Swelling of the face may have many causes, including injuries, sinus inflammation, allergic reactions or edema. Essentially, facial swelling involves the buildup of fluid in the tissues, and it may extend to the neck, throat, upper chest and shoulder area. Treatment of swelling varies depending on the cause; however, certain natural remedies may be helpful for various types of swelling. Because some natural remedies and herbs may cause side effects, individuals should consult a health practitioner before beginning treatment.
The enzyme bromelain comes from pineapples--primarily from their leaves and skin. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that bromelain may have anti-inflammatory properties, which might be helpful in reducing facial swelling in the sinuses and nasal passages that is caused by sinusitis. They add that results have been mixed regarding bromelain's effectiveness for this condition; however, it can be combined with the flavanoid quercetin to take advantage of quercetin's antihistamine properties. Bromelain can thin the blood and should not be used by people taking blood-thinning medicines. In addition, those taking ACE inhibitors for hypertension may experience a drop in blood pressure from using bromelain. Individuals who want to use bromelain to reduce facial and sinus swelling should first consult a health practitioner.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar may be helpful in providing relief from facial swelling due to sunburn, says Jethro Kloss in "Back to Eden." The vinegar may relieve the pain and sting from the burn and reduce swelling. A simple mixture of apple cider vinegar and water applied topically to the sunburned area of the face may be repeated as often as necessary. Another method for using apple cider vinegar for sunburn is to mix it with witch hazel and water, which may also bring relief from swelling and pain, according to Kloss. If the symptoms of sunburn and swelling persist or worsen after using apple cider vinegar, consult a health practitioner for further treatment.
Homeopathic Arnica Montana
Arnica montana is a widely used homeopathic remedy that is often employed for facial and other bodily swelling related to injuries of the tissues, according to University of Michigan Health System. They state that the remedy is indicated for bruising, shock, subcutaneous bleeding, soreness and swelling. It may be especially helpful in cases of facial swelling after plastic surgery or other surgical procedures. Arnica is available as an oral remedy and can also be purchased as a cream or ointment for topical application. Do not use Arnica topically on an open wound. This remedy is considered safe for adults and children and is available over-the-counter from health food stores and online homeopathic pharmacies. Individuals with facial swelling--especially related to injury or surgery--should consult a homeopathic practitioner.
Homeopathic Apis Mellifica
The remedy Apis mellifica is often employed for treatment for an allergic reaction, and may be helpful in some cases of facial swelling, according to "Homeopathic Medicine at Home." The swollen area may be bright red and warm to the touch with stinging as a result of an allergic reaction. In addition, the swelling may itch and appear to be filled with fluid. Apis mellifica may also be useful for symptoms such as swelling in the throat, mouth, lips or tongue, and it may offer relief for allergic reactions to insect bites and various foods. The remedy is safe for use in adults and children. Because swelling of the throat and mouth may indicate the onset of anaphylaxsis, immediate medical attention is necessary. This remedy may be used for facial swelling relating to allergic reactions in conjunction with conventional therapies as long as the patient is under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner or a doctor. Apis mellifica is available over-the-counter from health food stores and online homeopathic pharmacies.
- University of Michigan Health System: Athletic Performance -- Homeopathic Remedies
- "Homeopathic Medicine at Home"; Maesimund B. Panos, M.D.;1980
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Sinus Headache
- "Back to Eden"; Jethro Kloss; 2006