Allergy season is upon us, a time of dust, pollen, viruses, and bacteria. Treating sinus problems yourself is very important and much healthier than pumping yourself full of antibiotics.
Sinus infections are one of the most common, but naturally curable conditions that cause pressure on your nasal cavity. There are many effective natural remedies that can be used to clear your nasal passage, and nutrition is also important to work on your lymphatic system and boost immunity.
There are many Different Sinus conditions:
Acute Sinusitis- Viruses or bacteria infect the sinus cavity, causing inflammation, increased mucus production, nasal congestion, discomfort in the forehead, cheeks, or around the eyes.
Chronic- This is more than just a series of infections, chronic sinusitis can be a persistent process of inflammation.
Allergic rhinitis- This is when allergens like dust, dandruff, or pollen cause defences such as mucus, nasal stiffness, sneezing, and itching.
Deviated Septum- If the septum that divides the nose deviates too far to one side, this can cause the airflow to be obstructed.
Nasal polyps- This is when small growths grow inside the nasal cavity known as polyps. Diseases like asthma, chronic sinus infections, and allergic rhinitis can lead to this.
During infections try and eat in moderation, with a large emphasis on beans,lentils, vegetables, soups, and cold-pressed oils. Foods like flour, eggs, chocolate, sugar,and dairy products help to form mucus so you will want to avoid these. Stay hydrated!
2. Neti Pot
“There is a lot of debate about which sinus pain remedies work and what has been proven, but saline spray and washes like the neti pot are indisputable,” says Spencer C. Payne, MD
Dissolve a Tsp of salt in two cups of warm water. Stand over a sink or a towel and fill the neti pot with one cup of the water. Put the spout into one side of your nose and tilt your head to one side so the water can run through the opposite nostril. Do not tilt your head back tilt it to the side! Repeat with the other nostril.
3. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
At the onset of an infection combine 2 tsp of raw apple cider vinegar in 6-8oz of water, add a tsp of honey or stevia if vegan, and drink 3 times a day for up to five days. The vinegar helps to thin the mucus, so it can be easily eliminated.
4. Nasal Massage
Massage down each side of the nose at the bottom edge of the nasal bone, as well as the grooves at the widest part of the nostrils, count to 15. Do this three times daily.
Hot water vapor can help to moisten the sinuses, so take a hot shower
Or put a pot on the stove to boil drape a towel over your head and breathe deeply. Add a drop or two of eucalyptus or peppermint oil to either.
“A hot, steamy shower or bath can also help to loosen up mucus and debris that is stuck inside your nose,” says Sam S. Rizk, MD
6. Spicy food
Try eating foods like horseradish, wasabi, or spicy mustard. Spicy foods clear the sinuses.
7. Hot teas
There are many wonderful herbal tea recipes that do wonders for your body.
Cold and Flu Tea
1 Thumb of ginger, grated
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp raw honey
1 Green Tea bag
Put the ginger and tea bag into a teapot or bowl, pour boiled water over the mix and allow to steep for 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice to a mug, strain the ginger tea into a mug. Allow to cool for a few moments and add in the honey, stir to dissolve and drink up!
8. Boost your Immune system
Boost your immune system naturally with vitamins and herbs, get plenty of vitamin C as well. Studies have shown that eucalyptus oil can help to loosen phlegm.
9. Cold or hot compress
Apply a hot or cold pack across the bridge of your nose to help ease
stuffiness. It is a very soothing form of relief. You can also make your own hot or cold pack using ice or frozen vegetables for cold, and for hot a wash cloth with hot water or a sock of cloth filled with rice that has been heated in the microwave.
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