The build-up of pressure in your sinuses causes pain that feels like a headache. Other kinds of recurring headaches, like migraines or tension headaches, are often mistaken for sinus headaches.
Inflammation of the sinuses may decrease the ability for the mucus to drain, increasing pressure within the sinuses and leading to a sinus headache. Common causes of inflammation include allergies, infections, or colds.
Symptoms of a sinus headache include pain in the face, that may worsen with bending down or straining. Pain that radiates to the forehead, temple or cheek; and runny or stuffy nose. Feeling of fullness in your ears.
Natural Ways to Relieve Sinus Pain:
Breathe Moist Air. Keep a humidifier on in your bedroom or other rooms where you spend a lot of time. Dry air can irritate your sinuses, but keeping air moist can help reduce congestion. Inhaling steam two to four times a day may help, too. Sit in the bathroom with the door closed and the shower running. Make sure the water is hot.
AVERY hot water bottle. Placed right at the back of the neck where it hurts the most.
Enforce a No-Smoking Zone. Fumes from harsh cleaning products, paints, hair spray, perfumes — and most of all, cigarette smoking — can irritate your sinuses. Don’t let friends or family smoke in your home. Look for “green” cleaning products in unscented varieties. They’re less likely to contain the harsh chemicals that can kick-start a sinus problem.
Drink More Water Sip more H2O or juice. It’ll help thin out mucus and encourage drainage. Hot tea is another good option. Don’t overdo caffeine or alcohol. Both can make you dehydrated. Alcohol can worsen sinus swelling. Aim for eight or more 8-ounce glasses of water or other healthy drinks each day.
Allergy Bomb: 3 drops each of lemon/lavender/peppermint oils mixed with a little warm water, swish in the shot glass and chug. Definitely helps, within seconds! If you’re in a pinch, put a couple drops of peppermint oil in your hands, rub them together and close your hands over your nose and mouth and BREATHE. Usually, within 2 minutes.