It usually starts with dull pressure in your head. Perhaps an ache in your forehead. Or maybe some pain and pressure around your eyes and nose.
But before you know it, you’re down for the count with another miserable sinus infection.
Sinus infections strike around 37 million Americans every year. And although they can occur at any time, winter is prime time for sinus troubles.
Unless your sinus infection is bacterial, antibiotics are useless. And over the counter options can leave you feeling overstimulated, wiped out, or with rebound congestion.
6 drug-free solutions for battling sinus infections
The good news is most sinus infections will get better on their own. The bad news is waiting around for one to clear, can feel like an eternity.
But you don’t have to be miserable. If you end up stuffed up, these natural, drug-free solutions can help unclog your sinuses.
When it comes to clearing up ANY kind of congestion steam is an oldie-but-a-goodie. And steam is a proven solution for tackling the pressure and pain of sinus infections.
Boil some water and carefully pour it into a heat-safe container. Place a towel over your head and the bowl to trap the steam in and breathe in as deeply as you can.
Steamy hot showers can help too. So go ahead and crank up the heat enough to fog up that bathroom mirror. Just make sure you don’t make the water too hot, or you could scald yourself.
2. Eucalyptus oil:
There’s a reason some folks call eucalyptus Mother Nature’s decongestant. It’s terrific at clearing away all kinds of congestion, including the kind caused by sinus infections.
In fact, eucalyptus oil is SO popular for tackling stuffed up noses your local drugstore may even stock it. If not, you can easily find the oil in natural food stores as well as online.
If you’re using steam to unclog your sinuses, adding a few drops to the hot water can make it even MORE effective. Or just try sprinkling a few drops onto a tissue or handkerchief and keep it nearby for sniffing throughout the day, as well as when you turn in for the night
3. A Neti pot:
Neti pots are made of ceramic or plastic and look kind of like a small teapot. You can use one to irrigate your nasal passages using a simple salt and water solution.
Neti pots help relieve sinus pressure and pain by thinning and removing built-up mucus. And they flush away irritants that can cause congestion in the first place.
Follow the directions that come with your Neti pot and ALWAYS use purified water to make your saline solution… NEVER tap water.
4. Saline spray:
Like the Neti pot, saline spray uses salt water to thin out the secretions in your nose. It helps clear away built-up mucus to relieve the pressure and pain of sinus infections. And it flushes out irritants and germs that can cause further congestion.
Bromelain is a pineapple extract which is a natural anti-inflammatory. In a study published in the journal Laryngoscope, researchers found the extract could help relieve the inflammation which contributes to blocked and uncomfortable sinuses. Bromelain is available anywhere supplements are sold.
You may already know quercetin as a powerful antioxidant. But it turns out this potent nutrient could also help unclog your sinuses.
When your immune system senses foreign pathogens, certain cells in your body pump out histamine. The chemical helps escort white blood cells to the site of the invasion to do battle. And this can lead to swelling and congestion that blocks your sinuses.
But quercetin works with your body to calm the histamine response, reducing mucus build up and sinus pressure.
You made it all the way through the hectic holiday season. Now it’s time to survive sinus season. Tackle your sinus infection congestion using these six drug-free solutions.
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