You and millions of others have wanted to know how to how to get rid of a congested nose since the beginning of mankind. Little did we know that there is an easy, fool-proof solution that works every time and it requires only two things: An extremely sharp pair of scissors and a very high tolerance for pain. Bad joke aside, a really congested nose can make us feel so uncomfortable that we would actually consider removing it if we could. I have tried product after product and have come to believe that there is no practical way to permanently and completely get rid of a congested nose, but there are a few remedies that provide some temporary relief. It’s a matter of choosing a solution we can live with. Antihistamines like Sudafed, over-the-counter nasal sprays, and antihistamines are not only temporary solutions, but come with side effects that most of us aren’t willing to live with. So I think most people who are asking how to get rid of a congested nose are really searching for natural remedies that provide some reasonable sense of relief without making our hearts palpitate or put us to sleep while driving or at our jobs.
Natural Nasal Decongestants
How to get Rid of a Congested Nose
A few years ago, I reviewed Sinus Buster, an all-natural decongestant made from capsaicin. Capsaicin found in Cayenne and other pepper has been touted for a long time as a way to clear nasal congestion and sinuses. I think most of us have experienced some of these benefits when we eat very spicy food. Here are a couple of other products that I have tried which include the capsaicin and various other ingredients.
While it’s true that cayenne pepper can help clear congestion, it is not the only natural food that has that effect on our sinuses. Sinus Plumber not only includes capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot, cayenne pepper, but also includes horse radish, eucalyptus, and wintergreen. For the exact amounts of each ingredient, see the actual Box Ingredient Label pictured above. I have tried sinus plumber and have found it to be effective in providing temporary relief from nasal congestion. It is especially effective when I just need a blast of something to clear me up when I wake up congested in the middle of the night. The Sinus Plumber really does help me get back to sleep. The claims on the box state that the capsicum, horseradish, eucalyptus, and wintergreen are all for congestion, where-as the wintergreen provides both congestion and headache relief. Unfortunately, I do not believe that Sinus Plumber has ever helped me with my headaches. On to the next product.
Sinu Orega is a mixture of emulsified oils, wild oregano, bay leaf, sage, and clove in a sea salt base. Sinu Orega is advertised as a nasal spray to wash nasal membranes and sinuses. While capsaicin or capsicum is not listed as one of the ingredients of Sinu Orega, you might believe there has to be when you whiff this product into your nose. It definitely provides a hot blast that sends your sinuses into a tizzy for a few seconds. This product seems to make my congested nose run a little more than the Sinus Plumber, but I honestly don’t think it provides any more long-term relief. Both products are equally effective in giving me temporary relief from my congested nose and make it possible to get back to sleep.
Sinu Orega vs. Sinus Plumber
Comparing which is better comes down to personal preference. If you prefer the aroma of herbs and sage over things like eucalyptus and wintergreen, you will likely be happier with Sinu Orega. If you want the capsaicin or capsicum pepper and the minty aromas, then Sinus Plumber is for you. Neither of these products are miracle, long-lasting decongestants, but they do provide a purpose in helping you get back to sleep or waking up and helping those sinuses drain in the morning. While mankind is still asking how to get rid of a congested nose, it’s nice to know you can at least get some temporary relief and sleep better at night.