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Natural Relief for Allergies, Sinus Headaches, and Migraines

Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. Please seek the advice of your doctor before you change your diet, exercise program, or make any other lifestyle change.

Use a Neti Pot or Nasal Douche for Allergies, Chronic Sinusitis, and Headache or Migraine Relief

Natural is Best

If using a nasal douche or neti pot to relieve your sinus pressure is successful, try to stay away from other medications.  Unfortunately, these items don't always work well enough to keep you feeling well, however.  See your doctor for alternatives.

If using a nasal douche or neti pot to relieve your sinus pressure is successful, try to stay away from other medications. Unfortunately, these items don't always work well enough to keep you feeling well, however. See your doctor for alternatives.

How to Use a Neti Pot

The Importance of Sinus Irrigation

Sinus irrigation on a regular basis will prove to decrease your sinusitis and allergy symptoms. Every day we breathe in toxins. Our sinuses catch these toxins and irritants and can cause congestion, inflammation and irritation all over the entire face and head.

Allergies are usually heightened during the spring and autumn months depending on where you live and what is blooming. There are also indoor allergies that cause many of us to suffer. Dust, animal dander and mold can wreak havoc on our eyes and our sinuses.

It is highly recommended to use a Neti Pot or Nasal Douche twice a day. These items will clean your sinuses leaving you free to breathe without obstruction. Regular sinus cleaning will also decrease headaches or migraines, itchy throat, and itchy eyes, as well.

The solution to use in your Neti Pot or Nasal Douche is simple. For each 2 cups of warm water, use 1 teaspoon of sea salt and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. Mix well so that all granules are absorbed into the water. The water temperature is extremely important. If it is too hot, you risk burning your nasal cavity and throat. If it is too cold, you may experience a drowning sensation, obviously making the cleansing very uncomfortable. Please be sure to test the solution with your clean finger before you use it.

After you cleanse, it is wise to bend over at the hips with the top of your head parallel to the floor so that any residual solution is spread throughout all of your sinus cavities. The video shows further demonstration of how to cleanse properly.

Ancient Eastern Practices Still Used Today

For centuries, people living in India, China, and other Asian countries have used devices to cleanse the sinuses at least once a day. It is as common as brushing your teeth. This practice has been passed down from generation to generation.

The holistic approach to life has proven to be beneficial. Asians are healthier and live longer than those from western cultures. When at all possible, always use holistic remedies to ease your discomforts. Keeping that in mind, the U.S. FDA does not regulate store bought herbs as of late. Please use your best judgment and CONSULT WITH A PROFESSIONAL HOLISTIC HEALER, PHARMACIST, OR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL before you use or mix vitamins, minerals and herbs.

Acupressure Techniques


Other Allergy Remedies; Natural and Synthetic

Here are a few other ways to reduce pain, swelling and discomfort:

  • Cold Compress – shrinks swelling in the sinus cavities and gives a comforting and cleansing relief to the eyes and upper part of the face.
  • Acupressure – relieves pain and swelling; see the demonstration video. Acupressure can be used for many ailments; again, using ancient eastern culture practices.
  • Antihistamines – relieves pain and swelling, although not holistic. Sometimes this is necessary if allergies are the problem.
  • Pain Medication with caffeine and aspirin – reduces pain for headaches. The aspirin thins the blood, and the caffeine increases blood flow to the brain. This is not a holistic treatment.
  • Pain Medication with Ibuprofen (Advil) or Naproxen (Aleve) – reduces pain and inflammation; again, it is not a natural treatment, but sometimes necessary.

“Be kind to one another” ~ Ellen

God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan

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Mmargie1966 (author) from Gainesville, GA on April 12, 2012:

That"s what my ENT calls it...lol. I had sinus surgery in 2007 so I know a lot about this subject.

Thanks for the giggle, FP!

The Frog Prince from Arlington, TX on April 11, 2012:

Nasal douche? Now Margie, ya got me blushing...

The Frog

Mmargie1966 (author) from Gainesville, GA on April 11, 2012:

Me too, Daniella! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for the comment and the vote!

Mmargie1966 (author) from Gainesville, GA on April 11, 2012:

Thanks so much!

Daniella Lopez on April 11, 2012:

I wouldn't make it through Spring without my Netipot. Thanks for such an informative hub. Vote up :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 11, 2012:

Very informative hub and useful for us. I always care with health. I really enjoy this hub and you came up with solution. Thanks for share with us. Good job and rated up!


Mmargie1966 (author) from Gainesville, GA on April 11, 2012:

Thanks for your input, cloverleaffarm! This comment means a lot to me, coming from you!

Thanks again ~

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on April 11, 2012:

I love my Neti Pot. I use it all the time. I use just uniodized salt, and it works great. For testing the water, I use the old fashioned way of testing on the wrist like a baby bottle. This method has always worked well for me. Always gives me the right temp. Voted Up!

Mmargie1966 (author) from Gainesville, GA on April 10, 2012:

Definitely give it a try blessedp. You would be amazed at how such a minor act can change your life!

Thanks for commenting!

blessedp on April 10, 2012:

A must try for me.

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