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Herbal Remedies For Sinus – Are they effective?

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Herbal Remedies For SinusMany people who suffer from some types of sinus conditions are more likely to look for ways to find relieve.

Your first line of action is to treat your cold symptoms immediately and to find an effective remedy to improve sinus drainage before your nasal or sinus becomes infected.

While researching for a better way to solve various upper respiratory symptoms I have come across many different treatment options ranging from conventional to natural treatments.

You have to keep in mind that your goal for setting up an effective treatment plan is to treat the cause and not the symptoms to achieve a long term success rate.

One quick way to relieve these common problems or on-going for some is to take chemical drugs.

While many over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription drugs work to reduce the symptoms they tend to return once you stop taking the medications.

But I have also heard many positive results using this pathway and if it does response well for you then by all means go for it.

Another great method is to use herbs to treat and clear your sinus congestion and infection which is what this topic is all about.

Herbs in particular have been used for centuries to heal all types of illnesses. There are herbs for headache, urinary tract infection, acne, skin disease, stress, fertility etc…

Herbal concoction and warm drinks such as tea or broth do play a role in healing the mucus lining and improve blood vessels in the cavities.

You are likely to suffer mild or no side effects unlike some medications.

Herbal remedies for sinus can be classified as anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, decongestant and immune herbs.
 
The best approach is to treat the cause of most problems by using single or combination of herbs in tea, tablets, capsules or tincture.

Our aim here is to reduce congestion, inflammation, dry and clear excess mucus, stop infection, boosts the immune system and all other sinus related issues.

Once you get this step right your body will heal itself naturally and hopefully to keep them at bay.

So what are the common herbs for sinus problems?

One well-known herb that has been used to treat this condition is Eucalyptus.

This antiseptic and expectorant plant is a popular remedy for cold, infection and sore throats. It works by shrinking the swollen tissues that lined the nasal passages and sinuses.

The oil itself is used with hot steam as an inhalant to reduce both sinus and chest congestion whereas the leaves are steeped in hot water and drink as tea.

You can also blend with a carrier oil to make sinus rub.

Peppermint

Peppermint is another herb that is often drunk as tea to calm irritated nasal membrane. The leaves are steep in hot water for 10 minutes to release the menthol oil which has a strong decongestant effect.

Another popular application is to add few drops of the volatile oil in hot water and breathe the vapor to reduce stuffy nose.

Echinacea Roots

Echinacea is known as the cold and flu herb. This native American herbs when taken orally help to resist infection and stimulate the immune system.
 
Good quality Echinacea has a light tingling characteristic. Try chewing the roots and if you can't handle this sensation the good news is they are available as tablets or capsules.

During the onset of upper respiratory illness you should increase the dosage such as taking 4-6 tablets per day and decrease after the third or fourth day.

And when combine with Andrographis it can speed up your recovery process.

Ginger

Ginger is a warm herb that contains several pungent principles. This anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial herb are often taken for sinus related headache and congestion.

Slices of ginger can be steeped in hot water for few minutes and drink as tea to warm the body and decongest stuffy nose by thinning and loosen thick mucus.

Alternatively you can add them into clear chicken broth or make into a compress.

The volatile ginger oil blend can be use to rub or massage around the sinus region to soothe inflamed cavities and reduce pain.
 
Golden Seal

Studies have shown that the root of Goldenseal with its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in Berberine has the power to reduce congestion and fight infection.
 
This herb taste extremely bitter and it is often taken in small quantity by adding few drops of the tincture into a glass of water or juice.
 
A combination of Goldenseal and Echinacea herbs do work wonders by preventing your nasal from drying out.

Adding few drops into your nasal wash can also reduce sinus infection. You can also use Barberry to fight infection if Goldenseal is not available.
 
Elderberry

The antiviral and antibacterial properties of Elderberry have been known to reduce pain, infection and to strengthen the immune system.

It alleviates runny nose by drying out liquid mucus.

The berries with their high vitamin C content are made into cold syrup and given to children compared to other cold and flu preparations.
 
Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a strong astringent herb used to relieve and loosen tight airways. It is especially beneficial for reducing mucus-forming conditions, such as nasal stuffiness and pressure built-up in the cavities.
 
