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Relieve yourself of sinus pressure

Change of weather can take a toll on everyone. It's the ideal condition for one to catch a chill and block the sinuses, which can be quite a pain in the nose. Here's what you can do to keep your sinuses relieved. Read on.

health and fitness Updated: Mar 31, 2011 03:19 IST

Change of weather can take a toll on everyone. It's the ideal condition for one to catch a chill and block the sinuses. Here's what you can do to keep your sinuses relieved.



1.

Steam:

Pour boiled water into a large bowl and add a cut, raw onion. Place a towel over your head and the bowl, creating a tent. Breathe in the steam deeply for 15 minutes. The vapours help open sinus passageways, relieving pressure.



2.

Oil respite:

Use the hot water and tent method above, but add three to four drops of eucalyptus oil instead of the onion. Eucalyptus has been used for centuries to open respiratory passageways.



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3.

Ward off infection:

Add three drops of tea tree oil to the hot water if sinus pressure is from a bacterial or viral infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, tea tree oil has been used in many cultures for centuries and is believed to have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. While there is evidence to support these theories, the clinic advises that more conclusive studies are needed.



4.

A dash of spice:

Add spicy peppers or cayenne to your foods. Cayenne contains capsaicin, which relieves the inflammation that can cause sinus pressure and improves circulation to painful areas. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on chili or burgers, or add some fresh hot peppers to a salad.



5.

Massage power:

Massage is a powerful way to overcome sinus pressure. Press the index fingers above the middle of your eyebrows and massage the area in small, circular motions for 15 seconds. Move the fingers to the area between the eyebrows and massage. Repeat as often as necessary. This is a technique of acupressure, which is a popular alternative to all the other medicinal treatments.



(With inputs from ehow)