Natural Home Remedies for Sinusitis

The suffix “itis” refers to inflammation. Sinusitis is the inflammation/infection of the sinus cavities. These episodes can be bacterial, viral or fungal (infectious), or it can be an allergic reaction (noninfectious).

Whether it is a virus affecting your sinuses, or allergens are causing the inflammation, if this happens repeatedly, your sinus linings may thicken and cause a chronically stuffy nose.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

PREVALENCE

CDC reports that annually, 12.5% of adults present with sinusitis.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Your doctor may order CT or MRI scans, or may use a flexible tube to observe the insides of your sinuses.  He/she may recommend an allergy test or send a swab to the lab for a culture.

Depending on the diagnosis/cause, a doctor may prescribe medications, immunotherapy or surgery.  The doctor may also recommend some of the home treatments below.

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation.  To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat.  The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Bone broth
  • Garlic
  • Vitamin C rich roods

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE

  • Dairy is a possible allergen and produces mucus.
  • Refined and processed foods
  • Sugar

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Blackberry
  • Chamomile
  • Elecampane
  • Ginger tea
  • Goldenseal
  • Hyssop
  • Peppermint
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Yerba Mansa

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Cowslip
  • Elderflower
  • Gentian
  • Luffa
  • Sorrel
  • Thuja
  • Umckaloabo
  • Verbena
  • Wild Indigo

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress.  Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Black pepper
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary sage
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Ravintsara
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Thyme

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Bromelain
  • Echinacea
  • Eyebright
  • Honey
  • Horseradish
  • Natural D-Hist
  • Quercetin
  • Serrapeptase
  • Sinatrol
  • Sodium
  • Stinging nettle
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin E

HYDRATION

Staying hydrated will help to keep mucous membranes moist and aid with drainage.  Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body.  Without it, you cannot survive for many days.  Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough?  There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients.  If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day.  Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Exercise will release adrenaline which constricts blood vessels, which may reduce swelling.  That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse.  Exercise in fresh air whenever possible, while protecting yourself from the cold.

SLEEP

You will need quality rest to help your body heal itself. Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies.  If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm.  Anxiety undermines health.  Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate.  Do what works for you to stay mellow.  Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Blow one nostril at a time
  • Drink a hot beverage
  • Eat something spicy to encourage drainage.
  • Moisturize with steam, which will help drainage and pain.
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Use a neti pot (but beware that repeated use may make it uncomfortable to continue). Use only sterile water.
  • Warm compression

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Acupressure – https://health.clevelandclinic.org/try-this-easy-6-minute-acupressure-exercise-for-allergy-relief-video/
  • Acupuncture – https://fivepointsacupuncture.com/acupuncture-for-sinusitis/
  • Ayurveda – https://www.mapi.com/ayurvedic-knowledge/immunity/ayurvedic-sinus-relief.html
  • Chinese Medicine – https://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2014/11/16/traditional-chinese-medicine-sinusitis-1
  • Earthing – https://www.earthinginstitute.net/sinus/
    • Homeopathy – https://homeopathic.com/homeopathy-and-sinusitis-safer-remedies/Aquaflora
    • Arsenicum
    • Belladonna
    • Hepar Sulphur
    • Kali Bichrome
    • Merc Sol
    • Pulsatilla
    • Silicea
    • Spigella

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Avoid allergy triggers
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep
  • Regular exercise

 

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