Most everyone has experienced a sinus infection at some point in their life. People who have had the unfortunate pleasure of suffering from a sinus infection know that they’d do just about anything to get rid of them.
About 37 million people suffer from sinus infections every year. The sinuses are hollow pockets in the bones that surround the nose, which produces mucus, which drains through the nose. If the nose is swollen because of inflammation you can experience pain, congestion, cough, postnasal drip and sometimes tooth and facial pain.
There are tiny holes that connect the nasal passages to the sinuses, which causes your sinus troubles. These hollow cavities are located underneath the nose, eyes and cheeks and can become blocked. When they become blocked, germs can grow and this is what makes you feel terrible.
There are many triggers to a sinus infection
– Overuse of nasal products
– Swimming and diving
– Irritating pollutants and smoking
– Lack of moisture
– Nasal abnormalities
Symptoms of sinus infection:
– Stuffy nose
– Pain and pressure in the face
– Pain when you move
– Yellow or green mucus
– Coughing phlegm
– Post nasal drip
– Bad breath
– Pain in teeth
– Sense of smell or taste is “off”
How to naturally fight sinus infections
– Garlic and onions: garlic is a natural antibiotic and can treat many medical conditions. All of the garlic’s health benefits stem from its dense concentration of allicin, and organic sulfur compound that is well-known for preventing and treating diseases because of its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Onions have some of the same properties as garlic which is useful for treating sinus infections.
– Apple cider vinegar: this historical medicinal component has been used for centuries and is very well-equipped to treat sinus infections. It contains antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that kill microorganisms that cause infections.
– Horseradish: the high sulfur content help treat sinus infections because of its antibiotic effects.
– Probiotics: these contain essential strains of bacteria that keep harmful bacteria away and keeps the digestive tract and sinuses in check.
– Cayenne: the capsaicin in cayenne is what helps treat sinus infections. It can help treat headaches, nasal congestion, and sinus pain.
– Coconut oil: it contains antipathogenic effects that help treat sinus infections.
– Tea leaves: tea leaves contain anti-microbial properties that defend against insects and pathogens.
– Fish and shellfish: fish and shellfish contain selenium that can be found in oysters, lobsters, crabs, and clams which can help clear viruses. Salmon, mackerel, and herring can reduce inflammation, increase airflow and protect the lungs from colds and respiratory infections.
– Water: making sure you drink plenty of water is very important for getting rid of toxins in the body.
– Grapefruit seed extract: this citrus is a powerful natural antibiotic that can be used to inhibit microbes, parasites, bacteria, viruses and 30 different types of fungi.
– Try breathing warm, moist air from a steamy shower to loosen the mucus.
– Drink plenty of fluids to keep membranes lubricated.