Home Remedies for Sinus Infection

Home remedies for sinus infection work in and around the sinus cavity to help it fight discomforts, strengthen the body’s immune system and reduce mucus (phlegm). These herbal remedies are effective both when taken as a mixture of a number of herbs or simply an herb.

The most commonly used  home remedies for sinus infection  are herbs that include sheep sortel, sea kelps, St. John’s wort, chapparal, licorice roots, cat’s elm, astragalus, taheebo, burdock, ma huang, calendula, salix alba, red clover, Turkish rhubarb and slaw.

But first, let’s understand what a sinus infection is.

What are Sinuses?

Sinuses are sinus’s cavities which are located between the eyes on each side of the nose just below the eyebrows.

How Does A Sinus Infection Occur?

A sinus infection occurs when there is and inflammation and swelling of the mucus membrane that lines the sinus cavity.

What are the Symptoms of Sinus Infection?

  • Headaches
  • Stuffiness in the nasal passages
  • Greenish Yellowish mucus when blowing the nose
  • Pain on parts of the nose and/or forehead
  • Nasal Voice (A person seems to sound like they are speaking from the nose)
  •  Fevers
  •  Fatigue
  •  Toothaches

What Causes Sinus Infection?

According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of non institutionalized adults with diagnosed sinusitis stood at 28.5 million as of 2012

They are caused by viruses and bacteria. Depending on the individual, certain causes will act as the catalyst for the infection.  Common causes include:

  • A persistent head cold
  • Smoking and prolonged general pollution.
  • Allergies
  • Dental infections particularly recurring ones.
  • Food that increase the production of mucus for example milk and milk products. (they compound the problem)
  • Swimming
  •  A recurrence of sinus infection as a result of the sinuses not healing properly

7 Home Remedies for Sinus Infection

  • To increase the flow of mucus in the membrane, deeply inhale fresh horseradish frequently.
  •  Thoroughly chop and crush a teaspoon of horseradish root, a teaspoon of garlic clove, a teaspoon of parsley leaf & root, a teaspoon of ginger root and a teaspoon of onion. Add half a cup of organic cider vinegar and let it sit for a day. Stir and put a teaspoon of the combination into a cup of hot water. Drink this daily.
  • Take a quarter teaspoon of goldenseal root in water once in the morning, once at lunch and once in the evening before bed. It helps reduce phlegm in the cavities.
  •  If you have a serious case of the infection (chronic infection), take 5-10 drops of Echinacea tincture and pour into liquid (warm water) and drink thrice daily for at least 14 days. Repeat the process after two weeks.
  • Home remedies for sinus infections that are powerful are those that involve inhalations. Use chamomile, thyme and Japanese peppermint oil with 3 drops of tea tree oil. This helps drain the mucus in the sinuses.
  • If the infection is sudden (acute infection), take twenty to forty drops of Echinacea tincture in a liquid followed by ten to thirty drops every three hours for 48 hours.
  •  Take a quarter teaspoon of ground ivy leaf in water. Alternatively, make herbal tea that includes a teaspoon of leaves in a cup of boiling water. This reduces phlegm and dries the mucus in the bronchial tubes and sinus cavity.

It is important to note that while the above home remedies for sinus infection work well, there are other direct and indirect ways that can provide relief.  Apart from homeopathic remedies, nutrition and other therapies provide additional more in depth ways to boost the body’s immunity to the infection of the sinus cavity.

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