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10 Effective Home Remedies For Sinusitis



10 Effective Home Remedies For Sinusitis Kushneet Kukreja August 8, 2016 Do you dread a change in the season because it always triggers a sinusitis attack? Do you fear those few days of extreme discomfort when your nose seems to launch a World War III attack on your body? Millions of people worldwide are acute or chronic sufferers of sinusitis and are always on the lookout for the best home remedies to relieve all that pain and discomfort.

Opting for home remedies for treating sinus-. issues is an excellent route to take, especially when you do not want to load your bloodstream with all those antibiotics and antihistamines that doctors prescribe. We have compiled a list of simple and natural solutions for sinusitis. Keep reading to know more.

What Is Sinusitis?

Whether it is acute (lasting for less than four weeks) or chronic (lasting for more than four weeks), sinusitis means an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses. The skeletal system has air pockets in many places of the body, wherein the facial bones have three pairs of sinuses. When these sinuses are dry, they are completely unnoticeable. If, for some reason, they become filled with liquid and bacteria, viruses or fungi, the result is a painful attack of sinusitis (1).

All in all, this is a very painful and uncomfortable infection that anyone would be glad to get rid of it as soon as possible. Most doctors treat a sinusitis infection with antihistamines, painkillers, and antipyretics (for fever). They also prescribe taking steam and bed rest. In rare cases, where sinusitis has become extreme, the doctor surgically drains the sinuses of any built up fluid.

What Causes A Sinus Infection?

Sinusitis or sinus infection can be caused due to the following reasons:

  • When the cilia (small hair) that line the sinuses do not eliminate enough mucus from these spaces, causing blockages
  • Due to bacterial, fungal, or viral infections
  • Cold
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Health conditions like deviated nasal septum, nasal bone spur, or nasal polyps (1, 2).

Home Remedies For Sinus Pain, Pressure, And Infection

Though doctors can prescribe good OTC medications for sinusitis infections, you too can take palliative measures and home remedies to help you combat this nasty infection. It is wise to see a doctor if your symptoms persist even after a week of trying these sinusitis home remedies.

Get Rid Of Sinusitis With These Remedies

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Tea
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide
  5. Grapefruit Seed Extract
  6. Honey
  7. Horseradish
  8. Detox Bath
  9. Steam
  10. Coconut Oil Pulling

1. Essential Oils For Sinus


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You Will Need
  • 3-4 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 3-4 drops lavender oil
  • 3-4 drops lemon essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the oils and pour a drop or two of this mixture on your fingertips.
  2. Massage it on the neck, temples, and back of the neck with your fingers.
  3. Breathe deeply to inhale the vapors of these oils.
How Often You Should Do This

Reapply every few hours for maximum benefit.

Why This Works

Essential oils of eucalyptus, lavender, and lemon help in reducing headache and act as natural decongestion agents. Eucalyptus oil is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, while lavender oil is soothing for the mind and body (3, 4). Lemon oil is an antifungal agent and also an analgesic (5, 6).

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar For Sinusitis


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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 6 ounces lukewarm water
What You Have To Do

Mix the ACV in the water and drink this. You can also gargle with this mixture for added benefits.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink twice a day.

Why This Works

The vitamins and minerals present in ACV minimize the symptoms of allergy. It balances the pH in the nasal sinuses and clears out the excess mucus that has built up. It antibacterial and antifungal properties treat the infection that is causing the sinusitis (7, 8).

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3. Tea For Sinus Infection

(a) Cayenne Pepper Tea


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You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 small lemon wedge
  • A cup of boiling water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add all the ingredients to the hot water and mix them well.
  2. Sip this tea while it is warm for instant relief from sinus symptoms.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink two to three cups of this herbal tea in a day.

Why This Works

Cayenne pepper is a decongestant and clears out your sinuses quickly (9). The honey and lemon balance out the spiciness of the cayenne in the tea.

(b) Ginger Tea


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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • A cup of boiling water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the ginger to the hot water and let it steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain and sip this tea. You can add a dash of honey for flavor.
How Often You Should Do This

Have three cups of ginger tea in a day.

Why This Works

The high level of antioxidant activity demonstrated by ginger makes it an effective home remedy to treat sinus infections. Its anti-inflammatory properties will reduce the swelling and irritation in the nasal passages. It is also antimicrobial in nature and hence, will clear out the sinus infection (10).

