Home Remedies For Sinuses

by Sharon Hopkins


Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinus passage and over secretion of mucus by the membrane lining the nose and throat. It is often followed by a common cold, influenza and other general infections.

Sinus is a medical condition wherein the mucous membranes that line the paranasal sinuses tend to get inflamed. In most cases a sinus will follow general infection such as the influenza and a common cold. Some of the symptoms of a sinus infection are low grade fever, headaches and sneezing constantly. The person suffering from a sinus infection may also experience a headaches as well as pressure around the face, eyes and head and may also lose their appetite. Sinus infections home remedies include consuming plenty of mangoes. Mangoes are known to provide sinus infection relief on account of the high concentration of vitamin A in them which result in the formation of healthy epithelium which in turn reduces and even prevents the attacks of sinus and other such common infections. Sinus relief home remedies include gradually increasing the use of pungent foods such as onions and garlic in ones daily diet as they are known for their antibacterial properties. Another one of the home remedies for sinus is to prepare a tea of fenugreek seed by boiling a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in some water and then consuming this liquid once it has cooled down. This home remedy is known to also be one of the effective sinus headache remedies as it cause the body to perspire thereby reducing the period of the fever and also helps the body in expelling the toxins. One may consume almost four cups of the fenugreek on a daily basis till one gets relief from sinus. Home remedies for sinus also include consuming a mixture of a 100gms ground and roasted cumin seeds along with 200gms of pure honey on a regular basis. Another one of the home remedies for sinus include consuming some carrot juice by itself or even combining it with some spinach, beet or cucumber juice. This treatment of sinus via vegetables juices is known to be highly effective in providing sinus infection relief. One of the most effective home remedies for sinus is to consume a diet that is rich in vitamins A and C. This because Vitamin A is known to act a s a membrane conditioner which helps in building healthy mucous membranes in the throat as well as the nose. Some of the sources of vitamin A are milk, egg yolk, carrots, tomatoes, leafy vegetables etc. One of the key sinus headache remedies is to consume a low calorie, vegetable and raw fruit diet along with plenty of drinking water.

Excessive or constant sneezing, running nose, blockage of one or both nostrils, headaches and pressure around the head, eyes and face, fever, lack of appetite and difficulty in breathing are symptoms of sinusitis.

Home Remedies

  • A tsp of black cumin seeds tied in a thin cotton cloth provides relief when inhaled.
  • Take few capsules of cayenne during or after each meal for several days till the infection is cleared up. Alternatively put 1 tsp of cayenne in cup of hot water and drink a cupful of this thrice a day.
  • Add few drops of eucalyptus oil to 1/2 cup boiling water. Pour the mixture into a bowl and inhale the steam for 10 - 15 minutes with your head covered with a large towel.
  • Put few drops of eucalyptus oil on your handkerchief and sniff periodically.
  • Dissolve 1 tsp of salt in 2 cups of water and use it through a nasal inhaler.
  • Make a nasal flush by mixing 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda in one cup of warm water. Fill the syringe with the solution and drop the mixture up your nose.
  • Dissolve 1 tsp uniodized salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda in a pint of water and inhale it through nasal inhaler.
  • Steep 1-2 tsp of thyme in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink a cupful of this mixture three times a day. Because of its strong antiseptic properties, thyme is good for respiratory infections.
  • Sipping hot teas made with herbs such as fenugreek, fennel, anise, or sage may help move mucus even more and keeps it flowing.
  • Blow one nostril at a time. This will help prevent pressure buildup in the ears, which can send bacteria further back into the sinus passages.
  • Sniffling whenever your nostrils feel stuffed is a good way to drain the sinuses and stale secretions down the throat.
  • Press your thumbs to the either side of the nostril to bring a fresh blood supply to the area and soothing relief.
  • Apply warm wash cloth over your eyes and cheekbones. Leave it till you feel the sinus pain subsiding.
  • Carrot and spinach juice taken regularly is also found to be highly beneficial.
  • Eat pungent herbs like garlic, horseradish because it contains a chemical that moves mucus and makes it less sticky.
  • Garlic, Onions, Horseradish, Hot Pepper and Ginger added to any soup broth will open the sinuses.
  • Steep fresh basil in cupful of water and drink it to alleviate the stuffiness caused by inflamed membranes.
  • Pungent oils such as thymol and camphor help open clogged passages.
  • Tilt your head back and place a tsp of onion juice in each nostril. Repeat when needed.
  • Grate fresh lotus root, mix it with grated ginger and unbleached white flour. Apply the mixture directly to the skin. You can leave this for several hours or overnight. Repeat for a week or more till you get relief. This is mixture is quite effective dispersing and moving stagnated mucus. There could be watery discharge from the eyes or nose.

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