[toc]Sinusitis is the main reason behind sinus headaches and this primarily stems from certain infections, inflammations and allergies. Sinus headaches develop mainly due to inflammation of sinus cavities that create congestion in the facial area. These headaches usually occur at the time of viral infections and flu or due to certain irritants and allergens like dust, cigarette smoke, pollen grains, mold etc.
The main symptoms that are visible are coughing, nasal drip, runny nose, and sneezing, itchy eyes and so on. The headache usually occurs near the forehead, around the nose and sometimes around the eyebrows as well. It causes grave discomfort and though, there is no complete cure for this disorder, there are plenty of medicines that can provide temporary relief. These chemical based medicines can have heavy side effects so one should turn to natural cures as they not only provide long term relief but are relatively safe and harmless too. Mentioned below are five natural cures for sinus headaches.
Various Ways To Cure Sinus Headache
This natural therapy involves providing steam to the affected area such as forehead and the area around the eyebrow. Ideally a small towel has to be soaked in steaming hot water for about 10 minutes, after which the excess water has to be strained out and the wet towel containing the steam is used to cover the forehead completely such that steam spreads throughout the forehead into the sinus cavities.
This process helps in the release of mucus and eases the pressure in the head that tends to arise due to the inflamed sinus. Steam can also be given with the help of portable humidifier. As the mucus gets cleared the sinus headaches also subside.
It is a technique to provide temporary and gradual relief in various pains and discomforts of the body especially pain such as sinus headache, cold and flu. To get rid of sinus pain one has to press the pressure points located between the nose and the forehead, with the help of the tips of the forefingers.
However instead of practicing it by one’s self with inadequate knowledge one should opt for getting a facial and head massage by an experienced accupressurist as pressing points requires one to be very specific otherwise there are chances of side effects occurring. Sinus headaches get completely cured if this technique is practiced regularly once or two times a day.
Increase Water Consumption
Water is the most important requirement of the body and lack of this water can cause pain and other difficulties such as mucus blockages etc. When a person increases the water intake the mucus that is slimy in nature thins and flows out easily make the nasal cavity clean and dry.
It is advisable to consume at least 3 to 4 litres of water which should not include beverages such as tea and coffee as they tend to act as diuretics and can give adverse effects. Intake of water tends to put a stop on the production of mucus and this elimination of mucus put an end to the sinus headaches as well. It is however preferable to consume lukewarm to tepid water so as to enable the quick melting and thinning of mucus.
Regular And Adequate Sleep
Humans have the ability to recuperate when they sleep sufficiently and lack of sleep brings about a host of ailment and diseases. Sinus headaches multiply many times if one is unable to get proper sleep. An adult requires a minimum of seven hours of sleep while a child requires 10 to 12 hours of sleep; if a person suffering from sinus headache does not get proper sleep then the problem gets aggravated.
On the other hand if adequate sleep is ensured then the person does experience a reduction in the inflammation of the sinus cavities and sometimes the headache goes away completely.
Another natural cure for sinus headache is aromatherapy wherein essential oils are used. Three to four drops of essential oil is added to water that is kept in a diffuser and lit either with a candle or by providing an electric current. The water mixed with the essential oil evaporates and spreads in the surroundings and this scented air inhaled by the person suffering from headaches and gives relief.
Some people prefer taking a facial massage with aromatic oils to give them relief. There are several essential oils required to treat sinus headaches, some of them being eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil and peppermint oil .These essential oil are very strong hence one should use it sparingly. If this therapy is being practised in a large room or a big hall one can increase the number of diffusers, but the quantity of essential oil drops in each diffuser should not increase.