6 Natural Home Remedies For A Sinus Infection
As the weather starts to cool off around this time of the year so does our health. The changing temperatures often take a toll on our bodies and we see increase in cases of seasonal illnesses. Along with those illnesses is the dreaded sinus infection, known as sinusitis.
Normally, mucus membranes around our nose and eyes produce mucus that warms and moistens the air we breath, as well as filters germs from entering our bodies. A sinus infection occurs when the tissue lining of the sinuses are inflamed or swollen. This causes sinus blockage, preventing drainage of the nasal cavity and thus enabling bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other possible germs to grow which can lead to infection. There are several causes of sinus infections including: -Excessive Dairy Consumption -Environmental Allergies -Tobacco and Pollution Irritation -Food Allergies -Dental Infection -Fungal Infection in the Sinus Cavity -Overgrowth of Yeast -Colds and Flu Symptoms
People can be at higher risk of getting sinus infections if they have immune deficiencies, taking immune suppressing medications, have nasal polyps (soft, painless, noncancerous growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses), have a deviated septum (shift in the nasal cavity), or have structural differences that narrow the drainage ducts.
Sinus Infections are usually treated by prescription medications including antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatories, and possibly even surgery. Although we don't like the idea of turning to prescription meds every time we start to feel sick. There are so many risks you take by doing so. So with that said, we did some research and found a plethora of natural home remedies for the dreaded sinus infection!
First and foremost, start with your diet. Eliminate all dairy, eggs, flour products, fried or processed foods, chocolate, and sugar from your diet. These products increase the production of mucus and thus makes the situation worst. Instead, eat foods such as soups, cold-pressed oils, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lentils in moderation. To help reduce excess mucus try adding garlic, onion, horseradish, and cayenne pepper to your foods these are all great decongestants. In addition it is advised to elevate your head while you sleep and apply a warm compress to your face for 5 minutes multiple times a day.
6 Simple Sinus Infection Home Remedies:
1. Horseradish: Eat a small spoonful of crushed horseradish mixed with lemon juice. This is suppose to be an effective drainage remedy to get rid of excess mucus in your nasal cavity. Horseradish is suppose to work comparably as well.
2. Turmeric: Because of its high, natural anti-inflammatory properties turmeric is great to take during a sinus infection since they are caused by inflammation of the sinus. The curcumin is highly effective in healing the sinus cavity and clearing the airways.
3. Nasal Saline Rinse (Neti Pot):
A. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (or pickling salt) with a pinch of baking soda and a cap-full of food-grade hydrogen peroxide in 1 cup of warm water. B. (Simpler Version) Mix 1/4 sea or pickling salt with 1 cup of water. Stand over a sink (or bathtub/shower) and tilt your head to the side. Slowly allow the saline mixture to run through one nostril and out through the opposite nostril. Careful not to tilt your head back and letting the solution down your throat. Repeat these steps with the other nostril.
This is somewhat uncomfortable but has proven effective enough to continually be used as a home remedy. **I am not very good at pouring water in my nose so I either use an empty nasal spray bottle and fill that up with the solution or just a store bought spray bottle. It takes a little bit longer but it gets the job done for me!
4. Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE):
This is a natural antibiotic that helps rid the microbes causing the infection. It can be purchased as a nasal spray and used daily to help improve a sinus infection.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Praised for its many healing benefits, apple cider vinegar, can be drank as a home remedy to rid sinus infections because it helps to thin congested mucus so it can be drained away.
Simply mix 2 tablespoons of organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, with 8 ounces of water, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Drink this mixture 3 times a day for 5 days or until symptoms go away.
Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used by steaming to get rid of Sinus Infections: Mix 1/2 cup of organic Apple cider Vinegar with 1/2 cup of water. Heat this solution on the stove until boils. At this point you can either stand above the stove and inhale with your mouth and eyes closed or take the pot off the stove and place it on a low, sturdy surface. Take a large towel and place over your head (creating a tent with the towel over the pot) Stand/sit there until the steam discontinues.
6. Oregano Oil:
Oregano oil has multiple benefits including improve digestion, fight infections, and improve biological functions (Especially liver and colon). Oregano oil can be simply ingested or steamed and inhaled to treat sinus infections.
The most important thing you can do to help a sinus infection is to drink plenty of water. Water is the most natural way our body flushes out impurities. When we are sick it is vital to flush our systems and hydrate our bodies at the same time.