(c) Green Tea


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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons green tea leaves or green tea bag
  • A cup of hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Steep the green tea in the hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Strain and have this tea while it is still warm.

Honey and lemon are good additions to enhance the flavor of this herbal tea.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink three to four cups of green tea in a day.

Why This Works

Green tea is touted as one of the best herbal teas. Its high antioxidant content and healing powers make it a go-to home remedy for most ailments. It is also effective when it comes to treating sinusitis (11).

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4. Hydrogen Peroxide For Sinus


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You Will Need
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Small mist spray bottle
What You Have To Do
  1. Pour the hydrogen peroxide into the spray bottle.
  2. Bend over so that you are looking at the floor and in this position, spray the hydrogen peroxide into your nostrils a few times.
  3. Take deep breaths so that the peroxide solution reaches your nasal sinuses.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat after a few hours, if required.

Why This Works

Hydrogen peroxide is an astringent and will kill the microbes that are growing in your nasal passages and blocking them (12).

[ Read: Home Remedies To Stop Nose Bleeding ]

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You Will Need
  • Few drops of grapefruit seed extract
  • 1/2 cup hot water
What You Have To Do

Add the grapefruit seed extract to the water and inhale it.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat twice a day.

Why This Works

This unusual extract has antibacterial and antifungal properties that will treat the underlying infection causing sinusitis (13).

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6. Honey For Sinus


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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix both the ingredients and warm up the mixture for a few seconds.
  2. Consume this mixture.
How Often You Should Do This

Ingest this two times daily to prevent sinus.

Why This Works

Honey is an antimicrobial agent against many bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It soothes the nasal passages and the throat that are inflamed during a sinus infection (14).

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7. Horseradish For Sinus Relief


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You Will Need

½ – 1 teaspoon grated horseradish

What You Have To Do

Freshly grate the horseradish and take the above-mentioned amount of it.

How Often You Should Do This

Take this thrice a day.

Why This Works

Horseradish is an antimicrobial agent that will eliminate the bacteria or fungus causing the sinus infection (15).


Do not ingest more than the recommended quantity as excess horseradish can cause stomachache and vomiting.

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8. Detox Bath For Sinus Infection


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You Will Need
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 6-8 drops tea tree oil
  • Warm water
  • A bath tub
What You Have To Do
  1. Add all the ingredients to the warm water in the bathtub. Give it a stir or two.
  2. Soak in this relaxing bath for 15 to 20 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Soak once every day for a calming and detoxifying experience.

Why This Works

Epsom salt pulls out all the toxins from your body and relaxes your muscles (16). Baking soda, being an antibacterial agent, will kill all the infection-causing microbes in your body (17). Tea tree oil is also an effective antimicrobial agent that will clear out the infection in your sinuses (18).

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9. Steam For Sinus Pressure


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You Will Need
  • A large bowl/utensil
  • Hot water
  • Few drops of essential oil (optional)
  • A big towel
What You Have To Do
  1. Fill hot water in the utensil and add your favorite essential oil to it. Eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree, geranium, and lavender work really well for sinus.
  2. Cover your head and torso over the pan with the towel so that it makes a sort of ‘tent’.
  3. Next, bask in the glorious steam, inhale and exhale deeply from the nose (this might be difficult to do with a stuffy nose; it will become possible as the steam opens the nose up).
  4. Inhale the steam for about five to eight minutes, taking care not to blow your nose wildly into a tissue. Rather, wipe away any discharge with a tissue to avoid aggravating the infected sinuses.
  5. When you finish, don’t uncover the face and chest immediately. Lie down for about 10 minutes, wrapping the same sheet or towel around your head and chest like a shawl.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice for a clear sinus.

Why This Works

For mild sinus infections, nothing works better than a few minutes of warm, moist, wonderful steam. You will feel like a new person each time you take steam inhalation. This is the perfect home remedies for sinus cold, pain, headache, and all other sinusitis symptoms (19).

[ Read: Remedies for Dark Spots on Face ]

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10. Coconut Oil Pulling For Sinus


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You Will Need

1 tablespoon coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Melt the coconut oil and swish it around your mouth like mouthwash.
  2. Keeping swishing for at least five minutes. You can continue swishing for about 20 minutes.
  3. Spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every day till your sinus clears out.

Why This Works

Oil pulling has been used in Ayurveda to draw out the toxins from the oral cavity (20). This process also increases the flow of lymph in your sinuses and clears the congestion and mucus build-up (21).

Start using these home remedies before the pain gets unbearable. Clear out your nasal passages easily and breathe in relief.

