Sinusitis is a condition that may affect everyone at least once in their lives. The symptoms are similar (or worst most of the times) to the ones of the cold, but it lasts longer. A couple of days ago, I got it too, so I decided to study more about it and use some of the natural remedies known for this condition.
Below I have written a comprehensive guide on sinusitis, what it is, what to avoid, and a few natural remedies for alleviating the symptoms and pain.
Our nostrils are the entrance of a network of passages behind our face, which are known as sinuses. They are hollow interconnected, through tiny openings, cavities filled with air which have various functions. First of all, they produce mucus, that moisturise the inside of the nose, which on its turn help to clean up dust or any other particles we may inhale. Also, they provide a space for our head to absorb the shocks from moving around. Moreover, it increases the resonance of our voice, so we can be heard better.
As you can see from the image below, there are 4 sinuses on each side of our head, the Frontal, the Ethmoid, Sphenoid, and Maxillary sinuses.
- Frontal sinuses are located behind the forehead
- Ethmoid sinuses are small air pockets located between the eyes
- Sphenoid sinuses are located deep behind the Ethmoid sinuses
- Maxillary sinuses are located behind the cheeks
When the sinuses are inflamed (from a cold, allergy, etc) they produce more mucus and get swollen, which leads to blocking of the tiny openings that connect the sinuses together. This is commonly known as sinusitis. Also, what is known as sinus headache, is the increased pressure inside the sinuses because of the those blockages. Symptoms of sinusitis may include:
- Mucus discharge from the nose (usually green or yellow)
- Blocked nose
- Pain around the cheeks, eyes (where the sinuses are located)
- Sinus headache
- High temperature
There are things you can avoid in order to relieve the pain of sinusitis.
- Cow milk, cheese, and dairy products in general, as they increase the mucus production.
- Fermented products (even wine, beer, etc)
- Ice-cold drinks
- Wheat and gluten
Apart of the over-the-counter medicines, there are natural remedies you could try out to alleviate the symptoms. Here are some that I have helped me in the past. By the way, most of these tips can be used when you have blocked nose.
- Garlic and ginger tea
- Put in boiling water 2 cloves of garlic and a couple slices of ginger. Leave them for 10 minutes, while you breath in the steam through your nose. Before put the garlic in the boiling water, you can crush it, place it close to your nostril and inhale.
- Steam bath
- Take a handful of peppermint leaves, cover them with water and boil it.Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam.Alternatively, you can replace the peppermint leaves with 2 drops of Eucalyptus oil, 4 drops of Tea Tree oil, and 4 drops of Lavender oil.
- Hot bath, while breathing in the steam through you nose. Sauna is also beneficial.
- Exercise. Depending on how you feel, mild exercise will help you. A walk to the park and the fresh air will surely make you feel better.
- The acupressure points (LI20, ST3, GV23, UB20). To find the acupressure points you can use this website
- Facial massage and warm facial compresses
- Nasal wash, with a neti pot
- Turmeric (as an anti-inflammatory can help boost our immunity)
Remember to always check with your GP before trying out something new 🙂
Hope you get better!