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Sinus Home Remedy – Using common home items to manage sinusitis

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Have you ever wonder how using sinus home remedy can eliminate some of your sinus discomfort?

Home remedy is a word used for treatment that employs certain spices, vegetables and other common things to cure a disease or illness and to provide some relief.

They are usually some of the things that you can find in the home such as salt solution to use as gargle for inflamed sore throat, honey for infection, oatmeal for skin disorder and many other natural altenatives.

They may or may not contain any medicinal properties or any scientific studies. Most of the home remedies that we used are passed down from one generation to another simply because it works.

One of the most popular home remedy that have been used to relief the common cold is the chicken soup. It is one of my favorite remedy when I come down with the cold and also during the winter months.

The types of home remedies which I am going to share with you are things which you can use or do in the home to achieve some relief.

Remember, home remedies are not instant cure but they can provide some relief for now and prevent future problems.

So what are some of the things which you can find in your pantry?

Salt, especially sea salt can be use to make sinus rinse to clear your congested sinus cavities, loosen mucus and stop infection. You can also use this solution as mention above to treat your sore throat.

Black Pepper
My neighbor stands by this effective sinus home remedy that works to relief her congestion.

She cracked many black pepper cones, place them on her palm and mixed with 3 drops of sesame oil. The mixture was then applied just beneath her nose. The spicy aroma allows her to start sneezing, loosen her mucus and clear her sinuses.

Another pleasant way to take black pepper is to add heaps of them into your chicken soup.

Here’s what you can do if you hate taking black pepper. Crack a handful of cones, place them in the oil burner dish with water and start heating them.
When the water starts to warm up, inhale the fumes this will open your clog sinuses making it easy for you to breathe.

Apple Cider Vinegar
This acidic liquid possesses heaps of antimicrobial properties to kill bacteria to help you fight sinus infection.

To do this, you mix 1-2 teaspoon of cider vinegar in a glass of warm water and use as a rinse to wash your sinus cavities.

You can also add about 2-3 teaspoon into a bowl of warm water and inhale the steam.

If you can’t find apple cider vinegar in your pantry, you can always use vinegar.

Garlic
Garlic is a natural antibiotic and has a natural ability to detoxify and protects your body against virus infection. Some people eat whole garlic to fight their cold symptoms. If you dislike the smell of garlic in your breath, the good news is they are also available as tablets.

Ginger
Ginger with its active component Gingerol is good for your infected sinuses. Lightly crush the roots and add them into hot water to make ginger tea. The spicy aroma of this tea will definitely warm up your nasal passage and aid sinus drainage.

If you dislike ginger tea, you can apply ginger compress over your cheek, eyes and sinus areas for 10-15 minutes to help reduce facial pain and pressure and inflammation.

Vaporub
Vaporub has been used for years to overcome the discomfort of sinus congestion. It is one of grandma’s remedy to decongest the sinuses. You can either apply gently just beneath your nose or place a teaspoon of the sticky stuff into a bowl of warm water and inhale the steam.

Honey and Lemon
Honey has an antimicrobial properties and it is beneficial to your sinus infections. A warm mixture of honey and lemon drink help to thin the mucus making it easy to drain.

The rich source of Vitamin C in the lemon provides extra support to your weak immune system and the antimicrobial properties of the honey helps to fight infection.

Drink hot fluid
Drinking hot fluid such as tea especially herbal teas can improve your lymphatic vessels and thin down the mucus making them easy to blow out.

Warm towel
Warm face towel can help to reduce the facial pain associated with sinusitis. To warm the towel, place it in a steamer and add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil into the hot water and steam the towel for about 1-2 minutes.

If you are slightly creative you can also add herbs such as peppermint to the steaming water to release the oil to enhance the effectiveness of these treatments.

Once you are done with this step, you simply let the towel cool slightly and place it over your nose, cheek and eye to reduce any pain and pressure.

There you have it, I encourage you to try at least one or two home remedies for sinuses mentioned and I am sure you will find one that works really well for your sinus problems.

What To Expect When Taking Sinus Antibiotics

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Taking sinus antibiotics are often an important part of a therapy especially when your sinus becomes infected. It is often prescribed by your doctor based on the bacterial that are most likely to cause the infection.

