When proper breathing, a basic function of life, is disrupted, you can feel desperate. A recurrent sinus infection or allergy is quite common, At present, it’s estimated that roughly 37 million Americans alone are affected by this each year. Many allergic sinusitis infections can last 3 months or longer.
Worse, They can continue coming back. For many centuries, people have used herbs and other natural remedies effectively to heal sinus infections. Besides staying well rested, there are some other therapies that can help to boost the immune system and help reduce the symptoms of a sinus infection.
Vitamin C is a great immune boost. Take 3000 mg of any nonacidic form of a Vitamin C supplement and divide it into several doses over the course of the day.
Trapped and stagnant mucus offers bacteria the ideal breeding ground so it’s important to drink plenty of fluids, preferably pure water, to help counteract that.
Many people swear by the use of apple cider vinegar. Just two teaspoons of an organic apple cider vinegar in a 4 to 6-ounce glass of warm water along with a spoonful of honey to make it taste better will help. Take this mix three times per day for best results.
Avoid allergen triggers such as dust, animals, and foods that you’re allergic to. Avoid tobacco smoke and any chemical irritants to help keep the swelling of mucus membranes down.
If you can stand it, do a nasal wash. It may not be pleasant, but it is an excellent way to get that antiseptic up there. Just a cup of warm water and a half teaspoonful of any sea salt and a pinch of bicarbonate soda will do the trick. Draw this into your nose and spit it out of your mouth.
There are many great aromatherapy oils that will help as well. Eucalyptus, tea tree, and even rosemary can help to reduce congestion and ease your inflamed nasal passages. Use it as an inhalant and drape a towel over the head. Lean into a steaming bowl or sink of water with some of the above-mentioned oils in it and you’ll open up those sinuses. There are also vapor rubs that simulate this steaming and can help reduce the congestion at night.
Warm compresses will also help to open up those congested nasal passages.
Another method is craniosacral therapy. This focuses on the bones of the cranium and decompresses the area.
Garlic is an anti viral and anti bacterial that will help to reduce the swelling. Garlic is also an anti fungal. Use as a supplement or if you can palate the taste, eat it raw.
Consider an immune boosting combination of Echinacea and Golden seal along with some cat’s claw for the anti viral properties.
Check with your homeopath for other recommended remedies for sinusitis like kali beach, Pulsatilla, Hepar sulphur and Merc sol. Other such as Nat Mur, Sulphur and Silica may also offer relief, promote drainage and help to fight the infection and reduce the allergens. Homeopathic treatments address the entire body, not just the sinus areas. They help to bring the immune system into a proper balance.
Homeopathic remedies can also be used during pregnancy and are safe for newborn babies and children of all ages.
If you’re still not seeing any improvement, consult with your health care provider for other treatment options.