How many of us had to deal with a sinus infection lately? When people come in and tell me that they need help, we are here to find the best solutions!
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First of all we need to prepare our bodies with a healthy gut. Preventive is always the best, nevertheless when it happens, we need help quick! A daily intake of probiotic keep you with a healthy gut, just ask about our selection of prebiotic and probiotic.
Sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, is an inflammation of the tissue lining of the sinuses. Conventional medicine treats sinusitis with steroids, anti-inflammatory and antibiotics. In other cases when it gets worse, may resort to surgery.
But, some of these methods can either do good or it could be harmful to our body. In this article, we will give you a few home remedies to cure sinusitis the natural way—hence, it is absolutely safe.
1. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Avoid coffee, alcohol or anything that has caffeine, as this will thicken out your mucus and clog your airways. Instead, drink plenty of water (preferably Alkaline Kangen Water with minerals and antioxidants we have by the gallons here at the store), green juices with no added sugar or hot herbal teas. This will help to thin out mucus and drain it out from irritated sinuses. Water is so important for health! When it comes to adding greens, our Vios Phyte package is a perfect green juice mixed with our Green Lemonade.
2. Ginger Shot
Have you had ours yet? When you come in and tell us you need something quick and easy for a sinus infection, we are going to serve you our ginger shot mixed with an apple and lemon, sprinkled with cayenne pepper. We have available by the bottle for convenience too! You are getting vitamin C to boost the immune system but also the ginger helps the gut, reduces inflammation or nausea, plus opens up the sinuses with the cayenne immediately. Your body craves it again ten minutes after you had it!
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is a wonderful health tonic that every home should have. It can be used on the body from head to toe, as a wonderful cleansing agent.
When it comes to sinus infection, take two to three tablespoons of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a cup of hot water or tea. Add lemon and honey to taste. Sipping on this concoction will help to thin out excessive mucus thus providing you with relief.
Pineapple is rich in bromelain which is used to reduce swelling. Research suggests that bromelain can speed up recovery of acute sinusitis. Come in and ask for a Pineapple smoothie! Although not on our menu we can custom to order or we will be glad to add more pineapple to your favorite one! Our Scurvy Blaster Smoothie is also a perfect choice, made with Pineapple, Mango, a lemon and two oranges with carrot! We have a regular customer who rarely gets sick because she drinks several a week! Preventive is perfect!
5. Eucalyptus or Peppermint Oil
Loosen up mucus and other debris blocking up your nose by steam inhalation or diffuser (Come in and try a drop of Peppermint oil to test). Use a few drops of either of these essential oils over a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam. You can also purchase your own Essential oil kit with a diffuser here for half the cost of retail HERE. These diffusers are perfect since the oil molecules stay in the air 12 hours after the diffuser stops.
You can also steam up your bathroom and sprinkle a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil. This can help to moisten the sinuses. A humidifier will also help to moisten the air vapor around your home and help to relieve sinus problems.
We also have available Breathe Again Roll on or RC oil to help with breathing difficulty. Want to know why Essential oils work so well? The oil is the blood of the plant and the molecules are so small, they penetrate your skin within 2 minutes after applying and after 20 minutes, affects every cell of your body. When drugs only attack bacteria around the cell, the oils penetrate your cell to help support virus elimination.
6. Spicy Foods
Who doesn’t love foods such as our Cauliflower Curry to open up your sinuses! Foods spiced with chili, cayenne and other spices can awake your senses! We now serve our soup in quart jars to take home!
You can also dissolve mucus by mixing a concoction of
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- a squeeze of lemon juice
- a dash of cayenne pepper (or horseradish)
- in a glass of about 250ml water.
Drink 2-3 glasses throughout the day.
7. Vitamin C
Boost your immune system by taking vitamin C and food supplements that is high in this antioxidant. This has been proven to help our bodies ward off diseases and improve overall health.
Vitamin C is available in tablets, liquid or chewable form that you can purchase over-the-counter. When choosing a vitamin C supplement, opt for one that is vitamin C “Complex” that is formulated for optimal absorption. Keep in mind all our smoothies have natural Vitamin C from our fruit!
8. Avoid Dietary Irritants
Eliminate foods that have gluten, dairy, soda drinks and sugar as these have been found to trigger and cause sinus infections as well as cause inflammation throughout your body including your joints. Try gluten and dairy free products which can be found at your local food stores. These foods will make your sinuses worse.
9. Oil of Oregano
Another essential oil that has been found to have anti-viral, antibiotic and anti-fungal properties is the oil of oregano oil.
A few drops of this in a cup of juice, water or tea can help to alleviate the symptoms of sinus infection as well as promote wellness.
Oil of oregano can also be used as an alternative to peppermint or eucalyptus oil for steam vapor, however, some people may not prefer the smell compared to the other two essential oils. Who wants to smell like pizza all day, however it is an option!
10. Mangosteen Juice
Mangosteen has properties to also reduce inflammation throughout your body including your sinuses as well as other benefits. This is a great way to be preventive and for overall well-being. Each bottle contains enough PURE organic Mangosteen for an ounce a day for a month. Just look for the yellow bottle on our shelves!
11. Eliminate Indoor And Avoid Outdoor Allergens
Indoor allergens such as dust, mold and pollen are the most common irritants that trigger sinusitis. Get an air purifier or activate charcoal filter to clean the air in your home. Make sure that you change your air filter at least once a month to eliminate air irritants.
If you are going outside, it is inevitable to be exposed to common outdoor irritants such as smog and car exhaust. Avoid such factors by wearing a mask to keep them out of your airways. Don’t drive with the windows down and set your car ventilation system to circulate to prevent allergens to enter the cab.
Finally, know when to seek professional help.
While natural remedies are powerful and have been proven of its efficacy, make sure that you seek doctor’s advice especially if the symptoms and pain does not improve over time.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Be healthy. Feel Great. Love life.
Melissa Phillips HC BCBC
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