And if your sinus discomfort is caused by the common cold, then taking antibiotics have no effect at all. Cold and flu are caused by viruses therefore they do not response to antibiotics

In fact, I find it extremely difficult to distinguish bacterial sinusitis from viral sinusitis (the common cold) during the first 5 days. I am sure many people can relate to the same problem as me.

What are antibiotics?

Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria or prevent their growth and taking them helps to shorten the course of an infection and prevent complications.

However, inappropriate and excessive use may lead to the development of resistant bacteria which are difficult to eradicate.

Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance has been a major public health problem around the globe.

There are two types of antibiotics; narrow and broad spectrum. So which one should you take?

Here’s a simple guide to distinguish the two. Narrow spectrum antibiotics are effective on a few types of bacteria whereas broad spectrum attack a wide range of bacteria.

If your sinus infection does not go away after taking antibiotics, then your doctor may prescribed broad spectrum antibiotics.

It is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions and do not become addicted to them.

Although antibiotics are good at killing bacterial infection in your sinuses, I should also point out that it is equally important to address the underlying cause of your sinus problems so that you can eliminate your symptoms completely.

Some people are just too afraid to go off medication simply because they are afraid that their infection can come back in full force making them very sick.

You need to understand that not all antibiotics or sinus medications can prevent or clear your sinusitis completely. In fact some antibiotics can make your sinus worst. You need to talk to your doctor to raise your concern so that the right sinus antibiotics can be prescribed to treat your infection.

Possible side effects
As with any medications, depending on individual health, antibiotics can cause side effects.

One such side effect which you may have felt after using sinus antibiotics are that your body simply cannot defense against other non-bacterial types of infections.

Another one is allergic reaction ranging from a rash on the skin, swollen mouth to breathing difficulties. If you experience allergic reactions then it is important to stop taking the drugs immediately and seek professional advice.

In other circumstances, they can destroy the good bacteria in your gut with symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Yet some people experience fever and joint pain and in some women the development of vagina yeast infections.

One useful solution to help replenish the bacterial in your gut is to consume yogurt with active culture or as capsules.

There are other things you need to do on your part during the healing process so that your problems do not flare up and this include exercise, eating healthy diet, avoid pollutants, dust and many more.

Well, the truth is you simply cannot rely on sinus antibiotics for a long period of time. They will work against you and are most likely to become ineffective in the future when you require them to heal other infection other than your sinuses.

Therefore, it is very important you also learn how to treat your sinusitis naturally so that you do not need to rely constantly on sinus antibiotics for your sudden sinus attack.

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Home Remedies For Sinus Infection

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Many people developed some types of upper respiratory symptoms when they fail to function properly as a result of unresolved cold and allergies or irritants from environment pollution.

Unfortunately, sinus infection is one of the most common conditions.

What is it?

Sinus infection is the result of excess mucus productions that accumulate in our nasal or sinus cavities which encourage the growth of micro-organisms.

Infection can be viral or bacterial. How do you differentiate the two?

In viral infection you will experience clear and runny discharge which is caused by the common cold and allergies. Likewise, bacterial infection produces greenish-yellow discharge.

Another tell-tale sign is the swelling and inflammation of the membrane. Development of fever or sore throat is also common.

Often the symptoms of a sinus infection are similar to most upper respiratory infection.

Why do our glands secrete excess mucus?

As we breathe in foreign matters such as dusts, our immune system response immediately by activating the mucus gland to produce mucus which is natural.

Excessive secretions only occurred when virus or bacterial enter our nasal passage. The trapped mucus begins to accumulate thus allowing bacteria to grow and spread.

Majority of the symptoms can be treated using natural or home remedies but if the infection is caused by bacteria then you may need antibiotics.

The first step to prevent an infection is to treat the cold symptoms. The moment you show signs it is important to find an effective method to clear sinus congestion.

If this step is carried out successfully, you’ll soon find relief and perhaps prevent sinusitis from recurring.

Home remedies for sinus infection can be products or certain techniques that you can find and use in the comfort of your home environment.

Let’s start with herbs.

Herbal Remedies

There are some herbs that are found in the kitchen or garden that can actually reduce infection or at least stop them from spreading. But not all pt them are suitable and those that do usually possess antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and decongestant properties.

Eucalyptus and lemon balm are used for their antibacterial and expectorants properties meaning they are able to reduce mucus.

