How To Get Rid Of Sinus Infections
Many people struggle with sinus infections and it’s the most uncomfortable and annoying feeling. Sinus infection is actually an inflammation of the sinus cavity and it affects millions of Americans a year. It can be caused by allergies, cold, flu and bacteria. Don’t rush to the hospital the next time you suffer a sinus infection because these natural, homemade remedies will help you.
Turmeric contains curcumin that has many health benefits. Turmeric can help you clear your airways and heal your sinus cavity. Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties and that’s why it can help you fight against sinus infections.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help you fight against many health conditions and it’s the perfect remedy for sinus infections. Mix 8 oz. warm water with 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp. honey. This mixture will help you get rid of the sinus infection in just 2,3 days. What you can also do is take 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, 3 times a day.
Oregano oil is a really effective treatment for sinus infection. You can drink 1 tbsp. oregano oil per day or you can steam it and inhale it.
Nasal Saline Rinse
Mix ¼ tbsp. sea salt with some baking soda, 1 cup full of food-grade hydrogen peroxide in a glass of warm water. This might not be the most comfortable solution but it’s the most effective.
Recognize the basic symptoms
Sinusitis generally presents itself with the same basic symptoms. Symptoms of acute sinusitis often worsen after 5-7 days. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be milder, but are more long-lasting.
Drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day
It’s important to drink eight to 10 8-ounce glasses of water a day. This keeps the discharge thin and more fluid, making it easier to drain. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine, which could dehydrate you.
Steam your face
Fill a 1-quart pot with water and boil it for a couple of minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Steam should be coming off of the pot. Cover your head with a large, clean cotton towel, place your head over the steaming pot and close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth for 5 counts and then in and out through your mouth for two counts. Repeat this for 10 minutes or as long as there’s steam. Blow your nose after the treatment.
Consider adding essential oils
Use one drop of essential oils or 1/2 teaspoon of dried herb for each quart of water like you have in your facial steam pot, if using. To test any herb or essential oil for sensitivity, steam your face for one minute, then remove yourself and wait 10 minutes. If you don’t notice a reaction, reheat the water and repeat the steaming.
Add cooking herbs
If you don’t want to use essential oils, you can use cooking herbs. Place 1 quart of water in a pot, bring it to a boil, turn off the heat and add 2 teaspoons of oregano and 2 teaspoons of basil. For added heat, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Take a bath
Run a bath using water that’s as hot as you can comfortably manage. Add 12 to 15 drops of one essential oil or a combination of oils. Soak for as long as you like and breathe in the steam.
Choose an essential oil
Whether you use a diffuser or the Neti pot, you can use the distilled essences and fragrances (aromatherapy) of various plants to help treat your sinus infection.
Irrigate using a Neti pot
Bend forward over a sink and tilt your head to one side. Breathe through your mouth to close your nose and throat off from the solution. Insert the neti pot spout into your upper nostril and slowly pour the solution so that it runs through and out of your lower nostril. Use half of the solution.
Use a diffuser
If more than one member of your family has a sinus infection, consider using a diffuser. This will dispense essential oils throughout a room. Anyone with a sinus infection should sit as close as possible to the diffuser. Choose an essential oil and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on your machine.
Massage your forehead
Rub a quarter-sized amount of castor, almond, or baby oil between your fingers to warm them. Place both of your index fingers in the center of your forehead, between the brows. Massage your forehead in a circular motion, moving from the center out towards the temples. Repeat this 10 times using constant and firm pressure.
Massage near your nose
Place your thumbs on the bridge of your nose, just next to the inner corner of your eyes. Apply constant, firm pressure to the area for one minute, then move your fingers in a circular motion for an extra two minutes. Keep your eyes closed. If you are using an oil, make sure you don’t get oil into your eyes. Oil isn’t harmful but it could make your vision temporarily blurry.
Massage your cheekbones to relieve congestion and pain
Rub about a quarter-sized amount of castor, almond, or baby oil between your fingers. Place your thumbs or, if you prefer, the index and middle finger on both sides of your cheeks, next to your nose. Apply constant, firm pressure on the area for one minute, then move your fingers in a circular motion for an additional two minutes. Keep your eyes closed.
Consider your symptoms
Symptoms of chronic sinusitis vary from person to person. Pay attention to your symptoms, since you may be able to treat some of them with over-the-counter medications.
Elevate your head while sleeping.
Apply warm compresses on your face few times a day for 5 minutes.
Consume vitamin C which is an excellent immune booster, and can help to fend off sinus infections. Try taking up to 1000 mg of vitamin C 1-3 times per day.
Drink a lots of liquids that can help moisturising your mucous membranes and help washing away mucus out of your sinuses more quickly.