See also allergies, cold and flu, headache, pain care
Chronic sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses that continues for weeks, months, or even years. Allergies are the most common cause of chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can persist even after antibiotics are given. It’s the most frequently reported chronic disease. Chronic sinusitis can also be caused by structural abnormalities of the nose, such as a deviated septum (the bony partition separating the two nasal passages), or by small growths called nasal polyps, both of which can trap mucus in the sinuses.
Acute sinusitis occurs when bacteria invade the sinus cavities and impair proper drainage of mucus from the sinuses to the nose. Chronic inflammation of the nasal passages or rhinitis also can lead to sinusitis. Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is the most common cause of chronic sinusitis and is a frequent cause of acute sinusitis.
Investigate your sinusitis. It could be food related, environmental, or reactions due to chemicals . Vasomotor rhinitis is caused by humidity, cold air, alcohol, perfumes, and other environmental conditions. Medical science believes the sinuses around your nose act like small air-quality filter centers. It’s their job to warm, moisten, purify, and generally condition the air you breathe before going to your lungs.
Entering bacteria gets trapped and filtered out by mucus and minute nasal hairs called cilia. This air-flow system can sometimes slow down when something impedes the cilia, if a cold clogs the sinus openings, or if an allergen swells the sinus linings. Then air gets trapped, pressure builds, the mucus stagnates, and bacteria breed. Infection sets in and you have sinusitis. When you get clogged up, you may end up with a permanent thickening of the sinus membranes and chronic congestion.
Sinusitis can also be caused by a variety of factors, such as virus, fungal infections, and medication side-effects. Inhalation of airborne allergens such as dust, mold, and pollen, often set off allergic reactions.
Those who are cigarette smokers and people who suffer from upper respiratory allergies are even more likely to develop bad sinus problems.
There are four pairs of sinuses in the human skull that help circulate moist air throughout the nasal passages.
The common cold is the most prevalent predisposing factor to sinusitis. Acute sinusitis typically causes symptoms of nasal congestion and a thick yellow or green discharge. Other symptoms include tenderness and pain over the sinuses, frontal headaches, and sometimes chills, fever, and pressure in the area of the sinuses.
Chronic sinusitis differs slightly, in that symptoms can be milder and may only include postnasal drip, bad breath, and an irritating dry cough. Hay fever, environmental triggers unrelated to hay fever, food allergens, and dental infections can also lead to sinusitis. Humidity is the key to keeping the cilia working, the mucus flowing, and the sinuses drained.
Managing Your Sinus
Prevention is the key!
Twice a day, stand in a shower hot enough to fog up the mirror. Or lean over a pan full of steaming water with a towel draped over your head, creating a steam tent. Inhale the vapors as they waft up toward your nostrils. Eucalyptus oil is often used in a steam inhalation to help clear nasal and sinus congestion. Eucalyptus oil, Peppermint oil and Oregano oil work similarly to that of menthol by acting on receptors in the nasal mucosa, leading to a reduction in the symptoms of nasal congestion. Just add 4 to 6 drops to a pan of steaming water with a towel draped over your head and inhale the vapors.
Applying moist heat over the sinuses, is an easy way to wash away sinus pain. Apply a warm washcloth over your eyes and cheekbones and leave it there until you feel the pain subside. It may take only a few minutes.
Flush out nasal secretions. Mix 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt or sea salt with 2 cups of warm water and a pinch of baking soda. Pour it into a shot glass, tilt your head back, close one nostril with your thumb, and sniff the solution with the open nostril. Then blow your nose gently. Repeat on the other side.
At the first sign of congestion or even infection, combine 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 6 ounces of water, a teaspoon of raw honey or stevia to sweeten and drink 3 times a day for 5 days. The apple cider vinegar helps to thin congested mucus, so it can be easily eliminated.
