Natural Remedies for Sinus Headache From Allergies

| Modified on Sep 05, 2022
Ginger Root Compress
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 08/20/2021
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Ginger Root Powder Compress for Sinus Headache

Here is my recipe for a ginger root compress for sinus headaches, migraines or any other head issues.

Material needed:

  • Ginger root powder
  • Paper towel
  • Saran “plastic” wrap
  • Water
  • Ace bandage


*Roll out the ace bandage flat on the kitchen countertop.

*Fold paper towel to the size of your forehead area to be covered.

*Place a section of plastic wrap on the ace bandage a little larger than the paper towel on the bandage. This will make a moisture barrier so it won't soak the ace bandage and keep the paper towel moist for a longer time.

*Wet the paper towel with water to where it is dripping. Place this on the plastic wrap.

*Sprinkle a thin layer of ginger powder (1-2mm thick) on the wet towel.

*Carefully place the finished compress over your forehead and secure it in place with an ace bandage.

You will notice heat being generated with 5 minutes from the compress. It will be intense! It will feel like it is burning your skin but it's NOT. Ginger root ie Gingerol chemical structure is similar to that of capsaicin, the compound that gives hot peppers their spicy flavor. Ginger powder releases its energenic heat when it becomes wet. The longer it stays wet, the longer the heat. I've had some compresses generate heat for up to 8 hours.

Eucalyptus Oil
Posted by KS (Glenview, IL) on 07/01/2021
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Eucalyptus Oil is amazing for Sinus Pressure Headaches. Just sniff in each nostril once. I've had headaches, from weather changes, disappear in minutes.

Fire Cider
Posted by Nanu (Texas, USA) on 06/25/2021
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Fire Cider for Severe Allergies and Sinus Headaches

I used to use ACV alone but then discovered Fire Cider!! We've suffered from severe allergies since moving to TX 5 years ago and Fire Cider has made an incredible difference.

Fire Cider is a home remedy that has been used forever. Because it was home-made, the recipe is not set in stone. The mix varies with the maker and what they have at hand. Fire Cider is essentially ACV infused with medicinal roots and foods. This synergy helps to clear phlegm and support the immune system.

You can find all kinds of recipes online, but don't worry if you don't have one or another ingredient. ;)

I make it by the gallon using onions, garlic, ginger, horseradish, peppers, cinnamon, oregano, basil... It really is a "kitchen sink" kinda recipe! While I always try to include horseradish, which really helps me, what I don't have, just doesn't go in that time.

Once decanted, I'll keep it in the fridge as is and refill a 4 oz dropper bottle I keep just for this purpose. This is when I add sweetener (about a Tb to the 4oz) I use local honey to add to the allergy benefits, but you can use other sweeteners, as some posts have shared. Just remember, it's sweetened to make it palatable when taken as medicine, but it's not a sweet product.

As for dosage, I take it depending on how I feel. I'll use it by the dropper-full, by the teaspoon, by the tablespoon, by the shot glass... my body reaction tells me how much is enough. This is natural medicine and can take a min to work..... just ALWAYS dilute it!

Last but not least.... it's also a great seasoning for meats, soups, salads, stews, beans, sauces … it is food :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Angela (United Kingdom) on 04/27/2021

Just so that I am clear, are you drinking the apple cider vinegar or using it as a nasal rinse in a netti pot?

EC: Hi Angela,

She was drinking ACV in water twice a day, and definitely not putting it in her ear. (The honey part makes that clear).

Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 06/01/2020
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Garlic Tea Hot Compress for Sinus Pressure/Sinusitis/Ear Infections/Pain

I have been dealing with sinus pressure, earache, swollen lymph nodes and sinusitis for over 2 weeks now and want to share this simple home remedy. I began having a dull pain in my sinus and left ear & it progressed to a sharp piercing pain.

I just chopped/mince 1 fresh Garlic cloves, placed it in a bowl and pour 1 cup warm water over it. Wait about 15 minutes, use a washcloth & rung the excess water out & placed it over my forehead or the offending ear. I secure it to my forehead with an ace bandage…within a few minutes, the sinus pain went away.

It works the same on headache and sinus pressure. I left this there for a 30 minutes & continued with it over lymph node gland just below the ear, & felt the swelling relax, & the accompanying sore throat also vanished.

For the ear pain, I found that taking a clove of garlic and wrapping it in a tissue and crushing it with a flat knife, inserting it in my ear (not the canal) and securing it with first-aid tape or band-aid before bed and leave it in all nite works miracles for earache.

This remedy works for swollen lymph nodes in the neck, earache, sinus issues, sore throat. I remember reading one of NCBI database studies that crushed raw garlic, the fumes can inhibit microbes up to 6 inches away. That would explain why placing a crushed garlic bulb wrapped in tissue on the ear opening works.

Hot Compress
Posted by Richard R. (Vermont ) on 09/24/2019
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I used to have extremely painful sinus headaches as a very young child on up until 16 when a doctor finally suggested a different route to take. Instead of a cold compress which made it worse, another doctor suggested that I use a very hot compress over my eyes and nose which immediately alleviated the headache within 15 seconds or so!!!

