Natural Remedies for Sinus Headache From Allergies

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.


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
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 Lois (East Hartford Ct) on 11/28/2016

TIPS:

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.


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.


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 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.


Cayenne
Posted by Pat (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire U.K.) on 04/07/2009
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Cayenne Pepper cured my Sinus Headache. Like everybody else I was looking for a simple safe remedy to cure by Sinus headache. I found this site and decided to give the cayenne pepper a try. IT HURT! Do follow what the others on here have said and use only the very smallest amount to sniff up. My Nose felt like it was on fire but within 10 minutes the headache had gone. Thank you so much all who post on this site, it is such a help. Headache gone and I can breathe easily now, sad to say I am at present left with the dreaded drip effect so am now looking on here for something that will rid me of that.

Cayenne
Posted by Merryweather (Stuttgart, Germany) on 10/18/2009

Hi Pat in Nottinghamshire, fellow Brit here (I grew up near Nottm in fact). I have also suffered from recurring sinusitis, until recently, when I last got a cold it didn't affect my sinuses half so badly. I put this down to a number of possibilities which you might like to try: virgin coconut oil - either a couple of teaspoons a day, straight off the spoon, if you can hack it, or in your tea or coffee, which could help because, according to one source I read, most sinus infections are in fact fungal in origin. VCO is anti-fungal so that maybe helped. I have also been taking probiotics regularly, which may have also helped for all I know! The other thing that may have helped is that I have been taking unpasteurized ___ apple cider vinegar. I take it with raw honey, two to three times a day before food, about 30-50ml. Anyway, you might like to try the VCO first - I even actually "snorted" it once in my desperation, which actually did help!

Good luck!
merryweather in Germany


Cayenne
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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kathy (Edgewater, FL) on 07/26/2008
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I have had a sinus headache for 2 days. i have taken sinus medicine over the cunter and lots of aspirin. nothing has worked. i found this web site, i took 2 tbls acv in 8 oz of water, put the pot on the stove, heated the water till it boiled and took it off and breathd it in with a towel around the pot for 15 minutes. my headace is gone now. i also drank 2 tbls in 8 oz water with zylitol sugar and lemon, it was not bad. hope the pain stays away. i am worn out from dealing with it.


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.


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by MissLady007 (Gary, Indiana) on 11/08/2007
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I suffered from horrible sinus headaches over the past three months. After much researching, I finally found the culprit--ICE CREAM. I have craved Ice cream every day for the past 3 1/2 months. I always use Oragnic ACV so I knew that was not helping. I tried grapefruit seed extract in water and was very pleased with the results. No more sinus headaches since I've been on it. I used about 5 drops in an 8oz glass of water.

Garlic
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.


Ginger
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.


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 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).


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.


Cayenne
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 P. (Atlanta, Ga, Usa) on 04/07/2011

It works! Thank you so much for posting this solution here. I was in such pain all day from a horrible sinus headache. I could not breathe out of either nostril. I tried everything I could think of to alleviate the congestion so that I could breathe and sleep. I read about the cure here and took 8 oz water plus 2 tbspn of ACV and within an hour, I could breathe. Plus it took away the feeling of nausea. I would highly recommend this to anyone who suffers from these types of headaches.


Vitamin C
Posted by Robin (Rural, Va) on 10/11/2010

I find that a megadose of vitamin C (2000 mg) will take care of a sinus headache. Repeat when it starts bothering you again.


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.

EC: Read the recipe for tomato tea here.


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.


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.


Tomato Tea
Posted by Paul (San Antonio, TX) on 03/18/2007
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After suffering with a sinus headache for 3 days and getting no sleep, my wife brewed this tea for me. I thought it was ridiculous but she stood there until I drank it. When she came in to check on me 15 minutes later, I had fallen asleep and stayed asleep for 5 hours! When I woke up, the headache was much better. I continued with the tea for the next 2 days because frankly, it tastes great.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jeff (Antigo, WI)
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I was skeptical to try this (apple cider vinegar). But I did after the first signs of a sinus headache and pressure. That was last nite and this morning the headache was gone and my sinuses are draining very easily now. i would recomend this to anyone with a sinus cold.


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