Sinus is not a major disease, it is actually a small air filled cavity that is present inside the skull of the human body that produces mucus. Although it keeps the nasal passages totally free from all types of allergens and pollutants, due to the mucus present inside the brain, when the opening of the sinus gets blocked, it gets converted into viral infections and bacteria’s that are known as sinusitis. There are two types of sinusitis that are as follows:
- The first type is acute sinusitis that actually lasts up to 3 to 4 weeks.
- The other type is chronic sinusitis that may last up to some weeks, some months or even for years.
There are some remedies that have no side effects that can be done easily at home to treat a sinus infection.
Causes of sinus are as follows:
- Excessive intake of dairy products regularly
- Smoking too much
- Allergies caused by foods
- Allergies that can be caused by environment or pollution
- Infection in teeth
- Fungal infection
The symptoms of sinus are as follows:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Thick and invisible discharge of mucus
- Discomfort, facial pain and pressure
- High fever
- Severe pain behind the eyes
- Sore throat
Here are some home remedies for the problem of sinus:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix 6 ounces of water with one or two spoons of apple cider vinegar. You can also add honey if you like. After mixing all the ingredients, you have to drink this solution three times a day for a week. This is the best remedy to relieve congestion as it loosens up the mucus in the cavities.
For sinus congestion, horseradish is one of the best herbal remedies that you can use without worrying about any side effects. Simply grind some horseradish and put it in your mouth, don’t chew it. Let it remain in your mouth for a few minutes and then spit it out of your mouth as it speedily absorbs or dissolves the mucus that is blocked in the sinus.
3. Grapefruit Seed Extract
For clearing or getting rid of chronic sinus congestion, this is the best home remedy. The seeds of grapefruit extract have excellent anti-fungal properties which also act as a natural antibiotic. Grapefruit juice is readily available in the market as a nasal spray, or you can make it at home if you like it fresh.
4. Cayenne Pepper
If you have sinus, then you should include cayenne pepper in your regular diet because cayenne pepper is the best thing that helps to open sinuses, and is one of the best natural and most effective remedies for sinus drainage.
5. Neti Pot
In 2 cups of lukewarm water, mix one teaspoon of sea salt and then leave it to dissolve. When it gets dissolved, fill a neti pot with this solution. Now place the tip of the spout at one nostril. Do this remedy when the sink is near and move your head slightly sideways. When the water comes out from the other side of the nose, repeat this remedy with the other side of the nose too.
Chop an onion and after chopping it properly, put this chopped onion in boiling water and boil it for another 5 minutes. When the boiling is finally done, you have to inhale the steam for some time because onions are good anti-bacterial and will absorb all the bacteria. This is the best home remedy for sinus drainage without any side effects. For best results, you can even drink the mixture when it is warm.
Mix honey along with crushed garlic and apply it, as it is very effective in treating a sinus infection. Applying the paste of crushed garlic and honey unclogs the sinus cavities and also removes the bacteria. Garlic is the best anti-bacterial element and it helps with healing of infections.
9. Use a Warm Compress
Cover your face with a warm compress; this is the best remedy that will give relief from facial pain and pressure that is caused to individuals due to sinus infection. One can also use this remedy on the ears; you just have to put a warm compress just like you would on other parts of your body to relieve sinus pressure in ears or to unclog the clogged ear.
10. Carrot & Cucumber Juice
If you are suffering from sinus, and you want to get relief from sinus infection as soon as possible, the best thing you can do is to drink a combination of carrot and cucumber juice regularly. This is the best remedy for individuals who wants to recover quickly.
11. Sandalwood, Cucumber and Neem Paste
To get quick relief from this disease, one can apply the paste of sandalwood powder, neem leaves and cucumber. It will help you in recovering quickly from sinus.
12. Sweet Basil Leaves & Tea Leaves
Make a paste of tea leaves and sweet basil leaves and then apply this paste regularly. You can do this for a month or till you feel any changes.
13. Warm Water
In a glass of lukewarm water, add half a teaspoon of salt and gargle with this solution. You must try this remedy because this is the best remedy for curing sore throat that is caused due to sinus drainage.
14. Keep your head elevated while sleeping
Individuals suffering from sinus should always keep their head in an elevated position while sleeping because that’s how all the mucus would draw out easily and you will be relieved.
Boil a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water. After boiling them, strain it and drink it warm as fenugreek is very effective in getting rid of sinus infection.
16. Eucalyptus Oil
People suffering with sinus can add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in water before taking a bath. This helps in clearing the congestion that is caused due to sinus infection.
17. Tulsi Leaves
Grind the leaves of Tulsi and make a smooth paste from these leaves. Mix a little bit of honey to the paste and eat it for a few days as this helps in getting fast cure from sinus infection.
18. Cumin Seeds
Tie the seeds of cumin in a cotton cloth and dip this cloth in a pan full of water. You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in this pan which contains water. Now heat the pan containing all these things and then inhale the vapors. This is the best remedy for getting relief from sinus congestion.
Take lavender essential oil, or you can also take peppermint essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil. Take any of these oils, and add it in water and take the steam while heating this fluid. This is the best remedy that will give you speedy relief from sinus.
Add a tablespoon of vinegar in boiling water and inhale its steam. This is the best way that will help you in clearing the blocked mucus in the sinus cavities and will give you fast relief from it.
Homeopathic Remedies for Sinus
This remedy is best but it is not suitable for all individuals with sinus problems. This is only suitable for those individuals who suffer from symptoms like burning pain in the sinuses, vomiting and a feeling of nausea. Besides this, continued thirst is also a symptom but only if you are not able to drink water.
2. Hepar sulphur
While doing this remedy, a lot of special care is required. This remedy should only be tried if you are having continuous headache, and when the individual sneezes, thick yellow mucus is discharged from the nostrils and the individual also has sore nostrils.
If you have symptoms like continuous heaviness in the head along with chronic pain and dizziness all the time, or if you have flushed face and severe sensitivity of eyes towards the normal and dim lights, then use Belladonna.
If yellowish or greenish mucus is discharged from the nose along with some heavy pain in one side of the head, then this remedy is highly recommended for you. Besides all these symptoms, you may also suffer from digestive problems.
5. Kali bichromicum
This is the best remedy if you are suffering from nausea, dizziness and pass a thick nasal discharge while sneezing and while sneezing if you suffer from bad pain at the root of the nose. The pain may get worse when individuals wake up in the morning or by cold.
After all these tips and remedies, there are some other remedies that are effective in getting relief for sinus and some of them are as follows:
- Drink a lot of water for fast relief.
- Drink watery fluids, if you want fast cure.
- Stay indoors.
If you are having sinus then you should avoid going into areas that are polluted or dusty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are already suffering from cold or flu.
- Take lots of rest, for best cure.
- Take supplements (Vitamin A, C and Zinc) as it makes the immune system strong.
- Avoid eating spicy foods.
- Avoid using sugar, you can have honey instead.
- Control allergies.