A sinus infection aka sinusitis is a common and painful condition. It causes stuffy, painful pressure in the nasal cavity. The condition affects around 30% of people around the world and nearly 12% of people are affected by chronic sinus. Most cases are caused by a virus and will go away on their own. It is contagious and also, it’s challenging to tell sinusitis apart from a cold or allergy. This is one of the motivating factors why you should be able to identify the symptoms of a sinus infection. By the end of the blog, we will discuss home-remedies for treatments of sinusitis and explain how to differentiate a sinus infection and a cold.
Home remedies for sinus infection or sinusitis cure
Garlic is a very potent ingredient for eliminating the viruses and infections causing agents. Boil some water and add a few cloves of crushed garlic to it. Once water is hot enough, remove the pot off-gas. Now place your face over the pot and breathe in the steam with your head covering with a towel. You can do this when you feel your nasal passage is blocked. It will help thin the mucus, thus, provide instant relief.
2. Fenugreek Seeds
The anti-inflammatory properties are helpful in curing sinus. Boil some fenugreek seeds in a cup of water to make a cup of fenugreek tea and drink this tea at least 3 times a day.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces swelling inside the nasal cavity. It is known as one of the famous remedies for sinus cure. It contains curcumin that speeds up the healing process. So, you can add turmeric to your food while cooking it, or add a teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of warm water and drink it every night before you hit the sack.
4. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint gives your body a cooling sensation and helps in curing sinus. You can add about a teaspoon of peppermint leaves into a kettle of hot water. Allow it to steep for 3 to 5 minutes and pour into a cup and drink the tea.
5. Basil Leaves
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties make basil a superb natural remedy for sinus infection. It helps drain the mucus, so adding washed basil leaves into a kettle of hot water and allow it to steep for a while. You can drink it like tea 1 to 2 times a day.
6. Green Tea
Green tea is known to help in a lot of ailments because it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that will help cure your sinus infection. Drink two cups of green tea daily as it also helps boost the immune system.
It’s no surprise that the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are an excellent cure for sinus infection and cold. To get the maximum benefit, you can add ginger to your food, or prepare ginger tea and sip it.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps make the mucus thin and clear-up the stuffy nose. You can heat half a cup of water and add an equal amount of apple cider vinegar. When the water boils, you can remove the vessel and inhale the steam. A word of precaution, keep your eyes and mouth closed while you do it.
Ajwain helps dilute the mucus and it is available in all Indian households. You can breathe the liquid of crushed ajwain from a cup of boiling water after adding it. Once the water is hot enough, remove it from the heat and inhale the steam.
10. Tomato Soup
Tomatoes have an ample amount of fiber and vitamin C as well as it’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling in the nasal cavity. You can boil a cup of tomato juice in a pan and add 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic, a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to make healthy tomato soup. Mix the ingredients and boil. Drink at least two bowls of this hot soup every day.
Onions have antibacterial properties that help clear out the sinus infection. You can include it in your diet as a salad or during food preparation. In addition, add chopped onion to a pot of water. When the water is hot, remove the pot from the heat and take the steam. A tip, you should cover your head with a towel while inhaling the steam and ensure that you keep your eyes closed.
12. Hot Compress
You can dip a small washcloth in some hot water, squeeze and remove excess water. Place it on the forehead and repeat it several times a day to get relief from the facial pain caused by sinus.
Acupressure is also a good treatment for getting relief in sinus. You can go to a professional or do it on your own. Using your fingertips, apply pressure on the sides of the nose at the point where the eyebrows meet.
14. Carrot Juice
Drink a glass of carrot juice every day in the morning as it contains vitamin A which is very helpful in the treatment of sinus.
15. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is also a natural remedy for sinus infection or sinusitis due to its healing properties. Just pour a few drops of this oil in the boiling water. When it gets boiled properly, remove it from the heat and inhale the steam twice a day.
If the sinus caused by an infection, the symptoms and pressure should go away within a few weeks. If the same is caused by an allergy, sinus pressure may come and go, so taking good care is of utmost importance. The natural remedies above can help relieve sinus symptoms and discomfort. They can also help in speedy recovery. However, when home remedies fail, and infection doesn’t seem to get away, make sure that you make an appointment with the best sinus doctor for you.
About the Author:
Dr. Siddharth Vashishtha – MBBS, M.S. | Specialist in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeries