WFMY -- If you have a severe allergy, your best bet is to visit a doctor or health care professional. But for the occasional allergies from pollen, we have some tips for inexpensive relief.
Health.com has some tips for your stuffy nose.
The website recommends using a vaporizer to help flush out mucus and keep nasal passages moist.
However, if you want to save money, you can boil water and put a towel over you head to form a tent. Then, relax over the steam.
Another nose relief is holding your face over a hot cup of peppermint tea. According to Health.com, the steam and the menthol help as a decongestant for your nose and throat.
Experts say green tea has been shown to have anti-oxidant properties that inhibit allergic reactions. However, they suggest you stay away from chamomile tea because it can cause reactions in people with ragweed allergies.
Health.com also reports eucalyptus oil can aid in steam inhalation to open up your sinuses and offer some relief.
Try adding a few drops of oil to your boiling water or the floor in your shower as well. But you should not apply it directly to your skin.
Lastly, Health.com reports spicy foods like chili peppers, wasabi and Dijon mustard can temporarily serve as decongestants to help open up your nasal passages.
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