15
July
2013

Natural remedies for sinus infections

How to treat a sinus infection naturally

When you have a sinus infection, you just want it gone as soon as possible. The headache, the facial pressure, the mucus – all of it needs to go! Besides going to your doctor and getting meds, there are some natural remedies you can try at home to soothe that nasty sinus infection and be on your way to feeling much better.
When you have a sinus infection, you just want it gone as soon as possible. The headache, the facial pressure, the mucus – all of it needs to go! Besides going to your doctor and getting meds, there are some natural remedies you can try at home to soothe that nasty sinus infection and be on your way to feeling much better.
Foods to Avoid
There are certain foods that increase the mucus build-up in your body. So the number one way you can make yourself feel better naturally is by cutting out some of these foods. Dairy, like milk, ice cream, yogurt, eggs, and cheese, definitely will note help you get better so you are best to cut those out. Also, cut out items with lots of flour in them, chocolate (trust me – it's for the best!), and sugar. Take out the fried or processed foods as well.
Foods or Spices to Eat More
You want to focus your food intake on more whole grains, lentils, soups, certain oils, beans, lentils, and cooked veggies. Certain herbs can help flush out your excess mucus. Cayenne pepper and horseradish will get your nose running again. Also, using garlic and onion in your meals will help. Wasabi paste can open your nasal passages as well. You do not have to use a large amount; a dot of paste and sprinkling of other spices can go a long way.
Drinks To Take
One thing you can never get too much of when you have a sinus infection is water. Drink a lot of it! Another drink to try is to take a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into 6 ounces of water. Add in a teaspoon of honey to sweeten the drink. Use this drink three times a day for a few days. You will be amazed at how apple cider vinegar can help thin that mucus and make your nose run again.
Natural Nasal Sprays or Washes
You could try those medicinal nasal sprays from the pharmacy. Or you could grab these options from your natural food store. Grape seed extract can be found in nasal spray form to help as a natural antibacterial for your nose. Spray it and it will fight the viruses, bacteria, and other germs stuck up in your nose.

Another natural remedy to try is using a neti pot to cleanse your nostrils. In a bowl, pour in two cups warm water (not too hot – this is going in your nose after all!) and stir in a teaspoon of sea salt until it dissolves. Pour one cup of that water mixture into the neti pot. Make sure you are standing over a sink for this next part. Place the tip of the neti pot into one nostril and tilt your head to the side. Let the water run through the opposite nostril out into the sink. Do not tilt your head back though! The water will go down your throat otherwise. Finish the cup of water that was in the neti pot, then refill it and do the other nostril. 

Peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and lemongrass can be breathed in as additions to a steam bath to help open the nasal passages, too. As you can see, there are lots of natural remedies that can help you combat a sinus infection.
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