How to Relieve Sinus Pressure Naturally


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It’s that time of year when the weather starts getting colder and we turn to more indoor activities where the snot and germs run free. If you’ve never had sinus pressure, consider yourself lucky. I don’t get it often, but when I do, boy oh boy is it awful. My nose runs constantly. The pressure builds up around my eyes and temples, and my ears start popping like they do when I’m on an airplane. {Once I had to fly with bad sinus pressure and I really thought I was going to die. It was horrible pain.} Luckily, I have a few tried and true tricks to help me relieve sinus pressure naturally.

How to Relieve Sinus Pressure Naturally

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Stay hydrated –

This is a pretty easy way to relieve sinus pressure! Just make sure to keep drinking that water. It helps keep your lovely, nasty mucus thin so it can flow and get out of your body. That’s the goal, if you want to stop hurting, right? Keep a glass of water on your bedside table so you can sip at night whenever you happen to wake up because you can’t breathe – which is every half hour when I get a bad sinus issues.

Take a steam shower –

Steam showers can be a great way to break up the pressure. Have you ever done this? Just turn your shower on as hot as you can. Shut all the doors and the windows. And sit in your bathroom for a while, breathing in the humid air. I used to do this with stuffy babies and it really helps. Put a few drops of menthol and eucalyptus essential oils in the bath too – they’re also great for helping with the sinuses.

If you can’t do a steam shower, pour boiling water in a bowl, hang your head over the bowl and cover it with a towel. Breathe in the steamy air for 10-15 minutes.

Use a humidifier –

Another super easy way to relieve sinus pressure, use a humidifier! All those little tricks you may have learned with your babies also work with adults too. I even add a few drops of my favorite essential oil to the humidifier. I’m a big fan of thieves oil for general immunity building and menthol and eucalyptus help sinuses too.

How to relieve sinus pressure naturally.

Warm Compresses –

Do you have one of those lovely rice packs? If so, heat it up and put it on your face. My sinus headaches usually hurt around my eyes and nose. A warm compress really helps relieve the pain for a spell.

Flush the sinuses with a neti pot –

This is something I have actually never done, even though I’ve had a neti pot for years. I read lots of great accolades about flushing the sinus cavities with saline solution, though. Have you read them too? Flushing with a neti pot can be a great way to clear out sinuses and make you feel better, so maybe next time I’ll be brave enough to actually try!

Although I almost always try to use natural methods first, there comes a time when my sinus pressure is just too bad. My eyes hurt. My nose hurts. The dirty tissues start piling up. And I can’t sleep. I am a complete bear when I can’t sleep. Okay, I admit, sometimes, I’m just a bear regardless. 😀 SUDAFED® can help me get a good night’s sleep which is oh-so important in getting healthy.

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Love the photos! I came back from KC this past weekend with 2 out of my 3 kids sick. One is still struggling. I’ve been taking double doses of Vitamin C and drinking tons of water. Let’s hope it stays away from me!

  2. Thanks for the tips and the giveaway….I have sinus problems especially this time of year when temperatures change and there’s stuff in the air. The rinsing with saline really does work. It feels weird, but makes a big difference.

  3. Jessica feels underwater while Lorenzo feels crushed by a car. Sinus pain is the worst I’ve had. I’d rather birth a baby. Neti pot and acupuncture all the way, a little emergen-C too. Neti pot maybe takes a little getting used to but soooo worth it.

  4. For Lorenzo, sinus congestion feels like the pressure of a car being crushed. I can relate because I get sinus pressure too. #SinusStruggles

  5. Jessica feels like her sinus troubles make her feel like she id underwater and can’t breathe! I feel that way when my sinuses are all plugged up.It is not a very good feeling!

  6. Lorenzo feels like his sinuses are the feeling of pressure of a car being crushed on them. It really does feel like a lot of pressure when my sinuses are all plugged up! I hate that feeling.

  7. The neti pot changed my life; I have had only one sinus infection in the nine years since I started using it, and that was my own fault because I didn’t use it soon enough. I use it at the very first sign of drainage or any stuffiness in my head. Many of our family members also use neti pots and agree they are very helpful.

  8. Yes, I can relate to Jessica’s story of feeling like she’s under water & unable to breath! I get so, so stuffed up & have a hard time getting any air at times!

  9. I can also relate to Lorenzo’s story of sinus congestion feeling like the pressure of a car being crushed because it just gets so bad sometimes you just want relief!

  10. I sure can relate to Jessica’s metaphor because it is so hard for me to breathe that it feels I am under water.

  11. I can definitely relate to sinus pressure like underwater or the weight of a car…One thing that works for me when my ears start popping because of sinuses is cutting out all dairy – dairy food make you more mucas-y. It’s not permanent, just until the pressure goes away. I also like to diffuse eucalyptus oil in whatever room I’m in (Overnight is best!) and I like the warm compress idea!

  12. Oh I do agree with Jessica saying it feels like being under water and cant breathe! I would add being under water in the deep end of the pool! So much pressure and my ears always hurt too!

  13. When Jessica stated that she feels like she is underwater and can’t breathe, I could relate. That is how I feel from sinus pressure.

  14. Unfortunately, I can relate all too well. The pain and pressure get so bad, I get nauseous, and NOTHING helps. Often, it feels as though my eyes are being pushed out from the inside. Ugh! 🙁

  15. I am more like Lorenzo, than Jessica. I don’t really have trouble breathing. Now there is something to be thankful for! 🙂

  16. My sinuses have been insane this season. I am petrified of the neti pot. Other than that these are great tips, thanks!

  17. Jessica feels like she is under water and can’t breathe. I can relate to feeling like you can’t breath.

  18. Lorenzo said his sinus congestion feels like the pressure of a car being crushed. It feels like that for me to.

  19. The natural methods are always better if you can sustain it since medicine can make you feel off, but sometimes it does become too much! I’m definitely a fan of the steam shower approach, plus it helps with achy muscles when you’re sick too. Thanks for sharing!