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10 Natural Remedies for a Sinus Infection

OnsenSteam inhalation

Hot water vapor can help moisten the sinuses. One way to take some steam is to add a few drops of eucalyptus or menthol in the bath and steam up the bathroom. A hot, steamy bath or shower can also help loosen mucus and debris stuck inside the nose.

Or inhale steam directly by dropping a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil in hot water. Drape a towel over the back of the head and place face close enough to the scented water to be able to inhale the steam until nasal passages open up.

The same can be done with a few drops of essential oil added to the water in a humidifier.

As an alternative use a warm compress to the face. Applying a warm compress can help keep the nasal tissue moist and provide relief from sinus discomfort.

Flush nasal passages

A saline wash has the ability to thin out mucus and help flush it out of the nasal channels. Saline washes have been observed to be highly beneficial for sinus infections. In fact, they should be used as one of the first remedies for a sinus infection. It is recommended to use a saline solution via a neti pot or other similar device to maintain moisture in the nasal passages.

These nasal clearing devices are very helpful in irrigating the nasal cavity by clearing out any unwanted mucus and other inhaled contaminants that may have been trapped in there. For optimal results, use a neti pot or other easy squeeze bottle systems two times a day until relief is found.

Spicy food

Spicy food is known to help with clearing out the sinuses. Foods like hot peppers, mustard, curry horseradish and wasabi can help open congested sinuses, leading to nasal discharge. Spicy foods have also been linked with opening nasal cavities and promoting the restoration of normal and regular breathing. A return to unobstructed breathing will relieve the sinus pressure so characteristic of sinusitis discomfort.

Cayenne is one spicy ingredient that can be relied upon for its fiery disposition. It contains the active ingredient capsaicin that can be used to address sinus related issues. Add to food or sprinkle a small amount on beverages to not only add a kick to your food but also benefit from its healing potential.

And while spicy food cannot cure a sinus infection by keeping nasal passages open, it can permit the body to get rid of the thick mucus prolonging the infection.