This is the time of the year for sinusitis that throbbing headache and all the other miserable symptoms that come with it. If you are one of the 37 million people who suffer from sinusitis every year you are aware of the misery and pain it can cause. What is sinusitis, what causes it and some natural and herbal remedies that work is my agenda today.
We need to take control of our health and continue to live a green lifestyle and stop those prescriptions drugs and antibiotics that can have serious and dangerous side effects.
What is Sinusitis:
- The sinus are lined with cilia (tiny hair-like projections) that filter toxins and debris to keep mucus moving. Sinusitis starts with blockage of the nasal passages from inflammation and mucus many times triggered by allergies and allergens. When this happens cilia are lost and mucus continues to build up that provides the perfect environment for bacteria, fungi, germs, and viruses to grow. The nasal passages become blocked with mucous and fluid that causes havoc and infection brews.
- Acute sinusitis can come on suddenly and usually last 10-14 days.
- Chronic and recurrent sinusitis symptoms last 8 weeks or longer and you have several attacks within a year.
What Are The Causes of Sinusitis?
- Blockages such as nasal polyps or deviated septum
- Common cold
- Allergies are one of the most common cause of sinusitis – such as pollen, mold, pets, or dust mites and believe it or not food allergies. causes.
- Suppress immune system
- Smoking and second-hand smoke
- Changes in air pressure and the weather
- Pain, stuffiness, nasal blockage, and drainage of mucous into the throat and stomach which can cause nausea.
- Stuffy and runny nose
- Facial pain and pressure
- Throbbing pain in the head. — I always describe sinusitis — like I have a brick pushing against my forehead.
- Loss of smell
- Coughing, sneezing, and congestion
- Fever and fatigue
- The whole head including your teeth can ache
- Muscle aches and soreness especially in the neck and facial area
- Migraine headaches
Natural and Herbal Home Remedies: Natural treatments and home remedies for sinus infection that really work.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar: Organic Apple cider vinegar proven to be a wonderful treatment for sinusitis.
- One of the most powerful ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar is to mix 8oz of warm water with 2 tbsp of ACV and 1 tbsp of honey.
- Another option is just to take 1 tablespoon Organic apple cider vinegar, 3 times daily. You can dilute it or take it straight.
- A third wonderful way to use Organic apple cider vinegar is by steaming it — mix~1/2 cup of ACV with 1/2 of water, heat it on the stove, and inhale the steam with mouth and eyes closed.
2. Apply Hot and Cold Compress: Apply hot and cold compresses directly on sinus areas for 3-4 minutes hot and then 30-60 seconds cold. Repeat this often throughout the day. (I have tried this myself and it does help to relieve sinus pain and pressure.)
3. Avoid Certain Foods: “Food Allergies” This can be a God sent for those that have chronic sinusitis. Many people have received great relieve and even cured their problem. Foods that are most known to cause problems are dairy products, wheat, eggs, chickens, ducks, chocolates, peanuts, bananas and corn. Avoiding foods that cause allergic reactions can be an easy but very effective natural sinus home remedy.To be sure which food group you may be allergic to, a diagnostic blood test is highly recommended.
4. Avoid other Allergens: Such as dust mites and pollen. Keep your house as free from dust and pollutants as possible. Take extra care in your bedroom where you sleep. It is recommended that an air purifier with a Hepa filter.
5. Turmeric: I like to think of these as the wonder spice. Turmeric has powerful compound known as curcumin that has many powerful health benefits that includes the ability to heal the sinus cavity and clear the airways due to its great anti-inflammatory abilities.
6. Garlic: Garlic is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and kills bacteria that can cause sinus infection. Garlic helps the blood flow to the maxillary sinuses which in turn reducing swelling. You can take it raw or as a supplement.
7. Oregano Oil: Oregano oil has many health benefits including powerful antibiotic properties and can fight against infections that includes a very effective treatment for sinusitis. You can use oregano oil 2 ways.
- Ingest the oregano oil – make sure it is high quality
- Steam the oregano oil over a stove with your eyes closed and inhale
8. Apply Hot and Cold Compress: Apply hot and cold compresses directly on sinus areas for 3-4 minutes hot and then 30-60 seconds cold. Repeat this often throughout the day. (I have tried this myself and it does help to relieve sinus pain and infection.)
9. Nasal Irrigation and Nebulization System: This is an extremely good natural remedy to stop recurring sinus infections, heals the lining in your sinus.
- Use an “SinuPulse Elite Advanced Irrigation System” fill tank with warm water and 1-2 teaspoons regular salt, stir until dissolved
- Use an irrigation nozzle or also known as the nasal adapter — turn the water pik on and set the nozzle at the lowest setting
- Put the irrigation nozzle to your nostril and tip you head to the side, keep switching from the left to the right nostril about every 30 seconds as you tilt you head consecutively, continue this until the tank is empty.
- Do this twice daily until you congestion stops and have had no symptoms (which for me was about 2 months) then you can do it once a day (I did it for about 2 months), finally I did it several times a week and now use it occasionally to keep my nasal passage clear or when I know I have been in contact with allergens.
The “Nasal Irrigation system” works so well for seasonal allergies and chronic sinusitis, naturally and without drugs — The pulsating water is the key. It promotes regrowth of cilia. This can not be achieved by other means such as sprays or a neti pot.
10. Some extra Tips: When you are sleeping try to keep you head elevated so that congestion does not build up in your head. Drink plenty of water and healthy fluids that will help flush out toxins from your body and keep washing away mucus from the sinus. Support your immune system with a healthy organic diet, stay away from sugars, and take Vitamin C. Try taking up to 1000 mg of vitamin C 1-3 times daily.
The mainstream cure for sinusitis is antibiotics which conventional doctors prescribe 80 percent of acute sinus infections and nearly 70 percent of chronic sinus infections. Research has shown that antibiotics in many cases to be ineffective.
About 15 year ago I had chronic recurring sinusitis for at least 3 years, concurrently. At that time I was very naïve about conventional medicine and the many side effects of antibiotics such as gastrointestinal problems which can and did in my case help lead to leaky gut. Don’t make the same mistake I did! I highly recommend trying some natural home remedies for sinus infection.