Garlic, a natural antibiotic that is popularly used in the kitchen is one of the best. The active component Allicin has been known to kill bacteria, boosts the immune system and prevent infection.

This natural herb does not interfere with the flora in your intestine unlike prescription antibiotics which tend to kill the good and bad.

Eating raw garlic is the best way to fight infection but if you dislike the taste they are available as tablets and capsules.

Ginger is another herb which you can use by steeping thin slices in hot water for 10 minutes and drink it as tea. Inhaling the warm vapors can also relieve pain and pressure.

Alkylamides found in the roots of Echinacea may help to reduce the period of cold symptoms and viruses attacking the upper respiratory tract.

Fenugreek, elderberry and horseradish are also beneficial to dry up mucus and relieve sinus pressure.

One of these herbs is elderberry, which has actually been proven to reduce mucous in the sinuses and reduce swelling of the mucous membranes and lining of the sinus. Elderberry can be taken in extract form or made into a syrup.

Golden Seal an anti-microbial and immune booster herb is also beneficial for your respiratory conditions.

Essential Oil

Oil extracted from herbal plants has played an important role in our lives to treat many health issues from relieving headache, toothache to sinus problems.

Oregano oil with its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties has been used to treat sinusitis. Add 1 to 2 drops in water or juice and drink it several times a day until your condition has improved.

Another usage is to mix few drops with a carrier oil and massage or rub it directly at the opening of your nose and above your eyes. You can also use peppermint oil to break up mucus.

Manuka Honey

Honey is known to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiseptic effect which is ideal for your sinus infection. Just take a teaspoon of New Zealand Manuka honey each morning until you see signs of improvement.

Alternate way is to make a nose drop solution by adding a teaspoon of honey into a cup of hot distilled water followed by quarter teaspoon of salt and mixed them. With an eyedropper applies 5 to 7 drops into your nasal.

Herbal Steam Inhalation

Steam helps to moisten and soothe irritated passages.

It is a powerful and less costly way of reducing respiratory infection cause by excess mucus that lodged in your cavities.

A more therapeutic way is to inhale herbal steam generated by adding herbs to boiling water.

This hydrotherapy is easy to implement and works well to help you breathe normally and to discharge mucus faster.

Its ease of use has gain popularity as a home remedies to relieve all types of respiratory conditions.

You can boil any herbs that have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties or those that contain menthols. Our aim here is to get rid of infection by unblocking the nose.

If you do this two to four times per day you will start to see improvement in your symptoms.

Peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen, ginger, thyme, sage, oregano are example of the types of herbs you can use.

But you don’t have to restrict yourself to herbs only as some of my readers add essential oil such as oregano and eucalyptus and inhale the vapors.

I do think this works far better than the extracting the roots and leaves of the plants with water.

Thin and Drain Mucus

One best way to thin mucus and promote drainage is to drink plenty of fluids.

Drinking and inhaling steam from herbal tea is the fastest and easiest way to thin and loosen infected mucus. Do this several times a day followed by blowing out excess secretions to prevent blockage.

Sinus Rinse and Irrigation To Promote Drainage

Rinsing sinuses may seems uncomfortable for some people but this technique if use correctly few times a day can actually reduce secretions and remove infected mucus completely.

The aim here is to flush out the sinus cavities, loosen stubborn mucus and to keep the membrane lining clean and clear.

A simple and yet effective method is to spray saline directly into your nose. This salt solution with anti-microbial properties can kill most micro-organisms that reside in the cavities.

You can make your own saline wash solution at home with unprocessed salt which is better for your inflamed lining.

Saline Mist

Unlike steam and rinse, using a device such as a vaporizer to emit fine mist directly into your nose is another fast and effective way to soothe your stuffy nose, open nasal, reduces congestion and to promote drainage.

Taking Decongestant

Decongestants are often taken to break up painful congestion.

There are many natural decongestants that work as well as OTC (over-the-counter) medicines without the side effects.

A good example is onion, Japanese wasabi, steam as mentioned above or any spicy foods.

Cutting a raw onion has an immediate effect on thick mucus and also get your tears flowing.

Wash Hands

Keeping hands clean is an important practice to prevent the spread of germs and other viruses.

And when your sinuses are bad, you should wash hands after blowing your nose each time to stop bacteria from re-entering the nasal passage and other parts of your body.