An Ayurvedic solution, similar to this is done in the same manner with a Netti Pot or nasal wash system. It looks similar to a tea pot, but with a longer, narrower spout for the nostrils. Consider our more modern version.
To clear excess mucus from the sinus, combine the juice from the horseradish root with the juice of 3 lemons. Take a 1/2 teaspoon between meals for several months until the mucus in the sinus clears.
Better Sinus Now
1. Find the Causes : Open the passage ways so they can drain properly.
2. Make It Humid: Use a room humidifier for your bedroom and use it especially if you are heating your home.
3. Clean out Congestion: Use a saline solution to remove allergens, irritants, and excess mucus.
4. Open Nasal Passages: Apply a warm, moist washcloth to your face several times a day. Inhale steam 2-4 times a day to moisten. Drink plenty of fluids.
5. Clear the Air: Pollution, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, hair spray, and any other material that gives off fumes, make your problems worse.Consider a HEPA air filter.
6. Treat the Problem: Decongestants reduce swelling, pain relievers and anti-inflammatory help pain and swelling. Natural antihistamine may help if your sinus problems are related to allergies.
“Andrew’s Best Remedies”
Allergy Tea$ 8.95
Angel’s Mist Peppermint Essential Oil$ 7.00
Angel’s Mist Pine Essential Oil$ 10.00
Angel’s Mist Thyme Essential Oil$ 12.00
Angel’s Mist Aroma Remedy Blends$ 19.95
AromaThera-Teas by the Pound$ 29.95
BHI Sinus Tabs$ 14.95
Cleanse & Detox Tincture$ 21.95
Cleansing Smoothie with Green Powder$ 29.95
Cold Calm Homeopathic Remedy$ 14.95
Detox Complete System$ 49.95
Drainage-Tone Formula$ 28.00
Garlic Allicillin™ 60 gels$ 29.95
Ginger Tea Granules$ 8.95
Green Tea Antioxidant$ 38.00
Himalayan Salt Raw$ 1.95
Neti Pot by XLEAR$ 19.95
Bromelain is a plant-enzyme. Bromelain is not actually a single substance, but a group of protein-digesting enzymes found in pineapple juice and in the stem of pineapple plants. It is primarily produced in Japan, Hawaii, and Taiwan. Local swelling is the releasing of histimines in a localized area causes the vasodilation and increased permeability of blood vessels. Bromelain has an anti-inflammatory effect and is a very effective treatment for sinusitis. It is recommend taking 200 to 400 milligrams three times a day on an empty stomach at least ninety minutes before or three hours after eating. Discontinue use if you develop any itching or rash.
Grapefruit seed extract: is a citrus extract that is a powerful natural antibiotic and is used to inhibit microbes, parasites, bacteria, viruses and 30 types of fungi including Candida yeast. For sinus infections or congestion, take the recommended dose for 30 days.
Cayenne Peppers contain Capsaicin, a substance that can stimulate the nerve fibers and may act as a natural nasal decongestant.
Garlic has the same chemical found in a drug given to make mucus less sticky. This is a wonderful natural antibiotic and detoxifier which protects the body against infection by enhancing immune function.
Nettle Leaf, 300mg, taken twice per day can lead to effective results. Stinging Nettle plant (Urtica dioica) relieves hay fever symptoms quickly in most people, has no toxicity, and is even a valuable source of iron and trace minerals. Do not take this herb if you have high blood pressure.
Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Shake the tincture bottle well. As a dietary supplement, place 1 to 3 droppers full ~ approximately 1 tablespoon or 40 drops, under the tongue, or in juice or water as needed, 2-3 times a day.
BreathEasy: Lobelia, Pleurisy, Marshmallow, Mullien, Coltsfoot, Licorice.
Colds & Flu: Echinacea, Goldenseal, Cayenne.
Echinacea & Goldenseal: Echinacea & Goldenseal.
Headache Support: White Willow Bark, Feverfew, Chamomille, Pepermint, Scullcap, Catnip, Fenugreek.
