When we have sinusitis, it brings many other symptoms with it – a headache, ache around the nose, eyes and ears, cold, infections and one of the major, most common of them – a sinus drainage. A sinus drainage is nothing but a continuous flow of mucus that is caused along with sinusitis. The drainage, if not controlled and dealt with can interfere tremendously with our daily chores and activities. Here is a list of natural remedies for sinus drainage that can give you instant and in some cases, a prolonged relief. These remedies act by causing an immediate flushing of the mucus and an increased drainage, but later, reduce all of the sinus symptoms.
18 DIY home remedies for sinus drainage
1. Saline drops
Saline nasal drops are one of the most commonly used techniques to fight sinus drainage.Using a decongestant is therefore very helpful to clear the nose and lead to sinus drainage and a relief from symptoms.
What are nasal drops made of?
Nasal drops, as the name indicates, are nothing but salt water or saline drops that help us clear the sinuses when we spray them into our nose. They act like flushes of the nasal cavities. You can also make the saline spray at home with the following chemical constituents.
- Pinch of Baking Soda.
Most of the times, you get these saline drops for nasal congestion in the made by different brands.
Steps to using the saline drops:
Step 1 :Blow your nose to clear it out.
Step 2 :Take the bottle of saline drops into one of your hands and block any one of your nostril.
Step 3 :Gently spray the drops or drop them into the other, open nostril and while you do that, breathe air in.
Step 4 :Hold still for a while and repeat the same thing with other nostril
Using saline nasal drops can be a great way to fight the congestion as well as the sinus drainage that results due to the sinusitis. However, you should make sure that you take the advice of a physician on how often and when you should use them.
2. Drinking a lot of water and fluids
Sometimes, it is possible for us to assume that drinking a lot of fluids could make the sinus drainages worse, but in reality, it is the opposite that is true. You should drink a lot of water and fluids regularly for relief from sinusitis.
This is why drinking plenty of water helps in getting rid of your sinus drainage:
A sinus drainage is caused because of sinusitis and drinking a lot of water can thin the mucus. Although this appears to cause a lot of drainage initially, it will get cleared very soon as it causes de-congestion of the sinuses. It also keeps the walls of the sinuses moist and healthy.
3. Nasal irrigation with a neti pot
Nasal irrigation or nasal lavage can be an easy and quick means for providing relief from sinusitis pain by causing immediate sinus drainage. A neti pot is one of the most commonly used equipments in giving yourself a sinus rinse.
What is a neti pot and how do we use it?
A neti pot is a small tea pot like vessel which is used to flush sinuses and has gained lot of popularity these days for its effectiveness. You can buy it from a drug store or a regular store. Here is how you should use it.
Step 1 : Make yourself a saline rinse solution with sterilized water (1 cup) and salt ( a teaspoon).
Step 2 : Fill it into a sterilized neti pot.
Step 3 : Hold the neti pot in one of your hands and lean over a sink.
Step 4 : Tilt your head towards one side to an angle and pour the saline rinse solution into your upper nostril.
Step 5 : It comes out of the lower nostril after your sinuses are flushed.
Step 6 : Stand upright for a while and repeat the same procedure with the other nostril.
Using a neti pot regularly can eventually clear your sinuses, reduce sinus drainage and sinus pains. It is however, advised that you consult your physician before you use it.
4. Steam treatment with essential oils
A steam treatment is one of the best ways to get rid of your sinusitis. It is effective and safe. And it can be done in some simple steps as we show you here.
Step 1 : Fill a hot pot entirely with water and boil the water.
Step 2 : Remove this hot pot from the stove and carefully place it over a table.
Step 3 : Drape a towel over your head such that it covers both the hot pot and your head.
Step 4 : Keeping your head a bit away from the hot pot, inhale the steam such that it reaches your face as well as your nose and throat.
Step 5 : Continue doing this for a while until there is steam coming out. You can take breaks in the steaming session if you feel suffocated or too hot.
Using essential oils like Eucalyptus oil can make it better with their healing and astringent properties. Sometimes, adding some herbs into the hot pot can also work great in relieving you of the sinus pressure and causing immediate sinus drainage.
5. Warm compresses (or cold compresses)
Warm compresses can be a great home remedy to relieve sinus pressure and thereby considerably reduce the sinus symptoms.. Here are the warm compresses that you can use for the purpose.
- A hot towel.
- A heating pad.
- A hot bottle will also work.
How to give yourself a warm compress at home:
A warm compress can be given at home in these simple steps. Sometimes you can alternate it with a cold compress so that the results are quicker.
- Take a hot towel or a heating pad and place it over your head, the nose and wherever you feel the sinus ache.
- Leave it on for two to three minutes and remove it.
- Repeat the same thing with a cold towel if you’d like to use it.
How does a warm compress work?
A warm compress helps in easing the inflammation which causes the pain. It also helps in thinning the mucous and thereby relieving you of congestion by causing a lot of drainage immediately. Once you flush out your nose after using this, you will notice that there is considerable decrease in sinus symptoms.
6. Herbal Teas
Drinking herbal teas periodically through the day can be a great natural remedy for sinus pains and other sinus problems. What kind of herbal teas can you drink for sinus problems? Here is a list:
- Thyme tea
- Peppermint tea
- Eucalyptus tea
- Chamomile tea
- Sage tea
How do these herbal teas help in dealing with sinusitis problems?
This is what they do that results in the healing of the sinusitis.
- They cause decongestion of the blocked sinuses almost immediately and a flushing out of the mucus.
- The steam that you inhale while you drink the herbal teas can also be helpful in relieving you of the congestion and aches.
- As they are hot and healing, as they go down your digestive tract, they cause thinning of the mucous along the way down your throat and stimulate the nerves around the sinuses as well.
7. Periodic saline gargles
An age-old remedy for healing a whole lot of respiratory problems is gargling salt water. And it can be a wonderful remedy for sinusitis as well. It can provide immediate symptomatic relief from the sinus pains and the mucus congestion.
How do you gargle salt water?
Gargling salt water is an easy and quick remedy and you can do this multiple times right at your home. Take about ½ a teaspoon of salt into a cup (about 8 ounces) of water. Swallow the water upto your throat without ingesting it and gargle the water for about 5 minutes before you spit it out.
How does gargling salt water work for sinus?
It turns out that gargling salt water actually has a science behind how it works. When we gargle salt water, it creates a salt barrier between the mucus and the salt water with skin acting as a membrane between them. This causes the microbes to migrate into the salt water we gargle with and therefore eases infection related sinus drainage. In addition it also helps heal sore throats that could result from a sinusitis.
8. Eating a lot of spicy foods
One of the most recommended home remedial techniques for sinusitis is to eat a lot of spicy foods. Eating spicy foods helps in relieving the sinuses from pressure as the immediate heat that reaches your sinuses as you eat them can help in generating more water and making your mucus thin. This can cause decongestion and relive you from your sinus aches. Eventually, there will be a reduction the amount of sinus drainage that is caused as well after an immediate increase. You will also notice that it will make you more perceptive to smells and tastes almost immediately.
Here is how you can include spices in your food.
- By eating chillies directly.
- By using spice powders as seasoning.
- By drinking teas made of these spices.
9. Apple cider vinegar and honey solution
Apple cider vinegar is one of the sinus tonics that is safe and mighty effective. It is available easily as well. Make a solution out of apple cider vinegar and a little bit of honey added to it. Drink about half a glass of this solution about two to three times a day for quick results against sinusitis. You will notice that sinus infections as well as sinus drainage can be easily healed with this apple cider vinegar solution.
Why and how does apple cider vinegar heal sinus?
- Apple cider vinegar causes the mucus to thin and thereby leads to decongestion of the sinuses.
- It can lead to a reduction in sinus drainage by causing an immediate thinning and flushing out of the mucouses.
- Apple cider vinegar is loaded with Vitamins A, B1 and B2 which makes it heal the sinus infections and pains by acting on the immune system.
10. Using a humidifier and keeping the air moist
Keeping the air around you moist is a pre-requisite for keeping the sinuses clean and heal yourself of sinus problems. This is because, if the air around you is dry, it keeps the sinus thick and leads to congestion of the noses, further worsening the pains. An increase in moisture will lead to a thinning and free-flowing of the mucus which leads to a constant flushing of the sinuses thereby decongestion.
Here are a few ways in which you can increase the moisture in your house:
- By using a humidifier.
- By boiling water in a hot pot and leaving the steam out of it into the entire house.
- By spraying water through a spray bottle from time to time.
