Severe sinus pain and symptoms may indicate an infection. If this is the case, you may need antibiotics which are definitely not natural. However if you are one of the 30 million Americans who suffer from facial pressure, nasal congestion and headaches caused by sinus irritation there are natural helps that do not have adverse side effects.
Eight Sinus Relievers
- Winter indoor air can stuff up your nose, irritate the sinuses and thicken mucous. Try using a fine mist from a humidifier. If you are in an environment that is more moist than usual, your nose will feel less congested. Humidifiers or vaporizers can be purchased in cool or warm mist applications and do work well.
- Use a preparation of warm water and salt in a three-ounce bottle. Natural saline mist sprays work like mini-humidifiers and moisturize your nose when you are in a heated and dry environment. Take a pint of lukewarm water, add in one teaspoon of salt, mix, and spray in each nostril.
- Use a neti pot. These pots are similar to a small teapot that looks like Aladdin”s lamp. Pour water in one nostril and let it flow out the other nostril. This Ayurvedic tool has been used for centuries to flush out irritants that contribute to nasal congestion and dry nostrils. Look for neti pots in your pharmacy. They come in plastic, ceramic and metal.
- Sinus relief for some people can be found by placing a warm towel over your face. The compress feels good and does prove humidification for the nose. A warm compress generally relieves sinus pressure. A simple towel wet, rung out and warmed is all you need.
- Rosemary, eucalyptus and peppermint may help relieve some symptoms of sinus congestion. Take these aromatherapy herbs, stew them in boiling water, and place a towel over your head. Bend over the pan and breathe in the fumes. You can also purchase preparations containing these herbs from your health food store. Use peppermint or spearmint. Breathing in mint provides a cooling action and can bring a feeling of air flowing through your nose. You haven”t actually increased the size of your nasal passage, but it does feel great.
- Use a nasal irrigation system that works by humidifying and rinsing action. This system is similar to a neti pot but with an added pulsating action that clears thick mucus out of your nasal passages. It is not really natural and does cost a bit.
- Use steam therapy to clean up you sinuses. Take a hot shower to get humidifying help or invest in a personal steam inhaler. You can also breathe in the fumes from a hot bowl of chicken soup.
- You may need to invest in air purifying products if nothing works to keep your sinuses clear. Irritants and allergy substances in the environment do trigger sinus inflammation. Air purifiers may add a secondary line of defense and act as a protective filter.
Home Remedy Solutions
There are safe and effective natural remedies that can give you relief from sinus pain and pressure.
Try grapefruit seed extract. Take the drops with food since these drops taste terrible. There are reports of sinus infections disappearing after only a couple of days when you take grapefruit seed extract.
Drink apple cider vinegar and water throughout the day. Add a couple of tablespoons to a large glass of water. Water will help dilute the vinegar taste. Apple cider vinegar is an old remedy that has been proven to thin mucus.
Take a warm shower and while you are under the water blow your nose as hard as you can. This does help clear out the mucus and the warm water sooths a sore nose.
Treat your sinus infection with oil pulling. This is an Ayurvedic tradition to remove toxins from your body and clean up congestion. Before you brush your teeth in the morning and with no food in your stomach, take one tablespoon of oil (preferably sesame and or sunflower oils) into your mouth and swish it around. Do this for about ten minutes until the oil turns milky white. Spit it out. Rinse your mouth thoroughly.
Natural olive leaves made into a tea has been reputed to help with sinus infections. Boil about a shot glass full of dried leaves in 2 cups of water. Steep for about 20 minutes. You can also find olive leaf in health food stores in powders and capsules. Olive leaf is a wide-spectrum herb with many healing properties.
The sinuses produce mucus that filters inhaled air. The cavities around your eyes, or incuses, can become blocked, irritated and inflamed. To keep your sinuses functioning properly and without side effects, various home and natural remedies are available. Following time-tested and natural remedies can clear up infections, irritations and inflammation without the side effects caused by chemical additives and synthetic drugs.