Sinusitis is a condition characterized with inflamed and clogged sinuses. It may be caused by airborne allergens, dietary irritants (dairy, gluten, artificial sweeteners) and other factors.
This condition is often treated with antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatory medication or even surgery. Each of these does more harm than good. We suggest that you try this three-step process to relieve your condition naturally. The good news is the fact that you have most of these remedies in your home.
Part 1: Relieve the symptoms
Getting an instant relief is of utmost importance. Treat your symptoms before you focus on the underlying condition.
Drink plenty of water, fresh juices, tea and clear soups. These will loosen mucus and ease its way out. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sweet drinks and smoking, as they thicken mucus and clog airways.
Combine cayenne pepper and horseradish with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to dissolve mucus.
Activate pressure points
A quick face massage always helps. You will feel better in two minutes.
Add a couple drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oil to some hot water and inhale the vapors. You can also add the essential oils to your humidifier.
Salt water rinse
Now is the perfect time to get a Neti pot. It eases the irrigation of your nasal cavity and eliminates mucus and contaminants. Use it twice a day.
Grapefruit seed extract
It’s a natural antibiotic made from dried grapefruit seeds and pulp. Most nasal sprays have it. GSE clears out mucus and prevents microbial contaminants from nesting in your inflamed sinuses.
This fragrant spice is commonly added to Indian dishes. It’s packed with anti-inflammatory components and provides an antioxidant effect. Combine it with ginger for even greater effect. Make yourself a cup of hot tea to loosen mucus and relieve the pressure in your sinuses. Ginger also soothes upset stomach which is a side effect of nighttime sinus drainage.
Apple cider vinegar
Add a couple tablespoons of this vinegar to a cup of hot water and tea, and drink this thrice a day to get rid of mucus and relieve congestion. You can also add fresh lemon juice and stevia.
Apple cider vinegar provides excellent benefits.
Part 2: Boost immunity
You can do this in several simple ways.
You can find it in caplets, liquid, chewables and other forms. Vitamin C is the most common over-the-counter immunity enhancer. This vitamin boosts immunity and optimizes overall health. Use supplements with Acerola.
Fermented cod liver oil
It’s packed with vitamins A and D and contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. The fermentation process doesn’t affect its benefits. Fermented cod liver oil improves skin condition, balances moor and hormones and treats auto-immune disorders.
A single drop of this powerful oil will turn your juice, tea or water into a powerful drink. Oregano oil provides antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties when used orally. Apply it topically to treat cold sores, nail fungus and dandruff. Oregano oil can also be added to steam inhalations.
Part 3: Eliminate causes
If your sinusitis keeps coming back, it’s time to change a few things regarding your surroundings.
Indoor airborne allergens
These include animal dander, dust, mold spores and pollen. Improve your air filter and change it once a month. Keep your pet outside and brush/bath them regularly. Don’t forget to dust and vacuum at least once a week.
Place cheese cloth to the outside of your air vents to keep allergens away.
Air purifiers work amazing, and the air circulates through a HEPA filter and an ionizer. You can also use Himalayan salt lamps and activated charcoal filters.
Outdoor airborne allergens
These include pollen, smog and car exhaust. Wear a mask every time you are exposed to these. Keep the windows of your car closed and turn on the car ventilation system.
Gluten, dairy and sugar may irritate your sinuses. Eliminate these foods to prevent the recurrence of sinusitis.
If you can’t follow these steps, try a couple of things and find what works best for your condition. Combine the things that bring more benefits.