Allergies are no fun, and they often cause a myriad of symptoms, including watery eyes, itchy eyes, coughing, fatigue, sneezing, and sinus pressure. Although some allergies are preventable, many of them, especially seasonal allergies, are difficult to completely avoid. There are various ways you can get sinus relief, such as with a homeopathic antihistamine. Because seasonal allergies can hang around for weeks or even months, finding relief is important.
1. Clear Out Your Nasal Passage
Allergens can cause the tissues in the nose to swell, which interferes with the drainage of the sinuses. This result in congestion. Although you could use a homeopathic decongestant to help relieve pressure, there are other natural ways.
One way to release sinus pressure is by clearing out the nasal passages and sinuses. A saline rinse is used, and it can be delivered up the nose via a saline spray, neti pot, or other methods. This reduces tissue swelling and allows mucus to be expelled from the sinuses.
2. Cleaning Your Space
Another way to minimize allergies and reduce symptoms is to keep your space clean. Dust and other microbes can exacerbate allergy symptoms, so do your best to keep them at bay. You may also want to invest in a good quality air filter or purifier. This removes a variety of air particles that may aggravate your symptoms.
Many people go indoors to get a break from certain allergens, especially if they suffer from seasonal allergies. However, if the indoor space is not clean, it will not be much of a relief. The best filters to remove dust, pollen, dander, and mold are:
- Ion filters
- HEPA filters
- UV air filters
3. Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are another good option for sinus relief. Certain oils have anti-inflammatory effects, and these help reduce inflammation in the nasal and sinus passages, which ultimately decreases congestion and helps expel mucus. Some that are especially helpful for allergies include tea tree oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, and lemon oil.
There are numerous ways you can use these oils:
- Add 5 or 6 drops to water in a diffuser
- Spray them in the air
- Add to a bath
- Breathe in directly from the container
- Apply directly to the skin
When you apply essential oils to the skin, you should always mix them first with a carrier oil. Add a few drops of your oil of choice to a tablespoon of olive oil, almond oil, or coconut oil before applying.
Moist air is another way to open up the nasal passages and release sinus pressure. A humidifier works, but so does steam. Take a long hot shower or bath and breathe in the steam. You can also sit in a wet sauna or place your face over a steaming bowl of water. This moistens the passages and reduces inflammation.
If you are also suffering from a cough due to allergies, steam helps relieve a dry cough. You can also take dry cough tablets to help control coughing from seasonal allergies.