If you have sinus congestion and cannot breathe, you want relief right now! Natural remedies for sinus congestion are quite effective. You may have just what you need in your kitchen!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of Earth Clinic’s most popular remedies to clear sinus congestion fast. Our readers typically take 1-2 teaspoons in an 8 ounce glass of filtered water once or twice a day. Relief occurs in less than an hour typically.
To use black peppercorns to relieve your sinus congestion, take 4-5 peppercorns and slowly chew and swallow them. Relief is imminent.
You know that when you use cayenne pepper on your food you only use a bit because it is so powerful. The same goes for using it for medicine – a little goes a long way. Take a cotton bud and dip the tip of it into the cayenne pepper. Carefully insert the cotton bud into the nose and apply the cayenne pepper to the inside of your nose. Have your box of tissues handy because your nose is going to run like a faucet! Be warned – this remedy does burn initially but that feeling passes quickly and is worth the relief it brings.
Carefully apply a menthol salve or vapor rub to your face over your clogged sinuses. (Be careful not to get it into your eyes!)
Herbs can be taken in food or tea. They take a little longer to work than the above methods and actually work well when combined with the above methods. These herbs work to support the immune system and reduce inflammation to bring long term relief.
Nettle is highly nutritive and is especially helpful if your sinus congestion is caused by allergies. Several cups of nettle tea can be consumed daily. Alternately, take 4 nettle leaf capsules twice a day, with or without food.
Garlic will fight infection, reduce inflammation and support your immune system. You can add garlic to your meals or buy a garlic supplement.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory king! Additionally, it fights infection. Turmeric can be taken in capsule form, thought traditionally it is added to milk. ¼ teaspoon to up to a teaspoon can be added to a glass of warm or cold milk. Because dairy products often make sinus congestion worse, try a non dairy milk like almond or rice milk.
If you like spicy foods, you will be happy to hear that they are effective at fighting sinus congestion.
Have you ever tried horseradish? It is very spicy and you can feel it up in your sinuses in seconds after it enters your mouth. You only need a pea sized amount on a cracker or piece of bread. You may need to repeat the remedy every hour or so.
Hot sauce can be added to your food, soups or even hot tea to get your sinuses opened.
Tomato tea also makes benefit of spicy foods to open up the sinuses. This recipe created and refined by Jean has helped many people find relief from their sinus congestion.
Light exercise can help relieve sinus congestion. Walk around the room or up and down the staircase a couple of times. A rebounder is especially helpful and will also get your lymph moving to facilitate long term healing.
Wear a Hat
Grandmothers told their children to wear a hat and scarf for a reason! You lose a lot of heat through your head. Keeping it warm retains your body heat and energy and has even helped some with sinus congestion. Wear a warm stocking cap around the house and even to bed, especially if you have a chilly bedroom.
Baking Soda Bath
A warm bath is relaxing and healing all at once. At a cup of baking soda and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your bath water and soak as long as you like. The baking soda helps to alkalize your body and the eucalyptus oil will help to clear your nasal passages.
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