Immunity: Astragalus, Pau D’Arco, Suma, Dandelion root, Oatstraw, Kelp.
Infection: Echinacea, Yarrow, Myrrh, Goldenseal, Black Walnut, Marshmallow, Plantain & Cayenne.
DIY Nasal Spray
To make your own saline mixture, combine about 16 ounces (1 pint) of lukewarm water (distilled, sterile, or previously boiled) with 1 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt. You can add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to buffer the solution.
Put the mixture into a clean Neti pot or spray bottle. Use 3 times a day. In the morning when you wake, after you have come indoors from being outside and in the evening before bed.
Not a DIY (do it yourself-er) Try our homeopathic nasal decongestant.
In a stainless steel pot, boil desired amount of water. The moment it boils turn the heat off. Add the following herbs in an infuser, muslin bag or tea ball for a single cup or add one-three teaspoons of herbs per cup for larger amounts.
Allow the herbs to infuse for up to 5 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups a day. For flavor-add lemon and sweeten with Stevia or organic honey. These herbs are helpful for gently cleanses, purifying, detoxing, anti-inflammatory. This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon and stimulates circulation.
Allergy Tea– Helps clear up allergy symptoms and relieves asthma related problems. Clears congestion and helps to open sinuses. Mullen, Echinacea, Burdock, Nettle, Licorice, Fo-ti, Astragalus.
Breath of Life Tea– This tea was designed for deep congestion and tightness in the chest and upper respiratory region. Helps by reducing mucus, inflammation. Feenugreek, Slippery Elm, Wild Cherry, White Pine, Licorice, Astragalus, Ginger, Orange Peel, Oska, Pleurisy.
Cough and Cold Tea– Blended to feed and nourish the body during cold & flu season. This healing tea cleanses with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Angustiotia, Mullen, Catnip, Goldenseal Leaf, Parsely, Fo-Ti, Comfrey, Spearmint, Uta Seed.
Immune Builder Tea– When taken on a regular basis, this tea helps to build and strengthen the immune system. Astrugalus, Echinacea, Hawthorne, Peppermint, Spearmint.
Stop Smoking Tea– Reduces cravings for nicotine. Helps with balance and food cravings. Clears congestion, has a mild antiseptic and reduces swelling by helping to reduce blood flow. Spearmint, Lobelia, Kudzu, St. John’s Wort, Peppermint, Marshmallow Root, Mullen, Licorice Root, Stevia, Clove, Eucalyptus, Orange Peel.
Aromatherapy can clear sinusitis by combating infection, opening up nasal passages, reducing congestion and relieving pain. Essential oils such as Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tea Tree and Thyme are all beneficial for this condition. Cedarwood: is an excellent choice for treating respiratory problems. As an expectorant, it helps to dislodge and expel mucus, decreases congestion. As an antiseptic, it fights infection.
Eucalyptus: fights bacterial and vrial infections. This oil stimulated regeneration of lung tissue. It increases blood oxygen supplies allowing more oxygen as well as nutrients to be delivered to the cells throughout the body.
Ginger: stimulates the immune system. It warms the chill from winter and dampness, cools the body by inducing sweating, reduces the drainage of a runny nose and helps with respiratory infection.
Lavender: clears congestion, stuffiness and soothes respiratory and throat disorders and boosts the immunity.
Peppermint: clears sinuses and improves breathing.
Pine: fights respiratory infections and encourages the release of mucus. This oil relieves congestion and makes breathing easier.
Rosemary: helps relieve respiratory disorders, fights infection, expels phlegm and assists in lymph drainage.
Tea Tree: a cousin to eucalyptus, this oil relieve respiratory disorders, fights bacteria, viruses and fungi and has a reputation of improving immunity.
Thyme: improves immunity by boosting the production of white blood cells. This oil is great for respiratory disorders.
