Home Remedies for a sinus infection
Symptoms of sinus infection
A Sinus infection, also called Sinusitis, is swelling or inflammation of the sinuses. In normal conditions, the sinuses fill up with air. But when sinuses are filled or blocked with fluid, types of bacteria may grow and bring about infection. Sinusitis is a common health issue and it affects millions of people every year.
Home remedies for treating a sinus infection.
Boil some water and place it in a bowl or bucket. Bow your head over the bowl to allow
the steam to reach the face and thus the nostrils. The steam works by loosening the thick mucus making it easy to be drained. The blocked nasal passages are also easily unclogged by the steam. There are many other things that can be added to the water for better results such as gingerroot, garlic, and mint.
Apart from inhaling the garlic fumes, you can also eat the garlic in food. There is also garlic
sinus infection remedies used as supplements. Another effective way is placing the garlic cloves between the cheek and gum for a few hours and removing them, replacing with fresh ones. This can be carried out for a few days to fight the infection.
Add a tablespoon of salt into a glass of distilled water and stir. You can then snort this remedy, or pour the solution into the nostril by tilting the head. The liquid is then allowed to linger in the nostril to help it in penetrating and removing any blockage. Salty water remedy is effective because the salt kills bacteria and also opens the smus passage.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known to have potassium which reduces mucus production,
therefore, alleviating symptoms of running nose and common colds. Using this type of home remedy gives immediate results within an hour or so of taking it. The preparation is made by adding about two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water and then drinking the solution.
Lemon Juice and Horseradish
Squeeze a freshly cut lemon into the nostrils. Lemon juice just like apple cider vinegar contains citric acid that prevents the growth of bacteria. Another way is to mix the lemon juice with one teaspoon of horseradish and eating the mixture.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
This is a citrus extract which has natural antibiotic properties that inhibit the microbes, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It can be used as a nasal spray to help eliminate symptoms of sinusitis.
Water and other Liquids
Other hot liquids such as chicken soup or tea can also provide relief. Drinking plenty fresh juice will also help in boosting the immune system so that it is able to fight sinus infection. Water is a fantastic and easily overlooked sinus infection home remedy that is readily available.
Honey is also a good curative sinus infection remedy. It is used by mixing it with vinegar
in a glass of water. You can then drink the solution which can help to clear the sinuses.
Boil potatoes in their skins and drain, you can mash the potatoes and then breathe over the steam coming from the potato.
Herbal Steam Mix
- Collection of sage, calendula, and chamomile, as a remedy for sinusitis.
- Stir in 1 tbsp.
- a spoon of the above herbs, pour water and bring to boil.
- Remove from heat and use for inhalation.
Chamomile and Chelidonium
This treatment is recommended for polyps as well as sinusitis. Use equal parts chamomile juice and Chelidonium juice (preferably fresh), Insert this directly into the nasal cavity to help clear any form of sinusitis. Plantain, Yarrow, and Sand.
Treatment with the collection of plantain, yarrow and sand immortelle. Mix all ingredients together and add boiling water. Use tincture for inhalation to clear sinuses.