4 Natural Home Remedies for Clearing Sinus Infections

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Suffering from a light sinus infection? Try using these four natural remedies to relieve the symptoms associated with sinus infections.

How to Get Rid of a Sinus Infection

1. Make Your Own Saline Nose Spray
Mix one cup of distilled water, half a teaspoon of kosher salt, and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Tap water (unless boiled) should not be used as you could potentially expose your nasal passage to bacteria and other unwanted pathogens.

Eucalyptus Oil Diffuser Sinus

Once the saline solution is at room temperature, use a neti pot to gently pour the solution into your nostril. Make sure your head is tilted over the sink at about a 45 degree angle. Learn more about using neti pots safely on the FDA’s website.

2. Use a Eucalyptus Oil Diffuser
Diffusers help disperse essential oils in the air. Eucalyptus is one type of essential oil used by people to clear sinus infections. Add a few drops of the essential oil in the diffuser (instructions may differ per device) then let the misting begin.

Please note that cat and dog owners should not use this method as the ASPCA states that eucalyptus can be toxic to both animals.

Humidifier Sinus Infection

3. Turn on the Humidifier
Dry air can worsen your sinus infection. It can dry out the nasal passage and make the mucus thicker. According to one source, the ideal humidity level is about 35 – 40%. Make sure the humidity level does not go beyond that level.

High humidity can promote the development of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Dust mites also thrive in high humidity environments.

4. Do Push-Ups for Temporary Relief
This might sound unorthodox but doing push-ups (while breathing through your nose) may provide temporary relief for your blocked nose. The push-ups will cause your nasal passage to open up by lessening the blood flow to that area.

Sam at Organic Lesson

is the Founder of Organic Lesson. He started this site to share tips on using natural remedies at home when such options are available.