A sinus infection occurs when too much mucus builds up in the sinuses, creating a moist and stagnant environment ideal for a virus, bacteria, or fungus to multiply. The discomfort and pressure in your face from whether you have a single sinus infection or chronic sinusitis is enough to make you want to take medication. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) warns against taking unnecessary antibiotics because most sinus problems are caused by viruses, which antibiotics don’t treat, and even problems caused by bacteria don’t usually get better with antibiotics, the agency says. In ancient times, when there was hardly any advanced technology, home remedies made from natural extracts or medicinal plants were the only source to cure all ailments and diseases, so home remedies are always a safer option. (Also read: Don’t let your sinuses become a pain in your nose. Try these 4 yoga poses for instant relief )
Speaking to HT Lifestyle, Luke Coutinho’s Head Nutritionist, Charmi Jigar, shared effective home remedies to clear up a sinus infection.
Steaming helps with sinus infections because it moisturizes the sinuses when inhaled. (gettyimages)
Steaming helps with a sinus infection because it moistens the sinuses when inhaled. Take hot water and steam it 3-4 times a day by adding cabbage leaves and 1 tsp carrom seeds.
2. Herbal Sinus Preparation (1-2 times a day)
Herbal Sinus Concoction helps in relieving sinus infections. (free pic)
Take 200ml water, add 1 tsp turmeric, a pinch of cayenne pepper, 1-2 peppercorns and 3-4 crushed garlic. Boil the water, reduce by half and drain, then add 1 tsp raw unpasteurized honey (optional). It helps in relieving sinus infections.
3. Applying Lep (paste)
Apply the ginger paste to your forehead and nose before bed for sinus relief. (pinterest)
Make a paste of equal parts (1 tsp each) dry ginger powder, turmeric powder, and ambehalad (mango ginger powder). Warm it up on the flame – Once it’s warm, turn off the flame. Apply to forehead and nose before bedtime and wash off in the morning. (A burning sensation indicates the remedy is working well. You can use it according to your tolerance level).
4. Having warm liquids
Drinking warm liquids like soups or vegetable juices helps with the sinuses.(istockphoto)
Drinking warm liquids like soups or vegetable juices helps in the sinuses as they clear the congestion and mucus in your nasal cavities. The hot broth encourages mucus flow and helps with hydration.
5. Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea has a tingly, revitalizing flavor that may help gently unclog congested sinuses (Pixabay)
It has a tingly, revitalizing flavor that could help gently unclog congested sinuses. This tea contains the powerful anti-inflammatory compound menthol, which helps reduce the swelling in blood vessels that lead to nasal congestion. Peppermint tea’s antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties help treat allergies, colds, and sinus infections.
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