Sinus pain is caused due to the swelling of mucous membrane that lines the nose. This swelling occurs due to the growth of bacteria and fungus in the sinus region of the nose.

The swelling causes acute sinus pain, headache, facial pain and in some cases facial swelling too. A sinus infection occurs due to allergies, environmental conditions, pollution, improper dietary habits etc.

Popping a pill is not a good solution as ultimately these pills have many other side effects on the body. So it’s better to go for home remedies which are easy and give a sure and safe relief from a sinus infection.

Here are Home Remedies for Sinusitis or sinus pain:

1. Ghee

Ghee being used in the daily cooking and good for health is always found in abundance in all the Indian households. It should be specifically pure cow’s ghee, as only it is said to have medicinal properties.

  • Lay down on the bed, in a straight position.
  • Pour 2 drops of ghee in both the nostrils with the help of the dropper.
  • Do the same daily, at night for good results.

2. Almond oil

Almond oil also has vitamins and minerals that help melt the mucus. When mucus melts down, at the same time headache and sinus pain subsides. Thus, blockage in the nose opens up.

  • Take few drops of almond oil in a dropper.
  • Lie down on the bed with nostrils facing upwards.
  • Pour 1-2 drops of oil in both the nostrils.

3. Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is another great way of melting down the mucus. It helps keep the nasal tissues moist and opens the clogging.

  • Take hot steaming water in a large bowl.
  • Add few drops of eucalyptus oil in this steaming water.
  • Place your face over it with a towel around the head and inhale the vapors slowly.

4. Ginger

Ginger has antibiotic properties that help alleviate the sinus pain. Hot ginger tea heats the body and relieves a sinus headache. It’s strong and pungent smell and taste opens up the clogged nose by melting down the phlegm in the sinus regions.

Thus it is a natural cough suppressant and works as an anti-clogging agent.

  • Make hot and soothing ginger tea. Drink it sip by sip so that warmth and smell of ginger relieve you of pain.
  • Also, you can make a hot concoction by adding ginger, black pepper and honey to the warm water.

5. Ajwain seeds

Ajwain seeds are famous as a medicine since good old times. The strong and effective aroma clear the nasal passageways in no time. Roasted hot seeds melt the mucus, reduces swelling and relieves the sinus pain.

  • Take 1-2 teaspoon of roasted hot ajwain seeds.
  • Tie them up in a fine cloth to make a potli.
  • Press this potli on your nose and also inhale the sweet aroma.

One of the most effective method and provide instant relief in a headache and sinus pain.

6. Lavender oil

Lavender oil has essential analgesic properties which relieve the sinus headaches and facial pains. It also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that fight away the germs and infections that have developed in the mucus membrane of the nose.

It clears the nasal passage by melting down the phlegm and open the clogged nostrils.

  • Add few drops of lavender oil to the boiling water. Take the steam coming out. Repeat this 2
  • You can also add the oil drops to the hot water for a bath. Soak in this water for 15 minutes.

7. Onion

Onions are antibacterial and antiseptic in nature that kills the fungus and infection in the mucous membrane. These are effective in clearing the nasal airway and sinus.

  • Eat raw onion 2-3 times a day to get rid of sinus infection.

8. Holy Basil or Tulsi

Holy basil has a large number of medicinal properties and is regularly used to treat diseases. It is the best home remedy as Tulsi plant is found in every Indian household.

Tulsi acts a natural decongestant and melts down the phlegm collected in the mucous membrane that is the main reason behind the blocked nose, facial pain and headache.

  • Chew 2-3 tulsi leaves empty stomach in the morning.
  • Make a hot Tulsi tea and drink it 2-3 times a day.

9. Black pepper

Black pepper is highly beneficial in treating sinus infections. Because of the strong nature, it melts down the blocked mucus. Thus, clears the nasal airways.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon black pepper with one tablespoon honey and eat it twice a day.
  • Add a pinch of it to tea and drink it twice a day.

10. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is a natural decongestant and provides relief in the clogged nose and itchy throat.

  • Take peppermint oil steam 2-3 times a day.
  • Massage peppermint oil on your chest, it will provide relief from congestion.

15. Yoga

Yoga is the most natural and most effective treatment for the sinusitis. The breathing exercises open up the congestion in the mucus membrane and also open up any respiratory blockages present.

Some yogas to practice are:

  • Kapalbhati – In this, sit in a lotus position, then breathe in and then breathe out with force.
  • Anu-lom vilom – Close your left nostril with thumb and inhale through right one only. Then shift the thumb to close the right nostril and exhale through left one.


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