Home Remedies for Sinusitis

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Have you ever felt like the bones in your face were about to explode? Blocked sinuses are notorious for causing pain, tenderness, swelling and pressure to develop around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead. Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of your sinuses – the hollow air spaces found within the bones that surround the nose [1]. Producing a buildup of mucus, the sinuses cause drainage problems to develop. As a result, the nose swells, causing blockage in the sinuses, which leads to pain and infection.

Causes and Symptoms

An acute case of sinusitis can be caused by a bacterial infection attacking the upper respiratory tract; a fungal infection associated with abnormal sinuses or a weak immune system; or a viral infection, such as the common cold. Viruses usually cause the highest number of sinusitis cases. Certain health conditions can also cause sinusitis to strike, such as allergies, nasal polyps or tumors, infected teeth, cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and a deviated nasal septum [2].

Common symptoms of sinusitis include nasal congestion, cough, thick discharge (yellow or greenish in color), sore teeth, an achy upper jaw, and a reduced sense of smell. Other occasional signs of the condition include ear pain, irritability, fever, nausea, sore throat, and less-than-fresh bad breath.

Sinusitis Home Remedies

While some home remedies for sinusitis are as simple as walking around to clear your head and help reduce sinus swelling, other at-home treatments involve recipes for healing concoctions. Below you will find an assortment of sinusitis home remedies to consider when symptoms become too much to bear:

a) Sinus Massage:

Send a fresh supply of blood to sore sinuses by firmly pressing your thumbs on both sides of your nose in order to encourage a release of discomfort. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds; repeat for further relief.

b) Rest:

In order to fight a sinus infection and promote faster healing, make sure to get plenty of rest.

c) Lots of Liquids:

Drinking a decent amount of liquids, like juices and water, will encourage drainage by thinning out the mucous secretions that accumulate in the sinuses. When choosing your fluids, avoid caffeinated beverages, which can cause a dehydrating effect.

d) Avoid Alcohol:

Alcoholic beverages can worsen your symptoms by increasing the swelling found in the lining of the nose and sinuses.

e) Oregano:

Since oregano has a great deal of antiseptic compounds to offer, drinking tea containing the herb can serve as a sinus infection treatment.

e) Garlic:

Offering natural antibiotic properties, garlic helps an individual fight the virus that caused their sinusitis in the first place. It is recommended to eat three cloves on a daily basis.

f) Steam:

Treat your sinus cavities to a steam bath by draping a towel over your head and breathing in the steam from a bowl of boiling water. It is important to make sure the steam is directed towards the face.

g) Hot Shower:

When taking a hot shower, breathe in the warm, moist air, which can encourage mucus drainage, as well as treat painful symptoms.

h) Elevated Head:

If you sleep with your head in an elevated position, you can help sinus drainage, as well as lessen nasal congestion.

i) Horseradish:

The extremely strong flavor and taste of horseradish and wasabi are known to open up and clear out the sinuses. Try eating wasabi with sushi or spreading horseradish sauce on crackers. Sometimes, sniffing in the spices is enough to treat sinuses.

j) Humidifier:

Prevent the drying out of nasal and sinus passages by running a humidifier that sends cold bursts of mist into your bedroom. Cleaning your equipment once a week is required to avoid the accumulation of fungus.

k) Hot, Herbal Teas:

Sipping hot tea made with herbs, like fenugreek, fennel, anise, and sage, can assist in moving along the mucus that makes sinusitis so painful.

l) One Nostril At-a-Time:

Blowing out of both nostrils at the same time can contribute to pressure buildup in the ears, which can cause bacteria to travel back into the sinus passages.

m) Warm Compresses:

For facial pain relief, place a warm, damp towel on your face, concentrating around the nose, cheeks, and eyes.

n) Cajun Peppers:

Eat a dish that uses cayenne peppers as an ingredient. A substance called capsaicin is found in the peppers – known to stimulate the nerve fibers and deliver a response much similar to a nasal decongestant.


