6 Simple Home Remedies To Stop Runny Nose

Article by Prof. MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu)., PhD.
Running nose / runny nose is the common term used by the people for the complaint where due to cold there will be heavy flow from the nostrils.

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Often this hurts the individual by constant irritation, burning of the eyes and nose, and nasal discomfort. Even though technically it is termed as Rhinitis, classical rhinitis possesses several other features also.
The intention of this write up is to give instant relief to the patients complaining of running nose by using simple and effective home remedies.

Allergic rhinitis Home remedy 1:
One fist full of Beaten rice (poha-Hindi, Pouva-Marathi, Avallakki-Kannada) is taken and eaten little by little without taking water.

If this is carried once in half hourly, twice or thrice surely within 2-3 hours there will be complete relief from running nose. Those patients who are having the habit of anti histamines for such complaints can avoid it by this practice.

The reason behind this is, Prithuka (Sanskrit name of beaten rice) is possessing Sthira (stable) and Rooksha(dry) and Grahi (absorbant) properties.Due this it pacifies the running nose.
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2-3 pinch of Turmeric powder is mixed with honey and licked half hourly.This relieves the cold associated with cough also.
As Turmeric is immuno modulator and acts as Anti microbial, running nose caused by allergic reactions is pacified effectively.

As per Ayurveda Haridra (turmeric) is vishahara (anti poisonous) and Shothahara (anti inflammatory) and hence this action is found.In addition honey facilitates this action by its adaptogenic effect (yogavahi).
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Dry ginger is made into fine powder and mixed with rock salt.1-2 pinch of this powder is taken 3-4 times a day. Running nose caused due to the intake of cold items like ice creams, curd, buttermilk, guava, fruit juice etc are relived without other medicaments.

As ginger is having deepana (carminative) and Pachana (digestive) and Vatanulomana (anti flatulent) effect this is possible.Rock salt facilitates this action by channelizing the drugs (anupravana bhava).

The petioles of Jackfruit are collected (10-15) and made into decoction (Kashaya).2-3 ml of honey is added to this and taken.
This helps to relieve even severe condition of running nose associated with throat irritation. (But, do not practice this home remedy if you have constant tastelessness)
As jack fruit petiole is possesses potent stable (Sthira) property it arrests cold and running nose.

Inhalation of the fumes of Haridra (turmeric) alone or in combination of Mustard (Sarshapa),Tulasi leaves(Holy basil) is effective against severe running nose.
Antimicrobial, anti histamine, decongestant etc properties of the combined drugs facilitates this action.
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15-20 seeds of Brinjal (Vrintaka) are taken, crushed well and fine powder. This is used as errhine (nasya) twice or thrice in a gap of 15-20 minutes.

As these seeds are strong decongestants desired effect is obtained from this practice.(Donot use this medication for children)

Last drop
Usage of chemical molecules for silly reasons and simple ill health conditions have become the habit to everybody.
If one appreciates any of the above said home remedies surely it will give enough confidence to avoid synthetic molecules for simple ill health conditions.
Article by Prof. MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu)., PhD.

8 thoughts on “6 Simple Home Remedies To Stop Runny Nose”

  1. Thank you, Doctor, for the very practical & easily possible home-solutions to clear the very common problem of coldish running-nose !

    • Thanks, corrected. πŸ™‚
      In India, “running nose” term is commonly used to indicate the same problem.

  2. Very good article, on a problem faced by everyone often. I agree most of the uses are very effective and may replace the uses of chemicals (decongestants etc) we usually adopt.Only thing we should regard our own medicines and our vaidya s. ANAND RICHHARIYA BHOPAL.

  3. Thank you gratefully Dr Krishnamurthy. In this day and age when western medicine is a business to keep the patient a patient by covering the symptoms you are doing great work by giving these simple but profound remedies as they come in Ayurveda. May the Lord bless you.


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