Congestion puts you in an uncomfortable category of “sick”. You can’t quite excuse a sick day and collapse on the couch, yet you’re hardly productive on days when your sinuses are full of pressure. Sinus congestion ruins your concentration and is very uncomfortable to deal with.

There are plenty of sinus-clearing drugs on the market, but for many, the effects are temporary if at all. Besides, pharmaceuticals can have many unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, many natural remedies are far more effective at clearing up your head. Natural remedies are appropriate for congestion from allergies, colds, or the flu. Before despairing, try one of these three remedies for sinus pressure relief.

1. Running, or any fast physical activity

When you move, small amounts of adrenaline move through your blood. Adrenaline is the active ingredient in an epi-pen because it combats allergic reactions, particularly swelling. Getting a few exercises in releases this adrenaline naturally. You will feel an immediate reduction in sinus congestion. This works for congestion from both colds and allergies.

2. Wasabi

Spicy food might not be for you, but there’s no doubt about it, wasabi is one of the fastest ways to temporarily clear your sinuses. People who don’t even have congestion like wasabi because it opens up their airways. Try eating small amounts of wasabi-coated snacks throughout the day to regularly relieve nasal and sinus congestion

3. Hot sauce

If spicy peppers are more your fare, hot sauce provides the same effect as wasabi. Spicy peppers are great immune system boosters. If you’re fighting congestion due to a cold, pile on the pepper sauce, but don’t go overboard though; pepper burns are painful!

4. The Classic Steam Bath

Boil water. Pour it into a bowl. Lean over the bowl and hang a towel over your head. Steaming out your sinuses is one great natural way to deal with sinus congestion. The one downside is that you can’t do much else while using a steam bath, so this remedy is best if you can stay at home. Placing essential oils of eucalyptus and tea tree can help make a steam bath more effective. A long hot shower is also wonderful for steaming out sinus pressure. Taking a hot, steamy bath also helps your sinuses while soothing any other aches you may have from your illness.

Hopefully, your sinus congestion will be short-lived. Whether your congestion lasts for a day or a season, these remedies can help combat congestions instantly and clear up your head. If you’re ready to seek treatment, contact us today.