Remember to throw away infected tissues immediately after use.

Consider Pressure

Apply gentle pressure with the pads of your fingers on both sides of your nose and between your eyebrows can alleviate pain and improve blood circulation to the membrane that lined the cavities.

Use Warm Compress

A warm compress when place over infected sinus region can prove to be effective as it help to reduce facial pain, headaches and thin mucus in congested cavities for easy expulsion.

You can either steam or place a warm towel over your face. I like to add few drops of eucalyptus oils or menthol for that extra effect.

Besides warm towel, you can also crush fresh ginger roots and applied on your forehead to stimulate circulation.

These are some of the home remedies for you to use. You can find more in Treatments For Sinusitis ebook.

Lastly, if you suffer from bacterial infection you need to seek the advice of a professional medical practitioner.

Chicken Soup Cures For Sinus Infection

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Are there any natural cures for sinus infection?

The word “cure” is certainly a controversial term. A sinus sufferer may find one or two remedies that work well on their sinuses whereas another may find that chemical base drugs or antibiotics work.

If medications do work for you without any bad side effects, you can still find out other treatments for sinusitis.

Many people discover that their infections response to sinus medicine for a short period of time and then it rebound back. Yet, some people suffer from mild to severe side effects such as dry skin, thinning of bone, nausea etc…

There are some home remedies which are totally safe for you to experiment. Like I say, some may work well for you whereas other may take a longer time or fail to work at all.

But if you are one of those individual who are susceptible to sinus infection a few time in a year, then you should look into your immune health because if the underlying causes are not resolved you will still get infections.

There are some home cures for sinus infection or remedies which are effective and have been used by your grandma for years.

Chicken broth or soup

Home-made chicken soup has been known to provide great relieve for chest and upper respiratory infections and the symptoms of cold and flu.

So what is in the chicken soup that possesses such wonderful properties?

Studies have found that the soothing and healing properties, cysteine (an amino acid) produced from the clear chicken soup helps to break down congestion, thin and help the flow of mucus secretions. It also work wonders on sore throat and to loosen thick phlegm.

Adding other nutrients rich food to the broth can speed up the healing process.

Here’s a simple broth recipe:
1/2 chicken or 2 drumstick
5 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon of black pepper corns
4 slices of ginger
2 large onion
2 whole carrots – cut thickly

Place all ingredients into a large pot of water. Bring to boil and simmer for 2 hours or until the chicken meat become tender or break apart.
Add sea-salt to taste.

So what’s in this folk’s recipes that are therapeutic?

Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It is commonly taken for cold and flu either fresh or in the form of tablet. Allin, an active compound found in garlic help to boost our immune system to keep our body healthy.

Now not all garlic that you buy has therapeutic effect. Garlic with odor signified the breakdown of allin content which has no effect on our cold and sinuses.

A good garlic has all the active ingredients intact, therefore, this is the one that provide antiviral and antibacterial properties for your sinus infection or sore throat. You should try to buy organic garlic to fight your infection.

Ginger has been used as the medicine of choice in Asia for centuries. It is used to treat almost everything such as nausea, morning sickness, digestion, fever, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, cold and flu, arthritis, boost immunity system etc…

Another way to take ginger is to make a hot ginger tea. This will help to soothe your throat and clear your congested sinus.

Black Pepper is a spice which contains volatile oil with various chemical compounds. Its healing properties include circulatory stimulation, astringent, antiseptic, analgesic and stimulate the draining of the sinuses.

Onion is actually a member of the garlic or Allium family. Studies have shown that the sulphur compound in onion has anti-inflammatory properties. Other properties include antioxidant, anticancer, protect against cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure.

The WHO (World Health Organization) recognized that onion extracts provide relief for the symptoms of colds, cough, bronchitis and asthma.

And onion has been used in Chinese medicine to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems.

Carrot is a vegetable contains full of the natural source of beta-carotene or Vitamin A after conversion in our body. It provides sweetness to the chicken broth and helps to fight off infections.

Sea Salt especially unrefined contains many minerals; calcium, magnesium and potassium that can benefits our health. For the best therapeutic soup it is best that you use this type of salt.

Salt also has antibacterial propeties which help to get rid of throat, nasal and chest infection.

Some people feel much better after taking the hot broth which has an anti-inflammatory effect but studies conducted by University of Nebraska produced an inconclusive result.

