A person can treat sinus pressure with medication, but plenty of home remedies may also help to ease symptoms and speed up recovery.
The sinuses are lined with a type of skin called mucous membrane. This membrane protects the body by producing mucus, which catches dirt and other particles that might otherwise cause illness.
The lining of the sinuses can swell if a person has an allergic reaction or infection. Swelling may lead to a feeling of pressure around the nose, cheeks, and above the eyes. These areas of the face may feel painful or tender.
Infections or allergies can lead to uncomfortable pressure in the sinuses. Clearing the nose can help to ease this symptom.
Below are natural alternatives to over-the-counter medications for sinus pressure.
1. Saline nasal spray
Inhaling saline solution can help to clear a blocked nose.
A saline solution can easily be made at home using sterile water, salt, and baking soda.
2. Neti pot
Some people use neti pots to rinse out the nose, which helps to keep the mucous membrane moist and relieve pressure in the sinuses. The device looks like a small pot with a long spout. They can be purchased online.
3. Steam inhalation
Using steam to open the passages in the nose can help to relieve sinus pressure.
Steam inhalation is easy to do at home. Boil water, pour it into a large bowl and lean over, so the face is directly above the water. Cover the head with a towel, and breathe through the nose.
Acupressure is a key part of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves applying pressure to specific points in the body, to relieve pain or symptoms of illness. Scientists are not clear on whether acupressure works, but it may ease some symptoms.
Any time a person is unwell, it is essential to keep the body hydrated.
Keep the mucous membranes in the sinuses moist by drinking plenty of fluids. This helps them to work properly.
Water, fruit juices, and herbal teas are good alternatives to tea and coffee.
6. Warm washcloth compression
Applying heat to the sinus area can also help to relieve pressure. One of the easiest ways to do this is using a warm washcloth.
Run a clean washcloth under reasonably hot water and wiring it out. Fold it, and lay it across the bridge of the nose and cheeks for a few minutes.
7. Essential oils
Essential oils are natural oils derived from plants. The American Sinus Institute recommend using some essential oils to relieve sinus pressure.
Menthol creates a sensation that the nasal passages are opening.
Add a few drops of the oil to hot water, and gently breathe in the steam through the nose.