When you’re sick, it can seem like your whole body is breaking down. From the painful coughing to the excruciating body aches and excess mucus that makes you feel like you can’t breathe. If getting sick isn’t enough, sometimes that excessive mucus can block your sinuses and lead to sinusitis, which is a whole different type of sickness in itself.
So, what do you do if you’re dealing with a sinus infection? The first thing you might do is call your doctor and ask them to prescribe you a bottle of antibiotics, but with all the side effects and antibiotic-resistant bacteria out there, you might want to try something that’s guaranteed to work.
Natural remedies have been around for hundreds of years. Before we relied so heavily on prescription medications, our ancestors used herbs and other natural substances to relieve their ailments. During this day in age, it’s important to go back to our roots to help us improve our well-being, just like our ancestors did.
What Is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an infection in the sinus that usually occurs when you develop excessive mucus or if there is a blockage of the sinuses. There are many ways you can develop sinusitis, so it can be quite challenging to pinpoint the cause.
The causes of excessive mucus or blockage, however, include the following:
- Cold or flu
- Hay fever
- Bacterial imbalance
- Cigarette smoke
The symptoms associated with a sinus infection are pretty similar to the same symptoms you would experience if you caught the flu. If you are experiencing anything from face tenderness, sinus pressure, nasal congestion and discharge, fever and a sore throat, you might be struggling with a sinus infection. If you are, don’t worry, there are many effective natural remedies that’ll make you feel like yourself again.
Natural Remedies for Sinus Infection
There are two different types of sinus infections: bacterial and viral. Even though these usually tend to go away over time, if you’re struggling with sinus pressure or a massive headache, wouldn’t you want to try to get better sooner?
Here are a couple of natural treatments to help relieve a sinus infection:
Keep Your Body Hydrated
Keeping yourself hydrated helps to naturally thin out the mucus in your body. Make sure you stick to a clear liquid that is free of sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Water, herbal teas and bone and veggie broths are the best bet for you.
Cater to Your Gut Flora
The “good” bacteria in your stomach, known as the gut flora, is made up of trillions of strains of bacteria that reside in your intestines. Believe it or not, 80 percent of your immune system is in your stomach and all of these different strains of bacteria regulate your immune system and overall health in many ways.
If your gut flora is out of balance, it could lead to a lack of good bacteria that can especially affect your sinuses. A lack of gut flora can lead to chronic inflammation that can cause inflammation in the mucous membrane, leading to a blockage that results in an infection.
Make sure you’re getting your daily intake of probiotics and don’t forget to add fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, greek yogurt, kimchi and kombucha that naturally contain probiotics.
Make Use of Natural Anti-Viral Herbs
Even though you can easily be prescribed antibiotics, they are often overprescribed, ineffective and they destroy your gut flora. With more and more bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics, it might be a good idea to implement some natural antiviral foods and herbs to your diet that can help you get rid of a virus without jeopardizing your healthy gut flora.
Try adding these antiviral foods into your diet:
- Oregano oil
- Manuka honey
- Vitamin C
- Olive leaf
Drink Natural Decongestants
Teas and tonics made with natural decongestant ingredients like turmeric, ginger, lemon, horseradish, garlic, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar are useful in clearing out your nasal passages and providing relief. They’re also good at supporting and boosting your immune system.
Try making this ginger and turmeric tea:
- A cup of hot water
- 1/2 a lemon juiced
- 2-inch fresh ginger (grated)
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground black pepper
- Pinch of ground cayenne pepper
You can also make this extremely effective tonic made with apple cider vinegar, honey and cayenne pepper.
- A cup of hot water
- 3 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- Lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Aside from these natural remedies, you can also make use of hot and cold compresses, facial massages, herbal facial steams or a nasal rinse to relieve your sinus symptoms. Just make sure to talk to your doctor first before you decide to use any new natural remedy to ensure that doing so is a right choice for you.
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