How to relieve sinus pressure headache (fast and naturally)

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Info about sinus pressure and headaches


Sinus infections can be bacterial, viral, or fungal in origin and can be in the various sinus cavities or the nasal passages. An acute sinus infection refers to those of short duration whereas those with chronic sinus infections have episodes lasting more than 10 days and occurring 3 or more times per year. There are four sets of sinus cavities; frontal sinuses (in the forehead), maxillary sinuses (behind the cheek bones), ethmoid sinuses (between the eyes), and the sphenoid sinuses (behind the eyes).

Besides the three forms of infections allergens may also trigger sinusitis. The irritation of allergens or the damage done by infection causes inflammation and an increase and thickening of mucus. These then compound the restriction of airflow and the normal passage of mucus. Since the normal passage of mucus removes undesirable bacteria so restriction then again compounds the problem by not expelling bacteria and potentially leading to a secondary infection.

Essential oils are particularly effective since many are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, as well as anti-viral. Other oils are effective in dealing with the symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, etc.

Headaches can be triggered by many different conditions but the typical result is the nerves in the head muscles and blood vessels of the head signal the brain that there is pain. The triggers can be anything from a blow to the head, disease, to emotional distress. There are many different types of headaches documented in the literature (over 150) but the most common are:

Tension headaches – These are the most common headache that most people will experience from time to time. Tightness is felt in areas around the head that results in mild to moderate pain. The more common areas are the back of the neck, the temples, or the forehead. The cause is not yet fully understood.

Chronic daily headaches – If there are repeated tension headaches from day to day it is labeled chronic daily headaches.

Migraine headaches – A migraine is a much more painful experience. This can be a moderate to severe throbbing sensation that lasts a few hours or sometimes for days. Again the precise reason for this type of headache is not yet know. Go to Migraines for more information.

Cluster headaches – This is one of the most severe of headaches. The name is because they come in repeated frequent attacks or “cluster periods”. The attacks may be 2 or 3 times a day and may last from weeks to months. They may then go away for months or even years. They often begin in the middle of the night while someone is asleep. The pain is usually on one side of the head or the other and typically right behind the eye. The pain is intense, constant, and throbbing making it almost impossible to function normally.

Sinus headaches – When the membranes of the sinus cavities become inflamed and swollen there can be pressure around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead area where these cavities are located. This pressure then can result in a sinus headache.

Acute headaches – Typically seen in children these headaches come on suddenly and last for a short time.

Hormone headaches – Changing hormone levels during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause may trigger headaches. This may also include hormone changes with medications such as birth control pills.

Essential oils have a well-deserved reputation for helping with headaches. The tab above for Suggested Protocols will have some of the most commonly suggested helps and the tab Experiences & Testimonials will include other’s experiences.

How to relieve sinus pressure headaches naturally

The best natural way to get rid of pressure or sinus headaches is to use “essential oils”.

To address infection and symptoms (light): 

·   Respiratory Blend (Laurel Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Eucalyptus Leaf/Stem, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, Cardamom Seed essential oils )

·   Protective Blend (Wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils)

Apply topically to sinus areas and cup and inhale or diffuse.

To address infection and symptoms (medium): 

·   2 drops Lavender essential oil

·   2 drops Melaleuca essential oil

·   2 drops Rosemary essential oil

Apply topically with a cotton swab inside the nostrils or mix the above with a cup of warm water and, using a Neti pot (nasal irrigation device available at most drug stores) irrigate the nasal passages.

To address infection and symptoms (heavy duty):

·   1-4 drops Eucalyptus (1 sufficient for most, 4 is very strong) essential oil

·   2 drops Rosemary essential oil

·   2 drops Frankincense essential oil

·   1-2 teaspoons sea salt

Mix the above with 2 cups of warm water and, using a Neti pot (nasal irrigation device available at most drug stores) irrigate 2 times per day (or more).

Repeat daily as needed.

Nate Ritter lives in Austin, Texas (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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