Sinus problems are not only painful, they can be distracting and tough to treat. The inflammation of the nasal passages and sinus cavities associated with sinus problems can become debilitating when it reaches the stage of infection. Very often people don't even realize an infection is involved because the symptoms can resemble a cold or the flu with an intense sinus headache. Some easy home remedies can help you deal with your sinus infection.
The first thing to do when you suspect you have sinus infection is to dilute 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water and then draw this solution into an ear bulb syringe. Gently place the bulb into your nose and squeeze while breathing into get the salt water up into the nasal passages where it can help clean away the mucus and decrease swelling. Inflammation in the nasal passageway creates nasal pressure that can lead to headaches and prolonged infection.
Another natural remedy for sinus infection includes ginger. Get yourself an actual root of the ginger plant and use a cheese grater to slice about 1/4 cup of the root. Add the ginger to a pint of boiling water. Let it simmer for 15 minutes and then strain the results. Dip a washcloth into the pot until it is nice and damp and then cover your face to help with the nasal drainage and hopefully, the end of your sinus problems.
A buildup of mucus is the primary contributing factor to the swelling and pain caused by a sinus infection. A solution made of 1 teaspoon of horseradish mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice has the miraculous power of reducing that mucus and helping the drainage process. You can eat this solution straight or mix it with rice or potatoes if you experience a burning sensation when eating it.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seek extract contains very powerful antioxidant properties that can serve to reduce the inflammation of the sinus cavities and nasal passages. Take 50 milligrams of grape seed extract three times a day to speed up the process of healing when you have a sinus infection and to quickly reduce swelling and that lingering sinus headache.
No to be confused with acupuncture, this process does not require needles and can be done by yourself at any time. Press and massage the areas around the nose, playing special attention to the base of the nose where the nostrils flare outward and the areas of the cheek just below the eyes. Massaging these areas with a fair amount of pressure can help relieve pain and aid drainage.
Proper nutrition during a sinus infection involves more what you don't want to eat than what you do. Since sinus infections are all about the production of mucus and the drainage of same, avoid any kind of food or beverage that stimulates mucus production or inhibits drainage. This could include alcohol, milk, ice cream and foods high in sugar.