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3 Natural Remedies for Sinus Headache Pain

  • Dr. Steve Young
  • 27 Mar, 2023

3 Natural Remedies for Sinus Headache Pain

Sinus headaches are common and debilitating. They are caused by pain, pressure, and discomfort in the sinuses, which are hollow spaces in the bones of the face that make mucus. There are many over-the-counter and prescription medicines, but they often have side effects that aren't what you want. Because of this, there is more and more interest in natural ways to treat sinus headache pain. This article will talk about three natural ways to treat sinus headache pain that have been proven to work by science.

It has been shown that breathing in steam is a good natural way to treat sinus headache pain. Steam inhalation is when you breathe in hot steam, which helps open up your nasal passages and make it easier to breathe and drain. The steam also helps to loosen mucus, making it easier to expel. Research has shown that steam inhalation can help improve the symptoms of acute respiratory infections, including sinusitis (1). Inhaling steam with essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender can boost the anti-inflammatory and decongestant effects, making the pain of a sinus headache even less severe (2).

In recent years, another natural way to treat sinus headache pain that has become more popular is to use a neti pot. Neti pots are small, teapot-shaped devices that are used to flush out the nasal passages with a saline solution. The saline solution helps thin out mucus and flush out irritants, bacteria, and allergens from the sinuses. This reduces inflammation and relieves sinus headache pain. Clinical studies have shown that using a neti pot can help relieve sinusitis symptoms like stuffiness, facial pain, and headaches (3).

Ginger is a common spice that can be used to treat sinus headache pain. It has strong anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that make it a good choice. Ginger has two compounds called gingerols and shogaols that have been shown to reduce inflammation. Drinking ginger tea can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain associated with sinus headaches. Several studies have shown that ginger can help reduce inflammation and pain from things like osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps, and headaches (4, 5).

Steam inhalation, the neti pot, and ginger tea are all natural ways to treat sinus headache pain that have shown promise. These natural remedies can help alleviate sinus headache pain without any negative side effects.

References:

  • 1. Singh M, Das RR. Zinc for the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;(6):CD001364. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001364.pub4
  • 2. Koulivand PH, Khaleghi Ghadiri M, Gorji A. Lavender and the nervous system. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:681304. doi:10.1155/2013/681304
  • 3. Rabago D, Pasic T, Zgierska A, et al. Neti pot use in North America: A survey of usage among members of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2010;31(6):467-472. doi:10.2500/aap.2010.31.3405
  • 4. Ramadan G, Al-Kahtani MA, El-Sayed WM. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Curcuma longa (turmeric) versus Zingiber officinale (ginger) rhizomes in rat adjuvant-induced arthritis. Inflammation. 2011;34(4):291-301. doi:10.1007/s10753-010-9278-0
  • 5. Drozdov VN, Kim VA, Tkachenko EV, Varvanina GG. Influence of a specific ginger combination on gastropathy conditions in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. J Altern Complement Med. 2012;18(6):583-588. doi:10.1089/acm.2011.0202

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