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Sinus Headache - Best Natural Remedies

Updated on July 7, 2012

There's a large variety of different natural remedies that are effective for the common sinus headache. Which one you choose will depend on your particular preference. You could pick from a home remedy, an herbal remedy, a homeopathic remedy or a particular technique. Relief is achieved by reducing the swelling and inflammation in the sinus cavities and facilitating drainage of mucous.

Natural remedies for the sinus headache are not only found to be very effective, but they enable you take control of your treatment plan yourself so you'll not have to be dependent on getting a prescription from the doctor and are free of any potentially dangerous side effects of medications.

Home Remedies and Techniques for Sinus Headache

  • Acupressure is helpful for some people. There are pressure points on both sides of the nose near your nostrils that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief. Other points that work are where the ridge of your eyebrows connects with the bridge of your nose.
  • Sometimes simply laying down and going to sleep for a little bit can work wonders.
  • Gently massage the sinus cavities with your fingertips.
  • Place a small towel in hot water and apply to your forehead or across the front of your face in the sinus cavity area.
  • Close the bathroom door, turn the shower on as hot as you can tolerate it and stand under it. Let the hot water beat on your face in the area of the sinus cavities. Make sure the door is shut, so that steam will build up in the room. This will release the pressure and loosen mucous.

Some people prefer a portable humidifier or a face sauna such as the ones shown below. You can also add eucalyptus or peppermint to the face sauna.

Herbal Remedies for Sinus Relief

  • Peppermint and eucalyptus are two of the most popular herbal remedies. They are usually most effective by inhaling them with steam. The combination of the warm steam and the decongestant capabilities of the herbs can provide quick relief. Boil a pan of water on the stove, add peppermint or eucalyptus and then inhale it. You can also wrap a towel around your head to keep the steam close to your face and have more impact.
  • If you find the smell of herbs to be too overpowering simply creating a tent around your head with a towel and inhaling the steam for about five minutes without the herbs will be effective as well.
  • Ginger is an anti inflammatory and helps relieve pain and is another popular choice mixed into a paste and applied to the forehead or taken in capsule form.
  • Consuming spicy foods like hot pepper or curry can also work as a decongestant as the chemical called Capsaicin that is present in spicy foods works a blood-vessel dilator and clears your sinuses.
  • A teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with a teaspoon of water and applied to the forehead is another effective choice.
  • Another option is to make a paste from ground basil leaves and cloves mixed with a teaspoon of dried ginger.
  • The nutritional supplements called Bromelain and Quercetin are also helpful in relieving sinus pain, because they reduce inflammation.

It's important to note that herbs and nutritional supplements can have interactions with prescription drugs, so you should always consult with your holistic physician about any possible complications if you take any type of medication.

Another important note is that some people can actually develop a headache from the smell of powerful herbs, so if you find that you're headache actually gets worse when trying the herbal route, then this is not the solution for you.

Homeopathic Remedies

There are a variety of homepathic remedies that are effective for relieving sinus headache. One of the greatest benefits of a homeopathic remedy is that it is already prepared for you. It's fast, easy and convenient.

Boiron is one of the most trusted name brands in homeopathic remedies and has been helpful for millions of people. Another very popular choice is Sinus Busters. Both are displayed below if you'd like to learn more about them.

There are many different kinds of headaches and the sinus headache can sometimes be misdiagnosed as a migraine headache. It's important to be able to distinguish between the two of them because the migraine headache is a very different animal and requires a different approach.

A sinus headache can be the result of a sinus infection or allergies. They are caused by inflammation of the sinus passages. It may occur during a cold, the flu or exposure to a particular allergen or irritant like mold, dust, cigarette smoke, cats or pollens. You'll usually have a variety of other symptoms that accompany the sinus headache like congestion, sneezing, coughing, nasal drip, itchy eyes and nose. The pain is usually experienced in the sinus cavities located in the front of the forehead just above the eyebrows or both sides of the nose. It's usually accompanied by pressure around the eyes, nose or forehead.

