Discover how to get rid of sinus infection! There can be little worse than the discomfort and pain of chronic sinusitis. Luckily there is a way to avoid pharmaceuticals. Use these 9 natural remedies, they are simple and safe and the best acute sinusitis cures!
What Are The Sinuses?
Our nose is not just designed to provide us with a sense of smell. Far more than that! Our nostrils and nasal passages are designed to act as highly efficient filters.
When we are at optimal health our nasal passages are capable of removing up to 80 percent of any foreign particles, substances and pollutants in the air.
This is done through tiny, hair-like fibers known as cilia.
The cilia are teamed with a naturally occurring nasal mucous. This mucous contains substances that trap and prevent toxins, and potentially harmful elements, from entering our lungs through the air that we breathe.
Sinuses – An Elaborate Air Filter!
The siuses are actually a number of small, air-filled hollow cavities in our skull.
The largest of these sinus cavities, in the average adult, measures around an inch in diameter. The others are a lot smaller.
Where Are The Sinuses?
There are 4 areas where we find our sinuses.
- The cheekbones – this is where the largest of our sinuses are found known as the maxillary.
- The center of our forehead, positioned just above and surrounding the brow of the nose is where our frontal sinuses are found.
- Below the frontal and between our eyes we find the ethmoid sinuses.
- Located in the bone between our eyes and under the ethmoid we have the sphenoid sinuses.
When in optimal health the sinuses should be empty, apart from a very thin layer of mucous.
Most of these sinuses drain into our nose via the “middle meatus”. This is a small channel that is designed to drain our sinuses and prevent foreign particles and toxins reaching our lungs and airways.
Why Do We Have Sinuses?
The reality is that no one really knows! There are many theories.
One school of thought is that they help to humidify the air we breathe. Another is that they prevent mucous from entering our lungs preventing infection.
What all theories have in common is the acceptance that the mucous-covered cilia in our noses trap foreign bodies and then this is drained via our sinuses before it can access airways or enter your lungs.
The problem is that if our sinuses become inflamed or infected it weakens the effectiveness of our cilia. This prevents them from filtering foreign invaders and leaves us exposed to risk as we breathe.
It is when the lining of our sinuses become inflamed that we develop the conditions known as chronic oracute sinusitis.
These two types of sinusitis are easily treated with our natural remedies. They are:
- Acute – This is often bought on by a common cold, bacteria or viruses.
- Chronic – This condition usually begins as acute sinusitis and is made worse when secondary infection occurs. Because of the infection our sinuses remain inflamed and the toxins and pollutants in the air cause it to become even more aggravated. This is especially true for those who smoke or have allergies. It has even been linked to those who have been under pressure or stress.
Left untreated sinusitis would usually clear itself in less than a month however if symptoms still present themselves 10-12 weeks later a diagnosis of chronic is the likely result.
Diagram Of Sinus Locations
Symptoms of Sinus Infection and Acute Sinusitis
Symptoms often include facial pain and tenderness in the areas containing our sinuses.
In severe cases you may also have noticeable redness and swelling which is painful to the touch.
Other symptoms include developing a fever, having either a runny or a severely blocked nose, headaches which radiate from the top of the nose, difficulty breathing, bad-breath, phlegmy cough and fatigue.
How To Get Rid Of Sinus Infection – 9 Herbal Remedies
These herbal treatments can be used singularly or together. They are proven effective treatments for ridding yourself of infected sinuses.
No. 1 – Stay Hydrated To Treat Acute Sinusitis
It may sound overly simple but staying hydrated is one of the best natural cures for infection.
This means that you require lots of pure water.
Staying hydrated means an increase in pure water intake. It does not include sugary drinks, it doesn’t include clear soups or broths, nor does it include tea or coffee. Pure water only!
By increasing your intake of water you help your body thin any clogged and pollutant laden mucous. This allows the infection causing substances to drain away from our irritated sinuses.
Caffeine, sugary drinks and alcohol must be avoided. All of these cause you to dehydrate even further.
Dehydration does the opposite to what is required. Your mucous will thicken even further. This causes more blockages and irritation to already inflamed and infected sinuses.
No. 2 – Dissolve Mucous with Spices. Get Rid Of Sinus Infection.
Create your own mucous dissolving brew.
