We all hate stuffy noses and sneezing, right? There almost seems to be nothing worse than the irritation of a runny nose and heart stopping sneezing, but wait till you have a sinus pain bout that make even a general cold not seem so bad. What is a sinus and why does it pain? Well, let’s dig a bit deeper into this, shall we? The word “sinus”, in regards to the human anatomy usually refers to the cavity between a bone or tissue. These sinus places are located on your face and connect with the nasal cavities, they are places where the air passes and mucus drains. There are four pairs of sinuses to be exact. One is behind your forehead, one in each cheekbone, one each side of your nose bridge, and one behind each eye. Each of these sinus points are cleverly connected to your nasal passage and act as a gauge, making sure that the air that is coming through your nose has the right temperature before it reaches the lungs.
The sinus of your nose has the important job of producing the mucus that goes through your nose. The only down side of this particular sinus passage is that when you have a cold the nasal passages become inflamed and make it difficult for the air you breath to pass through. This in turn puts pressure on your sinus walls and leads to sinus pains, or what we more commonly refer to as having a stuffy nose. Having sinus pain can also be more intense and lead to sore eyes, toothaches, or headaches because of the built up pressure.
Some of the best ways to be rid of sinus pain are using a steam inhalation a couple times a day, drinking plenty of fluids so that the mucus build-up can thin down, avoiding dust and flowers and smoking, not making sharp movements with your head, or lying down with a warm washcloth over the bridge of your nose. Something else that may bring relief as well is using a Nasal Spray or Neilmed Sinus Rinse. Both the Nasal Spray and Neilmed Sinus Rinse are naturally soothing saline based nasal washes that are perfectly safe for use at any age and work by clearing out the mucus, allergens, irritants, viruses, and bacteria from your nose. Probably the best thing about using a nasal spray is that it is 100% natural and even helps to relieve headaches.
Lucky, there is also a host of good nutritious foods that can be used to combat a sinus break down, because only God knows moms and dads don’t really have time to lie around getting over the flu! A personal family secret is adding several drops of grape seed oil to a glass of orange juice to help silence the sinus sooner. Another food that I’ve found to be quite useful is broccoli because it is packed with lots of antioxidants and vitamins that help your body fight infections. It’s pretty good however you decide to cook it, either just plain steamed, stir-fried, or blended into your soup. This particular vegetable is a real winner when it comes to sinus attacks. Other great foods for clearing sinus problems are apple cider vinegar, tomatoes, ginger, blueberries, oranges, and spinach.