11. Using Bromelain
Bromelain is a naturally available enzyme that is found in many fruits and vegetables. Pineapple is a known source of bromelain among many others. Since eating pineapple isn’t enough to release enough bromelain to cure your sinusitis, it is available in the form of bromelain capsules lately. As per physicians, a dose of around 200 mg per day is good enough for sinuses.
How does bromelain help in healing sinusitis?
Bromelain is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This makes it reduce the inflammation of the walls of the sinuses and thereby relieve congestion. It can lead to eventually a flushing out of the sinuses and stops sinus drainage after an initial increase.
12. Keep your head elevated while you sleep
A simple technique that helps in relieving you from continuous sinus drainage, especially while you sleep is to sleep with your head elevated. You can do this by using a couple more pillows than usual. Causing the sinus drainage to go down, it also helps relieve you of decongestion.
13. Keep allergies at bay
Usually when we get a sinusitis, it is because an allergen has triggered this and caused the immune system to inflame as a reaction. Keeping the triggers that cause these allergies away from us can help in keeping sinusitis and its related problems at bay. Along with causing sinusitis, these trigger may also cause other respiratory disorders like asthma which are known to worsen sinus symptoms. Here are some of the most common allergens that can cause sinusitis.
- Pet dander
- Air pollution
- Allergic reactions to some foods
- An excess of activities like swimming
14. Turmeric + ginger tea
Turmeric and ginger are spices that can lead to healing of sinusitis in their own ways. Making a tea that is made of ginger and turmeric can therefore be one of the best home remedies for sinus drainage.
Benefits of turmeric for sinusitis : Anti-inflammatory properties, decongestant, alleviates sinus aches.
Benefits of Ginger for sinusitis : Reduces the pain by relieving sinus blockages, decongestant.
Making ginger and turmeric tea :
- Take some water and bring it boil.
- Add some ginger pieces into it and boil it for five more minutes.
- Strain the tea into a cup and add some turmeric to it and stir it.
- If you want to sweeten it, add some honey to the tea as well.
Drinking the ginger and turmeric tea twice a day can give quick relief from sinusitis.
15. Drink a lot of hot soups
A soup is a great way to get instant relief from sinusitis symptoms. This is not just because of the temperatures that it is heated to but also because of the substance called mirepoix in soups which can be anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant in nature. Adding additional herbs like ginger or essential oils to them makes it even more effective in healing sinuses and sinus drainage.
16. Exercise regularly
Sinusitis infections and sinus drainage can be kept at bay when constant activity and exercise becomes a part of your routine. This is because of all the benefits that exercise can bring about to heal the sinuses. Here’s what all exercise can do to heal your sinusitis.
- It releases adrenaline which can compress the blood vessels and cause decongestion.
- There is also an increase in the circulation of the blood around your sinuses which causes decongestion.
- It increases the core body heat which makes it easier to heal sinus problems.
The big question however, is whether or not it is safe to exercise when you have sinusitis. As long as the symptoms are above the chest, exercise can be done. But when you have fever, heaviness in the chest and other more serious symptoms, it is better if you give your body the rest it needs. Yoga works better in the case of serious symptoms.
17. Give yourself manual massages
A massage can make your sinuses drain by loosening the mucus and thereby cause healing from other sinus symptoms like pain as well. A simple massage targeting your sinuses can be given by yourself at home. These are the steps you should follow.
Step 1 : Massage the area between the eyes above the nose gently in circular motions. Apply enough pressure so that pain is relieved.
Step 2 : There are sinuses present on the either sides of the nose as well. You can do the same thing here by massaging in circular motions.
Step 3 : Repeat this until you get relief. You can also massage your forehead area if there is any headache.
18. Oil pulling with coconut oil
Oil pulling is yet another one of those home remedies for sinus drainage that people swear by. All you have to do is swish oil in your mouth for about 15 to 20 minutes and it is known to be very beneficial. While a host of oils are used for oil pulling, we use coconut oil in this case as it is known for its anti-microbial properties. This is what oil pulling can do for your sinuses.
- Reduces the swelling and causes decongestion.
- Removes any bacteria or other microbes that can be the reason for a sinus infection.
These simple remedies for sinus drainage when practiced persistently can give you a great relief. They are very easy and safe for use as well. So do try these techniques for your chronic as well as acute sinus problems and let us know which ones worked best for you.