Other uses include relieving cough, post nasal drip and to breakup trapped mucus in the chest.
 
Juniper

The aromatic juniper berries have been used as medicine for centuries. The anti-bacterial chemicals in the oil provide therapeutic effect when added into nasal spray or as an inhalant.

Myrrh

Myrrh is a century old remedies used traditionally to treat a wide range of diseases such as throat infections, colds, coughs and mouth ulcer. The astringent, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties help stimulates the immune system to produce white blood cells to fight infection.

Cayenne

The capsaicin in cayenne pepper is responsible for reducing swelling and inflammation, congestion and to promote drainage. One downside is the pepper has a burning sensation to touch and taste.

This natural high vitamins stimulant is capable of thinning mucus in the nasal passages to increase breathing and improve circulation.

However it is not easy to take this herb, one way is to mix a pinch of the hot powder with 2 tablespoon of Manuka honey or in a cup of hot water with honey added.

Licorice

Licorice root is renowned for its ability to soothe inflamed membrane, break up thick mucus, kill bacteria and reduce congestion when taken as tea or capsules. It is also an immunity herb for simulating your weak immune system.

Well herbal remedies are not the only natural way to eliminate your nasal and sinus issues, there are certain foods that you eat which may also contribute or aggravate your conditions by increasing mucus production.

Besides healing with herbal remedies it is important that you rinse your nasal cavities to expel as much mucus as possible to promote normal breathing. To do this you can use a saline spray or an irrigation device.

The above are just some of the popular herbs that have been used by many sufferers to treat sinus at home, however, if you do come across herbs that nobody knows and you manage to find relieve in a short period of time share it with us.

 

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Herbs For Sinus

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Echinacea FlowerHerbs for sinus is an effective way to relieve your sinusitis if you understand their healing properties and applications.

For example, it is completely useless to for herbs such as St John's Wort to work on your sinuses. This particular herb is used for depression.

As billions of people in United States and the world are affected by some form of sinus problems daily, many sufferers are looking for  ways to overcome their sinusitis naturally.

Sinus problems usually response well to herb with anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-microbial and other healing properties for catarrh conditions of the upper respiratory tract.

If you want to clear your sinuses, here are five herbs for sinus which you can try to clear your acute and chronic sinusitis:

Echinacea

Echinacea is popularly known as a cold and flu herb. Native to Americans, it kills viruses that are responsible for causing the cold symptoms leading to sinus problems. It is available in tablets and capsules and should not be taken if you are allergic to certain plant such as ragweed.

Echinacea is also not suitable for patients taking immuno-suppressant medications

Peppermint

Peppermint helps to reduce irritation in the mucous membranes within the sinuses. It is useful if you have the sore throat. This herb is taken like a tea, simply place half of a teaspoon leaves in a cup and pour hot water to brew. Most people find soothing relief in their throat and the active constituents also act to open the nasal cavities in some cases.

Goldenseal

Studies showed that Goldenseal help to improve overall health and is also useful for treating sinus infection. This bitter herb contains hydrastine and berberine which when taken both topical and oral help the body to fight infection as well as sore throat and reduce congestion.

The tincture in diluted form is an excellent mouthwash to fight bacteria that cause bad breathe.

Unfortunately, like most herbs it should be taken for a prolonged period to see results.

Golden Rod

This western herb is useful to fight influenza, the inflammation of the nasal passage, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis and other sinus related problems.

Cayenne

You will be surprise that Cayenne is one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth. It is widely used in South and Central American as medicine and spices.

It has been used to treat acute colds, catarrh and sore and as a stimulant to improve the circulatory system. Other uses include the removal of toxin, cold and congested tissues.

It is a traditional home remedy for colds, earache and tonsillitis in Mexico. And in some parts of Chile, the infusion is taken internally to reduce the symptoms of headache.

Besides using this herb as a remedy, it is useful to add into food to promote sinus drainage.

Please note that cayenne may interact with ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors. These are a group of drugs use for treating hypertension or high blood pressure.

The above herbs for sinus may work for some. Some individual may find short term relief whereas others may need to take it for a period of time.

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