Living in Texas meant checking pollen content, weather conditions. December through March were ordeals to dread coz of the possibility of blocked Sinuses, accompanying migraines until movement merely became a form of pain.
Tried all kinds of essential oils, with mild relief, but great efforts- Frankincense, Myrtle, Ravensara and a dozen others known to help with decongesting colds.
But Success came.
When I got back to India, good ol' Ayurved (about 5000 yrs!) lent a hand : the simplest of ingredients found in every spicy Indian kitchen. TURMERIC!
This is it. The magic yellow spice known to have anti-carcinogenic properties now gives Sinus Relief. Elsewhere I have posts to use Turmeric to aid Arthritis pain management, and Increasing Metabolism.
Read Article; Understanding Ayurved principles and how it fits into modern lifestyle
How to unblock Sinuses with Turmeric.
#1. Eat 2-3 tablespoons of warm/hot rice with appx 2 tsp of turmeric spice inside the rice.
For sheer effectiveness this is #1 on the list. the taste may take a little getting used to. It is quickly done. Make sure rice is warm so that the essential oil within the spice is released. start with eating 1/2 tsp of turmeric if you can't manage more. Unblocks & keeps sinuses clear for hours.
#2. Steam inhalation with 2-3 pinches of turmeric.
Keep inhaling every couple minutes. Do this for 5-10 minutes. I prefer to do this at night which will help to give a clear head aiding sleep. Also when sinuses have been blocked for a few days.
#3. 1/2 tsp of Turmeric in glass of warm water.
My preference is to do this first thing in the morning.
#4 A ball of hot rice and turmeric, wrapped in cloth and applied over forehead, cheek and throat.
#5 Using essential oil of Turmeric in a blend and rubbed on neck and forehead.
A little too strong. I would prefer the above 3 over using this. Not as effective, as it is the moist heat that is the biggest aid.
#6 Drinking a cup of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric and black pepper.
A children's remedy, mild, but has a nice feel-good factor to it.
Ok! Share your own natural remedies for Sinus if you have some.