A migraine headache usually occurs on one side of the head in the temple region or behind the eyes. Although a sinus headache can be pretty painful, the pain that accompanies migraines is distinguishable because it is unlike any pain you've ever experienced before. It is excruciating and completely debilitating and is often accompanied by nausea that can be so severe you vomit and sensitivity to sound and light. Most people have to retire to a quiet, dark room and lie down until it passes.

Many people are not aware that chronic sinus inflammation is often the result of Candida overgrowth. Candida is the yeast that is responsible for the common genital yeast infection in women and men and athlete's foot. However it can also infiltrate the gastrointestinal system and make it's way throughout the body. One of the most common areas to be affected by Candida are the sinus passages. So if you experience recurring sinus inflammation that doesn't go away, you may want to look into the possibility of yeast overgrowth further.


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      gepeTooRs 20 months ago

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      Futamarka 4 years ago

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      George 5 years ago

      Got a cold from my grandchild and it developed into a sinus infection. Woke up 4 mornings in a row with a pressure headache and yellow discharge. It was so bad I had to leave work early yesterday.

      I looked up natural remedies (hate taking antibiotics)and found some people swear by apple cider vinegar.

      Wow! I have never seen anything work this well. Simply amazing.

      I used 1 tbsp of raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar with "mother" in a glass of water every couple of hours.

      It is now 15 hours in and the headache is gone, I can breathe and my cold symptoms are disappearing.

      I had to share this with someone.


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      6 years ago

      I learned a few things by reading this information. I like natural remedies since the cost of going to the doctor or buying OTC drugs has just gotten ridiculous.

      Thanks...can't wait to see if they work for me.

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      Nasal Irrigation 6 years ago

      There are many ways to prevent the symptoms of sinusitis.But the natural ways are great to cure sinus infection.Nasal irrigation is best for sinus congestion.It is very effective without any side effect.


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      Scarlett 6 years ago

      The only things that help my sinus headaches are paracetamol containing pseudoephedrine, and the use of a Migrastick on my temples. I'll have to look into the candida thing - I never knew that yeast could affect your sinus passages. Thanks!

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      max 6 years ago

      I use green tea hot showers regular sleep patterns healthy diet.

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      Stormsong 6 years ago

      I just had the worst sinus headache of my life. The pain in my forehead was so intense it brought me to strong tears. I took some advil and in half an hour it went away. Usually my headaches end whenever they feel like it, the medicine only dampers the pain temporarily. I am search for cures for when it's back again. I've got hot peppers on hand. (I hate them. Wish me luck)

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      Medic 7 years ago

      Great Tips..Thank you for sharing!

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      Victor R 7 years ago

      Great article! specially the part about candida.

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      Thank you VERY much for these tips. I've had an awful sinus headache the last few days. Pain relievers aren't helping, at all.

      It's not as bad as my migraines, but still hard to live with. I'm off to boil some water and peppermint oil; hopefully the steam will help!

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      sunnydays13 8 years ago

      You've listed some great ideas here as you always do.. There are things you can do for various types of headaches. I always try to find natural relief first, in order to avoid turning to any over the counter medications. One thing that really helps me is using an aromatherapy eye pillow. It’s great for treating headaches due to sinus pressure, stress and anxiety issues. What I have to found to work best for me is an eye pillow, right out of the freezer. I use a peppermint scented one because it opens up my sinuses and that helps me to breathe a lot better and helps any sinus or tension related headaches. The cold flax seed inside the eye pillow surrounds my eyes and temples which helps to reduce swelling in the sinus cavities and around the eyes. The weight of the flax seed applies just enough acupressure to soothe and relax my facial muscles. The eye pillow also block out all light, when the pain is so bad it just makes you squint you eyes. I searched online and found several sites that had them. The one I decided to go with was A Touch Of Satin. I liked them because their ingredients were organic, and that was important to me. They had an unbelievably large selection of patterns and I like the feel of satin on my skin. They also had a page on their site that talked about the benefits of their aromatherapy scents. They had lavender and that is suppose to be good for migraines. It was very interesting. If you want to check them out, their website is Well, I hope this helps you and thanks for all the great insight you always seem to have on this site. Good luck!

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      Mike 9 years ago

      To knockout a head cold gargle with hydrogen peroxide.

      For a headaches use vitamin e it thins the blood even better than aspirin.