Get Rid of a Sinus Pressure Headache Naturally
Sinus blockages can result in incredibly painful sinus headaches and traditional meds may provide only temporary sinus headache relief. However, holistic treatments can get to the true cause of your sinus headache, bring pain relief, and cure the cycle of sinus infections and headaches.
Many times, what you think of or even what your doctor diagnoses as a sinus headache is in fact a migraine or tension headache.1 So what is a sinus headache? The symptoms that particularly characterize sinus headaches include significant pain in the front of the head, the cheeks, and at the bridge of the nose. This pain will worsen if you bend down or move your head quickly. A stuffy nose and yellow-green or even red mucus discharge may also be present. Additionally, a sinus headache will most likely occur around the time of a cold, the flu, or another infection that will have caused the mucus blockage in the sinus cavities (and it is this that typically indicates a sinus headache diagnosis rather than migraine.)
Find a Folk Cure for Sinus Headaches
You have many options in home remedies for sinus headache symptoms. To start, use a humidifier and/or steam treatments to moisturize your nasal passages. Saline nasal sprays may help improve sinus drainage. Warm compresses over the sinuses can relieve pain and pressure. Apple cider vinegar, natural pain relievers, and aromatherapy such as with peppermint oil may help open up the sinuses, kill off an infection, or simply relieve sinus headache pain. Oner herbal remedy you may want to consider is feverfew, a plant that has some documented support as to its effectiveness for headache in general and sinus headaches particularly.2
1 Cady RK, Schreiber CP. Sinus headache or migraine? Considerations in making a differential diagnosis. Neurology. 2002;58(9 Suppl 6):S10-S14.
2 Guo R, Canter PH, Ernst E. Herbal medicines for the treatment of rhinosinusitis: a systematic review. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Oct;135(4):496-506. Review.
Also check out these related sections of Earth Clinic’s Folk Medicine library:
Sinus Infection Cures and Natural Remedies
Sinus Congestion Remedies
The Connection Between Sinus Infections and Ice Cream!
Cures for Chronic Sinusitis