People who suffer from sinus and allergy issues know one thing for sure: The struggle to breathe is real. Sometimes your nose runs like a sieve and, while that can be awkward and annoying, most would agree it’s better than the alternative: Sinus Congestion.
You know what we mean. That awful feeling when you can’t breathe. Your head feels like a balloon filled with cement. Your eyes are puffy and sore. Your throat feels like you swallowed glass from breathing through your mouth like a Neanderthal.
Fortunately, we can recommend a few at-home sinus congestion remedies for draining your sinuses and alleviating congestion.
At-Home Sinus Congestion Remedies
You’ve heard that the solution for everything is water, right? It holds true in the case of congestion treatment at home since you want to keep your sinuses moist. Here are a few at-home congestion remedies:
1) Drink Fluids
When you’re sick or congested, your body requires more than the minimum recommended serving of 8 cups of water per day. Aim for 10-15 cups, depending on weight, sex, and activity level.
2) Give Yourself a Steam Treatment
Humidity thins mucus and promotes sinus drainage. Run a humidifier or vaporizer to relieve sinus pressure, or give yourself a DIY steam treatment by doing one of the following:
2A) Fill a bowl with hot water and place a towel over your head to create a steam tent. Many find adding essential oils such as menthol, eucalyptus, or peppermint can enhance this experience. Keeping your eyes closed and breathe deeply until the steam dissipates.
2B) Take a warm shower, perhaps using a shower disk (similar to a bath bomb, but meant to turn your shower into a therapeutic steam room filled with congestion-relieving menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils).
3) Apply a Warm Compress to Your Face
Similar to a steam treatment, a warm compress pressed against your nasal cavities will help loosen mucus and promote drainage.
4) Irrigate Nasal Passageways
Nasal irrigation using saline spray, a neti-pot, special squeeze bottles, or bulb syringes gently flushes your nasal passages. While this is an effective way to drain your sinuses at home, it can take a bit of practice.
First, you’ll need to purchase or prepare your own saline solution using sterilized or distilled water mixed with pickling salt and a pinch of baking soda.
Next, leaning over a sink with your head tilted to one side, you’ll want to slowly pour or squirt a liberal amount of prepared solution into one nostril. It’s important to keep your head tilted so that the solution flows out the other nostril.
Once finished, repeat on the other side. Never use unboiled tap water as this can introduce bacteria into your system, and be sure to thoroughly clean and dry your instruments after each use.
5) Cook up some Chicken Soup for the Nose
Really. Scientists don’t know exactly why, but they speculate that the combination of steam & antioxidant/anti-inflammatory effects of chicken soup’s ingredients actually help to clear the sinuses. Plus, it feels like a hug from the inside out.
Relieve Sinus Congestion Now!
Congestion is caused when the membranes lining your nasal passages become irritated and inflamed, so remember that drying them out will cause further irritation and additional congestion.
We hope these tips help you breathe a little easier. If you have any questions or want help relieving more chronic congestion issues, contact us today at (954) 760-7836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.