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