The use of spices, such as cayenne pepper, horseradish, or turmeric makes an excellent herbal remedy to combat sinus infection.
Spiced Apple Cider For Acute Sinusitis
1 Serving. 5 Mins Prep time. 5 Mins Cook Time.
1/4 cup water;
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar;
1 tablespoon honey;
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper;
1/2 a lemon.
- Boil your kettle.
- Add the apple cider vinegar to a small mug.
- Stir in the honey and cayenne pepper.
- Squeeze the lemon juice on top of the mixture.
- Now pour in the freshly boiled water
- While this cools use the steam as a nasal inhalation.
- Breathe in the spicy steam.
- Once the brew is cooled drink it all quickly.
No. 3 – Pressure Point Facial Massage – Acute Sinusitis Cures .
You will want to ensure that you include the following into your sinus treatment.
I recommend you use the spice drink in tandem with this remedy. Take your spice drink 10 minutes before you use the facial self massage!
This massage takes less than 2 minutes and gives immediate relief, albeit only temporary. Through massaging pressure points you aide the body to clear and drain blocked sinuses.
- Place your thumb and forefinger, of either hand, on the sides of the bridge of the nose.
- Squeeze the bridge of the nose for one second, and then release the pressure for one second.
- Repeat this process ten to fifteen times.
- This will open the sinuses and allow drainage.
- Massaging above and below the eyes will break up congestion as well.
For more techniques on sinus massage from Jamie Vendera please click here
No. 4 – Herbal Steam Bath To Relieve Acute Sinusitis
Use a steam bath to inhale steam that is infused with essential oils. This is a brilliant natural remedy for sinus infection. Essential oils have been used to aid health for centuries and are a wonderful natural decongestant.
Place your face down over the water and drape a towel over the back of your head. Make sure the towel covers your head and the bowl so that you are able to inhale the essential oil infused steam.
If you do not like the hot steam bath this method will also work by using a few drops of either oil in a household aromatherapy diffuser.
A humidifier with an aromatherapy filter is also an alternative and a brilliant asset for your home and health.
No. 5 – Salt Water Rinse – How To Get Rid Of Sinus Infection.
For those who find they are prone to sinusitus or infection I highly suggest you invest in a Neti Pot.
These brilliant little devices make it simple to irrigate your nasal cavity and clear any thick mucus and trapped pollutants.
Use the Neti pot with salt once or twice a day to clear infection. This can be done as a daily routine for your ongoing nasal care.
Research backs up the use of a neti pot, showing that nasal irrigation is an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms. For some, nasal irrigation relieved all sinus symptoms without the use of medication.
No. 6 – Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is a natural antibiotic.
It is made by grinding dried grapefruit seeds and pulp into a fine powder.
Used with your Neti Pot and as a nasal spray the Grapefruit Seed Extract will help clear mucous and prevent other microbial contaminants taking hold and further weakening your inflamed sinus tissues.
No. 7 – Apple Cider Vinegar – How To Get Rid Of Sinus Infection.
In one cup of hot water add two or three tablespoons of raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar .
Take this as a drink three times a day and you will help thin out excessive or thickened mucous. This will relieve congestion and the pressure pain in your sinuses.
You can add honey or lemon juice for additional flavor.
No. 8a – Vitamin C – Boost Immunity and Get Rid Of Sinus Infection.
Probably the best known and most widely available of immunity boosting vitamins is Vitamin C.
This vitamin can be taken as chew-ables, in tablet form, as a liquid or as capsules.
Vitamin C improves overall health and improves and strengthens the bodies immune system. To help with full absorption use a Vitamin C supplement alongside Acerola.
No. 8b – Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Fermented Cod Liver Oil is dense and highly rich in vitamins A and D, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids.
The oil is extracted via a fermentation process meaning it does not damage or alter the nutrient levels.
This makes it packed full of health giving properties to boost immunity.
No. 9 – Oregano Oil
Oregano Oil contains natural antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties making it one of the natural worlds super foods.
It can be taken added to a drink, inhaled as a vapor or applied topically to the skin.
Just adding a few drops of oregano oil to your drinks each day will boost immunity and clear infection associated with sinuses.
I hope this article has helped. I also hope you will use these methods. The natural remedies for acute sinusitis are proven. They are methods that will alleviate pain and get rid of sinus infection.
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To your best health always