We’re all familiar with the typical triage of cold and flu symptoms: sore throat, stuffy nose, fever. However, for some, the discomfort of sinus pain doesn’t dissipate once the cold has gone. Here are some of the most effective natural treatments for hard-to-shake sinus pain.
What Is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a prolonged swelling of the sinus passages that typically results in mucous build-up and discomfort. You may also experience congestion, headache, and discolored discharge from your nose. Unfortunately, this unpleasant condition affects over 35 million Americans each year. It also happens to be the fifth most common condition for which doctors prescribe antibiotics.
Sinusitis can be due to a viral or bacterial infection. However, many antibiotics are prescribed indiscriminately of whether your sinus problem is viral or bacterial — and nobody wants to take unnecessary antibiotics.
Natural Remedies to Consider
1. Oregano and Eucalyptus Oils
Both oils are naturally antibacterial and can help open blocked sinus passages. Use an essential oil diffuser or add to a steam bath and inhale.
2. Neti Pot and Saline Solution
A neti pot is a must if you suffer from sinus problems on a regular basis. Used with a salt solution, a neti pot naturally flushes out sinuses to soothe symptoms and reduce risk of infection.
3. Immune-Boosting Foods
Eating plenty of garlic, ginger, and foods high in vitamin C will help support your immune system in fighting off invaders that could potentially infect your sinuses.
4. Reflexology and Pressure-Point Stimulation
Give your face a gentle massage. Following facial pressure points has been shown to relieve sinus issues. Other research has also shown that reflexology can also be effective for sinus relief.
5. Spicy Spices
Chili, horseradish, cayenne, and wasabi all naturally clear nasal passageways.
6. Hydrogen Peroxide
This treatment is not for everyone — check with your doctor before trying it — but some people report amazing results from using hydrogen peroxide to treat and prevent sinus symptoms. Read how to use it here, and definitely avoid it if you have ear pain, severe sinus pain, or an unusual discharge from your nose or ears.
This article first appeared on Food Matters. It has been reprinted with permission.