Mucus? Nasal congestion? Headache? When the soft tissues lining the bony cavities of the head (sinuses) become inflamed and infected, we have sinusitis. If the condition lasts for more than 12 weeks, maybe it’s the shape chronic . If an allergy shows up after a cold, that’s it acute . Find out how to cure sinusitis.
Today we offer you three natural remedies that will help you treat acute sinusitis and significantly relieve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis .
Treat sinusitis from its causes
Knowing the cause of our sinusitis is essential to deal with it in the most correct way. Among the causes we find:
- Anatomical problems, for example deviation of the nasal septum or hypertrophy of the turbinates.
- Bad habits like smoking, active and passive.
- Infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria.
- Nasal polyps.
- Chronic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis or diabetes.
Natural remedies to cure sinusitis
1. Suffumigi with mint and eucalyptus
The fumigium or fumento is an ancient natural and do-it-yourself therapy; consists in making steam inhalations based on medicinal plants in order to decongest the respiratory tract and soften and expel mucus.
To combat sinusitis, we have chosen two medicinal herbs that are particularly suitable for improving the functioning of the respiratory system: mint and eucalyptus.
You need to get:
- A medium-sized pot
- 1 liter of water
- 5 tablespoons of mint and white eucalyptus (50 g)
- A towel
How you do it:
- Put the medicinal plants and water on the fire. When it comes to a boil, turn off and let it rest for 5 minutes.
- So, put your head over the pot, being careful not to get too close and not to burn yourself; place a towel over your head to be able to inhale as much steam as possible.
- Remain in this position for 10 minutes, breathing deeply through the nose.
- Finally, rinse your face with cold water to decongest the skin.
- You can repeat the treatment two or three times a week. When you feel an improvement, you can decrease the frequency, up to a weekly maintenance therapy or every fortnight.
2. Nasal irrigations with lota
The Tibetan lota for nasal irrigation is a plastic or ceramic vessel, similar to a small jug. The purpose of the lota is to introduce liquid into one of the two nostrils to get it out of the other, without pressure and in a natural way.
Thanks to the lota, it is possible to clean the respiratory tract in a much milder way than with syringes, used for the same purpose.
During the treatment it will be necessary to keep the mouth open, alternating the two nostrils. This point is essential for proper cleaning.
You can buy the ready-made solution or prepare it at home with one part of sea water and two and a half parts of natural water or, alternatively, a liter of water in which you have dissolved three teaspoons of sea salt to obtain a pH similar to that of our body.
You will find the nasal lota in herbal medicine and stores that sell natural health products.
3. Garlic, chilli and ginger
There are three medicinal foods with purifying and mucolytic properties, very useful in the treatment of sinusitis: garlic, chilli and ginger.
In order for garlic to have therapeutic efficacy, it must be taken raw. We can add it to savory dishes minced or crushed, for example in sauces, in gravy, on vegetables, meat, rice, etc.
If you feel like it, you can also try the Tibetan garlic cure, but if you find it repulsive or if you find it hard to digest, you can buy it in capsules.
This very spicy flavored spice is extremely useful for circulation, metabolism, digestion, etc.
In the case of sinusitis, a few moments after ingesting it, you will begin to notice that the mucus thins and you will feel the need to expel it. Start with very small quantities, add a pinch to your dishes.
This exotic root has similar effects to chilli; it can be added, sliced or grated, to many preparations, such as meat or fish, or to sauces, natural juices, smoothies, biscuits or herbal teas.
For added convenience, you can also purchase it in powder form.