You have to try this sinus infection remedy to judge for yourself.

Natural Remedies For Sinus Headache

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

The best remedies for sinus headache is to treat the underlying sinus inflammation,take adequate rest and to let nature take care of the healing process while your sleep.

In fact, many cases of sinus headache can be care for at home.

Have You Consider using Herbal Remedies for sinus headache?

There are some herbal remedies which are effective for your headache pain.

Herbs possess many healing properties such as antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and expectorant.

Besides drinking water, you can drink herbal tea to stop dehydration and to moisturize your sinus cavities. If you do this at the start of a sinus headache it does help to reduce its intensity.

The steam from the tea works to warm your body and activate the sweat glands to release heat as sweat which eventually allow the body to get rid of sinus headache.

Peppermint and Chamomile tea are excellent for reducing headaches, pain and pressure and relieve sinus congestion.

Ginger is another excellent herb. To make ginger tea you just add a few slices into a cup of hot water, let it steep for 15 minutes and drink it while it’s hot.

Adding slices of ginger into grandma’s clear chicken soup recipes can produce a decongestant effect for stuffy and congested nose.

Feverfew has been known as an effective herbs for the management of both sinus and migraine headache due to its ant-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties.

These dried herbs are often steeped in hot water to make into tea.

Alternatively, they are available in tablets or in capsules which you can take to stop a sinus headache.

Garlic with its anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties can be taken whole or as capsules or tablets to relieve congestion.

This herb is used traditionally to help relief the symptoms of cold and flu.The active component Allicin which is converted from Alliin in the intestine works to improve peripheral circulation and relaxes muscles lining the mucus membrane.

Echinacea herb especially the roots are good for sinus and allergies. It helps to reduce the mild symptoms of upper respiratory disease and may provide relieve to cold and flu and infections.

The herbs are nornally taken in tincture, tablets or capsules form.

Healing with Supplements

Taking Bromelain supplement an enzyme derived from pineapples may reduce the swelling and inflammation symptoms of sinus headaches and infections.

Quercetin contains flavonoids which give fruits and vegetables their color. It has the antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effect which works by stabilizing the cells that release histamine in the body.

Taking these supplements may help reduce the symptoms of allergies, including runny nose, watery eyes, hives, and swelling of the face and lips.

Bromelain is sometimes combined with quercetin to enhance the anti-inflammatory effect.

Vitamin C, a great natural method to heal your sinusitis is Vitamin C. You should start taking this tablet as a preventive measure against the cold and flu virus if you have a history of catching a cold every winter.

This help to strengthen your body’s immune system to fight sinus infection.
Foods source that contains vitamin C include most citrus fruits; pineapple, oranges, lemons, strawberries, kiwi fruits, grapefruit, mangoes etc…

Some vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and sweet red pepper are an excellent source of vitamin C.

Be Picky On What You Eat

Sometimes it is best to avoid certain foods to keep your sinus healthy.

If your sinus headache is due to congested nasal or sinus, then you should avoid all sources of dairy products such as cheese, butter, milk and yogurt. Consuming these may actually increase mucus production thus making your sinus worse.

Humidify Your Surrounding

Dry air can trigger sinus headaches, unfortunately you can’t control climate but you can certainly use a humidifier in your home.

The moist environment does help to reduce irritation on your sinus membrane.
For hygiene and to prevent molds from growing, make sure you clean and maintained your equipment properly and on a regular basis.

If the area you live in is too humid, here you will need a dehumidifier to keep your surrounding slightly dry.

Get Plenty of Rest

Finally, you need to remember that nothing works better than a good rest. Ideally you should sleep for half an hour or longer to treat your sinus headache. This will allow your body time to heal and functions properly.

Sleep with your head slightly elevated if you also suffer from congestion. By doing this will aid mucus draining from your sinuses and reduce inflammation and pain.

Healing With Acupressure

Acupressure is a technique where you apply pressure along the energy pathways to open blocked sinus by stimulating certain parts of your body such as the hands or foot.

Although no studies have examined using acupressure to treat sinusitis, some practitioners suggest that it may decrease pain and improve sinus drainage for some people.

Keep in mind that the above natural remedies may or may not be effective for you. Most likely you may need to try several sinus headache remedies to find one what works for you.

