Recently I've come down with a pretty nasty cold which prompted me to look into some natural remedies for a sinus infection. Once I realized I had a sinus infection, it had also progressed to a lung infection which meant antibiotics were the only route! If you catch it in time however, you can use natural remedies for a sinus infection that actually work and eliminate the need for antibiotics which strip your body of literally everything. Here are some home remedies to hep you fight that pesky sinus infection!
1. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil works as one of the most perfect natural remedies for a sinus infection because it really stimulates movement. A sinus infection is stagnant mucus caused by swelling of your sinus pathways. Peppermint essential oil is so potent that one drop is all you need! Make sure you have pure grade essential oil that can be taking internally. Place one drop on the roof of your mouth which will infuse into your sinuses and cause everything to open up. You can also put one drop into tea or rub some on the bottom of your feet and chest. Whatever you rub topically will immediately be absorbed into your skin and bloodstream. Just make sure you stay away from your eyes and nose as peppermint oil will burn.
2. Eliminate All Dairy Products
While you're fighting off an infection, you'll want to stay away from any foods that produce mucus. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream, will stimulate the production of more mucus which you don't want! instead opt for whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and plenty of fruits and veggies.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has numerous benefits such as balancing your body's pH levels (which equals greater energy and lower chances of infection), regulating yeast growth, alleviating heartburn, topical uses for healing skin as well as breaking down mucus in your body. When you think you're coming down with a sinus infection, take apple cider vinegar, about 2 teaspoons diluted in a cup of water with some honey, 3 times a day. This will help thin out the mucus blockage, making it drain much easier. Apple cider vinegar is a good supplement to take every day anyway considering all of its benefits!
4. Deep Breath Vapors
Steam vapors will open up your airways and help heal your lungs at the same time. You can boil your own broth that combines ginger root, garlic, cayenne pepper and other herbs to help open constricted airways. Don't hover over a boiling pot but pour the contents into a bowl, cover your entire head with a towel, and breathe deeply.
5. The Neti Pot
A neti pot is basically a tea pot but for your nose. It may sound pretty gross but it's extremely effective. Some say it's uncomfortable at first but after you get used to it, it's actually relaxing. Use warm sea salt and pour the contents into one nostril over the sink with your head tilted to side. The sea salt water should flow into one nostril and out the other. Make sure not to tilt your head backwards or the water will just drain down your throat. Stay hovered over the sink because it will drain out much of your blocked mucus and continue to drain throughout the day.
6. Facial Massage & Warm Compress
Place a warm, damp towel over your sinus region as a warm compress to stimulate mucus movement. You can then begin some facial massages in a circular motion that target the area around the bridge-bone of your nose, forehead and under the eyes- basically the entire sinus region. The pressure and movement of your hands will help to loosen your blocked sinus passages.
7. Rest, Fluids and Lots of Vitamins
Probably the best overall method for your health and healing process is to take care of your body as a whole by making sure you get plenty of rest and fluids. When you're not getting enough rest, your body can't repair itself properly and sickness will linger. Drink clear fluids to keep yourself hydrated and to flush out your system. Vitamins are wonderful to supplement and have enormous benefits. Elderberry syrup, Thyme oil, vitamins D, C & B12, all help boost your immune system and to kick that nasty cold to the curb.
If you find yourself coming down with a head cold, it's not a bad idea to be pre-emptive and use these methods to get rid of it faster! Have any of you ladies tried these methods before? What have you found to be the most effective?