Not a DIY (do it yourselfer), try Andrew’s Aroma Remedy Blends: ~ 3 times a day, morning, noon and night, utilize these blends of essential oils:
Sinus Steam Recipe
Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Remove from heat. Try these variations: ~ Add a handful of fresh herbs such as peppermint leaf, thyme and/or clove. ~ Blend in 5 – 10 drops of eucalyptus, peppermint, ginger or tea tree oil. Stir in ingredients and bring your face close enough to the water to feel the steam on your face. Drape a towel over your head to form a “tent”. This keeps the wonderful ingredients concentrated on your sinuses. Steam up to 5 minutes.
Addicted to OTC Nasal Sprays?
Over the counter nasal sprays clear your congestion up immediately, but leave you with long term addiction to these products. You have to break the cycle! The best way to do this is like this: the once prescription Flonase is now sold over the counter. Buy one bottle + a bottle of salt water (or make your own ~ see above). For 2 3 weeks, every morning and every evening, spray 1 shot of Flonase up each nostril, then follow with 2 shots of salt water up each nostril. You will notice it will take a few minutes for the congestion to clear, the first week you do this. By week 2 and 3, you break the total dependence on the OTC nasal sprays. After this…use salt water only!
The mysterious and amazing healing power of water has been utilized for centuries. Water cleanses, refreshes and restores all life. We are always drawn to water. Be it a soothing fountain or majestic waterfall. Water is a carrier. It flows. It moves along the line of least resistance to find its way to the ocean where comes and goes in the ebb and flow of tides and waves. The appeal is inexplicable! We crave water, maybe because our bodies are made up of a large percent of it. Maybe because we instinctively know how it can heal us.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any form, in the treatment of dis-ease.
Steam treatments and hot showers have a cleansing effect on congestion and sinuses. If you have access to a steam room. I nice 15-20 minute steam opens sinuses and head congestion. If you do not, try a hot, steamy shower. Massage your sinus cavities, neck and head while you are in there.
Steam your sinuses by boiling water first. Remove the pot from the stove. Add a few drops of any two of these essential oils such as peppermint, thyme, ginger, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil to the water and then with a towel, make a tent over your head and steam your face for up 5 minutes. See our DIY sinus steam recipe.
The nose and sinuses are designed to act as filters and they form the first line of defense against airborn contaminants, pollen, dust and other irritants. Nasal and sinus cleansing have been used for millennia to keep these “filters” working as they should. The neti pot essentially pours a salt water solution from one sinus cavity to those one the opposite side, cleansing in the process. Consider our new, modern version of the neti pot
Water should be a very important part of any nutritional program. 6-8 eight ounce glasses a day.
Some studies indicate that people with sinusitis have environmental allergies. Although food allergies may also contribute to the problem, some researchers believe food allergies only rarely cause sinusitis. If other treatment approaches are unsuccessful, people with sinusitis may choose to work with a nutritionist in order to evaluate what, if any, effect elimination of food and other allergens might have on reducing their symptoms.
Supplementation with 250 mg of Pantothenic Acid two times a day helps most patients suffering from allergic rhinitis, a significant predisposing factor for sinusitis. However, research has yet to investigate the effects of Pantothenic Acid supplementation with people who have sinusitis.
Histamine is associated with increased nasal and sinus congestion. Vitamin C (2,000 mg three times per day) reduced histamine levels in people with either high histamine levels or low blood levels of Vitamin C.
Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple, has been reported to relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis.
Eliminate milk and all milk products from the diet, including prepared foods that list milk as an ingredient. An overwhelming majority of patients report dramatic improvement in sinus conditions after two months of this dietary change.
Do not smoke. Do not spend time around smokers or in smoky environments.
Massage can be used to help relieve sinus pressure and tension around the head, neck, temples, forehead and sinus cavities.
You can massage the forehead in small circles moving upward into the hairline. Circle back down to the temples on the sides of the head, as well as the cheeks, and sinus cavities on both sides of the nose.