[1] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sinusitis.html
[2] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acute-sinusitis/DS00170/DSECTION=causes

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  1. des sears has posted a tip on July 21, 2009, 8:10 pm

    In addition to garlic, use one teaspoon to one tablespoon of honey each morning on an empty stomach. Wait about 30-45 minutes before eating or drinking. It will clear your sinuses. Lemon optional. Also works on dry coughs, coughs due to colds and allergic type winter coughs. My lung specialist was amazed at my test results when I told him that I had been using honey.

  2. Katie has posted a tip on September 24, 2009, 6:28 pm

    for sinus pain and discomfort i use either a damp warm washcloth and lay it over the area where it is most discomforting for about 10 minutes or even longer or i buy little heating pads that are used for putting in socks or gloves i wrap one up in a washcloth and place it on my face where it seems to hurt

  3. Amala has posted a tip on October 19, 2009, 2:13 am

    I always get running nose only when A/C is on during Winter starting.


  4. Mathapelo has posted a tip on February 24, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Try to avoid perfume and cigaratte smoke,they will worsen your situation.

  5. Radka has posted a tip on March 25, 2010, 9:27 am

    You can heat some sea salt on a pan than put it in a cloth and place it over your eyebrows and below your eyes. It really helps the pain and opens the blocked sinuses.

  6. Cindy has posted a tip on March 29, 2010, 8:44 pm

    Wear a mask when working in the garden & leaves. I seem to make that mistake every spring.

  7. deepu has posted a tip on June 16, 2010, 8:56 am

    i try a lot but not getting relief . i cant consentrate in my job also .i can feel the blocks when i breath

  8. Dylan has posted a tip on September 8, 2010, 5:11 am

    vicks vapour rub and hold over boiling water put a towel over head to hold in the steem.

  9. nathan has posted a tip on September 26, 2010, 2:09 am

    don’t listen to your doctor,he will give you antibiotics…
    that stuff makes it worst!!!
    do the garlic and the steam and don’t forget jogging in every morning it will drain your sinusitis!!

    hope i helped

  10. courtney morales has posted a tip on November 15, 2010, 8:51 am

    make onion tea ,use half onion boil in water for 10 minutes, add a little caynenne pepper, and thyme drink it really helps with chest and head mucus

  11. mouni has posted a tip on November 22, 2010, 8:03 am

    guys.jst try out dis………..put some haldi in hot boiling water and inhale it for around 5 min……it is one process among steam therapy.haldi is a very good ayurvedic one……….

  12. Amber has posted a tip on December 4, 2010, 8:30 pm

    My mom gets sinusitis a lot and, I found that Nasturtium flowers and leaves in a salad with lemon juice relieves her within 10 min.for up 12 hours!!! This is the most effective remedy I have tried.

  13. Jassy has posted a tip on December 19, 2010, 12:17 pm

    The information provided is so helpful…I was suffering from runny nose and sneezing due to sinusitis.

  14. dora has posted a tip on May 19, 2011, 4:24 am

    I use a spoonful of salt and half a spoonful of soda on a boiling glass of water, then I add 5 cups of iodine, put it in a needless syringe and inhale it through each nostril at a time

  15. evelynkj has posted a tip on February 13, 2012, 12:51 pm

    can this be garlic power, or does it have to be freash garlic. In the past 6 weeks i have been on 3 diff antibotics and not working

  16. NicoleB has posted a tip on July 3, 2012, 11:00 am

    This happened on Monday July 2:
    My son suffers from Rhinosinusistus and he is also asthmatic. Recently he was coughing for approximately 7 hours non-stop. We had medication from the Doctor but that did not soothe the coughing. My husband heated vicks vapor rub, candle grease, coconut oil and menthol crystals and the coughing stopped within 5 minutes and he did not cough since. This remedy was given by an older person and I must say that it really, really worked and his body didn’t take to the medication given by the doctor.

  17. Mommy22 has posted a tip on October 25, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Fresh ginger tea with honey…

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