One reason people snore is that they are congested. Allergies, colds, smoking, anything that irritates or inflames the breathing passages can contribute to snoring. One natural remedy that can combat snoring is honey. Honey is good for reducing inflammation and congestion in the body. Add honey to your favorite tea, or mix it with lemon juice and sip it throughout the day to alleviate the nasal congestion that can cause snoring. The mixture of lemon juice and honey contain antibacterial properties to help clear out congestion.
A cayenne pepper gargle is also useful in clearing out congestion. Take a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and place it in a glass of water. If you gargle with this mixture you should feel heat in your throat. The pepper helps clear out the congestion by drawing blood to the throat.
Nasal congestion can also be alleviated by using a humidifier or increasing the humidity in the air. A humidifier can be purchased for as little as $20 and there are various types which can add either cool or warm moisture to the air. Nasal passages can be inflammed when the air is too dry. The added moisture in the air helps them to shrink, thus giving relief to the sufferer. You can also create your own humidifier by using a pot and a towel. Put water in a pot and let it boil. When it comes to a boil, turn off fire, place your face over the pot and inhale the steam. Placing a towel over your head traps the steam and gives you more steam to breathe in. This will help relieve your congested sinuses and you don't have to spend any money.
Essential oils can also be used to help with congestion. Essential oils come in a lot of different varieties, but basil, eucalyptus and peppermint are commonly suggested to help clear out those clogged sinuses. Applying basil oil to the chest 2 to 3 times a day will give relief of sinus congestion. Alternately, one can just inhale the aroma without placing it on the body and obtain the same results. Eucalyptus oil can be rubbed on chest and under nose to help clear sinuses. It can also be added to hot water and inhaled using the homemade humidifier. Peppermint oil can also be used by placing a few drops under the nose or adding a few drops to a humidifier.
Lemon Balm, basil and peppermint are herbs that can be used to combat congestion. Lemon Balm leaves can be placed in a glass of warm water and used as a gargle. This herb has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Drinking the juice from the boiled leaves gives even better results. Basil leaves can be boiled in water and this tonic can be consumed several times a day. Basil has antiseptic properties. Lastly, peppermint leaves have anti-inflammatory properties and can be boiled in water, as with the others, and consumed as a tea.
Apple Cider Vinegar is touted as a cure for many things and can also help with nasal congestion. Two teaspoons diluted in 8 ounces of water can give immediate relief of sinus problems. You can also drink it straight, but Apple Cider Vinegar has a very strong flavor and has been known to ruin teeth enamel if taken straight over a long period of time.
If your snoring is related to sinus congestion, try some of these remedies. They are guaranteed to give you relief. Some will help you feel relief immediately, some may clear out congestion immediately, while others may take longer for you to see the desired results.