This is the season when so many children (and adults) are diagnosed with colds, the flu, strep throat, viral infections AND sinus infections also known as Sinusitis. The typical scenario is that the child complains of a symptom, mom/dad treats it with over-the-counter medications which, on occasion, have positive results. Sometimes, however, too much time passes requiring the child (or adult) visit a physician where he/she is prescribed medication(s) which will ultimately cure the illness but usually for a small fortune and typically after many prescriptions have been filled.
What if you could prevent the onset of illnesses by making positive changes in your lifestyle and diet? It is possible and is absolutely the best option available for families in the prevention of illnesses running rampant in their homes and/or the lives of their family.
You might be scratching your head and asking yourself, “How can a few changes in my lifestyle and diet make a difference in whether I become ill or not?” Short and simple: Eating healthy leads to a healthy body and stronger immune system. A strong immune system allows your body to fight off and destroy germs before they are able to attack your body and make themselves at home. I’ve prepared Ten Tips on What You Can Do to Avoid a Cold & Flu in my previous article which I encourage you to read by simply clicking the highlighted text.
Now, in the event that you contract a sinus infection, aka sinusitis, there are other options available to you. Aside from the healthy eating habits and lifestyle referenced above, there are many natural remedies that can be used to treat sinusitis and best of all; they don’t require a trip to the doctor or a prescription. Each of the remedies have been tried, tested and true and will often be able to eliminate the ailments without the need for antibiotics which are known to destroy “good bugs” along with the “bad bugs”. Additionally, they destroy your intestinal tract flora severely impairing digestion and assimilation of nutrients at a time when your body needs them most.
First, let’s review what Sinusitis actually is. It is a condition often considered an infection or inflammation of the para-nasal sinuses. It may or may not be the result of infection from bacterial, fungal, viral, allergic or autoimmune issues. It is considered to be highly contagious and can be passed from one individual to another through direct contact with an infected surface or transmitted through the air. The most common symptoms of sinusitis are constant or excessive sneezing, low grade fever, runny nose, headache, blockage of one or both nostrils, and pressure around the eyes, head, and face. Lack of appetite and difficulty in breathing are other symptoms of sinusitis
Now that we know what it is (or is not) let’s review several home remedies that you can use that are safe, non-toxic, effective and provide the same results as antibiotics WITHOUT affecting the “internal” workings of our intestinal system.
Natural Remedies for Curing Sinus Infections (Sinusitis):
- Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: This is the best home remedy around – and it has been around for many years. Not to disclose my age, but let’s just say I learned about it when I was a child and that was 30+ years ago. So, how does it work? We really don’t know but the concept behind the remedy is to actually take it immediately upon feeling the sniffles, stuffiness, allergies, colds, flu and pain and pressure coming on so that you catch it before it becomes a full blown infection. Taken as a daily tonic or at the first sign of an allergy or cold, this remedy can put the brakes on the histamine response or allergic reaction. There are a few ways to take it: 1) Pour 1/8 to 1/4 cup in 16 ounces of water and sip it throughout the day (you can also drink it warm like tea). 2) You can take 2 Tablespoons with water – swallowing it very quickly. If you already have a sinus infection, drink the mixture for a couple of days along with plenty of water and it should clear it up. Apple Cider Vinegar thins mucus almost immediately. The thinning of mucus is the key to eliminating your sinus infection. Once the mucus is thinned, you can follow the treatment plan using the remedies below.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract: Along with the remedy above, a few days of grapefruit seed extract will make your infection disappear. Grapefruit seed extract is very potent. It is recommended that you use the drop formulation but be aware that they taste horrible!!! Never take them on an empty stomach, especially first thing in the morning. About 2 – 5 tiny drops will do the trick.
- Raw vegetable juice is beneficial in treating sinusitis. Combine 300 ml of carrot juice, 100 ml of cucumber juice, 100 ml of beet juice and 200 ml of spinach juice and drink it daily.
- Roast 100 grams of cumin seeds and mix them with 200 grams of pure ghee. What is GHEE? Ghee is clarified butter — the butter oil, without the lactose and other milk solids. Consume daily. It is one of the most effective ways to cure sinusitis.
- Steam is effective in curing sinusitis. It opens the nasal passage by draining the sinuses and making mucous flow easy.
- Prepare ginger or cinnamon tea and drink it when it is slightly on the hotter side. It is helpful in curing sinusitis.
- Saline solutions are also wonderful in treating and thinning mucus within the passages. This can be made by adding a pinch of sea salt to lukewarm water and misting within your nose. Drops will work as well.
- Inhaling steam with either Apple Cider Vinegar or Cayenne Pepper mixed in will also help to loosen and thin the mucus. Blowing your nose to rid your sinus passages of the mucus will help to eliminate it from your system.
- Green Tea with 1 Tablespoon crushed or powdered Ginger, 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice, and 1 teaspoon Honey is also known to help with the inflammation in and around the ears reducing pressure and promoting the draining of fluids which ultimately become the problem within the sinus cavity.
- Finally, if you still feel that you have an excessive amount of mucus try modifying your diet. For instance, eliminate all mucus-forming/thickening foods and/or drinks for a couple of days. These foods include milk, citrus, spicy foods, wheat, cheese, etc….as they are the typical culprits.
Natural remedies are readily available for most illnesses if you’re willing to do a little homework to find them. They are natural, effective and usually resolve the illness quicker than pharmaceutical methods and without the side-effects so common with drugs. Do not, however, eliminate visiting a medical professional simply because there are other options available as I am not encouraging you to turn your back on that method or treatment option. Sometimes, however, medical professionals are simply not necessary.
If your illness is severe and/or not responding to the at-home treatments above, you might need to seek professional medical assistance.
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