Wonderful 12 Home Remedies For Sinus Drainage

Sinus Drainage

Home Remedies For Sinus DrainageOne shudders at the thought of congested sinuses! That heaviness of the head  and that dull body incapacitate us till the infection leave. Many of us find  this malady visiting often, hence we start looking for some safer remedies for sinus drainage.This article brings some tried and tested home remedies which will help you deal with inflames sinuses.

Remedies For Curing Sinus Drainage

Drink Lots Of Water

Water For Sinus DrainageThat’s the first remedy that should cross your mind, if afflicted with sinus congestion. According to Harvard Medical school, liquids are helpful in easing sinus drainage.One should know that tea (except for herbal tea) and coffee are not to be included in those liquids. The beverages with caffeine and alcohol are a strict no. They are known to result in dehydration.

Herbal Infusion

Herbal Tea For Sinus DrainageTo 200 ml water add a few holy basil leaves, let it simmer for five minutes. Make sure it is covered with a lid, while being cooked. This will stop the essential oils and micro nutrients from  evaporation.Let it cool  a bit and drink it alone or along  with coriander seeds. You can chew the seeds as you sip the tea. To this tea, you can add some palm jaggery or cane jaggery  to enhance the  taste.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinega,r also called ACV, is a panacea for sinus troubles. It is available in the supermarkets and with the leading drug stores.Vinegar has culinary uses as well, you can reach out to that bottle if it is lying in your kitchen. ACV can be used in many ways to heal sinusitis.

Apple Cider Vinegar For Sinus DrainageDrink This Health Tea

This tea contains the goodness of many ingredients  like ACV, ginger root, clove, and cinnamon. Drink it and it will release the sinus pressure. The fumes of vinegar and strenghth of ginger and condiments will get the mucus running for good. It is best to drink just before retiring for night.

Ginger Tea For Sinus DrainageMethod Of Making This Tea

Take a glass of water, add one crushed clove, 1tsp grated fresh ginger root, 1tsp ground cinnamon. Boil them for 5 mins, remove from heat and add 1tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1tbsp of honey.

It does taste good!   Whether you like the taste or not, it is bound to  give you an instant relief by draining the sinuses   and leading  to opening of nasal passages. Cover your head well and relax. It is reiterated that you drink this tea just before going to bed.

Cinnamon Tea For Sinus DrainageSimple Variant Of The Tea

Take a cup of water, approximately 200m, put 2tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1tbsp honey, warm it up and drink. It will flush out the mucus and you will feel relief from the pressure in the sinuses.

Honey For Sinus DrainageSteam Inhalation

As mentioned above, liquid  in many forms soothes the inflamed sinuses. Hence, even  steam inhalation must be included in your list of remedies. Harvard  Medical School mentions that humidifying the room and inhalation of steam both  ease the congestion.

Please take a note that you must keep your face covered for at least 15 to 20 minutes after inhalation. This step is necessary not just to derive maximum benefit from the inhalation but also to prevent catching cold after a heat therapy.

Steam Inhalation For Sinus DrainageWarm Saline Gargles

Saline gargles have been all time favorite  in most households. So, why leave them if there is any ailment  linked with nose, lungs or sinuses. Take 200ml drinking water and add 1/4tsp of table salt or rock salt. Warm it up, check  the temperature, it should be hot enough, but  just short of burning your mouth.Take a sip and gargle. For deep throat gargles you will have to tilt your head up to look at the ceiling and as you swirl the water around make  a deep-throated sound. After finishing the entire liquid wrap a cloth around throat to keep it warm for another 10 minutes.

Saline Gargles For Sinus DrainageSpicy Foods

If your taste buds and stomach can stand spicy foods, must give it a try. Spicy foods flush out all the mucus from nasal passage. Black peppers, jalepino peppers or cayenne peppers, use anyone, it will step up the flow of mucus and you will find that in the next five minutes it will drain out of your sinuses through your nose. The result? Obviously a comfortable feeling!

Spicy Foods For Sinus DrainageWarm Compress

The warm compress on your eyebrows will bring immense relief from that bothersome heaviness of your sinuses. Mayo Clinic strongly recommends facial warm compresses. They will reduce the pressure around the eyes thereby alleviating  the heaviness of head and around the cheeks and eyes.

Warm Compress For Sinus DrainageHead Elevation

While sleeping keep your head in an elevated position, to help drain the mucus.

Head Elevation For Sinus DrainageNeti Pot

Using a neti pot to wash and drain out the excessive mucus can be a very helpful  remedy for  sinuses ailments.  Sages in India have been doing this Yogic Kriya since times immemorial to keep themselves healthy.

One can continue using a neti pot therapy even afterwards. This practice will keep the recurrence of sinusitis at bay.Harvard medical School recommends that it is good to flush the mucus out with water.

Neti Pot For Sinus DrainageWhat Is  A Neti Pot

It is a ceramic or a metal pot somewhat like a kettle, though much smaller in size. It has to be filled with sterilized water, the water should have been boiled for 3 to 4 minutes and cooled  till it is lukewarm. A small pinch of salt is added to it.

How To Do Neti

One needs to learn this activity. The tip of the spout of the pot is inserted  in one nostril and water is allowed to flow out of the other nostril. Let me explain the exact process. Tilt your head completely on one side, now bend it a bit backwards. It will make you look at the sky or the ceiling above.

Insert the tip of the spout slightly inside the upper nostril, while breathing from your mouth. Remember throughout this you have to breathe in and out from your mouth. As the water starts flowing out from the other nostril, the passage starts getting cleared of the mucus. This loosened mucus will drain  out of your sinuses completely and there will be feeling of comfort. Take the spout out and repeat the process with the other nostril.

Neti Pot For Sinus Drainage1Caution For Neti

Take care that the water is sterile and the temperature is just lukewarm. The quantity of salt should be very little, otherwise it will result in irritation.If your nose is completely blocked,  then  neti will not work, moreover everybody does not feel comfortable doing it or it may not be suitable to everybody.

M Nandini