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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.

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?

Sinusitis Treatment With Cold And Flu Remedies

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

If you experienced with some types of sinus problems before, you can probably understand the extreme pain and discomfort this illness can cause.

Your nose will most likely become stuffy which can disrupt your normal breathing. This may also contribute to poor sleeping pattern until you recover from your respiratory issues.

While there are many sinusitis treatment medications available to ease your disorder, the best method that I am going to recommend to you is to prevent it with cold and flu remedies.

This is because if you fail to fight the common cold they can irritate your nasal or sinus lining leading to swelling and inflammation.

Your immune system will start to activate by secreting excess mucus as a way to protect your body.

As a result your nasal and sinus passage become congested leading to pressure built-up which can cause many types of sinus symptoms such as runny nose, headache, nasal drip, watery eyes, fever and other sinus pain.

If you are susceptible to cold every winter or change in season then you will need to come up with a preventive measure that works for you.

Listed below are some natural cold and flu remedies to prevent sinus disorders.

Consume plenty of vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains have high minerals and antioxidants content that are beneficial for building a healthy immune system.

Vegetables such as onion and garlic possess anti-microbial properties to kill germs and bacterial. Garlic in particular is renowned to help prevent the common winter cold.

Adding slices of ginger and chili to your cooking do speed up your immune response during the cooler months.

Increase Vitamin D

It is important that you have adequate levels of Vitamin D as it may help to improve your immunity in order to prevent cold. Ideally you should take it all through winter.

Studies have shown that people with low Vitamin D are more prone to upper respiratory tract infections compare to those with high levels.

As it is a fat soluble vitamin, you may not get enough or missing out on D if you eat only “low fat” foods.

Fish, morning sunlight and dairy products fortified with D are some of the best sources.

You can also obtain naturally from egg yolks and cod liver oil. Sometimes you may need to take supplements to reach the optimal level of at least 1000 IU per day.

Protein Intake

Protein helps to keep our body strong and healthy. Adequate protein intake may boost the production of antibodies to help fight infections and viruses.

The easy to get enough of this is from animal sources such as fish, eggs, red meat, poultry and dairy products.

Plant sources include legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu and other soy bean products.

Wash Your hands

It is a good practice to wash your hands often. The reason for doing this are that cold viruses can survive for many hours on tissues, hands and other hard surfaces.

If you fail to do this you, may contract a virus when you touch your face, mouth or nose after contact with contaminated surfaces.

Some of the common shared surfaces in the home or offices include telephone, door knob, keyboards, toilet seat etc…

Exercise

Regular exercise is beneficial for strengthening our immune response byincreasing blood circulation.

If you are too busy, a brief walk around your neighborhood is better than doing nothing at all. Walking the dog or doing housework such as cleaning, vacuuming or dusting may also help because you are moving your body muscle all the time.

Studies have shown exercise helps to increase natural killer cells to defence our body against germs, viruses and other infectious diseases.

Is it too late once you catch a cold?

As soon as you start to develop symptoms you should implement my simple Cold and flu treatment plan listed below.

Seek Treatment Immediately

My advice is to seek treatment and act quickly. You should start drinking hot tea to warm your body.

Taking natural antiviral and antimicrobial herbs such as garlic, echinacea and andrographis during early stages of a cold may help to shorten the duration and severity of the symptoms.

Increase vitamin C and Zinc

Start taking Vitamin C to fight against infection and Zinc supplements to boost your immune response.

At the onset of cold you should take Zinc tablets within 24 hours to reduce the symptoms.

Broccoli, citrus, rockmelon, blackcurrants, cabbage, red capsicum or chilies have high C contents whereas natural sources of Zinc are found in oysters, beef, lamb, whole grains, legumes and sunflower seeds.

Reduce Dairy Consumption

Dairy products such as cheese, milk and yogurt have been known to increase mucus production and nasal congestion especially when you have the cold or upper respiratory infections.

You should reduce your intake temporarily until you see improvement.

Take Probiotic Yogurt

Taking probiotic yogurt (friendly bacteria) helps to improve the health of your digestive tract and restore your sinus health.

It is beneficial for your current weak immunity especially when you have used antibiotics or prescription drugs to treat your disorder.

Omega-3 Oil

Omega-3 contains fatty acids; EPA and DHA can increase the activities of the white blood cells to fight colds, inflammation and respiratory infections.

Other existing health benefit of this oil includes the reduction of pain, improve skin tone and to promote healthy blood circulation.

A good source of omega-3 essential oils can be found in fish such as tuna and sardines.

Olive-leaf

Olive-leaf possesses antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can fight against the cold and flu virus.

It is the active compound Oleuropein that appears to work by slowing down the multiplication of the cold and flu viruses.

In addition to this, taking olive leaf in capsules, tincture or extract help to enhance your immune response to protect your body from viral infection.

The tincture when diluted is a wonderful remedy for sore throat to reduce swelling and inflammation.

The above remedies are just some of the useful one which had been used successfully to prevent and reduce the cold symptoms in some people.

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How To Deal With Sinusitis

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

I have been asked many times especially during the cold and flu season on how to deal with sinusitis, commonly known as sinus problems.

This is a good thing as everyone comes down with some type of sinus problems at least once in their life time. Well, it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy, yet I have seen many people including athletes complain about sinusitis.

Before you learn how to deal with sinusitis you must learn how to recognize the symptoms. It is similar to the symptoms of cold and flu; runny nose, headache and stuffy nose. But if you experience something like pain and pressure around the face and nose region, nasal congestion, clear or colored mucus discharge, throat irritation and in chronic case, a post nasal drip, then this is clearly the sign of sinus problems.

You have two choices; you can go on medication or deal with it naturally.

For some unknown reason I often like to tough it out and let nature take its course. But not many of you are like me able to tolerant any sinus discomfort.

If you’re prone to sinusitis, then there are a few things you can do to prevent it from getting worst.

Give alcohol a miss, the reason I suggest this is because alcohol dehydrates and cause swelling to your mucus membrane.

Drink plenty of clear fluid or my favorite chicken broth. This will help to stop mucus from becoming too thick, which is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to thrive. Sinus infection is something we really want to prevent as they can lead to complication.

Eat plenty of garlic, this is what a my friend has done as it helps to break up mucus which some people use the fancy term ‘mucolytic’ and also garlic is a natural antibiotic.

Another way of breaking mucus is to eat spicy food. I’m not asking you to eat chili on its own, try to be a little creative and add it into your cooking. Perhaps you might want to add a few slice of ginger and onion into your signature dish or whip up a Mexican chili beef.

If you want to try herbal stuff, then I suggest you try Echinacea. It is a cold and flu herb and is available as tincture (liquid extract) and tablets.

Vitamin C is always the first form of treatment during the cold and flu season to help your body fight infection. Take 1-2 tablets a day as over dosage of this vitamin may cause dry skin.

And if you have sore throat, try gargle with salt solution.

How about nasal congestion?

This is often the number one discomfort most of us encounter and it can make you feel terrible. There are several ways to solve this problem one way is to use an ancient device called the Neti pot.

How do you do this?

You pour saline solution through one side of your nostril (say you start with your right side) and gently blow out the water and mucus on the other nostril and vice versa.

Don’t know or can’t find a Neti pot? A simple trick is to use a small teapot.
Another way is to rub peppermint oil or the cheap Vicks Vapor-rub in the nasal cavities.

These are some of the methods which you can try to deal with your sinusitis if you haven’t done anything about it.