply that the salt water chokes you. Take a tissue and blow out the mucus from your nose into the tissue. The salt water helps break down nose congestion.
Use a drop of warmed mustard oil in the nostrils to clear a stuffy nose as well. Blow out the mucus into a tissue. Another option is to fill a bowl with water and add some turmeric in the water. Inhale the steam from the liquid to open the nasal passages.
Take additional supplements if the stuffy nose persists. Nux vomica and pulsatilla homeopathic supplements will aid in the improvement of a stuffy nose. Take 1 tsp. in a cup of warm water if the supplements come in liquid or powdered form. If they come in capsule form, take two capsules every three to four hours, or as directed on the package.
Clear up a dry cough by taking a teaspoon of belladonna extract mixed with a cup of water. Bryonia, chamomilla, rumex crispus, spongia tosta and sulphur are other options. These remedies can be found at most health food stores as well as online. When the supplement comes in powdered or capsule form, dissolve into water or swallow directly.
Tips & Warnings
- Consult with a knowledgeable health professional before taking any homeopathic or herbal supplements.
- If you have severe allergies or are taking prescription medication, do not take any supplements. Medications can interfere with or increase the effects of a supplement, which can cause serious harm to the body.
- If you are not sure what a supplement will do to your body, do not take it. Natural supplements can be as dangerous as prescription medications when used improperly.