Sinusitis Home Remedies
Sinusitis is commonly related to colds and flu, which are far more common during the winter months. Protect yourself from Sinusitis this winter.
Sinusitis is a painful swelling of the sinuses, which is usually caused by an infection. Although common, it can make you feel unwell, but will usually clear up by itself within two to three weeks. There are a number of things that you can do to ease the pain and symptoms until they disappear.
It is common to get sinusitis after you have had a cold or the flu, and commonly symptoms include, pain, swelling and tenderness around the cheeks, the eyes or the forehead, a blocked nose, a reduced sense of smell, green or yellow mucus from the nose, a sinus headache, a high temperature, toothache, and even bad breath. It should be noted though that you should make an appointment to see your doctor if you find that, your symptoms are unbearable or very severe, painkillers are not helping, or your symptoms are worsening, your symptoms do not improve after a week, or if you keep getting recurring bouts of sinusitis.
Like we said though, there are a number of natural methods that you can turn to in the meantime that will help to reduce the mucus in your sinuses and help to relieve your symptoms. Below are just a handful of the most effective remedies that you can try.
Drinking plenty of water will help to thin out the mucus, which will relieve the pressure and take away some of the pain that is often associated with sinusitis.
You should try and stick to clear liquids only though, and avoid anything with caffeine, sugar and alcohol in it. Instead, try drinking herbal teas, water or veggie broths to get you plenty of vitamins and goodness as well.
Make some natural decongestant drinks:
Certain ingredients will help to naturally decongest your sinuses, which again will help to relieve your symptoms, and reduce the amount of mucus that is causing the infection. Ginger, turmeric, lemon, horseradish, garlic, cayenne, and apple cider vinegar are all great ingredients that will help to clear out your nasal passages and provide relief from your symptoms. On top of this, they act as natural anti-inflammatory, and will give your immune system a much-needed boost.
Here are just a couple of teas that you can try. Add the juice of ½ a lemon, a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger that has been grated, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a pinch of black pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper into a cup of hot water. Let this steep for ten to fifteen minutes before sipping.
Alternatively, you can make yourself an apple cider vinegar tonic, which will help to boost your immune system, and relieve the symptoms of sinusitis. Mix 2-4 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of raw honey, a squeeze of lemon, ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, into a cup of hot water and sip slowly.
Do some steam inhalation:
Inhaling steam is one of the most effective ways of relieving sinus problems, as it will help to loosen congestion, calm any inflammation that is happening, and relax the nasal passages. All of these will help you to breathe more easily and relieve the symptoms.
You can easily do this by having a hot shower with all of the doors and windows shut. You can add some eucalyptus and peppermint oil to the shower as well to aid the steam. Ensure that you have the shower as hot as you can stand it.
Alternatively, you can add some essential oils to a bowl of hot water, before placing your head directly over this, and them putting a towel over your head in order to trap the steam. Take some deep breaths to help open all of your nasal passages and help you to breathe more easily.
Use a hot and cold compress:
Placing a warm compress over your face, particularly over your nasal passages will help to relieve sinus pain and help to increase circulation. Alternating this with a cold compress will only further relieve the pressure and the pain, as well as helping to keep the nasal passages clear.
To do this effectively, simply hold a warm, and slightly damp washcloth over your eyes and nose for three to four minutes, before switching to a cool washcloth for thirty seconds, before repeating several times. The warm will help to loosen the mucus, and the cold will relieve the pain.
Although you might look a little silly, massaging your sinuses is not only relaxing, but will help ease sinus pressure and congestion, which will then in turn help to drain a stuffy nose.
You can easily do this yourself by applying gentle pressure to the side of each nostril and around your cheeks for approximately one minute. You can increase the pressure as needed and massage or a further minute if it brings you no relief. After you have done this, use your fingertips to instead apply pressure to the inner corners of your eyes. Again, the pressure can be increased if needed.
When you are unwell, one of the most important things that you can do is to sleep. This is when your body will heal and fight off any infections that you are suffering from, so it is so important that this is made a priority.
Of course, falling asleep when you are suffering from sinusitis can be tough, because of the pain and congestion, so it is important that you combine this with other tips that we have suggested above.
Be sure to sleep with your head slightly raised, and keep the room nice and dark to help give you the best chance of a good nights sleep.