We’ve all been through that horrid feeling. When the nose feels like a leaky faucet, and the head is heavy. When the eyes get all puffy and the throat feels dry and scratchy. Welcome to the world of sinus congestion – a phase of being downright miserable. This common chronic illness happens due to the inflammation of the empty spaces in the facial bones called sinuses, and is said to affect one out of seven adults.
But, good news sinusitis sufferers. There are effective home remedies for natural sinus cure.
Drink lots of fluids – whether it is water, fresh seasonal juices, warm drinks or broths. it is important to keep yourself hydrated at all times. For a sinus-soothing wintertime brew, make yourself a hot cuppa tea with fresh turmeric, ginger and a generous spoonful of honey. Turmeric powder and honey share antiseptic qualities which help soothe the throat and work great for congestion-clearing. Liquids not only help lubricate nasal congestion but also help keep your skin hydrated and glowing. So sip on…
Let’s get steamy
Inhaling steam two to three times helps in relieving the stuffiness for some time. Steaming it out is one of the perfect home remedies for sinus congestion for those times when you can barely breathe or have that heaviness in the head. Either head into a shower or take steam inhalation with boiling hot water. Place a towel over your head that helps trap the steamy goodness. To make the process even more effective, add peppermint, holy basil (tulsi) or eucalyptus oil to the water.
Smell some salt
One of the easiest home remedies for nasal congestion? Simply add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil into your bath salts. If you don’t have bath salts, mix in eucalyptus essential oil into a cup of Epsom salts or kosher salt and soak in sheer bliss!
Get a relaxing champi (head massage) – the perfect cure for common cold, sinusitis and headache. For instant relief, apply medicated oils such as Narayana oil or Mahanarayana oil (for extreme sinus blockages). If you don’t have them at hand, essential oils make for excellent sinus remedies. Dilute a few drops of peppermint, rosemary, fennel or thyme in a carrier oil such as olive or sesame. Massage over your sinuses in circular motions for a healing natural nasal decongestant.
Breathe in, breathe out
Practice Pranayama and Kapal Bhati (forced exhalation techniques). These breathing techniques will not only help you maintain good oxygen levels, but will also help eliminate the stagnant morbidity from your sinuses.
Deep cleanse and clear
Nasal irrigation is the age-old practice of cleansing sinuses which was discovered in India thousands of years ago. This sinus treatment in Ayurveda aims at rinsing the nose and sinuses. Fill a Neti pot with sterile warm water and a teaspoon of salt. Tilt your head at about a 45 degree angle so as to allow the fluid to go into one nostril and flow out the other, flushing out harmful bacteria. It is important to breathe through the mouth and remain relaxed. This decongestant process might sound uncomfortable, but can easily be performed in under three minutes.