Natural Remedies for Sinus Headache From Allergies

| Modified on Sep 05, 2022
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 :)

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.

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.

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.

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 VancouverBoy (Vancouver, BC) on 04/19/2009
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Sinus Headache and Apple Cider Vinegar:

I am in the movie industry. The other night we were shooting on a closed airtight stage, about a 9000 sqft stage. Inside the stage we had created a small forest Real Trees plants moss, dirt. We then added smoke (mineral oil smoke) constantly into the air to create a foggy look. I spent appx 10 hours on the stage. Taking 5-10 breaks every hour or so. Anyway. after shooting for one day my sinuses were shot. I had a sinus headache, behind my left eye, then jumped to my right, I tried the accupressure point system, I sat in a steam room, I did the neti pot deal. but the headache would not go away. It just left for the moments of the remedies treid. This went on for the entire weekend. I was suffering until I found this website. I hate using prescribed man made medicines. I mixed about 4 tablespoons of ACV in with 8oz of warm water. Drank it straight down, then put a teaspoon of the ACV under my tongue and held it there for as long as possible (about 10 minutes). My stomach immediately got a little upset, then calmed down. I am actually hearing the sounds of drainage in my head. Slowly it seems to be clearing. I hope it works for you guys.

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.

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.

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Arlene (Meredosia, Il.) on 01/05/2010
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I just realized after two weeks of acv, not only all of my sinus problems are gone, but the muscle aches that accompanied it. I didn't realize that that was what was causing the pain all over my body until someone mentioned it on this site. My husband and I have been miserable with the sinus headaches, congestion etc., but we attributed the aches and pains to arthritis. We are in our 70's so it was logical. It wasn't arthritis at all it was the sinus infection. I feel 100% better.

Tomato Tea
Posted by Jason (LA, CA) on 07/09/2008
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I've had a sinus headache for months and have been at wit's end. I wasn't even sure it was a sinus headache because I felt it in my forehead more than my nose. I didn't expect anything from Jeannie's Spicy Tomato Tea recipe, but I followed her instructions regarding ingredients, measurements and sipping (slowly, holding it in, inhaling while the tea is in the back of the throat) and the next day I noticed less sinus pressure. I couldn't believe the instant relief. Over the last few days I've drank the tea in the morning, night or both and it's had amazing results. I have only a tiny bit of pressure left. When drinking the tea, my nose only runs slightly, if at all, and my eyes sometimes water a tiny bit, so I don't know where the sinus congestion is going, but I know it's leaving my head and upper nose. My head feels almost totally clear again. I cannot thank Jeannie enough for the relief from tremendous and previously uncurable pain. This recipe has worked wonders for me, and I'm a major skeptic. Note: I read that many sinus headaches are caused by repressed grief or anger. I know this is true in my case, so I'd advise others to consider that as well. Regardless, the tea heals.

Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Adil (Ithaca, NY) on 01/17/2006
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I was suffering from a terrible sinus headache. I tried the tomato tea remedy, but to no avail. Then I gave the steamed ACV/water mixture a shot. It has worked wonders. What a relief! I simply inhaled the fumes lightly after bringing one part ACV and one part water to a boil. I did this once last night, and it brought much relief. After waking this morning, I still had a bit of a headache so I did it once more. Now the sinus headache is practically gone. I highly recommend this remedy, especially for people whose stomachs cannot tolerate in taking some of the other remedies.

Fire Cider
Posted by Jackie (N Yorks, UK) on 11/29/2021
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I've just made my first batch of "fire cider." I'd never heard of it until this year when a friend posted about it on Facebook. It grabbed my attention so I sourced all the ingredients and brewed up my own batch and have just decanted it tonight. I had a taste and there are so many flavours! I'll definitely be having some every day with some hot water.

Enjoyed reading your post/comment. Thank you.

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 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.

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 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.

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!!

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