Just as there are simple ways for preventing sinus headaches – such as staying hydrated by drinking lots of fluids– there are also simple home remedies for sinus headaches that you may benefit from. Before you try one of these home remedies, it is important to know what is causing your sinus headache. In most cases, they are being caused by a condition called sinusitis or by an allergy. Home remedies for sinus headaches can help with those caused by sinusitis, but are not cure-alls. It is possible that something else is causing your sinus headache such as a tumor or fungal sinusitis. If this is the case for you, seeking home remedies for sinus headaches will do you little or no good.
Try A Little Steam
Many people whose sinus headaches are caused by sinusitis have found relief simply by using a steam- or cool-mist humidifier. Another simple and very inexpensive treatment for sinus headache relief is to inhale steam 2 to 4 times a day. You could try leaning over a a basin of hot water and covering your head with a towel, or just turn your shower to hot and sit in your bathroom with the door closed and breathe the steam.
Peppermint is a decongestant. Try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your steam and you may find quick relief for your sinus headache.
Compresses and Footbaths
You might also find sinus headache relief by dipping a small towel in cold water, rinsing it and then applying it to your forehead. When the towel gets warm, just flip it to the other side or dip it into cold water again. This can be combined with a hot footbath or you can try alternating hot and cold compresses.
A Dark Room
You could get relief from your sinus headache just by lying down in a dark room and sleeping for a half-hour or so.
Use Food As Home Remedies For Sinus Headaches
Believe it or not, eating a jalapeno pepper as soon as your headache starts can help. You might find that within a few minutes your sinuses will start to drain and your headache will go away. For that matter, eating any a spicy meal such as Mexican, Thai or Cajun can also cause your sinuses to drain and give you sinus headache relief.
Snorting cayenne pepper has been used with success by some sufferers as this has about the same effect as eating a jalapeno pepper.
Another simple home remedy is to make a paste from dry ginger with a little water or milk and then apply this to your forehead. Alternately, you can grind 10 to 15 basil leafs and a teaspoon of dry ginger, make a paste and apply this to your forehead.
A saline nasal spray or nasal irrigation can also help. There are several saline-based irrigation products available over-the-counter such as NeilMed Sinus Rinse™ and SinuCleanse ™. As an alternative to these over-the-counter products, you can make your own nasal rinse. To do this, take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt (non-iodized is important), a pinch of baking soda and add them to one cup of warm water — filtered, distilled or previously boiled. You might also try adding grapefruit seed extract or apple cider vinegar to the solution as these have helped many sinus headache sufferers.
Try A Neti Pot
In the practice of yoga, nasal irrigation involves the use of a neti pot, which is available at most health food and drug stores. These pots look like a teapot with a narrow spout. You fill the neti pot with a warm saltwater solution, then tilt your head sideways and pour the solution into one nostril and let it drain out of the other then repeat this process with the other nostril. Nasal irrigation can be accomplished more simply by using a flexible plastic squeeze bottle to force the saline solution up your nose, one nostril at a time.
Oil Pulling Therapy
Finally, there is a home remedy for sinus headaches called oil pulling therapy. This sinus headache home remedy requires that you do the process first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It consists of taking one tablespoon of organic coconut, sunflower or sesame oil into your mouth and swishing and swirling it around your mouth and teeth without swallowing it. After you have swished it around for 15 to 20 minutes, you then spit out the solution and rinse. The oil acts as a cleanser, pulling out toxins, bacteria and mucous from your body.
Home remedies for sinus headaches are both simple and inexpensive. This may not be the case if your have other sinus diseases …