Herbs That Relieve Sinus Headache

A sinus headache can cause pain and pressure around the nose, eyes, cheeks and forehead. The pain and pressure can also cause a throbbing headache to develop. This headache can cause interruptions in your life and cause you to miss days of work. There are many different treatments for a sinus headache including over-the-counter and prescribed medications. However, there are also some herbal remedies.


Feverfew has a long history of being used as a migraine and tension headache treatment. However, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it can also be used for the treatment of a sinus headache. Feverfew contains a compound called parthenolide which can help to reduce inflammation and relieve sinus congestion and a headache. However, additional research needs to be done on this particular herbal remedy to determine the full benefits of the treatment.

Willow Bark

Willow bark, or willow, is a treatment commonly used to treat mild headaches and is similar to using aspirin. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it can also be used for treatment of a sinus headache. Willow contains anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties which can help to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by a sinus headache. However, the University of Michigan Health System website reports that willow bark’s analgesic actions are typically very slow to develop but they tend to last longer than just regular aspirin. Willow bark supplements are available at most health food stores.

Chinese Skullcap

Chinese skullcap is an herbal treatment that has been used for centuries to treat many different kinds of medical ailments. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Chinese skullcap is a beneficial treatment for a sinus headache. Chinese skullcap helps to relieve inflammation that can worsen a sinus headache. It can also help to relax the muscles of the person. Relaxing the muscles can help the person to rest and also help to loosen the facial muscles, allowing the inflammation to heal. Chinese skullcap can be taken by tea and the heat from the tea can also help to loosen any congestion that you might have. Chinese skullcap tea is available at most local health food stores.

About this Author

Kristie Jernigan is a health writer who has 17 years of experience as a medical social worker. She has worked mainly with the elderly population and with children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and early childhood from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in health care administration and gerontology from the University of Phoenix.