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Top Ten Most Effective Kota Kinabalu Home Remedies For Sinus Congestion Relief

Updated on March 7, 2014

Sinus Congestion And Home Remedies

One of the underlying causes to all sinus related problems is congestion-Sinus Congestion. Simply put, Sinus Congestion is the blockage of the nasal passages by the buildup of thick green or yellow mucus and swelling of the sinus cavities brought about by sinus inflammation, allergies, pollens, dust and dust mites. Hence, it cannot be wrong when this sinus congestion is cleared, a lot of related sinus pressure and pains are alleviated too.

Now, it is time to find out and know how to relieve sinus congestion. Here are guidelines to the top ten most effective home remedies for sinus congestion relief.

1)Organic, unfiltered, undistilled and unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar has been a wondrous home remedy giving relief to sinus congestion and cures sinus pains and sinus headaches. It has very good testimonials for thinning the greenish thick mucus for easy drainage and therefore easing the sinus obstruction effectively.

Correct And Effective Way To Inhale Steam

Steam Inhalation For Sinus Congestion Relief
Steam Inhalation For Sinus Congestion Relief

Inhalation Of Steam To Relieve Sinus Congestion

2)Another surefire way in home remedy for nasal congestion is inhalation of steam from a vaporizer. This method of getting rid of sinus congestion is set up by adding few drops of eucalyptus oil into boiling water and then the steam from the mixture is inhaled. For effectiveness, cover a towel over the head while inhaling the steam over the bowl of boiling mixture. This inhalation can be done 3 times daily for a duration not more than 10 minutes. You shall get your blocked passages cleared and sinus pains relieved. Likewise, essential oils can be used for substitution of eucalyptus oil and Lavender is one type which is doing well to clear sinus congestion. In the same way, decongestant ointment can be used as mixture with boiling water and then those hot vapors are inhaled to relieve the sinus blockage. Similarly, a peppermint or menthol steam inhalation provides quick relief too for opening up the sinus obstruction.

Recipes-Ginger Root Tea

3)One home remedy that has been testified regularly and has been easy to be followed is drinking hot herbal tea. There are various choices of herbal tea but I would recommend using ginger root tea. Ginger has been known with good medicinal values acting as effective expectorant and stimulant make good healing for sinus congestion. The simple and easy preparation of ginger root tea at home can be followed as below:-

The ingredients to make ginger root tea are:

* 4 slices of ginger
* ½ cup of water
* 1 tablespoon honey and ½ lemon (optional)

Procedure for making ginger root tea is as below:-

* Pour the water in a vessel and bring it to boil
* Add the slices of ginger and boil it for 2 minutes
* Add honey and lemon to suit your taste
* Strain the tea and drink it hot

Tomato Tea Recipe & Hot Chicken Soup

4)Using the same concept, drinking Hot Tomato Tea added another effective measure that provide instant relief to sinus congestion. The recipe is listed below.


2 cups V8 Juice
2-3 cloves Garlic crushed (use more if you can)
2 T Lemon Juice
Hot Sauce (the more the better, so as much as you can handle)

Preparation is simply by mixing and simmering in a pan or in the microwave. Then, consume by sipping slowly and re-warming as needed to get the full effects of the fumes. Let it sit in the back of your throat to bathe it. Suck the fumes through your sinuses and also down into your lungs. It is all natural and healthy, so drink as much of it as you want or need until you are SURE the blockage is gone.

5)Drinking Hot Chicken Soup is giving a similar healing effect as drinking Hot Tomato Tea. Preparation is similar too. Make the hot soup with good amount of garlic, ginger and sprinkle maximal pepper powder on it before having it. This is assured to give congestion relief instantly. Garlic, pepper and ginger are very effective decongestants with anti-inflammatory and antibiotic healing properties.

6)Onions & Garlic

Sniffing those cut pieces of onion is going to ease clogging of nasal passages. If it is palatable and tolerable, raw onion can be consumed to bring about good effect to thin the mucus for easy draining. Besides, cooking onion is just another way for the same purpose.

Likewise, a mixture of garlic juice made by grinding garlic , honey and squeezed juice from aloe plant can be used to soak 2 cotton balls for placing at the nostrils to give the same effect as sniffing onion.

Xylitol Nasal Spray-Home Made

7)Xylitol nasal spray is as good for nasal/sinus congestion. Xylitol nasal spray is expensive if purchased online, but it can be home prepared for a lower cost.

