Here in my home country of Australia, the weather is just starting to cool. However, the end of Summer doesn’t just signal shorter days (and less time in the surf!)… It means that cold and flu season will soon be upon us.
We’re all familiar with the typical triage of cold and flu symptoms; sore throat, stuffy nose and fever. However, for some of us, the discomfort of sinus doesn’t dissipate once the cold has gone. Sinus becomes a daily drudgery, a constant discomfort that’s hard to shake.
If this is you, read on! Here I’ll be sharing some of the most effective, natural treatments for 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 #5 most common condition which doctors prescribe antibiotics for.
Sinusitis can be due to a viral or bacterial infection. However, many antibiotics are prescribed indiscriminately of whether your sinus problem may be viral or bacterial. And do you really want to be taking antibiotics unnecessarily?
Here are 6 natural remedies you could also consider using:
1. Oregano & Eucalyptus Oil
Both oils are naturally antibacterial and can help to open blocked sinus passages. Diffuse in an essential oil burner or add to a steam bath and inhale.
2. Netti Pots & Saline Solution
Netti pots are a must-have if you suffer from sinus on a regular basis! Used with a salt solution, a netti pot will naturally flush out your sinuses to soothe symptoms and reduce risk of infection.
3. Eat Immune-Boosting Foods
Eating plenty of garlic, ginger and foods that are high in Vitamin C will help to support your immune system to fight off any invaders that could potentially infect your sinuses.
4. Reflexology and Pressure Points
Give your face a gentle massage. Following these pressure points has been shown to relieve sinus issues. Other research has also shown that reflexology can also be effective for sinus relief.
5. Spice it up!
Chili, horseradish, cayenne and hot ginger all naturally clear the nasal passageways.
6. Hydrogen Peroxide
Quick caveat: This treatment is not for everyone and you should check with your health practitioner before trialing… however, I’ve personally had amazing results by using hydrogen peroxide!
Hydrogen peroxide is the major ingredient in many over the counter ear wax solvents. Used correctly, it can help to treat and prevent sinus symptoms. Read how to use it here, and remember to avoid if you have ear pain, severe sinus or unusual discharge from your nose or ears.