Sinusitis is the inflammation and congestion of the sinuses and nasal cavities. These are small passages in the skull that are generally full of air. They also produce mucus, which keeps your nasal cavities clear of irritants like dust and pollen. When these tissues become inflamed due to infection or allergies, they can swell, trapping air and mucus and making it difficult to breathe.
Sinusitis can be acute or chronic, but either way, it’s annoying, uncomfortable, and often painful. Luckily, there are several natural treatments you can do at home to ease the discomfort and help your body heal more quickly.
Steam & Humidity
Hydrating the air around you in the first step to treating the swelling and congestion that comes with sinusitis. Breathing in steam vapors, either from a shower or an herbal steam, will help loosen congestion and make it easier to breathe. Using a humidifier will keep the air moist, which will make it more comfortable to breathe and keep your sinuses from getting dried out.
Warm, wet heat can also help loosen the congestion in your sinuses and relieve some of the pressure that comes with it. This is especially helpful if you are prone to headaches along with your sinusitis. Use a warm, wet towel to make a compress, but be sure it is not too hot, or you could irritate your skin.
Staying hydrated is essential to keep your sinuses clear and functioning healthy. Drinking plenty of fluids will also help dilute your congestion and encourage drainage to remove any bacteria or viruses causing your sinusitis. Stick to primarily water and some juice, never soda, alcohol, or energy drinks. You should aim to drink a quart or more of water per day.
Sleeping with your head and shoulders propped up as much as is comfortable will help you get a better night sleep while you are suffering from sinusitis. Not only will it make it easier to breathe, it will also help your sinuses drain and heal more quickly.
Rinsing the nasal cavity with a salt water solution can help clear out your sinuses, relieving pain, congestion, and post-nasal drip. To use, fill a neti pot with a mixture of one teaspoon salt and one cup warm, filtered water. Tilt your head over a sink so that one ear is up and one down. Pour the solution through your top nostril and allow it to come out the bottom nostril into the sink. Fill the pot once more, then repeat the procedure with your head tilted to the other side.