Natural Remedies to Alleviate Sinus Pressure


| 9/14/2016 7:44:00 PM


The sinuses are small pockets around the eyes, nose and forehead that are lined with mucus membranes that moisten and filter the air we breathe. Because they are dark, warm, moist areas of the body, they are a haven for bacteria and fungi. Luckily, the body does a great job of removing or destroying these things before they begin. Infections usually only occur when the sinus membranes are damaged or mucus becomes too thick to move (congestion).

woman with sinus pressure
Photo by Fotolia/Piotr Marcinski.

We’ve all probably had sinus pain or pressure at some point—whether from allergies, colds or sinus infections. These symptoms tend to dissipate on their own, however, if you experience chronic sinus issues and wish to alleviate pressure and expel excess mucus, try these natural remedies.

Stay Hydrated

As with many health issues, proper hydration can work wonders. Drinking the recommended amount of water, every day, will help keep your sinuses moist.

Irrigate Nasal Passages

Although sinus irrigation may seem foreign and uncomfortable to some, the process of flushing the nasal passages with a saline solution has proven effective for sinusitis and chronic sinus issues. Daily use of a neti pot will keep sinus passages moist and free from mucus build-up. If you’re recovering from a cold, experiencing allergies or battling general congestion, try flushing your sinuses twice a day instead of once.



Take a Steam

Have you ever noticed that your nose always seems to run after a nice, hot shower? Well, it’s not just you. Steamy showers, and hot water vapors, help moisten the sinus passages and keep them clear. Try adding a few drops of essential oils, to your bathroom or a pot of hot water, for a truly relaxing steam.



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