What I do now is to take a washcloth and saturate it in hot water. I squeeze out most of the water and fold it over twice, lie down in the couch and put it over my eyes and nose and temple area. When it starts to cool down too much I repeat the process until the headache is totally gone which may take 5 minutes or so. If there's nobody there to help you repeat the process I take a pot of water heated up on the stove by the couch so I don't have to get up and run to the bathroom or kitchen to do this. This form of alleviation works for what the doctor used to call a "sinus" headache. F

or stress headaches I usually use the acupressure method which was mentioned by another person. This methodology was a Godsend. I used to suffer vicious headaches until I was sixteen. I hope this helps other people.

Posted by Angela (Bloomfield, Nj) on 10/03/2018
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Finally, something that works. I find a cotton swab so I used a piece of paper towel, twisted it, wet the tip and rolled into a little cayanne pepper. I folded my lips and very gently inserted the paper towel with the cayanne pepper into my nostrils and applied it to the walls of my nostrils. After about 30 seconds, I began to sneeze. Oh boy did that feel good and my nose started to run. In about 2 minutes my headache disappeared. I am now up doing house work. Thanks for this site.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lin (Ottawa) on 12/13/2017 4 posts

Sandra, do u drink apple cider baking soda once daily and how long have u done it? Do u do 1 tbsp of apple cider and 1/4 tsp soda?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sandra (Ontario) on 12/09/2017

If you add a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda it solves the acid problem, it tastes much better, and won't affect your teeth.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Margaret (Missouri) on 04/14/2017
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It works. I have had a terrible sinus headache for to days. Thank you so much.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lois (East Hartford Ct) on 11/28/2016


1) I use and recommend using pure maple syrup instead of honey, to make the ACV drink tolerable. Xylitol is a good idea too, as it helps eliminate bacteria and sweetens the concoction. Maple syrup (only pure, not commercial syrup) also adds important minerals to the remedy, and is much easier to mix in.

(2)Make sure you don't take the ACV without diluting with a few ounces of water, as it is highly acidic... Will burn your esophagus (even if you can't feel it) and will also wear away your tooth enamel.

(3) Always rinse your teeth with water after taking a dose (even diluted doses), and don't brush your teeth for a good 20 minutes or so after rinsing!

(4) Also, best results come with raw, unpasteurized ACV... B---gg's is the only brand I know of that offers this. It's a great overall tonic for your body as well as the benefits listed here.

Posted by Maxine (Bronx, New York ) on 05/06/2016
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First I did the diluted Apple Cider Vinegar in a neti pot. Waited. An hour later, sniffed the cayenne pepper. Sinus headache is gone. My nose is burning but its a cool thing.

Posted by Lt (Decatur, In) on 02/21/2016
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For sinus headache, I create a mixture of ground ginger and water. Consistency is a matter of personal preference- I mix equal parts ginger and water and use a basting brush to put it on my forehead. If the headaches not too bad, it takes care of it within a half hour.

Posted by Emma (Orlando, Fl) on 01/16/2016
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So glad I found this remedy. Nothing has gotten rid of this darned Sinus headache, the pressure, the fatigue - Urgh! So I put some Cayenne Pepper on the handle of a tea spoon and stuck my tongue in it. Yes, after a moment or two my tongue started to burn, (you know - that good burn you get when you eat something way too spicy?), then my gums and teeth felt very apparent (lol), then the drooling. Stay over the sink so you can spit it out ok. I then did a couple of inversion yoga poses to help the process along and I can honestly say that the pressure I was feeling has diminished (not totally gone), but I'm not feeling 'Urgh' anymore. Next time I'm gonna try the snorting it version (although this scares me a little, I feel a direct hit at the problem may bring more relief?)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cat (Austin, Texas) on 12/06/2015
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Two tablespoons apple cider vinegar + honey plus eight oz a water! Note the honey is optional.... Felt better and could breathe better within minutes. It worked. Must be a natural antihistamine. Will see if headache goes away too.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anna S (Woodridge, Il ) on 11/20/2015
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Thank you for the post, I just used the apple cider vinegar and I can feel an immediate difference. I have drainage problems for almost 2 years. My ear, nose & throat are not affected. I almost feel like normal after this and I just used it a few minutes ago. I do have a bad back and wonder if this was the problem.

Posted by Jeri (Charleston, Wv) on 10/22/2015
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Regarding Ginger Root- I have found it to be excellent in opening sinuses. I drink a cup in the morning and evening. Cut thumb size piece of fresh ginger root into slices, in small tea cup, add water, microwave until just boiling. Let sit for a while; the longer the stronger the tea. Add small tsp. honey. Delicious, peppery. Lowers blood pressure also.

Have read that too much can thin the blood so be careful is on prescription blood thinners. Also have read warnings regarding gallbladder problems, if you suffer this already.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Cc (Texas) on 05/17/2015

Thanks for the advice. I usually get a horrible sinus headache the day after I eat dairy and I am definitely going to try the Grape fruit seed oil next time.

