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How to Deal With Sinus Challenges

Updated on July 28, 2011

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Dealing with Sinusitis

Sinus pressure is caused by infected sinuses or sinusitis. Sinusitis is often triggered by an allergic reaction or immune response. When we are exposed to allergens and pollutants on a daily basis, our sinuses can become blocked and our lymph glands sluggish. The symptoms of sinus pressure can mimic other health problems including headaches, ear pain and hearing problems, dental pain, eye pain, as well as the expected, painful sinuses. A lot of people suffer from sinus pressure and related headaches.

Draining the sinuses and lymph glands can help to relieve sinus pressure. The way this is done is by massaging the muscles of the scalp, face and neck. This not only relieves sinus pressure, it also relaxes and tones facial muscles. It will also help to prevent the accumulation of toxins in the area massaged. Massage for sinus pressure is best done using aromatherapy oils to assist in elimination of toxins, improvement of blood circulation and healing of damaged tissues.

Sinus pressure or congestion is caused when our body releases histamines. Histamines are actually produced and released by our bodies to keep us safe from bacteria and allergens. They are one of the human body's natural defenses. Although the mucous caused by exposure to environmental or dietary ‘triggers' can often be cleared up by taking antihistamines, other more natural treatment methods are preferable since they do not have side effects or lower immunity.

Here are some safe and natural ways to deal with sinus pressure while supporting your immune system so that it doesn't overreact to the release of histamines:

1. Control your environment as much as possible.

Some environments trigger sinus congestion. It is important to become aware of the impact of certain environments and either change the environment or remove yourself from it. Cigarette smoke, mold, certain fragrances, animal dander or hair, for example, can all trigger allergic reactions and sinusitis. As much as possible do not remain in the vicinity of people who are suffering from colds or the flu as these can also lead to sinus pressure. It is also important to stay warm. If you get too cold, it can take a lot of energy for the body to warm back up. This can rob your immune system of necessary energy to deal with threats.

2. Herbal teas can help to strengthen the immune system and thus protect against sinus pressure.

Echinacea, lemon, ginger and mint teas are not only refreshing, but natural immunity boosters. By drinking herbal teas regularly, you will strengthen your immune system and protect yourself against sinus congestion. If you do experience sinus pressure, the effects are more likely to be limited and quickly alleviated.

3. Steam vapor can help to relieve sinus pressure.

Sometimes sinus pressure can be alleviated by simply having a hot shower, however it is not always possible to have a shower and for more serious conditions, longer and regular exposure to steam may be required. A facial steam bath with a couple of drops of essential oil can relieve sinus pressure quickly and easily. It is easy to make your own steam bath by pouring boiling water into a large, heat resistant bowl. Put a couple of drops of essential oil into the water, put a towel over your head, and bend over the bowl. The steam will open up your nasal passages and loosen up the mucous making it easy to get rid of. Inhale the steam through the nose for about five minutes. If you begin to feel uncomfortable you can lift your head from the steam for a couple of seconds and take a break before returning.

You can also take advantage of professional steam baths or saunas at health clubs or spas. You may be able to enjoy the effects of steam and a facial massage one after the other by booking in to one of these facilities.

A vaporizer, which releases steam throughout the night while you are sleeping, can also be used to clear sinuses and give you a good night's sleep at the same time.

4. Essential oils enhance the effects of steam to relieve sinus pressure.

Eucalyptus oil can be added to boiling water to clear the sinuses. Peppermint is also a good oil for this purpose. You can use a few drops in a bowl or you can place dried herbs directly in the water. For example, eucalyptus leaves can be left to steep in boiling water for a few minutes before you begin your treatment. It produces a vapor that can inhibit the growth of bacteria while soothing blocked sinuses. As well as eucalyptus and peppermint, tea tree, pine, rosemary, thyme and geranium essential oils are also used to relieve sinuses.

5. Watch your diet

Some foods cause mucous and should be avoided if you are prone to sinus congestion. Dairy products in particular stimulate the production of mucous and many packaged foods have some dairy in their ingredients. Wheat is a common allergen which can also cause sinus congestion. If you are allergic to certain foods, it is a good idea to avoid them. If you are not sure, it is not difficult to be tested for allergies.

6. Herbal or homeopathic remedies can directly treat sinusitis and sinus congestion.

If you regularly experience sinus pain and congestion, you may find it helpful to visit a qualified herbalist or homeopath. Many naturopaths have both skills. Undergo a complete evaluation and see if the therapist can find the underlying causes of your condition and treat them. The right remedy or combination of remedies can give your body the help it needs to heal itself.

Sinus pressure can be very uncomfortable but there are many natural and safe ways to deal with it. Next time you experience a sinus infection or sinusitis why not try some of these suggestions and get some relief?

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    SAfno 3 years ago

    Nice article. Living in Ohio, I have regular issues with sinuses. A neti pot and a bedroom vaporizer are my saving graces.

    If you want to check them out, their website is :

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    strkngfang 5 years ago

    Nice article. Living in Ohio, I have regular issues with sinuses. A neti pot and a bedroom vaporizer are my saving graces.

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    Adom Cruze 6 years ago

    voted up.

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    harrison8bal 6 years ago from Shanghai

    Great 6 points! :D Since we share the same interests mind having a look at mine?

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    Sinus Infections Signs and Symptoms 7 years ago

    Very good article! Thank you for sharing!

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    Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

    THIS was the article I was looking for. I woke up with a severe case of sinus congestion. Thank you! I printed it out and now have some weapons in my arsenal to fight it off.

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    BetsyIckes 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Good article I liked it very much

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    Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    I used to really have awful sinusitis that my sense of smell just went poofed!  THis hub is a great help to those suffering from it.  :-)  On a side note, my sense of smell got restored.  As I used my gift of healing, my sinuses got better.  Now I can smell again. And I do ensure that I take care of my nose. 

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    LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

    wonderful hub, thank you. For a cold, I put a few drops of each of peppermint and eucalytus oil in warm water, and it really helps, and you have lots of great extra tips!

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    TheresaAnn 9 years ago from South Fallsburg, New York

    Sunnydays13 thanks for the site, I'll check it out.

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    sunnydays13 9 years ago

    There are things you can do for sinus pressure and congestion. You have listed so many great ideas. One thing that really helps me is using an aromatherapy eye pillow. It’s great for treating sinus pressure, stress and anxiety issues as well as insomnia and sleep disorders. 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, 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. It was very interesting. If you want to check them out, their website is Well, I hope this helps you. Let me know what you think. Good luck!

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    TheresaAnn 9 years ago from South Fallsburg, New York

    Hi baz gray,

    Taruna Oils is a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. Products are at


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    baz gray 9 years ago

    I see your products for Sinusitis but it is difficullt to know which is better considering price and effectiveness. i do not have stuffy nose, sore throat, Asthma, colds, just post nasal or runny noze and occasionally some nose bleeding.

    I have been using some Orange essential oil like Orange, Lavender. Then for 7 days everything is clear until late at night it returns. I am just looking at your products for something new. Is taruna oil a brand name or a new oil?

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    Hari Baskar 9 years ago from Chennai South India

    thanks for a very nice hub. I generally like tea very much. your way of presentation is neat and hub looks good and colouful. i will try this ginger and lemon tea


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    2patricias 9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    Thanks for an interesting Hub, with such a variety of ways to reduce/tackle sinus problems. Never knew lemon and ginger tea could help - will be trying it this winter.