When your kids (or you) are in need of sinus congestion relief, it can feel like an emergency. Today we have several methods of at home remedies for congested sinuses that don’t require medication or medical intervention. These simple sinus home remedies like massaging sinuses and sinus drainage relief are easy to do at home and can make everyone more comfortable.

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Home Remedy for Sinus Congestion Relief

It seems like every winter congestion is something that passes through our home a couple of times. Snotty noses are no fun and today we have some easy ways to make help kids feel better.

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I several ways to provide head congestion relief that really works that doesn’t include medication and that is what we are going to chat about today.

Head Congestion Relief the Natural Way

This technique to relieve sinus congestion does not get rid of the stopped up feeling forever, but it does bring temporary relief – and boy, when you’re not feeling well, relief even in small doses, is terrific – especially if it comes med-free.

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This is something you can do for your child or teach older kids to do this as a self congestion massage system for sinus drainage.

1. Have your child drink a glass of warm tea.

The warmth will help loosen the mucus in their  throat. The liquid and hydration and increased fluid will help them feel better when they are sick with a cold.

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2.  Give your child a lymph system massage.

Start by tapping the bottom of your kiddos neck, and then move to their throat. Massage from the top of the back of her ears, down along the jawline with small circles. If your kids are like mine they will LOVE this and beg for it whenever they are not feeling well.

3.  Add a drop or so of essential oils as you massage their neck.

The oils are great for supporting the body’s natural defenses. Choose an aromatic oil or blend that is pleasing to your child. Consider making a roll-on blend where you add a drop or two of essential oil, to half a teaspoon of a carrier oil.  You can use the oils on your child’s neck but we suggest avoiding their face as kids tend to rub their hands all over their faces when they are sick, and oils can sting the eyes. Here are some of our favorite essential oils for sinus relief:

4. Tap Gently Along the Cheekbones.

The last step in the lymph massage is to work on the sinus cavities in your child’s face. Start at the bridge of their nose and move along their cheekbones and then up over their eyebrows. We gently tap. Your child should be swallowing a lot and possibly have a drippy nose when this is over. If they are feeling pressure over their eyebrows you can add an additional step of having your child press really hard between their  eyebrows.


5. Have Child Continue Drinking Through Process.

Don’t forget to have your child keep drinking.

The Lymph massage opens up the drainage system.  But most likely, your kiddo still has a clogged up nose.  Time for the next step…

6. Have Child Blow Out Nose for Sinus Congestion Relief

Have your kiddo sit up as straight as they can, blow out of their nose as much as they can, until they have no air left to blow out. And then…

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7. Nod Quickly for Sinus Drainage

Then, before they breathe in, have them pinch their nose and nod as fast and hard as they can and as long as they can until they need to gasp for air. With less air in their sinuses they created a vacuum, and the movement helps the trapped fluids in the sinus cavity get moving – hopefully to the “drain”.  When your child “gasps” have them breathe in through their nose.

8. More Fluids!

Drink some more.

9. Repeat Steps as Often as Needed

You can repeat the steps a couple of times. Your kiddo should be able to breathe out of their nose again when this is over!


Is it good to massage your sinuses?

Massaging your sinuses can be beneficial for relieving nasal congestion and other sinus-related symptoms. Massage techniques such as acupressure and trigger point therapy are thought to help open up the sinuses and reduce inflammation. Sinus massages may also promote drainage of mucus buildup, which can help clear out blocked sinuses. Talk with your doctor, physician or healthcare provider if you are concerned about using this technique for yourself or child.

What pressure point drains sinuses?

The most commonly used pressure points for sinus relief are located around the face and jaw:
1. The space between your eyebrows (Yintang point): Applying gentle but firm pressure to this area for a few minutes may help to open up the nose and reduce inflammation.
2. Your temples: Massaging the temples may help to reduce headaches and relieve sinus pressure.
3. The sides of your nose (LI20): Applying gentle pressure to each side of the nose can help clear out blocked passages.
4. Under the eyes (BL1-2): Stimulating this area can improve circulation and help to drain any built-up mucus.
5. The back of your head (GB20): Applying pressure to this area may help to reduce headaches and relieve tension associated with sinus problems.

Does blowing my nose make congestion worse?

Blowing your nose can help to clear out blocked nasal passages and reduce congestion. However, blowing your nose too forcefully or frequently can make the congestion worse by pushing mucus further down into the sinuses and causing pressure in the ears. Additionally, if you have a cold or allergies, it is important to blow your nose gently. Harder blowing can irritate the nasal passages and cause more swelling. If you have chronic sinus congestion, it is best to seek medical advice from your doctor.


  • You can make a congestion rub – aka homemade vapor rub. It will help your child feel better while they recuperate. Check out the easy-make-it-yourself recipe.
  • Humidifiers also help keep the sinus passages lubricated and moist, they help kids breathe more easily when they have a cold.
  • Give kids a vapor bath which feels good all over!
  • Consider adding a cold-air diffuser and have it running in the room where your sick child is spending most of their time that day. It can help support your child’s sinuses and lymph systems. We like to add a couple of drops of essential oils to the diffuser: Eucalyptus Radiata, Thyme, Thieves, RC and Raven.

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