Home Remedies: Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches have been the bane of my existence for as long as I can remember. On the surface, it appears to have little to do with the weather because I get them when the sun is shining, it is raining, it is snowing, it is hot, it is cold, etc. I did begin to notice that what actually triggers these headaches is the air pressure. When the air pressure is around 30 I feel wonderful; however, the closer it gets to 29 the worse I feel.

For some reason, my sinus headaches have become more severe and more frequent since July 2016. I recall having my first bad headache in quite some time in the middle of July 2016. I was nearly in tears and had trouble talking due to the pain. My son wanted to take me to the emergency room to make sure I was not having another stroke.

Years ago, when I had a sinus headache I would take an over the counter medication, such as Sudafed. The headache would go away but I felt jittery and edgy and my poor sons would have to run for shelter. These days, no matter what medication I take, it does nothing to alleviate the headache. They have either changed the formula for the medication or my vibrational frequency is no longer a match.

In my desperation for relief I began doing research on sinus headaches and home remedies. There are a few methods I use, all in conjunction. I would like to share them with you, should you find yourself in a similar situation.

I usually awaken in the morning with a sinus headache or I am awaken around 1:00 am or 4:00 am with a headache. So I always begin a “sinus headache day” with a very hot shower. I make sure that the entire bathroom fills with steam and I stay there for as long as possible. This gives immediate relief; however, it is short lived.

Another method that is effective is steam. I usually like to put a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil, peppermint essential oil, or a combination of both into the water after it comes to a boil. Do not add the essential oils before it comes to a boil because I have found that the oils tend to merely burn off. After adding the essential oils, I cover the pan of water and my face with a towel to keep the steam in. Be sure to close your eyes when doing this as both oils are potent. Peppermint is extremely strong and I would suggest no more than three drops. Keep your head under the towel and over the steam for 3 to 5 minutes. Depending on the severity of the headache, you may have to repeat this process throughout the day.

Another method I use is also good to use as prevention. This is saline solution. They sell this in the stores but I have never been able to bring myself to purchase something I can so easily make at home for much less money! I take about 3/4 to one cup of distilled water and add 1/2 teaspoon of pickling salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and mix well. I use pickling salt because it is not iodized and much healthier for the tissues in your sinuses. The baking soda is to counteract the salt a bit. If you do not add the baking soda it can feel as if the salt is burning the inside of your nose and sinus cavities. You can administer this solution with a netti pot, small spray bottle or a dropper. I would do this over sink. Tilt your head and have it horizontal to the sink. Breath through your mouth to keep the passage way close and the saline solution in your sinus cavities. Administer the saline solution to the nostril that is towards the ceiling. Slowly turn your head in the opposite direction and do the same with the second nostril. Turn your head upright above the sink and blow the solution out of your nostrils. Although I do this over the sink, I personally prefer to use a tissue also.

When I have a bad headache I use the saline solution frequently throughout the day but I do not think I have ever used it more than five times in one given day. As a preventive measure I try to use the saline solution twice per day, although I have to admit that I do forget at times.

I have often found that placing a heating pad over my face or on top of my head is also helpful when I have a sinus headache. I do find that if I have a migraine and not a sinus headache, ice is preferable.

If you suspect that you may have a sinus infection, I suggest using the steam method but adding apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is extremely strong so do shield your eyes. Apple cider vinegar has natural antibiotic properties and is very good for combating infection.

So, if you find that you are having sinus headaches and do not want to use chemicals to combat it, give one, a few or all of these methods a try. I personally use all of them.

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