Home Remedies for Sinus

Living on my own, apart from the food, I miss my mom for  her home remedies(selfish me). She always had a cure for everything, from headache to a high fever. If at all I went to the doc, I had some paracetamols, that was it. But when I started living alone, if I felt sick the first thing I do is to call amma and ask her what to do.  There is one particular symptom I suffer from and I’d like to share it with you all today, as a change from posting recipes. When A2Zvegetariancuisine announced the home remedies event, I was very eager not only to take part and share my story but also to learn so much from other bloggers. I particularly like the logo, makes me want to relax in such a spa forever!

I never had a problem with cold or sinus till I came to the US, even when I lived in Europe. On and off, I felt that my head was becoming heavy and even when I bend to pick something up, I felt like there was a weight on it. And I started getting the neck pain along with feeling that my face was like a soft pillow.  N was really worried and we went to a doc.The neck pain was so worse that I was not even able to lift objects or even chop something.

As usual, after asking some regular Q’s, the doc asked me if I had a fall or accident. I had some nasty falls trying to walk in the snow in UK, till I learnt how to walk like a duck when it snows :D. I agreed that, yes indeed I had some incidents like that.  The doc suspected either I had an inflammation of the muscle in the neck or a pinched nerve and gave me some medicines to soothe the inflammation. I asked about the side effects and it sounded OK.

I came back home, happily had the medicines and went to sleep thinking that it is going to offer me some relief.  Luckily, that day, N had taken the day off and he was at home. Few hours later in the afternoon, I started feeling something weird, as though my face was like a sponge. Suddenly I realized that my left hand (palm) was swollen and so was one side of my face. My wedding ring was almost cutting my finger and I had to tug with it to remove it. I was not able to even stand up and I felt like my back was going to break. I called N and he took me back to the doc. I was told the dose was quite high and because of some ingredients in the medicine, I had that side effect and I was taken off the medicine. But then came the real story, I was suggested some other medicine(quite potent) and N really hit the ceiling. He never gets angry, may be once in a year(!!) but I was not in a situation to keep eating medicines when I was not even sure if that was the cure for the cause! We decided enough was enough and we wanted to try something else.

Lesson learnt from that experience:

-When you are taking any new medicine, make sure that some one knows what you are taking.
-Don’t take any new medicines on a weekend.
-Try it on a day time rather than taking it at night.

I called home and spoke to our family doctor, who thought this could be sinus! It is strange that back home the family doc would almost prescribe some simple medicine and you’ll feel better! I got some medicines from home(thanks to relatives traveling back and forth) and some home remedies from amma, akka and mami’s. It is true that I had sinus and not a pinched nerve like it was suspected :)

Most effective remedies for sinus for me:

Using Thyme(Called Omam in Tamil, other languages I am not sure, but if anyone can update me, I will add it to this post). My mom has tried this thyme remedy for even kids in the family.

Vapor with thyme water- boil some water in a pan and just when you are about to inhale the vapor add thyme. Inhale the thyme vapors and it clears the heavy feeling of the face.

You can also dip a hand towel into this warm thyme water and apply it on the area around the forehead or the eye brows. The warm compress really helps!

Fry thyme slightly in a pan and inhale that vapor. That also clears the pressure in the face. You can also fry the thyme slightly and make it like a small bundle with a thin cotton towel. Have this packet under the pillow when you sleep,or have it in the bedroom in a corner.

Using Sukku(Dried Ginger) : Soak sukku in hot water for 5 minutes. On a hard surface like a clean kitchen counter (even a mortar with a pestle) quickly grind the sukku against the surface and collect the paste. This sukku paste cannot be made in a blender, and this is the way to make a paste out of it. Apply this paste in small quantity around the forehead edges or as a thin layer above the eye brows. This paste will give a burning sensation for some time so start with a minimum quantity (1/4 tsp only).

Apple Cider Vinegar:
Boil some water and inhale it after adding 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. That also helps in clearing the heavy feeling of the face.

If you  think you are getting the sinus headache, start massaging the area around eye brows, nose and just below the eyes (the sinus cavities), that can also help.

Avoid drinking lots of milk or eating dairy products as they can thicken the mucus.

Wear something that covers the feet(like a pair of socks) instead of walking barefoot inside the house. Cover your ears with a piece of cotton when you go out in the cold conditions.

A blogger friend of mine, after hearing my complaints suggested me some remedies. I will try them out and will update it in this space as sinus and me are inseparable :)

Any other remedies you may know, please feel free to write to me and I will update it on this post or take part in this very useful event by A2Zvegetariancuisine

These are the remedies that worked for me and if you are going to try these, it may or may not work for you and don’t blame me if it does not work. Do not try everything at once or consider this as a self treatment. Please do not take this post as a medical advice and do consult a doctor as some symptoms could be a result of illness not related to this post. This post is just my experience and sharing it on what worked for me.

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16 Comments to “Home Remedies for Sinus”

  1. Nice home remedies,needed it urgently for my mom as she has sinus from many years….home remedies only work then this english medicines…Here in Uk doctors hardly know anything,they usually say it will go by itself then what are doctors for…like u only i usually call mom if i have some problem …Thanks for sharing these remedies,really useful ones…

  2. Jaya Wagle says:

    Ruchika, that is such a horror story with the side effects of medicine and the potent dose. I am glad your sinus is under control and everything is ok with you but I can imagine what the two of you must have gone through.
    Not three months after I had arrived in the US I had fever and the earliest appointment I could get with a doctor was three months later! We had to go to one of those 24 hour Care Now places where 100 bucks and two hours later I was prescribed something. Now we get a load of paracetamol and anitibiotics from India every time we visit.

  3. Jaya Wagle says:

    Does your mom know any remedy for headache? I get severe headaches but they are concentrated on the scalp rather than the forehead.

  4. Cham says:

    Gal It is scary ur side effect!
    Usually they never give anything for simple cough and cold! Sinus is horrible last year my heach stayed for one whole week- I tried upon and down all home medicines! Went to doc she suggested the sinus rinse which scared me to try!
    Hope u feel better now Tanga….. :)

  5. Hey thanks for those words….. & this event that u are writing for is simply great…. That helps us all…. It is like another wiki.. for us to refer…..

    If u could help me some home made remedy for my pimpies & their ewww!!! scars.. I would be grateful …


  6. thanks for sharing this..one of my cousin has this problem..will definitely share this with him..

  7. Priya says:

    Fantastic home remedy..my first aid for cold always goes for sukku coffee which is prepare exclusively for me…home remedy for sinus sounds interesting.. thanks for sharing..

  8. A very useful post!!! Thanks for sharing these remedies.

  9. indosungod says:

    You are so very correct. Never ever take a medicine without asking a lot of questions. If it is a doctor we all the more reluctant but….
    The best remedy for neck and back pain is swimming, fixed mine in no time.

    There not an ailment that can’t be cured with sukku kashayam.

  10. Asha says:

    I suffer from Sinusitis often too but hardly get any medicine, It will just go away after a few days, but never had it bad enough to go to the hosp. Great home remedy, might try! :))

  11. Muskaan says:

    Ruchika, thanks so much for sending this very home remedy for sinus to our event…It will not only help me and Sadhana, ( we both suffer from sinus), I have lot of other duties to be performed so just to quicken it up I take Sudafed..now have read in your post about dangerous side effects, that you had gone thru….Thanks Again.

  12. Muskaan says:

    I never felt mucus/water coming out …after the medication..just read somewhere, it said…put juice of one garlic pod in your nose..it burns like fire..but it cuts thru the passage within seconds…and if you are very sensitive to this..warm up castor oil and with a cotton ball squeeze it into your nose…”Again i just read all this somewhere…have never tried on myself..so would advise it to you too..

  13. ruchikacook says:

    Glad to be of help Sushmaji. Hope your mom will feel beter.
    DSM, will ask mom and will get back to you.
    Cham akka, Neenga irrukirapo yennaku yenna kavalai :)
    Ash ji, will post about pimples and remedies soon..
    Deepa, hope your cousin will feel better, I am glad I am not alone :)

    Priya, dont we say sukkuku minjina vaithiyam illai 😀

    Thanks Rachna, ISG, Ashaji.

    Muskaan, glad to be of help, hope it works! Thanks so much for hosting!

  14. BDSN says:


    I found the home remedy info very useful. Can this be used on toddlers?

  15. suchitra says:

    omum is ajwain in hindi :) am gonna try the omum-vapor thing tonight. am dying of blocked sinuses.

  16. siri says:

    thanx ruchika.i have sinus problem which is not frequent bt it attacks suddenly.since morning i have sinus pain after reading ur article now i tried omum vapour..i got 75% relief from facial pain and sinus acute headache..i will try dry ginger in the morning..keep posting home tips..thanks once again

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