Holistic and natural treatments for sinus problems are becoming more and more sought after as people search for better alternatives to numerous medications that may offer some relief, but also come with a host of adverse side effects as well.
Chronic sinusitis is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and with allergens like pollen, cigarette smoke, smog or pollution, and pet dander, it’s no wonder many of us struggle with sinus problems on a daily basis. Rather than relying on, or worse, becoming dependent upon, prescription or over-the-counter drugs, why not try one of the many natural solutions available instead?
Even with the use of antibiotics, stubborn sinus problems may still persist, and too many antibiotics usually ends up causing negative effects such as yeast infections as they not only kill the “bad” bacteria, but also the “good” bacteria our bodies need to stay healthy.
One of the best, and easiest, of all the natural treatments for sinus problems is a rather simple one that anyone can do right at home. Flush nasal secretions from the nose using two cups of warm water, not hot, and one teaspoon of salt (non-iodized) and just a pinch of baking soda. A method of introducing fluid into the sinuses is often very effective in treating this conditon. This is how it is done – source a smallish shot glass, fill it with water and a weak solution of saline mix, tip the head and gently pour the mixture into your nostril, whilst blocking the other. After this, repeat with the other.
Steam from hot water can often also work wonders for sinus problems. Try leaning over your bathroom sink with a towel draped over your head, then run the hot water for about five minutes while breathing in the steam. Doing this several times a day, while also running hot water on your forehead and nose in the shower, will help to loosen stubborn mucous and congestion that’s built up within the sinus cavities.
Conversely, a mixture of lavender oil, eucalyptus and tee tree can be used in combination to aid in the opeening of the sinus and also the lungs. This is how you do it.Firstly, pour a medium sized pot of hot water into a reasonably sized bowl. Whilst it is still steaming, add to drops of oil, and then cover your head with a towel whilst leaning over the bowl. Inhale the given off steam for a good 3 – 4 minutes.
Though we will only mention this briefly, a powerful new treatment is available, and is called MMS, or Miracle Mineral Solution. The active ingredient is called chlorine dioxide, and actively works by drying up the sinus cavities.
As a note of precaution, make sure that you don’t open your eyes whilst using the eacalyptus, as you may burn your eyes. Also be sure to to wipe your face before opening your eyes. You can also use peppermint instead of eucalyptus if you prefer.
In some cases, sinus infections are exacerbated by certain foods that cause an excess of mucous to form. Though often overlooked, though quite likely the culprit, diet is the main driving factor of sinus. If oyu feel that this is the case with you perhaps, then you should try eliminating wheat and associated products, spicy foods, dairy and also some of the citrus fruits.
Some find relief with a few drops of grapefruit seed extract every day, which doesn’t taste very pleasant and shouldn’t be taken on an empty stomach. Apple cider vinegar is also thought to thin out mucous and can be taken with a large glass of water a few times per day.
Potassium supplements may help to dry up mucous within the sinuses, and remember to keep yourself as hydrated as possible by drinking plenty of water to help the body naturally rid itself of excess mucous.