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Home Remedies For Sinuses

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Have you ever wonder how using home remedies for your sinuses can eliminate some of your sinus discomfort?

sinus home remedyHome 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.

These 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 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 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 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 towelWarm 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 your 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

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Sinus AntibioticsTaking 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.

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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.

Feeling sickThere 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.

To learn how to treat sinusitis naturally, you can download my Drug Free Treatments for Sinusitis.

Chicken Soup Cures For Sinus Infection

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Chicken SoupAre 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?

GarlicGarlic 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.

These natural cures for sinus infection can be found in the supermarket and they make an enjoyable meal during the cold winter months.

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.

Which Sinus Remedies?

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Sinus RemediesThere are various sinus remedies in the home and in the pharmacy which are available to clear your sinus problems.

It really depends on the severity of your symptoms. While modern science and medicine may provide solution to relieve our sinusitis, most people nowadays have slowly turn to natural of old folks sinus remedies to fight nasal congestion, sinus pain and cold-like symptoms.

A more comprehensive sinus remedies are available in the Treatments for Sinusitis ebook which you can download.

Sinus Congestion Remedies
Steam inhalation is one of the popular remedy often use to relief sinus congestion. The inhalation of steam produced by boiling water with a few drop of essential oil such as eucalyptus proved effective for a short time.

Another effective remedy is to place saline solution into a nasal inhaler.

Yet there is another natural way to dilute your mucus to clear congestion. Simply mix a teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder with hot water and drink two to three cups a day. This old folk remedy is not for everyone but for those in desperation.

Some people have found success with this "super hot" treatment which clear their congested nasal instantly.

Other sinus remedies available over the counter include nasal spray decongestants and pain relievers.

Sinus Infection Remedies
Thyme is a herb that is known to clear respiratory infections as it has strong antiseptic properties. You can take this herb in the form of tea. Just add half of a teaspoon for a start into a cup and pour hot water. Steep for few minutes or longer and drink it two or three times a day for a few days.

While this herb remedy may clear your symptoms, it certainly will not clear up your infection caused by bacteria. If your infection does not seems to go away after a few days you should see a doctor. Sometime an antibiotic may be necessary to help you overcome your sinus infection.

Unfortunately, antibiotics does work to kill good and bad bacteria which is harmful for your health.

With that being said, neglecting to treat a sinus infection may lead to more serious conditions leading to chronic sinusitis.

Chronic sinusitis can last for more then twelve weeks or longer.

Sinus Pain and Pressure Remedies
A massage is an easy and effective way to relieve sinus facial pain and pressure. A simple technique you can use immediately is to press both thumbs firmly on the side of the nose and hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat this action until you achieve temporary relieve from your sinus problems.

This action help to improve circulation and release pressure in the congested area.

Keep your nose moist
Dry air has a great disadvantage for someone with sinus problems. A simple device such as a vaporizer can provide some relieve.The emission of fine warm mists do help to open the nasal cavities and eliminate discomfort especially in the night.