We have all experienced uncomfortable pain around our eyes, forehead, and cheeks. It is not something we enjoy, but it happens, and it is always helpful to know a few tricks to reduce the pain naturally.
As the temperature fluctuates, you may experience cold or seasonal allergy-like symptoms, and it is important to know the difference to treat your symptoms properly. Sinus pressure is the result of blocked nasal passages. When your sinuses can’t drain, it can cause inflammation and irritation, causing pain in your nose, face, and head.
Instead of taking medicine that will make you feel drowsy or fatigued, here are a few natural ways to alleviate sinus pressure.
Hum Your Way to Relief
The next time you are experiencing sinus pressure pain, turn on your favorite tunes and hum to the music. Some report that humming for at least 30 minutes to an hour can improve pain and clear sinuses. Humming also helps increase the airflow through your nasal passages, reducing sinus infection risk.
When In Doubt, Flush It Out
A common way to relieve sinus pain and congestion is by using a saline spray. Saline sprays contain salt that helps increase the moisture in your nasal cavity, reducing pain and pressure. You can find these sprays at your local grocery stores or make your own using iodine-free salt, distilled water, and baking soda.
Make sure you use the spray as instructed to prevent worsening your sinus pain or inducing a sinus infection.
Steam Always Does the Trick
Sometimes a good, hot shower will do the trick. Dry air with dry sinuses is a recipe for disaster. The mix can increase sinus pressure and cause your headaches to worsen. Steam adds moisture to the air and helps thin out mucus that may have thickened—a perfect remedy for eliminating a dry cough.
Take a shower and breathe in the steam to help reduce the pressure, or purchase a humidifier for 24/7 moisture.
Tip: Add essential oils like Eucalyptus or peppermint to your bath water to help clear your sinuses. The steam will work as a diffuser.
A Good Night’s Rest Will Do
The best thing you can do when you’re feeling under the weather is to go to bed. By getting the right amount of sleep, you’re allowing your body to heal naturally. While you are resting, your body can produce more white blood cells, which will attack bacteria and viruses.
Before heading to bed, try to allow your body to rest independently. This means no over-stimulating activities before bed. Try yoga or meditation before going to sleep to relax your body and mind.
Tip: Sleep with your head elevated to decrease the amount of mucus buildup and sinus pressure.