One simple massage would consist of placing the thumb and forefinger of either hand on the sides of the bridge of the nose. Squeeze the bridge of the nose for several seconds, and then release the pressure. Repeat this process ten to fifteen times inching your fingers down the sides of the nose and outward under the eyes. This will open the sinuses for proper drainage.
Massaging above and below the eyes will break up congestion as well. You can also massage the tension along the jawline. Cup on hand and latch the fingers along the SCM of the neck and pull the muscle toward the spine. Repeat on the other side.
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This medical system uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person’s immune system and body’s natural defenses. Homeopathic remedies are named for the plant or animal ingredients they are made from. Homeopathy not only offers relief from temporary disorders but, can provide long term healing of a person due to its individual and “holistic” approach. This type of healing makes it easier and possible to avoid recurrence or relapses in the future and homeopathy stimulates the body’s natural defense system by reestablishing normal immune system and cell functioning.
Arsenicum album Use for throbbing and burning pains in the sinuses. Pain aggravated by light, noise, movement, after midnight, and may be triggered by anxiety, exertion, and excitability. Teeth may feel sore and painful. Nausea and vomiting along with sinusitis is a sign to use this medicine. Often patients have a big thirst, but drink frequent sips, rather than gulps. Those who feel relief by lying quietly in a dark room with the head raised on pillows exposed to cool air should use this medicine.
Belladonna This remedy can be helpful for those whose head feels full, as if it could burst. There is throbbing pain that is worse by jarring, touch, bending forward, lying flat, or motion of the eyes and is relieved by gradually applied pressure, sitting up, or bending the head backwards. The pain usually resides in the forehead or around the eyes. The eyes are also sensitive to light and the face is flushed. They feel dizzy, which becomes worse when bending over. Also for those whose sinus pain appear rapidly then disappears temporarily, only to repeat the process of coming and going.
Kali bichromicum A person who needs this remedy has a thick, stringy nasal discharge. There maybe extreme pain at the root of the nose that is better by applying pressure in the area. The bones and scalp feel sore. Dizziness and nausea when rising from sitting and the severe pain may lead to dimmed vision. The preference is to lie down in a dark room, feel better with warmth, warm drinks, or overeating. These pains are often worse with cold, light, noise, walking, bending and in the morning (especially on waking) or at night.
Mercurius This remedy benefits those who feel as though their head was in a vise. The pains are worse in open air, from sleeping, and after eating and drinking. Pain is also aggravated by extremes of hot and cold. The scalp and the nose become very sensitive to the touch. The teeth feel sore and painful, and excessive salivation is possible. Nasal discharge is usually green but too thick to flow. It is usually offensive smelling and acrid.
Pulsatilla Use this remedy when nasal discharge is thick and yellow or green. Headache is worse when lying down and in a warm room, better in cool air and often begins after being over heated. Bending, sitting, standing from lying down and eating, can aggravate the headache, which is often frontal and accompanied with digestive problems. Slow walking in open air or wrapping the head tightly in a bandage can bring relief.
Spigella This remedy is best for those who develop sinusitis with a sharp pain that is worse on the left side. This often occurs after exposure to cold or cold, wet, damp weather. Pain from warmth or when bending can occur and the feeling of relief when cold applications or cold water is applied.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest, continually practiced, and professionally administered health care system in the world. It is a documented medical system spanning over 2,500 years based on comprehensive philosophies, rational theories, clinically tested and empirically verified by over 100 generations of highly educated practitioners.
Chinese Medicine is a total system of internal medicine, which is comprised of a diagnostic procedure based on signs, symptoms and treatment styles including acupuncture, herbal medicine, exercise, diet and meditation. It’s foundation is based on the principles of balance; the interdependent relationship of Yin and Yang. Through this balance, health is achieved and maintained.
