Particularly at this time of the year, a very common Jamaican complaint is: "I am having problems with my sinuses."
Avoid cigarette smoke.
Be aware that paint, new carpets and new furniture will emit toxic chemicals for a long time.
Strengthen your immune system.
Sinusitis reflects an immune system disorder. Take lots of antioxidants especially the ACES – vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium. I recommend a combination of the herbs schizandra and rosemary along with the ACES. This is conveniently available in combination in tablet form. The omega-3 fatty acids provide powerful anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
Cleanse and humidify your sinuses.
For thousands of years, practitioners of yoga have used a technique called ‘neti’ to keep their sinuses and nostrils in great shape. I strongly recommend it not only to sinus sufferers but also to anyone seeking optimal health. It involves the use of a simple device called a neti pot that looks like a small teapot. The pot is filled with warm salt water (made with natural salt) and the spout applied to a nostril. By tilting the head, the water is allowed to run into one nostril and out of the other nostril. The method is easy to use and the few dos and don’ts are easily understood. Daily use of this technique cleanses and humidifies the nasal passages and not only Relieves sinus symptoms but also reduces future attacks.
This simple holistic approach helps in the healing and prevention of sinusitis and may help to avoid the dangers and problems of drugs and surgery.
Of course, conventional treatments have their place but should be reserved for special situations or when these simpler methods have not been effective.
Natural Remedies For Sinusitis
Eucalyptus: This is a fragrant herb that soothes sore throats. It also has antiseptic properties and can help shrink swollen tissues such as swollen sinus passages. It is readily available in throat lozenges, which are a convenient way to take it.
Peppermint: The anti-inflammatory properties of peppermint help to calm mucous membranes. You may drink peppermint tea or steep the peppermint and breathe in the steam. Peppermint vapours when inhaled, help to ease your breathing.
Garlic: is another popular of the ‘natural’ remedies. Take one whole bulb of fresh garlic and use as follows.
Crush the garlic to extract the juice, then mix with twice as much water to make the drops, which should be stored in a glass jar.
Clean and blow your nose.
Lie down then use an eye dropper to insert two to three drops into each nostril. Sniff fairly hard so the drops go right up your nose. If the solution irritates too much, reduce the number of drops. Apply two to three times a day during a sinus infection
or head cold, and regularly as a preventative.
You can also make a paste with the garlic juice and honey, and apply into your nostrils with a cotton bud.
If you’re looking for a more hands-on approach that doesn’t involve drinking or eating anything that potentially tastes awful, there is always acupuncture. But make sure you see a reputable practitioner of this method.