Sinus disease is a major health problem. It is responsible for 16 million doctor visits and $150 million spent on prescription medications each year, only in the US.
People who have allergies, asthma, structural blockages in the nose or sinuses or people with weak immune systems are at greater risk.
Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses. Normally, sinuses are filled with air. But when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.
Conditions that can cause sinus blockage include the common cold, allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose), nasal polyps (small growths in that lining), or a deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity).
Naturally clearing your sinuses
While over-the-counter (OTC) medicines may help alleviate stuffed sinus passageways, they aren’t well-tolerated by everyone. Besides that, OTC medicines may be entirely ineffective (it really just depends on how your body is reacting to the virus.)
Fortunately, the techniques we discuss for clearing your sinuses involves nothing but your fingers! Here are not one, but two ways of clearing your sinuses naturally:
- Push your tongue flat against the top of your mouth.
- Press the fingers firmly against the brow between the eyebrows.
- Hold for 20 seconds before stopping.
You may feel some slight movement around the back of the throat, which is what you want. This shows that the mucus is softening and draining a bit. You may need to repeat this process several times throughout the duration of your illness.
2. Lymph node stimulation
- Using your fingertips, push firmly against the area of your collarbone where the notches are found.
- Interjoin your fingers in a “v” shape.
- Using the open area between the palms from the V-shape, perform a “pumping” motion on each side of the neck until you feel some drainage.
This method works by stimulating the lymphatic system, which creates a “suction” area around the lymph nodes. This suction effectively opens up the sinus passages immediately below your brow area. It isn’t uncommon to feel quick relief when this movement is performed correctly!
Besides these two techniques, there are many home remedies that will help you cure sinus infection naturally. Here are some of them:
1. Inhalation with garlic
If the infection is not fully blown yet, inhalations should be your first course of action to alleviate discomfort. Boil a pot of water and then add minced fresh garlic to it (3 to 4 cloves should do). Get yourself comfy, cover your head and pot with a towel and start inhaling. It might be uncomfortable at first, but it will help.
The steam alone is an amazing decongestant and helps to clear the breathing pathways. When you add other healing ingredients, the positive effects multiply. Garlic is an extremely potent natural antibiotic and is antiviral and antifungal.
2. Inhalation with essential oils
Some swear by adding tea tree oil (a few drops will suffice), as the oil is another strong natural antibiotic and antifungal. By inhaling it, you deliver the antibiotic directly to your suffering nasal membranes (this may hurt at first, and you may feel a burning sensation).
Also, eucalyptus essential oil helps clear nasal and chest congestion caused by colds and sinus infections, so you can use it instead or with tea tree essential oil.
3. Elderberry infusion
The elderberry is a bush that can reach to a great height with small white flowers and dark purple sweet-sour fruit. You can also make an infusion from the flowers of the elderberry plant, which has been shown to prevent inflammation and infection in the respiratory system and is effective against winter ailments including sinusitis. Use 1 heaped teaspoon of dried flowers per 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Allow tea to cool, strain the tea and drink.
4. Grapefruit seed extract (GSE)
Grapefruit seed extract (GSE), which is made from the pulp and the seeds of the grapefruit, acts as a natural antibiotic. It has antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral properties and is a very versatile natural remedy. You can take GSE in different forms: you can irrigate the nasal passages, take it in a capsule or tablet form or drink it mixed with water (or other fluid).
5. Natural sinus remedy
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon raw, organic honey
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 organic lemon, freshly squeezed
- Warm the water in a pan so that it’s somewhat hot, then pour it into a mug.
- Add the apple cider vinegar into the mug and stir, then let it cool at a room temperature.
- After the solution has cooled, add the honey and the cayenne pepper and stir again (this way the honey’s nutrients will be preserved).
- At last, add the lemon juice and stir it well.
For best results, drink this solution on an empty stomach before breakfast and late at night before going to bed. Keep drinking it until the infection is treated.