Sinus Headache Relief

Sinus congestion often leads to a painful headache, but there are numerous sinus headache remedies that help eliminate congestion and ease the pain.  If the congestion doesn’t clear, it can lead to a sinus infection and a trip to the doctor for antibiotics.

Sinus Headache Symptoms

The pressure from the congestion can cause:

  • Pain in the forehead
  • Pressure and pain behind the eyes
  • Blockage of the nostrils
  • Pressure and pain in the teeth


These sinus headache remedies are often successful at bringing pressure and pain relief:

  • Peppermint or eucalyptus oil – Add a few drops to a bowl or pan of hot water and breathe in the steam for fast relief.
  • Spicy foods – Eating jalapeno peppers and other spicy foods can help the sinuses drain quickly.
  • Vicks Vap O Rub – Rubbing Vicks under your nose, on the sides of your nose and a dab safely above the eyes relieves pain and helps drain sinuses. Avoid getting it too close to the eyes, as it can burn.
  • Vaporizer – Plug in the vaporizer and add some Vicks Vap O Rub liquid, especially at bedtime.  The steam, combined with the Vicks, helps to open sinus passages.
  • Milk and ginger – Drinking a glass of milk with a little bit of ginger powder can relieve your headache.
  • Grape juice – Drinking grape juice at room temperature often helps drain sinuses.
  • Vegetable juice – Carrot juice or vegetable juices containing carrot juice and other vegetable juices are often helpful at treating a sinus headache.
  • Cumin seeds – Place cumin seeds in a thin cloth and breathe to provide relief.
  • Hot water, cold water, or both – Some people find relief by placing a very warm compress over the forehead and/or eyes.  Others find cold water to work better.  Alternate applications can be helpful.  Use the hot water first and follow by a quick cold water application.
  • Hot herbal teas – Drinking hot tea with herbs such as fennel, anise or fenugreek help to move the mucous and provide pain relief.
  • Nasal flush – Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt with ¼ cup of baking powder in a cup of water and place up each nostril with a nasal syringe.
  • Garlic, onions, horseradish – Eat these foods that contain a chemical that helps drain mucous.
  • Warm soup – Warm soup helps to get rid of nasal congestion. Sprinkle on cayenne or black pepper for added effectiveness.
  • Cinnamon – A paste made of cinnamon and water applied to the forehead brings fast relief.
  • Pressure between thumb and index finger – Spread your thumb and index finger and with your other hand, pinch the skin between them to bring fast pain relief.
  • Shower steam tablets – These can be found at drug stores and when placed in the warm shower, inhaling the steam helps to drain the sinuses.

These remedies are simple and usually quite effective. Try one and if it doesn’t help try another one, as results vary from person to person. If symptoms seem to be getting worse, discontinue use of these sinus headache relief and see a physician to determine if you have an infection.



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