19 Natural Remedies for a Sinus Infection

What is a Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)?

A sinus infection (also known as sinusitis) occurs when your nasal cavities become inflamed and fill with fluid; this sets the stage for germs to grow creating an infection.

Common symptoms

  • Postnasal drip
  • Discolored nasal discharge (greenish in color)
  • Nasal stuffiness or congestion
  • Tenderness of the face (particularly under the eyes or at the bridge of the nose)
  • Frontal headaches
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus pressure
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Bad breath

What causes a Sinus Infection?

  • A virus or a cold and can persists even after other cold or respiratory symptoms are gone
  • Weak immune system
  • Weak adrenal glands and low cortisol and cortisone production
  • Stress of any kind affects the immune system
  • Nutrient deficiencies: zinc, vitamin D, magnesium, EPA DHA and many others
  • Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium
  • Tooth infection: can contribute to sinus infections
  • Allergies: can trigger the sinus to become blocked and get inflamed
  • Nasal polyps: get in the way of natural air flow
  • Bacterial infections which is not common

 

Acute or Chronic Sinus Infection?

Many sinus infection symptoms are similar to both acute and chronic infections.

Acute sinus infection:  defined by the American Academy of Otolaryngology as less than four weeks. An acute infection usually starts as a cold with a runny nose and comes on suddenly.[1]

Chronic sinus infections: last for more than twelve weeks or continue to recur.[2]

Conventional Treatment

Although antibiotics are commonly recommended for sinus infections, the majority are actually the result of viruses or colds. The infection will get better as the nasal congestion dissipates.

What to do for long-lasting results?

Start a mineral balancing program to rebuild and repair your body.  This will naturally assist your immune system, improve the function of the adrenal glands, remove heavy metals, eliminate chronic and acute infections, and much more. Find a Practitioner to Start a Mineral Balancing Program

Sandy suffered with chronic sinus infections for over 10 years! She would experience a small reprieve and then the infection would reoccur. She had taken many antibiotics over the years which did help in the beginning but eventually nothing would change after taking a round of antibiotics. She started on the mineral balancing program in 2014. She improved her diet, included specific supplements for her body chemistry and added sauna therapy: Near Infrared Saunas, Single Heat Lamp Therapy After 10 months on the program the sinus infection disappeared.  Additionally, Sandy has not had a sinus infection in over 5 years!

 

Natural Remedies for Sinus Infections

  • Stay hydrated— 2 to 3 quarts spring or carbon filtered water daily: relieves sinus congestion and helps mucus membranes function correctly.
  • Moisture— humidifier, saline nasal spray, or sitting in a steam-filled bathroom, adding more moisture to the air and your nasal passages can help to reduce congestion.
  • Neti-pot— Can greatly improve sinus issues and clear the nasal passages. This process is called “nasal irrigation.” Neti Pot  this ceramic neti pot has lasted for over 10 years and looks the same as the day I bought it! It also includes the salt.  Do the neti-pot in the morning and before bed. How to Use a  Neti-Pot
  • Vitamin A, 50,000 iu a day for adults— (not from beta-carotene) Here is one I recommend: Vitamin A Now Brand. You can take this amount for about 7 to 10 days. Great for mucus membranes (skip if pregnant).
  • Red heat lamp— aim at sinus area (with eyes closed) for no more than 5 minutes 4 to 5 times a day until the infection passes Single Heat Lamp Therapy
  • Warm salt water gargle—helps to get rid of anything from the throat that could spread to the sinus. 4 to 6 times a day during an acute infection.
  • Colloidal silver— Get a nasal spray colloidal silver and spray a squirt in each nostril twice a day. This is the one I recommend: Nasal Colloidal Silver
  • Garlic— Nature’s best natural antibiotic! Cook with garlic as it has many healing properties. Use 6 cloves or more in a recipe if someone is dealing with a cold/flu/sinus issue.
  • Sleep— If you are not getting enough sleep, the infection will linger. Sleep regenerates the body. Try going to bed earlier or sleeping in if possible to get added rest to speed up recovery.
  • Warm compresses— can ease pain in the nose and sinus area and loosen secretions. Recline with a hot washcloth over your eyes and nose for 3 minutes up to 4 times a day.
  • Ginger— Natural decongestant. Make ginger tea and add raw honey to aid in recovery.   The anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals in ginger root can help to eliminate the infection. Drink 2-3 cups daily until you are well. Make Ginger Tea at Home
  • Vitamin C rich foods— Aids the immune system and also assists to alleviate an infection: add foods such as broccoli, parsley, oranges, kale, lemons
  • Vitamin C—1000 mg twice  a day for an adult is a safe amount. Taking too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea.
  • Facial Steam—Boil about 4 cups of distilled water and put in a heat safe bowl. Can add a few drops of oil of oregano, eucalyptus, thyme, or rosemary then hold your face over the pot and drape a towel over your head to help keep the steam in (keep face a safe distance from the hot water so you do not get burned). Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Oregano, Eucalyptus, thyme and rosemary oil all have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties and helps reduce the swelling of mucous membranes.
  • Shower—A steamy shower can relieve sinus pressure and loosen mucus to clear out the sinuses
  • Chicken soup —Supports the immune system. Can also help to clear nasal congestion by thinning mucus.
  • Oil of Oregano— contains two powerful compounds of carvacrol and thymol that have powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Potent Oregano Oil (skip if pregnant or nursing)
  • Echinacea— an herb that can help your body fight off viruses and bacteria. Herbalists will often recommend this herb as a natural treatment for sinus infections. Echinacea. Look at your local health food store. Now, Solaray, Nature’s Way are all great brands.
  • Natural decongestants— Horseradish- If you have ever eaten too much horseradish, you have experienced the nasal clearing effects! Others are lemon, cayenne and apple cider vinegar. These can help to clear the nasal passages. Below is my favorite one:

Decongestant Tea

 Ingredients
1 1/2 cups distilled water
2 tablespoons unfiltered apple cider vinegar (Braggs)
1 tablespoon of raw honey
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

Warm water to your liking
Mix the warm water and apple cider vinegar in a glass
Stir in honey,cayenne pepper and lemon juice

What to avoid

Dairy products—milk, cheese and other dairy products are mucus producing

Sugar— can weaken immune system cells

Grains/white flour products—mucus producing

Potatoes and other starchy vegetables—mucus producing

Caffeine—dehydrates the body (diuretic) and can harden and swell mucus (exactly what we don’t want)

Alcohol— dehydrates the body (diuretic) and can contribute to sinus inflammation

 

Health to you and yours!

Dr. Heather Kneale Rainbowsandbutterflies.net

 

DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this article is strictly educational and is not, in any way, meant to be prescriptive or to constitute professional medical advice. Always check with your doctor before taking natural supplements if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any ongoing medical concerns, or are currently taking other medications.

 

[2] Chronic sinusitis. (2018).
mayoclinic.com/health/chronic-sinusitis/DS00232/DSECTION=symptoms

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All About the Liver

By Dr. Kneale © July 2018

The liver is a large organ that is located on the right side of the abdominal cavity just beneath the rib-cage. Because It secrets a substance called bile, the liver is classified as a gland. It is the largest gland in the body.  The liver has hundreds of different functions, more than any other gland, and is connected with every part of the body . Its main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract before passing it to the rest of the body. And in its spare time, the  liver detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. It is a busy gland trying to take care of us!

What does the liver do?

  • Produces bile for the breakdown of fat
  • Converts glucose (sugars) to glycogen (stored sugar)
  • Filters harmful substances from the blood (drugs, alcohol)
  • Storage site for vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, D, E and K)
  • Responsible for producing cholesterol, produces about 80% within the body
  • Regulates the body’s ability to clot
  • Stores extra blood, which can be released when needed
  • Creates serum proteins, which maintain fluid balance and act as carriers for hormones like estrogen and others
  • Helps maintain electrolyte and water balance
  • Creates immune substance
  • Regulates levels of sexual hormones such as estrogen, testosterone and breaks down and eliminates excess sexual hormones.

Main Detoxification Gland

The liver is the body’s main detoxification organ along with manufacturing. It cleans out bacteria, poisons, worn-out red blood cells, alcohol, drugs and other waste products.  It is unique in the body because it is the only organ to receive a double blood supply. One source of blood is from the heart and lungs which supplies the liver with oxygen. The other source comes from the veins in the intestinal area. This blood contains digested nutrients absorbed through the intestinal wall.  This allows the blood coming from the gastrointestinal tract to pass through the liver before entering the general circulation.  This gives the liver first access to nutrients that are needed by the body and toxins that need to be detoxified.

The liver also is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Carbohydrates supply energy for all of the body’s functions.  Liver cells store several substances including the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), minerals and fat. These can be released when the body needs them.   The liver also controls the metabolism of dietary fat.  It produces bile which is stored in the gallbladder, and is necessary for the digestion and breakdown of fat.

 

Bile Production

One of the primary functions of the liver is to produce bile. Bile helps break down fats by emulsification (converting large fat globules into tiny ones that are more water soluble and easier for the body to deal with). Bile is essential for the digestion of fats and oils.  If the liver is functioning properly, after eating fat and oil it should trigger the liver and gallbladder to release bile into the intestines.  Bile breaks the fat apart so that the fat molecules can mix well with the digestive juices.  The liver controls the growth and functioning of every cell in the body. Any kind of malfunction or abnormal growth is largely due to poor liver performance.

How do we know if our liver is functioning properly?

According to Andrew Moritz in his book “The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse” he states that blood tests may be a great disadvantage for assessing liver health. Most people may have physical complaints that are common with liver congestion but the blood tests are perfectly normal.  The liver is an exceptional organ in that it can perform properly even when it has lost up to 60% of its original efficiency. [1]

Liver can be Restored!

The liver is quite remarkable in that it has the power to regenerate and be restored. It can reverse disease and deterioration better than any other organ in the body.  In one study there were 6 patients that underwent 30-70% removal of the liver. Postoperative follow up of 50 days showed that the liver had regenerated maximally to a volume of around 75% of the preoperative liver mass.  120 days postoperative follow up the liver regenerated from 75-85% of the preoperative liver mass. [2]

Global Nutritional Healing programs help the liver in many ways:

  • Eating a clean diet
  • Coffee enemas
  • Improving your metabolism
  • Near infrared sauna helps to decongest the internal organs
  • Specific supplements such as GB-3 and zinc
  • Decreased exposure to toxins
  • Decreased internal stress on the body
  • Detoxification of metals, chemicals, and other toxins
  • And more

 

“Healing for almost any degenerative condition is not complete until the patient’s liver and essential organ functions are all restored to full normal activity”.  Max Gerson, MD

 

 

 

[1] Moritz, Andrew. The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse. Berkeley, CA. Ulysses Press. 2007, introduction

[2] Scand J Gastroenterol. 1990 Feb;25(2):112-8.

 

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