Many of these natural remedies do not have any scientific backing to prove their efficacies but they have been time-tested from previous generations.

Herbs For Sinus

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Herbs 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 individuals may find short term relief whereas others may need to take it for a period of time.

Herbal Remedies For Sinus – Are they effective?

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Many 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.

Sinus Cold Remedies- Natural Way To Fight A Cold

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

It is true that no matter how much you take care of your body in the cooler months you will still lightly to get the occasional cold.

We don’t actually catch the cold, it is the other way round. We allow the cold virus to catch us.

As most of us lead a very busy lifestyle these days, we simply neglect our immune health. This make us more susceptible to cold which can affect our sinuses causing pain and great discomfort.

Sneezing, runny or stuffy nose and sore throat are the first sign of a cold.

There is little we can do to find quick relief but plenty of bed rest, fluid intake and warm meals will help you recover faster.

So, don’t let the cold weather dampen your lifestyle.

And if you simply cannot avoid one, there are several sinus cold remedies which you can take to prevent and manage your symptoms. Most of them are easy to find and apply at the comfort of your own home.

Eat A Balance Diet

Experts believed that eating a balance diet consisting of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals help the body cop better in cooler months.

Steep slices of ginger in hot water to warm your body and stimulate circulation.

It is important to consume adequate amounts of protein to fight infections. You can obtain this from animal sources such as red meat, chicken, fish and eggs.

And if you are a vegan or vegetarian you can obtain this from tofu, legumes and other soy products.

Supplement With Vitamins

You should make it a routine to take Vitamin C tablets at the start of cold season. Eating foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, carrots, broccoli and red capsicum are ideals.

Sometimes it is also a good idea to juice fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C and A to reduce cold and sinus symptoms, and to increase your immune system to fight the cold.

Vitamin D helps to strengthen bones and at the same time fight inflammation. However, it is not easy to obtain enough D from food sources such as dairy products, egg yolks and fishes.

Studies have shown that people with high levels of Vitamin D get less frequent and severe cold compared to those with low levels.

If you suspect that you’re not getting enough you can take fish oil supplements in the form of omega-3 fats. These fatty acids can protect the lungs from cold and other respiratory infections. Natural sources include salmon and tuna.

Zinc is a great immune booster. It can be found in oysters, mussels, sunflower seeds, lamb and beef.

Take Herbal Products

Echinacea has been known to shorten the life of a cold if taken at the first sign of cold symptoms. The roots of these cone flower plants are available in tablets, capsules and tincture.

Elderberry is a natural sinus cold herb commonly taken to treat congestion by drying thick mucus to ease breathing.

Drinking a hot cup of mint tea helps to soothe and reduce the discomfort of a sore throat.

Consume More Vegetables

Eating more green vegetables help to provide support to your immunity. Broccoli, Chinese green, spinach are some of the best green leafy veggies.

Garlic has long been taken raw to fight the symptoms of cold. It may make your breathe smell but this herb certainly work wonders as it possesses antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.

Adding ginger and chili into your cooking help to warm your body in winter as well as boosting the sluggish immune system.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar though taste good can reduce the ability of the white blood cells to fight viruses as they cannot bind easily with Vitamin C to combat infection.

Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin and upper respiratory membrane.

Wash Hands Frequently

Washing your hands frequently especially in public places help to stop the spread of germs. Each time you touch surfaces you are likely to transfer germs to your body.

Common shared surfaces that are most likely to harbor bacteria include door handles, food preparation areas, keyboards, telephones and public toilets.

Touching mouth, nose and eyes can cause infection of the upper respiratory tract.

Exercise

Studies have shown that those who exercise regularly suffers less cold symptoms compared to those who never exercise at all.

If your body permit, a good 30 minutes walk each day can prevent a bad cold. Your workout doesn’t need to be intense as long as you exert some movements to loosen any tense muscles and improve your immune health.

How To Clear Sinus Congestion At Home – What Works

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Knowing how to clear sinus congestion at home are beneficial for you.
Although the results may be slow but your overall health is going to be healthier for a longer period of time.

Home remedies are an effective way to relieve sinus discomfort and the underlying inflammation.

It is common and natural to experience some types of congestion at least once or few times in our lives.

Stuffy nose if you already knew can cause great pain especially when they begin to affect your sinuses (air-filled cavities) and daily life.

