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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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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.


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.


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…


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 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.