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Healing Salt Remedy for Sinusitis
Chronic sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses that continues for weeks, months, or even years. Allergies are the most common cause of chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can persist even after antibiotics are given. It’s the most frequently reported chronic disease.
Acute sinusitis occurs when bacteria invade the sinus cavities and impair proper drainage of mucus from the sinuses to the nose. Chronic inflammation of the nasal passages or rhinitis also can lead to sinusitis. Allergic Rhinitis or is the most common cause of chronic sinusitis and is a frequent cause of acute sinusitis.
Flush out nasal secretions. Mix 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt or sea salt with 2 cups of warm water and a pinch of baking soda. Pour it into a shot glass, tilt your head back, close one nostril with your thumb, and sniff the solution with the open nostril. Then blow your nose gently. Repeat on the other side.
Homemade Nasal Inhaler for Sinus Congestion
1/4 teaspoon course salt
5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Place the salt in a small vial (glass is best) with a tight lid and add oil. The salt will absorb the oil and provide a convenient way to carry the oil without danger of spilling it.
Open the vial and inhale deeply, as needed. This same technique can be used with any Essential Oil.
Sinus Headache Bath Salts
2-3 cups epsom salts (or salts of your choice)
1/3 cup Peppermint
1/3 cup Spearmint
40 drops Peppermint eo
20 drops Eucalyptus eo
I ground the mints in my mortar and pestle, then sifted them through a mesh kitchen strainer, and added them to the salts. Actually, I didn’t really measure the amount, it was just a good handful of each. This seems to work pretty well for my DH, and if you still need to clear out your sinuses, get a half cup of Pepper/spearmint, put it in a bowl, and toss in a cup or so hot water. Let it sit covered for a bit and then carefully start breathing the steam. (I found out how potent this was when I was making Peppermint ‘tea’ for a m&p!!
Use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of this mixture per bath. My DH and I went through the ‘batch’ within 2 weeks, but someone suggested to mix the salts and dried Herbs beforehand, and when the need for the bath arises, to add the eo’s then to guarantee potency. A decent amount would probably be 4 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Eucalyptus per bath. Some people may be more sensitive to the Peppermint, so be sure they don’t have an adverse reaction before using these salts.
1 part Echinacea, 1 part Goldenrod, 1 part Goldenseal, 1 part Marshmallow leaf.
Mix all ingredients together and use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water.
Simmer for 15 minutes and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.
Chest and Sinus Oil
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Tea Tree
2 drops Eucalyptus
Boil a pot of water and remove from the stove. While still steaming, add 2 drops Eucalyptus, 2 drops Lavender and 2 drops Tea Tree. Cover bowl and head with towel and inhale for at least 3 minutes. KEEP EYES CLOSED.
CURING DIFFICULT or STUBBORN SINUS INFECTIONS*
If antibiotics and/or the above home remedies are not curing your sinus infection, you need to take a look at your diet and eliminate all the mucous forming/thickening foods or drinks. Milk, citrus, spicy foods, wheat, cheese, etc. are usually the culprits. Try eliminating them from your diet for a few days.
Then try all of the following:
* Grapefruit Seed Extract — your sinus infection may disappear after a couple of days of grapefruit seed extract. We like the drops, but be forewarned — this tastes terrible!! Also, never take it on an empty stomach (especially first thing in the morning).
* Potassium supplements — dries up mucous.
* Drink apple cider vinegar throughout the day in large glasses of water (ACV thins mucous).
* Run a hot shower run onto your face (forehead and nose) and then clear all the mucous from sinuses. Do this several times a day.
You should see improvement within a day or two.
SPICY TOMATO TEA*
Jean, from Wisconsin sent us this remedy. Apparently it works wonders! After drinking this recipe hot, writes Jean, “… your sinus congestion will disappear REAL fast. All these ingredients not only work on the immediate symptoms, but add plenty of vitamin C to fight a cold, and garlic to fight infection.”
Add 1 cup tomato juice, 1 tsp chopped fresh garlic, 1/2 tsp of hot sauce, 1 tsp lemon juice, and a pinch or two of celery salt for flavor. Heat ingredients and drink hot.
* Source: http://www.earthclinic.com/