Whether acute or chronic, Sinus infection can be painful and weary. Stuffy nose, cough, congestion, post-nasal drip and face pain can make the situation even worse. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies to offer relief from those stuffy sinus pockets, whether they are due to common cold, allergies or sinusitis.
Flush your nasal passages with saline wash:
Use a saline wash to thin the mucus irritating your nasal passage and flush it out. Saline flushing is a proven method, studied to be very effective in case of congested nose. It should be used as a first line of defence against sinusitis. Wondering why, well it helps keep the sinuses moist and double up to fight against seasonal flus and allergies. Dead Sea salt irrigations and sprays are almost as effective as typical nasal steroids.
Found in the stems of pineapples, bromelain is a protein that can help you fight against nasal passage swelling. This natural protein is exceptionally helpful in unblocking irritated sinus pockets.
Caution! Please consult a physician before consuming bromelain supplements and don’t forget to follow the exact dosage instructions.
Steam it up
Steamy hot water vapours can moisten the sinuses and loosen up the mucous and debris stuck inside the nasal passage. So, next time you feel nasal congestion, just indulge in a nice steamy shower or bath.
Tip: Adding a few drops of methanol or eucalyptus can speed up the entire process.
Water can help in keeping the sinuses moist, so drink water throughout the day. As a thumb rule, you must consume eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day; however they may not be adequate for some of you. So, the big question arises, how can you tell if you are getting enough fluids? “If the colour of the urine is clear, you are hydrated; else it’s just time to gulp down another glass of water”
Caution: stay clear of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as they can cause dehydration.
Use a humidifier:
The dry sultry weather can play havoc on your nasal passages. So, just use a humidifier to restore the humidity of the air in the room. Remember, about 35-50% humidity is just enough, but you start fogging the window, the humidity is too high and its time to turn it down.
Caution: Keep your humidifier clean, as a dirty humidifier can breed moulds.
However, if the sinus pains do not improve with these remedies, consult a physician for help. Your doctor might perform a CT scan of the nose and sinuses to look for anatomical blockages and treat them suitably.