1. Use Steam
If you have congestion, whether from sinusitis or any upper respiratory illness, inhaling steam is an effective way to reduce it. Steam makes the mucus thinner, which lets it drain more easily. This makes you feel less congested. Plus, ridding the sinus cavities of the mucus often shortens the length of your illness.
As if this isn’t enough, sitting in the steam will help clear up your skin. Who doesn’t want a bonus when sick?
How do you inhale steam? Simply boil some water and put it into a large bowl. Cover your head with a towel and lower your head and towel towards the basin. The towel will create a tent to keep the steam in. You may feel that it is too hot at first. This is a typical reaction. However, stick with it for a minute or two, and your body will adjust to the humidity.
While under the tent, be sure to breathe in and out through your nose. Take deep breaths to allow the steam into all the sinus cavities throughout your head. Do this for about ten minutes. When you are through, you should be able to breathe more easily through your nose and feel less pressure in your sinuses.
Some people like adding essential oils to their steam to make it even more effective. Try using oils that have decongestant properties, such as wintergreen, sage, eucalyptus, or peppermint. Be sure to follow the directions on the label so that you do not saturate the steam with too much oil.
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If you have sensitive skin, an eye mask might be in order. This will keep the sensitive skin around your eyes protected.