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Relieving nasal congestion

Here are two ways to relieve a stuffy nose without over-the-counter or prescription medications:

  • Mix 1 drop each of lavender and naiouli (Melaleuca viridiflora) oil and 1 teaspoon sweet almond or sunflower oil. Massage into the skin around your sinuses once a day.
  • Dab eucalyptus or peppermint oil onto a handkerchief and inhale.

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Source: The Alternative Advisor: The Complete Guide to Natural Therapies and Alternative Treatments, Time-Life Books, 1997.

First published: 05/09/2000
Last updated: 10/14/2007

Reviewed by: Michael Slama, MD, Allina Health Mercy Women's Health Clinic