Sinus infections (sinusitis) are an inflammation of the sinuses and can be caused by viral, fungal or bacterial infections. When our sinus openings (sinuses are air-filled cavities in the skull) become blocked from inflamed tissues or mucus build-up, they can become infected.
Sinusitis can also be a symptom of intolerances to certain foods or pinched nerves, which can cause inflammation in the body.
1. Warm Compress
To relieve pressure and help to encourage drainage of the sinuses, place a warm compress on the sinuses for 3-5 minutes a few times a day as needed.
2. Sinus Steam Bath
Put a few drops of pine essential oil in a steaming bowl of water. Lean over bowl and inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes. Monitor your child carefully as the water should be boiling hot for optimal effectiveness. Use caution.
Flushing the sinuses with saline solution can aid in reduction of swelling and remove excess mucous along with debris and pathogens. A neti pot can aid you in sinus irrigation. To make a saline solution, use 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 16 ounces (2 cups) of warm water.
Adequate hydration is the key to flushing out the virus from your system. Try to drink at least 8 ounces every 2 hours.
Make a ginger tea and add raw honey to aid in recovery.
6. Garlic and onions
Both of these vegetable help boost immune function.
7. Apple cider vinegar:
At the first sign of 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.
8. Oregano Oil
While it may not be the most accessible of the home remedies for sinus infection, oregano oil can be an effective sinus infection treatment. Not only could you simply ingest the oregano oil, but the oil can also be steamed and inhaled over a stove (with eyes closed). In addition to being a potential treatment for sinus infection, oregano oil benefits may also help to improve digestion, aid in fighting infections, and improve biological function – especially in the liver and colon.