To make the nasal spray, you need to mix 1 cup of water, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tbs. of xylitol crystals, 4 drops of grapefruit seed extract and a pinch of ordinary household baking soda. The water should be warm, and you should mix the ingredients until they are completely dissolved. Xylitol crystals and grapefruit seed extract are available to order from multiple online sources, or can be purchased at your local natural/health foods store.

To use the preparation, pour into nasal spray bottle and spray two sprays into each nostril as needed.

Nasal Irrigation

8)Nasal irrigation is one of the most effective and commonly applied home remedies used to treat sinusitis congestion due to thick hardened mucus blockage. However, it has to be cautioned that any prolonged daily continuously using of this method could up your strikes with sinus congestion and infection because of the frequent flushing which invariably drains away both the "good" mucus possessing those antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties and "bad" mucus which is infected with bactoria and fungal organism. In the end, the nasal and sinus membrances may be hurt and cease to produce those good mucus that provide natural healing by our body.

For short term use and instant relief, nasal irrigation can be prepared as follows:-

To do nasal irrigation, you will need a container and saline solution. You can buy prefilled containers, or opt for a bulb syringe or neti pot. All are available at drugstores. Some people cup their hands and sniff the saline solution into their nostril, though that may be harder to do for a beginner.If you choose a prefilled bottle, skip this step. Otherwise, you can buy a saline solution powder and follow the directions on the label or make your own. Start with one to two cups of warm (not hot) tap water. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized salt and a pinch of baking soda to soften the effect of the salt. Adjust the concentration of saline solution to suit you. If you are using a squeeze bottle, neti pot, or bulb syringe, lean forward over the sink, at about a 45-degree angle. Tilt your head so that one nostril is pointed down toward the sink. Don't tilt your head back. Place the spout of a neti pot or the tip of a syringe or squeeze bottle just inside your nose. The tip should go in no further than a finger’s width. Keeping your mouth open, squeeze the bulb syringe or bottle, or tilt the pot to pour the water into your nostril. Remember to breathe through your mouth, not your nose. The salt water will run through your nasal passages and drain out of your other nostril and maybe your mouth. You should spit it out and not swallow it. But if some does go down your throat it won't hurt you.

Repeat by gently blow your nose to clear out the remaining solution. Do again the procedure with your other nostril. After you have finished, be sure you discard any remaining solution and thoroughly clean the items you have used. Store them in a clean dry place to use again.

As a special remark, grapefruit seed extract can be added 2-5 drops into the saline solution to increase the effectiveness.

9)Cool Mist Humidifier

is a good option for helping to cure sinus pain due to clogging of nasal passages when the mucuos membrance gets inflamed and swollen due to dry air. It functions to moist the air so that your sinus is not stressed and swollen. With good moisture, the cilia can perform well to drain the mucus to avoid blocking of the nasal passages.

It has been a good idea to put a bedside humidifier , near your head which is an effective way to add moisture to the air and reduce congestion and sinus pressure. It is highly recommended to add a few drops of eucalyptus oil, peppermint or menthol extracts to promote healing and further soothing .

However, a word of caution when choosing a humidifier so that it is antimicrobial, quiet in operation and easily cleansed to avoid mold or fungal and bacterial growth.

10)Oil Pulling-Ayurvedic Therapy

for oral and systemic health. This oil swishing in our mouth for 15-20 minutes using sesame oil or sunflower oil has had strong testimonials from practitioners who have claimed restored health and well being after years of medications in drugs. One of the healing brought about is the cure for sinus congestion.

Oil Pulling For Sinus Infection Relief



Diets-The Do's And Don't

To enhance effectiveness in the application of home remedies for nasal congestion is to avoid diets with nuts, dairy products, milk , wheat glutens, and all those foods that initiate nasal congestion as they promote building up of mucus. This adversely slows down the healing process.
In fact, as part of diet, it is best to hydrate ourselves with more than 10 glasses of water a day in thinning the mucus and flushing out toxins from our bodies.

Instead, fresh fruits rich in vitamin A and C are highly recommended in our diets to keep away the sinus problem. Instances of fruits like mangoes are one of the best ingredients of home remedies for sinusitis. This contains high amount of vitamin A which helps in creation of strong epithelium which prevents sinus to a great extent. The other beneficial fruits include pineapples which has Bromelain-an anti-inflammatory enzyme and mangosteen which has Xanthones-possesses anti-microbial , antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.


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      Joseph Ling 6 years ago from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

      Hi Cousin Fudd,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I am glad that you find it useful.

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      Cousin Fudd 6 years ago

      A helpful and interesting hub.