Apple Cider Vinegar Nasal Rinse
Posted by Andrew (England) on 04/24/2015

Rubbing a 50% solution of DMSO and water to the temples and face over the sinus passages I have found gives relief in 5 minutes for the sinus headache, keep reapplying every 10 minutes until relief comes for more severe headaches. Nettle Tea and Turmeric work well against the pollen allergy. I mix 1 teaspoon of Turmeric in a little milk and add 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper for better absortion and drink 3 to 4 cups of Nettle Tea a day.

Apple Cider Vinegar Nasal Rinse
Posted by Claudia (Great Barrington, Ma) on 04/24/2015
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This week I had intense sinus pressure/headache from tree pollen. I tried drinking apple cider vinegar, but it made my headache worse almost immediately. I then read posts on EC in the sinus infection section about putting a teaspoon of ACV in a neti pot filled with warm, distilled water and rinsing the sinuses. I did this and felt so much better 10 minutes later! I hope everyone tries this. I have used a small amount of hydrogen peroxide in a neti pot before and gotten good results, but I think I prefer the ACV. It was milder and had an immediate effect!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lisa (Sydney) on 09/18/2014
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I have suffered from ear aches since I was a child. I have seen ear specialists doctors and basically no one cared or even said anything was wrong. I self-diagnosed myself with sinusitis as an adult but when I asked doctors what I can do for the ear pain they basically recommend Zyrtec and nasal sprays. These help sneezing but never my ear ache. The only thing that gave me temporally relief from the ear pain was ear candling. However that is expensive and usually only helps for about one hour. I started researching cures for sinus and came across ACV (Apple cider Vinger) OMG I cannot tell you how much this has helped with the ear ache I have been taking it with warm water twice a day for 3 days now (two caps full) I am allergic to honey so I can only have it on its own and wow I can actually feel the ache leaving me. If you have a sinus ache try this treatment. I am not sure how good it is for arthritis weight loss and skin etc. but for sinus ache and especially the ear it is amazing.

Bee Pollen
Posted by Ruth (San Francisco Bay Area, California) on 05/24/2014
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I tried Bee Pollen at the Wednesday Farmer's Market. I liked it, so I went back today to buy it. I came home and once again I started to feel a really bad sinus headache coming on. In fact, I felt it coming on last night, filling my sinus cavities with pain.

I went upstairs after today's farmer's market to lie down due to the pain of a Sinus Headache and I asked my husband to bring up the bee pollen and a spoon. So he did, now I feel pretty good. The relief is almost instant.

CAUTION: on the allergy page, people put a caution saying that you have to work yourself up to having more of this stuff. Worth it to read the Allergy page here at Earth Clinic for the bee pollen caution.

Posted by Kay (Destin, Fl) on 05/17/2013
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Instead of snorting cayenne; I use the age old Mexican remedy of coating the tip of your tongue in cayenne/red pepper for a few minutes. Instantly my mouth starts drooling/draining, so I do it over the sink (or keep tissues ready); with a minute or so my sinuses are running as well, and soon the headache subsides. Since I get sinus pressure/headaches often, I collect the little packets of "crushed red peppers" from the Pizza Parlor, to keep in my purse, desk, car, medicine cabinet, briefcase; they make this remedy "portable" and very handy, just stick your tongue in the lettle packet then wait for relief!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pam (Austin, Tx) on 11/28/2012

how much AVC did you take and do you take it alone or with a 8 oz glass of water.

Neti Pot
Posted by Cajunboy (Cajun Country, Louisiana) on 04/12/2012

I have sinus infections and use a Neti Pot often. This morning I work up with a serious sinus headache. The pain was concentrated in the corner of my right eye, so I know it was a sinus headache. I mixed a Goodys headache powder with my normal saline rinse... And The headache was almost instantly GONE! No burning or any discomfort. Obviously this is an extreme measure to take, but it worked!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Amy (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/28/2011
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Thank you all so much. I have been dealing with a splitting sinus headache all day. I haven't been "sick", but my sinuses have been blocked all day. I tried apple cider vinegar, honey and water and now within 10 min my nose is already remarkably better and my head is 50 percent better. So happy to have found this site!!

Air Conditioners and Sinus Headache
Posted by Michelle (Nc, Us) on 07/12/2011

You are likely actually suffering from migraines if you get a what feels like a "sinus headache" from A/C blowing on you.

There are estimates that many "sinus headaches" are actually migraines. This was the case with me. I had years of sinus infections, but after my migraines began and I started treating them (with prescription triptan class migraine meds), I began paying more attention to possible migraine triggers and realized that the "sinus headaches" I got whenever A/C was blowing on my head/face were actually migraines. I had only slight improvement when trying methods to help sinus congestion/irritation, but these headaches did respond very well to migraine meds.

I still have sinus issues and agree that A/C will irritate sinuses by drying them out, so repeated exposure to A/C blowing on you would most likely lead to sinus problems, but if you get a "sinus headache" directly after A/C is blowing on you, then you may want to look into a migraine treatment.

I was skeptical at first because they really feel like sinus headaches to me, but the response to migraine meds (not sinus treatments) for these specific headaches convinced me that they were migraines instead.

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