In today’s post, I will be exploring natural remedies for sinus relief. Many people suffer from sinus pain which can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Your sinuses are located in your upper cheeks, behind the eyebrows, nose, and forehead. Sinuses are essentially pockets that are filled with air which can get clogged up fairly easily.
Healthy sinuses have a thin lining of mucus which traps germs, air particles, and dust. Usually, small hair-like cilia sweeps the mucus layer and anything that is trapped in it and removes it from your sinuses, and moves it down the back of your throat and into your stomach.
What is The Reason Behind Sinus Issues?
Pressure and pain happen in the sinus region when your nose tissues and sinuses get inflamed and swollen. This prevents your sinus from draining efficiently. It could be caused by allergies, a fluctuation in temperature, the common cold, smoking and anything that could result in swelling of the sinuses, or that prevents cilia from removing mucus.
5 Natural Remedies For Sinus Relief
1. Breathe in Moist Air
Dry air irritates the sinuses, however moist air can assist with reducing congestion. You can keep a humidifier in the bedroom and other rooms where you generally spend a lot of time.
Another way to prevent your sinuses from becoming too dry is by steaming two to four times daily. Try sitting in the bathroom with a closed door while the shower is running. Make sure you have the hot water tap open.
Or, you can pour boiled water into the bathroom sink, add a bit of Vicks, and then place a towel over your heat to breathe in the steam. I find that steaming with Vicks helps with opening up my airways, nasal passages, and chest, which makes me sleep more soundly.
2. Allocate a No-Smoking Area
Things like cigarette smoke, paint, cleaning products, perfume, hairspray, etc, can irritate your sinuses. Ask family and friends to refrain from smoking inside the home. Also shop for eco-friendly, green cleaning products that are unscented. They usually contain fewer or no harsh chemicals that could cause a sinus issue.
3. Be Sure to Drink Plenty of Water
Sip on more juice or water during the day. It will help with thinning mucus and promote drainage. Another good option is hot tea. Avoid drinking too much alcohol or caffeine. Alcohol can exacerbate sinus swelling.
Try to drink at least eight or more glasses of water a day or other healthy drinks that you find more appealing. If water is not your thing, you can add fresh fruit or lemon juice to make the taste more tantalizing.
4. Give Nasal Irrigation a Try
Another term for nasal irrigation is a nasal wash, and it can go a long way in keeping your sinuses clear and clean. It involves using a solution of mild saline for flushing out allergens and mucus that causes sinus congestion.
Lean over a sink, squirt some of the solution into a nostril, and allow it to drain through the nasal cavity and out of your other nostril. Keep your mouth open and avoid breathing through your nose while doing it.
What You Need For Nasal Irrigation
Rinse bulb syringes, bottles, and Neti pots that you can find at most drug stores. You can also buy a pre-filled container or make a saline solution at home. Use one pint of lukewarm sterile water and dissolve a teaspoon of salt in it, to make your own. Some people add half a teaspoon of baking soda as well to remove some of the sting that salt causes.
5. Steer Clear From Triggers That Cause Sinus Irritation
Nasal allergies can result in sinus issues like pressure and pain. Therefore, try to stay away from common triggers like dust mites, pet dander and pollen. Also make sure your allergies are treated too.
I hope you have found these 5 natural remedies for sinus relief helpful and that you will give some of them a try to see if your sinus issues lessen.
Sending you much love, light, and sinus-free vibes.