One of the main causes for sinus headaches happens to be blockages in the sinus cavities during a sinus infections. These blocked cavities would lead to an increase in the pressure inside the head, thereby leading to consistent and extremely painful headaches.The best way to reduce a sinus headache would be to reduce the pressure buildup inside the head during a sinus infection.
Although there are several medications that can provide relief from these headaches, there are certain home remedies that are equally effective in provided extended relief from a sinus headache albeit any side effects (common with medications).
Effective Home Remedies for Sinus Headache
If you are suffering from an insufferable sinus headache, follow these home remedies to get instant relief.
Just Go To Bed
One of the best ways to get rid of any kind of headache is to sleep it out! Trying to focus your mind on other things would only aggravate the pain. Sinus congestions can usually exhaust the body and would further aggravate the pain and discomfort you feel.
So just head straight to bed and sleep for a couple of hours (at least 2 hours). Hopefully, by the time you wake up, the pain would have disappeared or at least receded to the point where you can think clearly.
Inhale Plenty Of Steam
Studies have revealed that inhaling the fumes arising from a mixture of boiling water and essential oils can help relieve sinus headaches instantly and effectively. While the water remains the same, you can opt for chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint oil for the procedure. These oils contain antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic and decongestant properties that would help clear the sinus cavities of any congestion and reduce the built up pressure inside the head.There are several ways in which you can inhale steam in the house. These include:
Method 1: Add a few drops of an essential oil (any type) to an oil burner and inhale the fumes arising out of it at least thrice a day to get extended relief from sinus headaches.
Method 2: Boil water in a vessel for a good 20 minutes. Add a few drops of an essential oil to the water and inhale the resultant vapors arising from the vessel. Cover your head (and the vessel) with a large towel or blanket to make sure the fumes hit your face directly. This would relieve nasal congestion within a few minutes and clear your stuffy head.
Method 3: Stand under a hot shower for a couple of minutes. Spray some essential oil on the wall right under the shower so that the steam arising from the water would mix with the oil and give out the fumes you need to inhale in order to reduce a sinus headache.
Drink Lots And Lots of Water
Sinus infections can be aggravated due to dehydration. The same can be said for their symptoms, including sinus headaches that can turn worse if your body is dehydrated (causes the nasal lining to become dry and increases irritation in the sinus cavity).
So make it a point to drink plenty of water when you are suffering from a sinus headache. In addition to relieving the headache effectively, the excess water in your system would flush out the mucus and phlegm blockages that could cause or aggravate one.
Drink Hot Beverages
A hot cup of coffee could be just what your body needs to get rid of that incessant sinus headache. You can also opt for other beverages like tea, cappuccino or chocolate drinks.
Just make sure that they are hot enough to remove nasal congestions, promote mucus drainage and remove the excess pressure placed on your head due to these issues. A cup of hot beverage at least twice a day can give you great relief from sinus headaches and the other symptoms of a sinus infection.
Inhaling the fumes of certain oil blends can help offer relief from the pain and discomfort caused by a sinus headache. The therapy involves mixing certain essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, oregano and lavender oils with carrier oils (otherwise called base oils) like aloe vera, almond, avocado, grape seed , wheat germ, walnut and sesame oil; and using the resultant blend for relaxing massages.
Pour a few drops of an appropriate oil blend on your fingertips and gently massage your forehead and temple in circular motions. You can also use the oil blend to massage the nape of your neck for added benefits. A gentle massage with an oil blend at least twice a day can offer desirable results.
Opt For A Facial Massage
A gentle massage below the eye sockets can do wonders in relieving a sinus headache (or any other headache for that matter). Use your thumbs to gently press the area directly beneath the eye sockets.
Massage the area in gentle circular motions. Increase the pressure slowly as you continue massaging the area. Keep on massaging (and increasing the pressure) until you start feeling better.
Use Salt Water Nasal Solutions/Sprays
Clearing the nasal congestion can easily get rid of that stuffy feeling in your head that would otherwise lead to a sinus headache. Opt for salt water nasal solutions or sprays to relieve mucus and phlegm blockages in the sinus cavities.
These solutions/sprays would also remove dirt and other allergens that could otherwise lead to a sinus infection and aggravate its symptoms, including sinus headaches.
Try Applying Homemade Pastes
Certain kitchen counter remedies can prove to be very useful in treating sinus headaches. One such remedy involves grinding dry ginger and milk in a blender to form a thick paste, and applying the same to the forehead and temple.
The paste would effectively drain out the mucus from the sinus cavities and reduce the stuffy feeling (including the pressure) in your head. And this in turn would reduce your headache to a great extent.
Opt For Alternate Hot And Cold Compresses
Some people get relief with hot compresses while others get relief from cold compresses. If both don’t seem to work for you, opt for an alternate hot and cold compress treatment. The remedy basically involves placing a hot towel (dipped in hot water beforehand) on your temple, nose, cheeks and throat for about 10 minutes and then replacing it with a cold towel for about 30 seconds.
While the increase in temperature would loosen nasal blockages and reduce the pressure on the head, the sudden decrease in temperature would reduce the pain, discomfort and swelling caused by the inflamed sinus cavities. Follow this treatment for at least 20 minutes to get relief from the headache.