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at any disease through a signs and symptoms and then groups them into certain patterns. TCM recognizes some common patterns that can manifest as sinusitis, which are Wind-Heat of Lung: caused by weather changes, Stagnated Heat of Gallbladder: caused by emotions, Damp Heat of Spleen/Stomach: caused by greasy and spicy foods, Deficiency Cold of Lung Qi: caused by chronic illness or Deficiency of Spleen: caused by improper diet, fatigue or over-thinking.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are effective therapies for the treatment of sinusitis. Acupuncture redirects your Qi into a more balanced flow. It provides support to the underlying energetic spheres affected by your sinusitis, helping to resolve the cause or effects of your sinus pain and pressure. Acupuncture releases tension in the muscles. This allows increased flow of blood, lymph, and nerve impulses to affected areas, decreasing the pressure and blockage experienced by you.
Herbal medicine is an important component for working at the root of the problem. These herbs are exceptional for sinus relief…
Acupressure for Sinusitis
Consider apply some acu-pressure on these areas for self relief:
Bitong: Located on each side of the nose, at the bottom edge of the nasal bones.
Yingxiang (LI 20): Located in the groove on each side of the nostrils, at the widest point of the nostrils.
Hegu (LI-4): Located at the highest spot of the muscle between the thumb and index finger on the back of the hand when the thumb and index finger are close together.
Gently start massaging these points S-l-o-w-l-y in a clockwise motions. As you get use to the light pressure, start going deeper, which will allow these main areas to release. Observe the power of these points about 15 minutes after you have massaged them.
Diet is another element that should be used as a remedy for sinusitis. Avoid foods, which produce phlegm, such as cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and fried foods.
There is an emotional aspect to every illness. Often times, it is the emotional thoughts or “excess emotions” that will lead to illness. The following therapies are utilized for calming the mind, help with stress relief and focuses on our mental powers over any situation. The ability to balance your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual self are exceptional tools on your healing journey. Here are some suggestions:
Sinusitis can be a reaction to something or someone irritating around you! It is also considered the manifestation of unexpressed emotions.
Sinusitis is inflammation of the head and sinus. It is the blocking, swelling and pain due to an irritant. It is usually triggered by a pollutant around you, but can certainly be stressed more or aggravated by others around you as well!
There are other irritants around you and they are usually close by: Stress from a relationship with a loved one or family member can set off your sinusitis.
- Speak your peace. Express what is on your mind. If not verbally, write it out!
The Metaphysical Connection to the Nose
Our nose represent our own self recognition. Therefore, a symbol of intuitive discernment, taking in and sniffing out the truth.
Our sense of smell is the most direct path to our emotions. What are you not recognizing? Is it your self worth (congested), not being recognized (bleeding), or runny (asking for help or crying)?
Once the Olfactory receptors identify an aroma > nerve cells relay this information directly to the Limbic system of the brain.
Here, aromas can trigger memories and influence behavior.
Additionally, the Limbic system works in conjunction with the pituitary gland and the > Hypothalamus region of the brain to regulate the hormonal activities > thus triggering the production of hormones that govern >
- Learn to breathe deeply and fully. Your breath is your connection to relaxation and inner peace.
- Metaphysical expert Louise Hay sees sinusitis as: Irritation towards one person. Usually someone close.
- Use her affirmation: I declare peace and harmony surround me at all times!
* Our Belief System is one of the major factors that can get us through situations or can cause our life to crumble around us! I do believe that there is a lot of innate goodness and balancing our minds do subconsciously to get us through hard times. The other portion of this is how we “program” ourselves to deal with any given situation.
* Our self-confidence and self-love are often the key to opening and strengthening this portion of our thoughts which in turn emanates from ourselves!
* Energy follows thought. Program thought to be positive and your energy will reflect it!
* Really appreciating what we DO have as opposed to what we would like to have, sometimes makes a significant difference. This is always an important element in healing that is often neglected.
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