I have struggled with a weak immune system since I was 19
years old. I am now 32 and my biggest
challenge every year for the last 5 or 6 years has been getting reoccurring
sinus infections no matter what season it is.
Because I have gotten these so frequently in my life, I am becoming more
and more resistant to the normal antibiotics that doctors prescribe to treat my
sinus infections. Besides the resistance
you build up to the effectiveness, being on antibiotics further knocks out your
immune system which can cause reoccurences immediately or open you up to other
Sometimes sinus infections in their latest stages are so
nasty that you simply need antibiotics so thank goodness they are there. However it is a smart idea to take preventative measures and boost up your immune system while fighting a sinus infection whether you are taking antibiotics or not. I once went 3 rounds of antibiotics for 2
months after not taking this seriously, which made each one harder than the
last to get over and was very frustrating!
Therefore I have researched and tested all of the following remedies to
naturally treat a sinus infection (best if used at very first signs of
imbalance before infection is in its full stage).
Common Causes of Sinus Infections:
- Cold & flu symptoms causing excessive mucus
and inflammation of sinus cavity and tissues
- Environmental & food allergies
- Excessive dairy consumption
- Tobacco & pollution irritation
- Dental or fungal Infection
- Systemic Candida (overgrowth of yeast in body)
Natural Remedies to Treat Sinus Infections:
When your sinus cavity is fighting an infection you have an
excess of mucus that is trapped and causes further irritation and infection,
therefore the name of the game is to dissolve the mucus and drain it. Dairy, flour, chocolate, fried/processed
foods and sugar produce large amounts of mucus; so avoid these foods. Try one or all of these remedies at the same
time, it will not hurt you at all since they are all natural and will not
interact with each other adversely. If
you are taking any prescription drugs, you should always check with your doctor
concerning interactions with other supplements as I am not a doctor and know
nothing about pharmaceuticals.
I. Dissolve Mucus:
- Drink Apple Cider Vinegar-Apple cider vinegar
thins out mucus in the body, allowing it to drain more effectively. ACV is also a natural antibacterial and an
overall acclaimed immunity booster. The
best way to take it is to dissolve 2 tsps.
in water with a tsp. of honey or Stevia 3 times a day.
- Add cayenne pepper, garlic and onion to
everything you eat.
- Eat Daikon radish since it is excellent at
dissolving mucus in the body. Daikon
radish looks like a large white carrot and has a mild taste; it is sometimes
served shredded as a garnish with sushi.
- Take Turmeric supplements (anti-inflammatory) to
lessen nasal inflammation
- Steam & Inhale-Hold your head over a pot of
freshly boiled water with a few drops of Olba’s oil or Oregano oil 2 times a
day to thin congestion. If you use Oregano oil please note that essential oils are safe to inhale but are not meant to be internally ingested unless they are a special kind that has been processed to be pharmaceutical grade. I wanted to include this info as you can take Pharmaceutical grade Oregano Oil internally for your immune system if you would like just make sure it is the right kind. For your convenience the link below this paragraph to the right, is the kind of Oregano Oil that can be both inhaled and internally ingested but please read specific product directions on Amazon page on how to ingest internally.
II. Drain Mucus:
- Eat a spoonful of crushed horseradish or dab of
wasabi mixed with lemon juice and be ready to blow your nose!
- Use a Neti pot during and in between sinus infections-click to read my article "How To Use A Neti Pot"
III. Help Your Body
Fight & Entirely Clear the Infection:
Take Probiotics- The flora or healthy bacteria
in your colon accounts for the majority of your immune system. There is 100 trillion (or 3lbs. worth) of
bacteria lining your intestinal tract, your overall health depends on the
balance of the “good bacteria” vs. the “bad kind” which is a very delicate
balance and chances are if you eat any processed foods or have been on
antibiotics that kill off the good bacteria you need to be on a probiotic
supplement. These supplements need to be
stored in the refrigerator as they are live cultured organisms. Another excellent source of probiotics is
found in kefir (a thin drinkable yogurt found at any health food store).
- Colloidal Silver- Colloidal silver is one of the
best natural antibiotics ever discovered and used in human history. It is
safer, cheaper and far more effective than pharmaceutical antibiotics, so much
that most colloidal silver companies are being threatened and bullied by the
pharmaceutical industry, FDA and even the FTC because they lose money over
- Take Vitamin C up to 1000mg 3x a day; it is
impossible to overdose on vitamin C, your body will just use what it needs and
then expel the rest through your urine
(however excessive amounts of vitamin C every day of your life can cause
serious side effects)
IV.Prevent Furthering of Infection or Reoccurence
& Maintain Healthy Sinuses
- Grapefruit Seed Extract is a natural antibiotic
and can prevent microbes, parasites, bacteria and viruses. Purchase in the form of a nasal spray for
best results and use during, after and in between any allergy or sinus problems.
- Do Ear Candling about 3 times a year in between
ear or sinus infections not during. Click here to read my article containing Ear Candling Instructions "What is Ear Candling and How Do You Do It?"
- Continue probiotics and apple cider vinegar
every day- they both have lasting and multiple health benefits to your entire
body and immune system in particular.
- Run an air filter for your house with HEPA
filter and always change filter when recommended.
- If you use a humidifier while you are sick or in
general it is very important to keep it very clean! If you live in a dry climate like us Rocky
Mountain folk or are trying to keep pollens down by moisturizing the air, then
you probably employ a humidifier in the winter or when you aren’t feeling well,
so you need to take note of the following precautions. Buy the newer humidifiers that have Microban
technology that prevents mildew and molds, as this can make you sicker! Even with these, clean them often with vinegar
and baking soda, use distilled water only and always change your filters when
you see mineral build up or discoloration.
DISCLAIMER:**** I am not a doctor and nothing in this article/website is suggesting that I am. The information contained in this article/website is not intended to replace professional medical counsel concerning small or serious ailments. You assume all risk in trying any suggestions learned from this article/website. You should always consult your doctor if you have any questions or worries about anything concerning your physical or mental health. The knowledge shared within this article/website are simply ideas and theories based upon my own personal studies and experience throughout 17 years of holistic living and trying these things myself. The products featured on this page are my favorite ones that I have used throughout the years and found to be the most effective, high quality and reasonably priced.