For those who suffer from sinus infections or congestion on a regular basis, it can be absolutely miserable. Sinus problems can cause pain, headaches, and pressure in the head and can be hard to treat with medications, due to such a range of causes. Allergies, blockages, narrow passageways, inflammation, and a deviated septum can all contribute to chronic sinus symptoms.
Luckily, there are many natural options available to help prevent blocked sinus cavities or help alleviate the symptoms. Three of the best ways I have found are PEPPERMINT OIL, USAGE OF A NETI POT, and STEAM.
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which is considered to be a natural decongestant. It is also antibacterial and antiviral which can help clear out any infection that may be lurking. It helps to thin and eliminate mucus as well as alleviating inflammation. Peppermint oil can be inhaled through the nasal cavaties and/or encapsulated and taken orally for sinus relief.
A neti pot is a small pot used to clean out the nasal passages with a mixture of distilled water and a salt solution. It has been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine and has recently become popular in Western medicine, with ENT doctors commonly recommending it to their patients. They are used to help thin and flush out mucus, as well as eliminate allergens that may be trapped in the small hairs inside the nose. A neti pot should be used daily during an infection and can be used several times per week to maintain healthy passages.
If you don’t have access to a sauna, the next best thing is to boil a pot of water, take it off the stove and place your head over the pot with a towel over top to keep the steam inside the facial area. Of course, take special care not to burn yourself. The steam helps to ease the pain of sinus pressure and will help expel the mucus. You can add a couple drops of peppermint oil to the water for extra relief.
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Sources:http://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-pain-pressure-11/causes-sinus-problems http://www.livestrong.com/article/327456-peppermint-oil-for-a-sinus-infection/ http://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-pain-pressure-11/neti-pots http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acute-sinusitis/DS00170/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies