Household Remedies for Curing Sinus Infections

A sinus infection causes nasal passageways to become inflamed, swollen and filled with mucous. Additional symptoms include pain, headache and difficulty breathing through the nose. Sinusitis is caused by the common cold as well as bacteria, allergies and fungus infections, according to The Mayo Clinic. Avoid prescription and over-the-counter medications and implement a variety of home remedies to treat a sinus infection naturally—The Mayo Clinic suggests home remedies are often all that is required for treatment.

Nasal Rinse

Rinse sinuses by performing nasal lavage. Use a bulb syringe or neti pot. Add a small amount of warm water to the nasal cavities to remove built up mucous. Use warm water or a saline rinse. Add 1 tsp. salt to 2 cups warm water and add a pinch of baking soda for a homemade saline solution. Cleanse one nostril at a time. Never force water into the nasal passageway.

Humidity and Steam

Take a hot steam bath or shower, or simply sit in the bathroom and run hot water in the shower—enough to fog up the mirrors. Inhale moist air for sinus relief. Alternatively, place head over a pot of hot water, drape towel over head to trap steam and inhale for several minutes. For quick relief away from home drink hot coffee, tea or soup, which will provide some steam to your face and nasal passageways. Run a humidifier next to the bed at night.


Increase fluid intake to thin out mucous secretions and promote drainage. Both hot and cold fluids will work. Consider drinking herbal teas containing fennel, fenugreek, anise or sage suggests natural health website Mother Nature. Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda. Do no drink alcohol as the sinuses can become more inflamed.

Add Spice

Add spices such as garlic, horseradish and Cajun spice to your daily diet. Garlic contains ingredients, which may make mucous less sticky. Horseradish also contains ingredients similar to decongestants. Cajun spice and other spices containing red peppers increase sinus drainage. Be aware not all hot spices will decrease sinus problems—some will simply cause nasal dripping.

Warm Compresses

Apply a warm washcloth to the sinus area as often as needed for temporary sinus pressure relief. Apply to the nose, cheek and eye areas. Elevate head while compresses are in position to promote drainage and symptom relief.

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Freelance writer Julie Hampton has worked as an artist, writer and event planner for more than eight years. She also served in the U.S. Army as a medic and nurse specializing in geriatrics. Hampton has a degree in journalism, and studied public relations at The University of West Florida.