Ways To Clear Up Your Sinuses

Juliet D'cruz

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Whether you have seasonal allergies or you’re just sick, having congested sinuses is a painful thing to endure. There are so many over the counter medications that claim to clear up sinuses, but if you’d rather avoid adding to the list of medications you’re taking then there are many remedies that can help you. This article aims to focus on the different methods that have proven effective in clearing up sinuses. 

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Various Methods Of Using Steam

You probably already know that drinking a hot beverage or having some chicken soup is an old remedy used when people are sick. While there is no specific ingredient that is playing an active role – steam is the common factor. Kick things up a notch by boiling some water and  collecting the steam by putting a towel behind your head. You can also get yourself an intex inflatable hot tub — you’ll have a lot of steam, and a gentle massage to help relieve tension in your body as well. Just make sure that you don’t have a fever before getting into the warm water because the increased temperature will actually dehydrate you and make you feel more sick. 


Harnessing The Power Of Essential Oils

These are extracts from natural sources, and have long been used by the medical community and in home remedies for a variety of different ailments. There are many different types of essential oils, however, each known for treating a different condition and used differently. Peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil are well known for treating respiratory problems, allowing mucus to drain away and open up the sinuses. They also have anti-inflammatory properties, which helps reduce swelling in your sinuses as well.

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Nasal Irrigation

You might have seen videos online of people using a syringe or a neti-pot to pour water from one nostril and blow it out the other. This is a method of nasal irrigation that is popular, but it comes with a few precautions. Always make sure that your neti-pot (or any other apparatus you use for nasal irrigation) is cleaned well and sanitized before using it. Also, you shouldn’t be using tap water or even bottled water, but it is best to use a sterile saline solution. You can find it sold in any pharmacy, under different brand names. The last thing you want to do is introduce more bacteria (or worse) into your nasal passages. There have been documented cases of people getting amoebiasis (yes, and infection of amoebas) in their brains because they used tap water to irrigate their nasal passages. 



There are more than enough well-known remedies for a common symptom like nasal congestion. Stick to the aforementioned methods that have been proven to work time and again, enough for some to be part of family traditions. Don’t mess around with new methods that are unlikely to work, when you have these fool-proof remedies that are easily accessible to anyone—you’ll soon be enjoying the fresh air and breathing freely through your nose. No more sniffling.