“Sinusitis is a condition consisting of infection or inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, which may or may not be as a result of infection, from bacterial, fungal, viral, allergic or autoimmune issues. There is no cure” So we are told by: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinus_infection
Well, how special is that? We are beginning the cold and flu season here in the Rogue Valley, but allergies seem to strike many of us all year round, depending on what’s blooming, what’s being harvested or which nasty mold is active. This information can be used for just about anyone, anywhere in the world and for any sinus related complaint.
Sinusitis can strike any of us, at any time of the year, for apparently a wide variety of reasons. The level of misery exacted by a sinus infection is barely measurable by modern technology. Nasal sprays, with their active ingredient of oxymetazoline, can get you hooked in three days and add to the misery the “rebound effect.” Step away from the Afrin, people.
Instead, look to some common household items to help alleviate the symptoms of sinus problems.
Sinus relief can be as simple or complicated as you wish to make it.
Ever swim in the ocean? Remember how, an hour after you get out, your sinuses are wonderfully clear? It’s the salt water! If you can bring yourself to snork a few handfuls of warm salt water up your snoot, you can make a huge difference in breathing ability as well as getting some of that ook out of your head.
Head too stuffy to even think of snorking anything into your sinuses? Loosen up your sinuses with warm, wet heat. A very wise, VERY old naturopath (RIP Dr. Getmann! You STILL rock!) advised me years ago to take a rice bag or rice sock and heat it as much as you can stand and then wrap it up in a hot, wet towel.
You can choose to use some essential oils on that wet towel to help clear your sinuses and promote healing, if you wish. Good choices are: eucalyptus, with its property of removing congestion and easing the breathing; lavender, with its calming effects, also helps open the sinus passages; lemongrass, helps balance the nervous system and aids breathing; peppermint, cools the mind, relieves fatigue and opens the breathing tracts; rosemary, improves circulation and aids in easy breathing; tea tree, reduces pain, aids in breathing and may bring some antibacterial qualities. Add a couple of drops of any or any combination of these oils to your hot, wet towel and drape that hot, wet rice bag over the top of your head or lay down and cover the forehead and eyes with this warm rice bag. Most people don’t know that your skull is FULL of sinus cavities, not just the ones below your eyes and above your eyebrows. Around your ears, on the sides of your head – lots of little pockets where misery can hide in the form of infection and raging headaches. Wet heat will make your sinuses run! Have tissues on hand and don’t hesitate to use more than one hot, wet rice bag at a time.
Rice heating pads are easy to make and can be used for LOTS of things besides helping with a sinus infection. Here’s some easy-to-follow instructions: http://tipnut.com/make-your-own-microwave-heating-pad/ .
My grandmother used to swear by apple cider vinegar. She also made grapefruit tea to relieve fevers, when she wasn’t chasing us with a wooden spoon and shrieking in Italian. Considering that I never once knew her to be ill and that she lived to be 103, there might be something to it. Can’t hurt, might help, right? RIGHT?
Research and personal testimonies show that organic apple cider vinegar is a great remedy for stopping sinus infection and relieving allergy symptoms. The idea is to take ACV BEFORE you get an infection, so if your nose is itching, you’re having sneezing or congestion or any other symptoms that indicate issues for you, start with the ACV.
My Mama Grande took it every day, twice a day, no matter what. ACV will arrest a histamine response and allergic reactions.
There are as many ways to ingest ACV as there are people ingesting it. You can put ¼ cup in 16 ounces of water and sip on that throughout the day. For me, a simpler way is 2 tablespoons in an 8 ounce glass of water and just slam it. Instant gratification.
An existing sinus infection can get relief if you drink a tonic of ACV and water throughout the day for several days.
When I was younger, I’d get sinus infections that would last for MONTHS, were seemingly resistant to traditional antibiotics (and I suspect I was probably propagating super-bacteria in my sinuses with all those different antibiotics) and would blast my immune system to smithereens.
Really, the key to success with ACV is to use it BEFORE you need it or, at the very least, during the first stages of cold or flu symptoms or an allergy attack.
What it does: Apple cider vinegar thins mucus almost immediately. Probably the first change you’re going to notice is a drastic change in the mucus your body is producing. Mucus with change from whatever noxious color it is and thick like glue, to clear and thin and drippy. Repeat after me: THINNING MUCUS IS THE KEY TO BEATING A SINUS INFECTION. You WANT your nose to run like the wind.
Once you get your sinuses to run, you can send your infection packing with the aid of a number of other remedies, many of which you can find in your kitchen pantry.
We’ll be looking at other natural remedies for colds, flu and allergy this season. Whatever you do, drink lots and lots of water – with or without the organic apple cider vinegar.
The information offered here is not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone. None of these suggestions are meant to replace current medical treatment and your health care provider can provide you with additional information on what is safe and effective for your unique needs.