It could be the result of untreated cold, allergies and sinus infection.

Can you recall experiencing chronic conditions whereby it is not possible to breathe naturally through your nose?

If this is the case then an over-the-counter medications may help to get that quick relief. You may have heard many negative views regarding chemical drugs but they really works if you used them correctly.

Some people tried conventional treatments and then revert to natural remedies for support and to prevent future attack.

Let’s start by digging deeper into sinus congestion and what it really means to us.

Many people assume that stuffy or congested nose is the result of thick mucus blocking our nasal passage. Blowing your nose gently is the most natural way to clear all the debris.

The truth is sinus blockage is often caused by the swelling and inflammation of the small blood vessels that line our sinuses. Certain medical conditions such as asthma can also trigger the symptoms.

But not everyone is successful with clearing all the mucus, sometimes infection may trigger excessive mucus production as your immune response become over-reactive.

You will also notice that some fluid may drip down the back of your throat.

The good news for you is there are several methods that may offer some relief to clear your nasal and reduce nasal drip.

An effective method to stop congested sinuses is to prevent it in the first place so try to lead a healthy and active life.

Here are just some of the sinus congestion relief remedies that my readers have tried at home. You need to be aware that some may work for you whereas others may not produce any results.

Steam Inhalation

This is a simple and most effective method that I have used often to clear my stuffy nose. The steam thins out mucus for easy expulsion and constrict the blood vessels.

A therapeutic way is to boil a pot of hot water, poured into a bowl and add six drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, lavender or mint oil. These are some of the most common oils used in aromatherapy to relieve the symptoms of congestion.

Place a towel over your face including the bowl and inhale the steam.

Some people have tried adding herbs to the boiling water which you can try as well. Inhaling steam with vinegar added helps to kill bacteria.

Taking a steamy shower for 10 minutes is one of my favorite followed by drinking a hot cup of tea, preferably herbal tea. It does ease my breathing temporarily and it works for headache as well.

Another inhalation technique is to place a steamed wash cloth over your face to encourage sinus drainage.

Doing this several times a day will clear your congestion completely.

Clean And Clear With Sinus Rinse

One popular remedy to relieve congestion is to wash your nasal cavities saline solution (salt solution).

You can buy commercially prepared solution or drops from your local pharmacy.

Some people prepared their own rinse, and if you attempt to do this yourself try using un-processed sea-salt.

A dropper or bulk syringe is then used to administer the drops directly into your nasal cavities. The saline is believed to kill bacteria and shrink the blood vessels on the affected membrane and flush out stale secretions.

Alternatively, you can spray the solution from a squeezable rinse bottle. And if you have a Neti pot, make use of it.

Adjust Your Environmental Conditions

If your stuffiness is allergens related installing an air-conditioner can help remove them and other irritants.

Vaporizers are also recommended. You can add few drops of essentials as mentioned above for a more aromatherapy effect. If vaporizer is not available try the steam inhalation method instead.

Running a humidifier is also another way to open clogged nasal passage. If you experience sinus problems every winter or change in season, perhaps buying a portable humidifier may be a good investment. Plus you can place it near your bed in the night when you feel stuffy.

Spicy Or Pungent Food As A Natural Decongestant

Consuming spicy or pungent foods help to get the mucus flowing and open your blocked nasal.

You don’t really have to eat many chilies to achieve that. A good one is to add some Japanese wasabi into your food. You may have heard people eating raw garlic which is a natural antibiotic.

Here’s a tip from one of my readers:

Mix 2 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar and a pinch of cayenne pepper powder in a quarter cup of hot water. Drink it warm 2 times a day, in the evening and in the morning.

Other pungent foods you can try includes hot salsa, horseradish, onion and crush black pepper cones.

You will be surprise that some nasal or sinus congestion are triggered by food allergies. A comprehensive list of foods can be found in the Treatments For Sinusitis ebook.

Drinking Lots Of Water

A lot of people may have underestimated the power of drinking plenty of water. Yes, you need to hydrate yourself all the time. You may have been told to drink hot tea when you have the cold, well this age-old remedy works all the time to unclog nasal, thin mucus and flush out toxins from your body.

Besides water, you can drink herbal tea by Steeping the roots or leaves to release the natural compounds.

