Sinusitis Herbs – Best for Sinus Problems
Generally people think that the term “sinusitis” suggests “infection”, but the word “sinus-it is” literally means an inflammation of the sinuses. A runny nose, a persistent headache, overall fatigue that never seems to get better... is it a cold? Maybe, but it could also be something else – maybe your sinuses are sick.
For the sake of argument, let’s study the conventional approach to acute sinusitis. It usually involves antibiotics, decongestants and antihistamines, but not without complications.
Antibiotics for instance, may help to clear up a bacterial infection but it does nothing to prevent re-infection of the inflamed mucus membranes. Antibiotics also upset the balance of ‘friendly’ bacteria in the intestines. This can further compromise an already stressed immune system.
Antihistamines cause excess mucus to thicken, making it more difficult to expel and could lead to additional blockage. Decongestants promote drainage, but their stimulating action can cause anxiety, insomnia and elevated blood pressure. Well, darn.
These are what we call side-effects. So – what’s a sinusitis sufferer to do? Prevention is always more valuable than a cure, and the secret to successfully preventing sinusitis is in management. Since allergens are a leading cause of inflammation, the body’s immune system plays a key role in keeping the sinuses healthy. Try these:
Get Steamed – Using a humidifier or vaporizer will provide moisture to thin mucus and encourage drainage. Frequent steam baths, or even making a tent with a towel while standing over a pan of hot water can also help.
Essential Oils – The addition of eucalyptus or peppermint oils (6-8 drops) to the vaporizer or steam water, or 1 drop placed on a tissue and inhaled, or 2-4 drops placed on a hot compress and held over the eyes and nose, can also help to thin mucus and clear sinus pathways.
Think Hot – Consume liberal amounts of alliums, such as garlic and onion to enhance mucus secretion. Horseradish will get things moving too, (but not for diabetics).
Go Green – Reduce or eliminate animal products from your diet which are high in arachidonic acid that leads to the production of leukotrienes, an allergy trigger 1000 times more potent than histamine.
Try these herb remedies before considering an over-the-counter solution to your sinus problems. Chances are this is not just a common cold, but the more serious ailment of sinusitis.
Esther Smith, author
Herbal remedies offer the best solutions without any side effects, but sometimes we have to resort to a doctor’s suggestion of medications. Smith encourages an open mind. For more information on sinusitis go to: