Added/Modified on April 9, 2014
Sinus congestion is also known as ‘’Rhinitis’’. Sinus congestion results from a viral or bacterial infection. The problem of sinus congestion is caused by factors such as allergies or infections, common cold, hay fever, pregnancy and so on. Symptoms of sinus congestion include headache, fever, sore throat, pain or pressure in the eyes and so on.
Further, sinus congestion may result in difficulty in breathing, runny nose, bad breath and dry cough. Some of the most effective herbal remedies to treat the problem of sinus congestion are mentioned below.
Basil is one of the most effective herbal remedies for sinus congestion. This herb has antiseptic properties. Basil oil can be applied on the chest area 2 to 3 times in a day to cure various symptoms associated with sinus congestion. The aroma of basil oil can also be inhaled several times in a day to obtain the desired results.
Basil leaves can also be boiled in water to prepare a tonic and consumed on a frequent basis to relieve sinus congestion. It is essential to note that pregnant women should not consume this herb.
Another herbal remedy for sinus congestion is eucalyptus. Eucalyptus oil can be rubbed around the nose and chest area multiple times in a day to relieve sinus congestion. Eucalyptus oil can also be added to hot water and inhaled on a daily basis to open the nasal blockage and reduce the phlegm resulting from sinus congestion.
It is important to cover the head with a towel while inhaling the steam. The aroma of this herbal oil can help in reducing the swelling in the sinus passages. A syrup can be prepared by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil and honey (1 teaspoon) in warm water (1 cup) and consumed several times in a day to obtain effective results.
Lemon balm can be used as an herbal remedy to treat sinus congestion. This herb has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Gargling with a tonic prepared by adding lemon balm in a glass of lukewarm water several times in a day can provide relief from the problem of sinus congestion. A cup of lemon balm tea can also be consumed on a frequent basis to obtain better results.
The problem of sinus congestion can be cured with the use of peppermint. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties. Consumption of peppermint tea prepared by boiling fresh peppermint leaves in water on a regular basis can help in the treatment of sinus congestion.
The aroma of peppermint oil can be inhaled on a frequent basis to reduce the pain resulting from sinus congestion. Peppermint oil can also be directly massaged on the temples to obtain effective results.
Another herbal remedy for sinus congestion is cayenne pepper. Gargling with a tonic prepared by adding cayenne pepper powder (1 teaspoon) in a glass of warm water 3 to 4 times in a day can help in clearing the nasal blockage resulting from sinus congestion. Regular use of cayenne pepper can help in treating various symptoms associated with sinus congestion.
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