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13 Simple Ways to Prevent Sinus Headaches

There are few things that can put an end to a good day faster than a headache. Depending on the type and intensity, a headache can make it difficult to do just about anything, from cooking for the kids to watching television or working on the computer. Generally, the worst headaches are migraines, which can make one highly sensitive to light and sound and may last for hours, even days.

That said, sinus headaches — or headaches that start in the sinuses around the nose and spread outwards from there — can also be extremely painful and debilitating. Often, these types of headaches emerge when someone comes into contact with something they’re allergic to, such as pollen, dust, animal dander, etc. The good news is that there are a number of simple ways to help alleviate the pain and discomfort that can accompany sinus headaches.

1. Ginger

Ginger can be found in just about any grocery store in either fresh or powdered formats; it’s also available in dried and candy forms and can be found in supplement form. In short, it’s one of the most popular spices available to North Americans, and for good reason: not only does it make an excellent addition to dishes like stir fry and soups, it can help fight upset stomach and acid reflux.

But ginger can also help fight a sinus headache. That’s because the root plant boasts organic anti-inflammatory compounds that can effectively assist in reducing the swelling produced in and around the sinuses during a sinus headache. For best results, try preparing a ginger-based tea with honey; not only can this help soothe your headache, it may also provide relief if you’re suffering from a sore throat or cough.

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