Spring is here, which can lead to hay fever, seasonal allergies and even spring colds that can cause sinus irritation, inflammation and congestion. Few things are more annoying than the constant pain and pressure of sinus congestion. Luckily, there are several things you can do from home to ease this common pain.
5 Ways to Ease Sinus Pain
- Applying a cold stone (typically a smooth, polished granite or marble stone) may help ease sinus pain. If you do not have massage stones available, a cold gel eye mask or the back side of a cold spoon will work to help reduce the inflammation.
- You can also try using steam. Boil water and pour into a bowl, lean over the bowl with a towel over your head, breathing deeply through your nose to moisten nasal passages. Adding peppermint tea or a few drops of essential oils like peppermint, tea tree or eucalyptus may also help ease sinus pressure.
- Dietary changes may also aid in reducing sinus congestion. Limit inflammatory and mucus-causing foods like dairy, and increase consumption of anti-inflammatory foods, such as turmeric. Turmeric 95 promotes anti-inflammatory actions to reduce pain and swelling.
- Adding a bit of lemon juice to your water will also help break up the mucus (this trick works well for animals that are suffering with sinus congestion as well).
- Another great option for reducing and relieving sinus congestion is Sinus Clear, a formula that aids in clearing congestion and supports clear breathing, while also supporting a healthy immune system.
Acupressure for Sinus Relief
Another excellent way to reduce sinus congestion is with self-massage. Acupressure, which is applying physical pressure to acupuncture points by the hand, is performed by using the pads of your fingers and holding the acupuncture points for about a minute with moderate pressure. Gentle, circular pressure may also help to stimulate the points.
6 Points to Reduce Pressure and Increase Drainage in Your Sinuses
- Large Intestine 4: Located in the V formed between the thumb and pointer finger, this point is great for constipation, headache and sinus congestion. NOTE: this point should not be used if you are pregnant!
- Large Intestine 20: Located right next to the end of nostril, LI20 is a great point for reducing sinus pressure.
- Stomach 2: Located directly below the center of the eye just at the top edge of the cheekbone, this point is great for draining sinuses.
- Stomach 3: Located directly below the center of the eye, just under the cheekbone, this point works well with Stomach 2 to drain sinuses.
- Bladder 2: Found on the inside corner of the eyebrows, this point works to drain sinuses and reduce pressure around the eyes.
- Gall Bladder 14: Working with Bladder 2, this point will help reduce pressure around the eyes. GB14 is found directly above the center of the eye, in the middle of the forehead.
Gentle face massage using a light tapping with the finger tips around the nose, eyes and forehead can also help reduce muscle tension, relieving the pain and pressure of sinus congestion.