Sinus Remedies – Of the Herbal Kind


Herbal remedies have long been the answer for many people with sinusitis. It seems sinus sufferers all over the world have looked for ways to relieve their problem and avert a sinus infection. They are looking to improve their sinus drainage and one of the ways to relieve sinus problems is to use herbal remedies.


Herbal remedies have been used for many generations for the relief of sinus congestion and most herbal remedies do not have any side effects… unlike some over the counter medications. Herbs can be used in tea or as an inhalant. One well known herb is eucalyptus. It is not only a well known herb for sinus problems but it helps with colds and sore throats as well.


EucalyptusEucalyptus has antiseptic properties which help to shrink swollen tissues in the nasal passages and sinuses. Try making a tea by steeping eucalyptus leaves in hot water – or use as an inhalant. Peppermint is another herb that is used to reduce irritation in the sinus membranes. Peppermint can also be made into a tea by mixing it with hot water.


Echinacca is an herb that is known to kill viruses that cause respiratory problems. It is available as a capsule but you should not take if you are allergic to the family of plants that include ragweed. Although ginger is not known to specifically reduce sinus problems, it has been used for many years in the treatment of headaches. It can help with sinus problems because it has anti-inflammatory properties. Use as a tea or buy capsules.


The herb goldenseal can also be used for the treatment of sinusitis and has been shown by many studies to help in reducing congestion and to improve general health. It can fight infections and contains compounds similar to steroids in which it is able to help reduce inflammation within the body.


Yet another herb that can be used in a tea is lemon balm. This herb which has been used in the treatment of bad breath can help to fight off viruses and bacteria making it a good natural remedy for sinusitis. Lemon balm leaves can be purchased for the use in teas. Sinus sufferers can steep them in hot water for about 10 minutes, remove the leaves and drink.


Herbs are not the only natural sinus remedy that sufferers can try in reducing their sinus problems. It is believed that diet plays a part in sinusitis by promoting the formation of mucus. Some of these foods include dairy foods, oranges, sugar and wheat. Eliminating them from your diet might reduce sinus problems.


Other natural remedies include the use of nasal washouts. A mixture of salt and water can be used to rinse out sinus cavities. Some have also found a reduction in their sinus problems by using a neti pot which is a better way to rinse out sinuses. Try a vaporizer or vapor rubs during the night hours to relieve their dry mucus membranes and reverse the effects of the dry air on your nasal cavities.


Esther Smith, author

Smith’s search for sinus problems on the internet was personal. For many years she suffered all the symptoms and has since experimented until her personal remedies worked. For more information go here: