1. Heat Up (or Steam Up) Your Face
One of the most effective home remedies is to warm up and moisturize your sinus passageways.
“Inhaling steam helps to soothe the sinus tissue, and give you the feeling of clearing them out a little. You can simply stand in the shower or even sit in the bathroom when the shower is running. You can also place a warmed washcloth over your nose and cheeks while you lie on your bed.
For the most potent steam treatment,
- Boil a pot of water, then take it off the heat.
- Tent a towel over your head and bend over the pot to inhale the steam.
- Be careful not to start out too close to the hot water and to keep your eyes closed.
- As the liquid cools, you can move in a little, but only to the point where it remains comfortable.
- You might add a drop or two of essential oils; eucalyptus oil can help open the nose, while lavender essential oil or chamomile essential oil will calm you.
2. Eat Spicy Foods
Some people find that spicy foods like peppers or hot mustard help open up their nasal passages and relieve some of the sinus pain and pressure. Some evidence suggests that capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers, can help relieve some type of pain.
3. Use Saline Spray or Salt-Water Rinse
Both can help break up the congestion in your nose. If you go the rinsing route, try this recipe:
- Mix 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda.
- Place in an airtight container.
- Add 1 teaspoon of this mixture to 8 ounces of lukewarm boiled or distilled water.
- Next, fill a bulb syringe with this solution (or use a Neti pot.)
- Lean your head over a basin and gently squirt the salt water into your nose.
- Hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the mixture into the other nostril.
- Let it drain.
- Then treat the other nostril.
Always use distilled, sterile, or previous boiled water when you make this solution. Otherwise you might get an infection. Also, rinse the bulb or Neti pot after each use and leave open to air dry.
4. Make A Hot Ginger Compress
- Slice up a 3-inch piece of ginger root for this home remedy, and add to a saucepan of two cups of boiling water.
- Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
- Soak a washcloth in the brew, making sure it’s not too hot to burn your skin, then apply to your face for 15 minutes or so.
- Do this lying on the couch with your head elevated to help your sinuses drain.
- Because of ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties, drinking a hot cup of ginger tea will also open up congested nasal passages