Nobody likes having a stuffy, clogged-up nose. It forces you to breathe through your mouth, leading to uncomfortable mouth, lip, and throat dryness. Meanwhile, sinus pressure builds up. This causes persistent pain and headaches that make life absolutely miserable. Blowing your nose may provide temporary relief, but emphasize the word temporary. You can go through entire boxes of tissues and still find yourself totally stuffed-up. Expensive nasal sprays may or may not work and when they do, the relief usually only lasts a short time. Fortunately, there are some alternatives that are safe, all-natural, proven to be effective, and best of all cost nothing.
The first is the “tongue tap and eyebrow touch” method. You start by pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth for a few seconds and then release it. Next, immediately press your finger on the spot between your eyebrows; press on-and-off for at least 20 seconds. It sounds crazy but there is a scientific explanation and the technique often works, clearing the congestion right out.
If that doesn’t do the trick, there’s the very direct and frequently effective “hold your breath” method. Pinch your nose shut, tilt your head back, and hold your breath for as long as you safely can. Then exhale and breathe in through your nose. Hopefully this will clear out your nasal passages.
For more details, check out the video we’ve posted below. It was produced by Prevention Magazine and in it, the managing editor of their web site will show you how to perform these amazing nose-clearing techniques. She’ll also explain the science behind why they work.
Have either of these techniques worked for you or do you have your own unique method for dealing with a stubbornly stuffy nose? Tell us all about it in the comments at Facebook. Be sure to like and share so your friends can find relief, too!