Sinusitis is really quite irritating due to frequent sneezing and difficulty in breathing. Your sense of taste can also be affected. During winter season there is a change in the atmosphere and some people are really prone in developing this condition most specially when their immune system is not so strong and is immunocompromised.
Winter sinus can be relieved by some medications such as nasal sprays and decongestants. Actually, this can be prevented by some precautionary methods such as proper diet and nutrition. Having adequate rest and sleep and also vitamin intake can help ward off sinus.
But there are some simple home and natural remedies which are quite effective:
This is applying pressure to vital pressure point connected to the sinus. An example of an acupressure potent point to press is the sides of your nose near the nostrils. You can use your fingers to press them simultaneously. You can also do this on your head to relieve headache caused by sinus problems, focal points are either side of your neck muscle in a depression at the base of your skull.
• Water Steam and Hot Water
Place water in a kettle, add few drops of eucalyptus or tea oil and let it boil, once it attains its boiling point it releases steam. Position your face near the exit of the steam and inhale it, do it for 10 to 15 minutes. It can relax your nasal passage and relieves you from difficulty of breathing. It can also help loosen sticky mucus so that it can be easily expelled. Do this once to twice daily.
Hot water can also relieve sinus pain and headache that comes with it. Place the water in a bottle, wrap it with a towel and do a hot compress on your nose and forehead until the pain subsides.
Eucalyptus or peppermint extract as an inhalant. Echinacea, Oregon grape and barberry as nasal drops.
Garlic can also be used as nasal drop, squeeze the juice from it and put into an eyedropper then put few drops into your nostrils and keep your head back so the juice stays inside the nose for about five minutes.
Lukewarm salt water can help restore easy breathing, hold the solution on your palm and sniff a bit into your nostrils to help drain sinuses. An alternative to this is a pinch of ginger powder to relieve the pain of swollen sinuses.
• Plenty of Water and Juice Intake
Drink plenty of water as it will keep you hydrated, drink fruit juices especially those rich in vitamin C which are the citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. Also, apple and dark grape juice are recommended as they can be beneficial according to medical studies.
• Adequate Rest and Sleep
8 hours of sleep and adequate rest can help relieve the symptoms of sinus.
• Breathing Exercises
Inhale, exhale, hold, inhale, hold, and exhale. This can help improve your breathing and clear your air passage. Do this regularly, it can help you breath easily and relieve congestion.