Listed below are a few frequently asked questions regarding sinusitis.

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1. Tips To Avoid Sinus Pain

Follow these tips to prevent suffering from sinusitis pain:

  • Know Your Triggers – Different factors can trigger a sinus infection in different people. It may be a change in seasons, exposure to the sun, a cold, hay fever, allergies, etc. If you see a pattern of triggers that always brings you down with a sinus infection, avoid them. As with every other illness, prevention is better than cure
  • Humidify – Sinusitis becomes aggravated by dry air. Make sure you sleep and rest in a room with enough humidity. Too much humidity, again, can actually make the infection worse by giving the microorganisms a breeding ground. If you use a humidifier, place it close to your bed. If you normally use a vaporizer, ensure that you use it at least three to four times a day to keep the nasal passage comfortably moist.
  • Stay Cool – It is no rocket science that exposure to too much heat will dry up the nasal passages and sinuses. Dryness of the sinuses and nose aggravates and/or triggers a sinus infection. Steer clear of the sun in hot, dry weather. During colder weather, do not overheat the room. It is better to keep the room temperature a little low and put on woollens rather than keeping it at 28 degrees and wearing just a T-shirt.

[ Read: Home Remedies To Treat Dry Nose ]

  • Ventilation – If you live in a permanently air-conditioned and shuttered up house, there are many other infections that can set in besides sinusitis. Never ignore the benefits of fresh air. Open the windows and doors on days that are warm, even if it is for just 30 minutes. Allow all the stale air to be eliminated. If you work in a 24/7 air-conditioned office, you can’t open the windows. Instead, you can go out during breaks to get that much-needed fresh air.
  • Detox Your Surroundings – Many times, it is not just the weather that triggers a sinus infection. Household chemicals may also be the reason for your sinus woes. Find out if irritants like passive (or active) cigarette smoke, household cleaners, deodorants, hairsprays, and pet hair are aggravating your sinusitis. Try to eliminate the irritant and replace it with something organic.
  • Stay Hydrated – We can never say enough about the many benefits of water. Stay hydrated to avoid dryness from within. Have your daily recommended eight to 10 glasses of (non-cold) water, drink hot fluids like tea and soups, and take hot showers or steam. Water is good for your sinus infection in any of these forms. Avoid alcohol and coffee as they are both dehumidifiers and will cause the throat and nasal passages to dry up and cause a lot of discomfort.

2. What Are The Symptoms Of A Sinus Infection?

The main symptoms of sinusitis are:

  • Pain in the face (around the eyes, forehead, and the cheekbones)
  • Sneezing fits
  • Nasal discharge and congestion (yellowish-green)
  • Loss of the sense of smell (and subsequently, sense of taste)
  • Cough
  • Low-grade fever
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Redness and watering of the eyes
  • Dental pain (sometimes) (1, 2)

3. What Foods Are Good For A Sinus Infection?

There are many power foods that you can include in your diet to fasten the healing process of the sinus infection.

  • Include anti-inflammatory foods like pineapple, berries, cherries, beetroots, broccoli, tomatoes, salmon, tuna, herring, etc.
  • Include antibacterial foods like garlic, ginger, onions, and limes.
  • Include plenty of hot fluids like herbal teas and clear soups.

4. What Foods Can Irritate Your Sinuses?

If you are allergic to certain foods, then these, when ingested, may trigger a sinus infection as well. Be aware of which foods are your trigger foods and stay away from them.

When suffering from sinusitis, it is advisable to not avoid dairy and its products, eggs, refined vegetable oils, and sugary foods as these can increase the mucus production in the body.

5. Acupuncture For Sinuses Pain – Does It Work?

Another simple remedy for sinusitis is to use acupuncture at the points recommended for the sinuses. This ancient Chinese technique is said to enhance the circulation of body fluids, strengthen the immune system, and help the body to heal itself. Studies have proven that acupuncture can improve symptoms of nasal congestion and sinus (22, 23).

Caution – Acupuncture should be administered by certified professionals only. Do not attempt this without under any supervision.

These home remedies and preventive measures do not guarantee a 100% cure from sinusitis for life, but they can give you relief from your current infection. Make sure you take proper measures to protect yourself from burns while taking steam inhalation as too much direct contact with steam can and will cause severe burns. With all the above-mentioned home remedies, taking ample rest and a lot of fluids is a constant. We hope you will definitely find the home remedy for sinusitis that works best for you.

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