Sinus Infection Home Remedies
"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some unique way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."
Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.
Here at Sinus Infection Home Remedies we understand that sinus infections can be incredibly uncomfortable, causing symptoms such as congestion, facial pain, and headaches.
While medical treatment is often necessary, there are also several home remedies that may help alleviate symptoms and promote healing.
In this article we will explore some natural remedies for sinus infections, including the use of Vitamin E, addressing zinc deficiency and benefits of camphor.
Always remember though, that a proper and firm diagnosis of sinusitis is a requirement before you start supplementing your medication with any natural remedies.
What is a Sinus Infection?
- The sinuses are cavities in the bones surrounding the eyes and the
nose which are filled with air.
- Acute sinusitis can be caused
by viruses or bacteria.
- The membrane that lines the sinuses produce mucus, that drains into
the nasal cavity along narrow passages, this is perfectly normal and
this mucous filters out any bacteria entering the body and traps them in
the nasal hairs called cilia.
- But then a cold strikes, or an allergy sets in, you get tonsillitis or even an abscess in a
tooth. All of these can clog the sinus openings,
or swell the sinus linings.
- Air then gets blocked in the cavities, the mucous stagnates, infection and inflammation sets in and you have a sinus infection.
Before we take a look at some simple and easy home
remedies let's take a quick look at what the symptoms of a sinus
Remember that these symptoms will always vary from person to person and will also differ due to the severity of the infection and
inflammation in the sinuses.
What are the symptoms of a Sinus Infection?
- A nasal drip especially at night.
- Coughing spasms at night caused by the nasal drip.
- Stuffed up feeling and an aching face.
- Sore eyes and teeth.
- Cold symptoms.
- Bad Breath.
- Fever and headaches.
What are The Main Causes of a Sinus Infection.
- Bacterial or viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, the nose and throat.
- Small growth, polyps or benign cysts.
- Injury to nasal bones.
- Dental complications like an abscess.
- Emotional stress.
- Allergies to milk or dairy products.
- Hay fever.
- Compromised immune system as in HIV.
- Abnormal mucus production (such as cystic fibrosis).
What to Include in your Diet.
- Vitamin E found in nuts helps support the immune system.
- Wholegrains and Pulses for Vitamin B.
- Vitamin B also helps to maintain the immune system.
- Shellfish for a Zinc deficiency.
- Sinus infections are often caused by a viral infection and zinc is known
for its anti-viral properties which helps as a sinus infection home
remedy. Zinc is also a natural nutrient for the immune system.
- And then of course the HOT STUFF!!
- Anything that makes your eyes water and your nose run can help get through
that sinus blockage, so eat the garlic, the hot chilli (which also contains
Vitamin C), horseradish and cayenne pepper.
If you are unsure of any of the terminology used on this page go straight to our very own herbal dictionary to get an explanation of the words that you might not quite understand.
How do you self- treat a Sinus Infection?
- Take one cup of warm water and mix a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of
baking powder into the warm water.
- Use a medicine dropper and then close one nostril with your fingers and
squirt this liquid into the other nostril with your head tilted back.
- Repeat on the opposite side.
- Blow your nose gently.
- Repeat twice a day.
Try Some Cleaning as a Home Remedy for Your Sinus Woes.
- Taking a hot shower is one of our favorite sinus infection home remedies. Do this as often as you can, or feel like, and sniff the steam into your nostrils.
- Put a few drops of camphor (well know for it's decongestion properties) or eucalyptus (with its legendary expectorant and decongestant powers) onto the shower floor and inhale deeply.
- Wherever you might be, and you find that you are feeling particularly stuffed up, find yourself a hot cup of something....... tea, coffee or even just hot water and sniff, it will give you some sort of temporary relief.
What Herbs are Good for Sinus Issues
- Amongst other herbs, cinnamon is another well known one that has been used through the ages for sinus infection, because it too, has expectorant properties.
- Ginger has been used for long time for sinus infections because, it too, has expectorant properties.
- Cinnamon makes a most pleasant tea or infusion and can even be added to other herbal preparations to improve taste.
- Anise is another herb which, once again can be used as one of your sinus infection herbal remedies because it has decongestant properties.
- Being a decongestant means it is used to un-stuff, stuffy noses, and it will also help dissolve thick yucky mucus.
- Anise also makes an enjoyable and effective tea.
- This is another must for sinus infection herbal remedies, it not only boosts the immune system and fights viral infection but is also anti-bacterial.
- Available in herbal shops.
- A good natural remedy to ease the congestion and pain caused by sinusitis, is horse radish.
- Researchers say that the condiment aids blood flow to sinus cavities, helping to drain clogged sinuses and heal infections quickly.
- Take one teaspoon twice a day or use in a sandwich or as a meat topping until symptoms clear.
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