1. Steam inhalation
Breathing in steam is not just effective for treating sinusitis; it is also a tried and true way to reduce the congestion associated with an upper respiratory infection. The process can help to significantly thin mucus and drain the sinuses, easily the symptoms of congestion and potentially shortening the duration of your illness.
As a bonus, steaming is also used to help get rid of impurities in the skin, so this home remedy might give you a clearer complexion as well!
All you need to do is boil water in a saucepan and transfer it to a large bowl before covering your head in a towel and lower it over the basin. The cloth should create a tent to keep your face surrounded in steam.
Some people find the heat overwhelming at first, but if you can stand the first minute or so then you will find that you adjust to the intense humidity. Breathe in and out through your nose, taking deep and slow breaths for up to ten minutes. When you emerge from under the towel, you should notice a marked difference in your ability to inhale and exhale through the nose.
To make the treatment even more effective, you can add an essential oil with decongestant properties. Just a few drops of peppermint, eucalyptus, sage or wintergreen will make the steam even better at draining your sinuses.
However, note that if you have very sensitive skin then you might benefit from wearing an eye mask during the steaming treatment; it will protect the delicate skin around your eyes.