To clear a stuffy nose, equal parts of natural apple cider vinegar
and water should be placed in a small pan on the stove, allowing it to boil slowly. When the fumes begin to rise from the pan, lean your head over it until the fumes are comfortably strong. Inhale for approximately 50 to 80 breaths. The nasal passages will shortly clear after having inhaled the
vapour. This treatment is very effective in removing the congestion in the sinuses, together with any inflammation which may result from this excessive accumulation of mucous.
A wonderful mixture to clear a stuffy nose, reduce inflammation and swelling, and calm the nerves is: four drops of Lavender Essential Oil, three drops of Peppermint Essential Oil, seven drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and four drops of Pine Essential Oil. The mixture would be put onto a cotton ball so you could inhale the mixture of vapors. Or, you could put the mixture into an aromatherapy diffuser to help more than one person in the family at a time.
Notes: 1) The respiration of a baby or child under 5 can be slowed down or even stopped if peppermint oil is close enough for the baby to even breathe it. 2) High blood pressure may be elevated by peppermint essential oil. 3) Large doses of peppermint oil may be harmful during pregnancy.
"Melinda" writes, "Here is a remedy that has been very effective for me. When you wake up in the morning and are very congested - nose and/or throat - make a cup of water with a squirt of lemon juice and heat it (for me microwave for one minute works okay). Drink it hot and it will instantly clear congestion."