Spring is here and so are sinus issues! When the weather suddenly changes and there’s an increase of pollen in the air, our nasal passages and sinuses become swollen and congested. While there are many over-the-counter medications and solutions for sinus relief, there’s only one you can do right now and anytime you need relief fast…self-massage. Turning to massage for sinus relief promotes drainage from the sinuses and eases congestion.
Using a CBD topical applied directly to the area of discomfort, such as sinuses, adds a boost to this self massage practice. The primary function of CBD is to fight inflammation in the body, including nasal passages. We recommend using our Eucalyptus+Peppermint Recovery Balm since eucalyptus oil has a soothing effect on the respiratory tract and helps in liquefying the mucus that blocks your nasal passage and chest. Peppermint oil contains menthol and helps to open your airways and clear out mucus.
So grab your balm, begin with clean and warm hands, and follow along with these 3 simple and quick massage techniques that will help to relieve sinus pain and discomfort:
- Frontal sinus massage - Located in the center of your forehead, right above each eye.
Using index and middle fingers, massage in a circular motion just above eyebrows and work your way towards temples. Do this for about 30 seconds and repeat as needed.
- Maxillary Sinus Massage - The largest of the four sinuses, located on either side of the lower half of the nose.
Place your fingers on the area between your cheekbone and upper jaw and massage in a circular motion. Want more pressure? Use your thumbs instead! Do this for about 30 seconds and repeat as needed.
- Sphenoid/Ethmoid Sinus Massage - The sphenoid sinuses are located on the side of the skull in the sphenoid bone, which can be found behind the nose and between the eyes. The ethmoid sinuses are located in the ethmoid bone which is the bone that divides the nasal cavity from the brain.
Find the area between your nasal bone and the corner of your eyes, then press firmly into this spot for about 10 seconds. Using your fingers, stroke this area downward along the side of your nose bridge. Repeat the downward strokes to encourage nasal drainage.
When suffering from sinus and nasal congestion, you may experience other body side effects such as headaches, ear pain, or neck and shoulder pain. Continue self massage using Mad Ritual topicals in these areas to relieve discomfort and pain. For full body relief, try soaking for 25 minutes with a Mad Ritual CBD Bath Bomb.
Need a visual guide? Check out our video tutorial below!