Ginger tea, lemon balm and peppermint tea have been known to reduce the symptoms of cold.(Read Herbs For Sinus)

Supplements

Vitamin C and Zinc supplements are sometime required to help fight the symptoms of cold and to improve your body immune systems. Take plenty of C but not more than 4 tablets per day as over dosage may cause dryness of the skin.

Massage

You don’t really need a professional masseuse to work on you sinus region. Just apply slight pressure with your tips around the cheek bones, side of the nose, above and below the eye to improve blood circulation.

Massaging your chest, neck and throat areas with a therapeutic balm such as vapor-rub may also help to loosen mucus and improve breathing.

Head Elevation

If you are sniffling and snorting through the night then you need to adjust the way you sleep. Lying flat in bed is not a good idea.

My advice is to keep your head elevated with several pillows. This will help you breathe easily and allows mucus to drain freely. In addtion to this, use a vaporizer or humidifier in the bedroom to stop you nose from drying out.

Take Plenty Of Rest

Taking an adequate rest is important as it allows your immune system to fight the infection.

Lastly if all fails and your symptoms don’t clear up after 5-7 days then a visit to your local health professional is highly recommended.

Conventional or Natural Sinusitis Treatments

Posted on: April 20th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

When you come down with cold and worst sinus problems, which do you choose conventional or natural sinusitis treatments?

This is always going to be a debatable topic regardless of which illness you may have; acne, eczema, sinusitis, yeast infection etc…

The treatment for cold and mild sinusitis is similar because very often you experience the same symptoms until the viruses start to hit into your sinus cavity.
You’ll know you have sinus problems when you feel pain and pressure around the face and nose region.

To go towards natural sinusitis treatments or conventional approach really depends on what you believe. Some people feel more comfortable when they consult their doctor and find that taking medication is the best way to combat sinus problems. In reality, they tend to work faster to clear the symptoms.

On the other hand, there are people who swear by natural remedies and apparently there are huge followers on healing through alternative and holistic remedies.

Well, everybody is entitled to raise their opinion.

Let me share my thoughts with you. I do think that natural sinusitis treatments are always better, but don’t think that you can never combine the two (conventional) together.

But if you’ve tried natural treatments and you don’t seem to get rid of your sinus problems especially sinus infection then I strongly suggests that a visit to your doctor is the best way. And also if your symptoms are chronic, an advice from a doctor or ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist is perhaps the right approach.

With that being said, it doesn’t mean that you stop taking natural remedy. Natural treatments will always be part of your healing process, for example steam inhalation helps to open your sinus cavity and thin mucus to help you breathe better and massage to improve circulation.

Even when you’re taking prescription medications, you’ll still need simple natural treatments to help you recover so that your sinusitis doesn’t return in full force once you stop the medications.

Conventional medications are given as OTC (over the counter) or prescription. Some of the common drugs being use include paracetamol to relieve pain, antihistamine for allergies, nasal spray, decongestant and corticosteroids.

Antibiotics are often prescribed for bacterial infection and they have to be under the direction of an experience health care provider.

You will need to be aware of the side effects that come with using medications. Also most medications work by clearing the symptoms but rarely they work on healing the root cause of your sinus problems.

Natural treatments are safer but it does take a longer time for it to work. As we belong to a generation of ‘FAST’ and ‘Take Away’, we want everything to work instantly.

This is not going to happen when you take or use natural remedy.

But there are some natural treatments such as sipping a hot chamomile tea does make you feel much better instantly. And how about massaging on your sinus region when you have that sinus congestion?

Have you ever tried placing warm towel over your face to ease sinus pain? Rubbing with ointment inside your nasal cavities?

Yes, all these are what I classified as natural treatments. I’m sure you’ll find great relief after using them.

Frankly speaking, sometime I am also feeling slightly impatient with natural treatments. Simple home remedies such as making my own saline spray or sinus wash does help to ease my sinuses and salt water gargle for sinus related sore throat.

I have many natural treatments in place for my sudden sinus attack and you can find them in my book.

Once you manage to find the cause to your sinus problems, then you can apply the right treatment to clear your sinusitis.

For example, if allergies are the cause, then you should avoid allergens in the environment, pollens, pet dander and mold. You will need anti-histamine to reduce your allergies (conventional method) and nettle, licorice and vitamin C if you use natural treatments.

Do you see the important of looking into the underlying cause to your sinus problems?