Home Remedies For Sinus Congestion

Sinus Congestion

Sinus is the cavity in the skull that allows passage of air. Congestion of sinus occurs when this passage is blocked due to inflammation, swelling of tissues, bone deviation or due to secretion of mucus.

This leads to difficulty in breathing, snoring, sleeplessness and severe infection of the nasal passage. Though it is recommended to consult a physician, home remedies and healthy lifestyle will help in preventing the congestion from worsening.

Effective Home Remedies For Sinus

Steam Inhalation

Bring a pan of water to boil and inhale the steam coming out for 5 minutes. This if done regularly, especially before going to bed, will help in relieving congestion. Inhalation of steam not only helps to do away with the disease causing germs but also helps to drain out the mucus in the nasal passage.

Inhaling Smoke From Turmeric

Take a small dried rhizome of turmeric and place it on the burner of your stove to be heated directly. After a few seconds you can see smoke emanating from it and direct the smoke through your nose into your nasal passage. Turmeric smoke is an effective decongestant as has been proved by traditional practices.

Inhaling Eucalyptus Oil

Take a bowl of boiling water, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil into it. Cover your head with a towel and bring your face close to the bowl’s mouth so that you inhale the steam coming out of the bowl which carries the medicinal particles of the eucalyptus oil. The active compounds in eucalyptus, like menthol acts on the receptors in the nasal passage to provide relief from congestion.

Applying A Balm

Applying balm around the nose will help to relieve the nasal congestion. Most of the balm have menthol in them which acts as stimulating agents for the receptors in the nasal passage. This will relieve the nasal block and provide a relaxing effect.

Nasal Irrigation

This includes washing out the stale mucus inside the nasal passage using luke warm saline water. Add ¼ tsp. of table salt to one cup of luke warm water. With your head thrown backwards pour the solution drop by drop into your nostrils. Leave for a few seconds and then blow off your nose. Saline water is a proven decongestant which will help to open up the blocked nasal passage.

Apply Moist Heat

Dip a towel in warm water and spread it on your face touching the cheek bones and nose. The moist heat will subside the swelling and pain associated with nasal congestion. Leave it on for a few minutes and you can feel relieved of the symptoms of sinus congestion.

Spicy Foods

Foods spiced up with pepper, cayenne pepper etc. is known to clear nasal blocks. The hot taste of the food will stimulate free flow of mucus and help to do away with the blockage and related discomfort.

Ginger Tea

Prepare tea using green tea and spice it up with few cut rhizomes of ginger. Leave it on for 4-5 hours for the ginger to soak in. Drinking the tea during evenings will help to get a relieved feeling from sinus congestion and help to get a good sleep in the night.