It’s Sinus Season Somewhere-10 Tips for Beating Sinus Pressure
What’s new, you ask? Sinus Season… at least it is here in Florida. I’m thinking that it’s because we have had a handful of cold weather days and no rain to speak of this winter. In fact, the high today is supposed to be 81. Yes, 81 degrees in January. Please don’t be jealous, it is wreaking havoc on everyone’s sinus’ here at the kids belts factory, especially the hubby, the mother-in-law and my assistant.
In light of that, I thought I would share 10 natural ways to reduce sinus pressure. Isn’t that thoughtful of me? Now, I just hope they read my blog…
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer.
- Take long showers or breathe in steam from a pot on the stove.
- Drink lots of fluids, which will thin out your mucus and may help prevent your sinuses from getting blocked up.
- Use a nasal saline spray
- Irrigate. I know that sounds bizarre and if you have never used a neti pot, it looks even weirder, but the water washes out mucus and other debris – including allergens or germs – while keeping your nasal passages moist.
- Use warm compresses on your face. Sitting with a warm, wet towel on your face may relieve discomfort and open your nasal passages.
- Prop yourself up. At night, lie on a couple of pillows. Keeping your head elevated may make breathing more comfortable.
- Avoid eating mucus producing foods until the sinus congestion or sinus pressure is totally gone.
- Use your right thumb and index finger to grasp the skin between your left thumb and index finger. Press gently to find where the muscles make a V shape on the top of your hand. Massage this small indentation with firm but gentle pressure for 10 to 15 seconds; repeat on your right hand. Do this as needed. Pregnant women should not use this technique; it may stimulate uterine contractions. You can also massage your face directly. Firmly and gently press your index fingers above the center of each eyebrow or between them. Massage for 10 to 15 seconds and repeat as needed.
- The zing of certain spices opens clogged sinuses and promotes drainage. As condiments, use hot salsas or chutneys that contain chiles, or sprinkle cayenne pepper on your food.
Hopefully some of those tips will help out with the sinus pressure you may endure and save you a little money since you can avoid buying those costly medications.
And now… off to the beach. I did say the high is 81 today and the kids are in school, so here’s to a little me time! (And if you believe that, I have some ocean front property in Nebraska to sell you.)