Most of the medicines, which are used for sinus, related problems have their own side effects like adversely impacting on mental alertness, rise in blood pressure, increased heart rate, loss of sleep etc. Persistent use of medicines can also lead to thinning of bones, cataract and diabetes. So home remedies for sinus problems should be preferred over medicines till they succeed in lessening the discomfort.
The most popular among the home remedies for sinus problem is inhaling steam from a pot of hot water or vaporizer. This soothes the inflamed sinus cavities. Salt-based nasal sprays produce a similar effect. Such a spray can be prepared with ¼ teaspoon each of salt and baking soda in eight to ten ounces of water. This solution can be applied to the nostrils either with a small atomizer or a nose dropper.
There are home remedies for sinus problems to replace decongestants like menthol as well. For example sniffing an onion produces the same kind of stimulation because of irritation as is produced by menthol etc. and makes the nose to run. To clear a stuffed nose all that one needs to do is to make it run. So it is also advisable to take a lot of spicy stuff. A hot or spicy food makes our body to produce some reflex action like making the nose to run.
Taking any hot liquid like soup is also one of the most common home remedies for sinus problems. The steam from the hot liquid helps in unclogging the nasal passages. The liquid dilutes the mucus in the nose and makes breathing a lot easier.
The one very important thing which people over look while going for home remedies for sinus problems is that they do not raise their head while sleeping. While taking rest or sleeping. One should use more than one pillow or should readjust the bedposts. A raised head leads to easy draining of nose and makes breathing easier. If the head is not raised then it makes mucus to pool inside the head. So one should not over look this precaution.