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Natural Sinus Remedies

Updated on July 14, 2011

Natural Sinus Remedies are needed if you suffer from sinusitis. Sinusitis occurs when there is inflammation in lining of the mucous membranes, the paranasal sinuses. It often occurs after you have influenza, the common cold and other infections. You also get symptoms when germs have left the body and then find their way into the chambers or sinuses of the nasal passage.

The sinuses consist of chambers or cavities which are contained in the bones found in the face and head region. The frontal sinuses are located just above the eyes on the frontal bone, the maxillary can be found on each side of your nose directly under the cheekbones and the sphenoid and ethmoid are located behind the nose.

What Are The Symptoms?

Here is a list of common symptoms you may experience with this condition.

  • Constant and excessive sneezing
  • A running nose
  • One or both nostrils can get blocked
  • Pressure around the head, face and eyes
  • Headaches that are felt in the forehead and just below the eyes
  • Lack of appetite
  • Low grade fever
  • Toothache
  • You also may have difficulty breathing and your voice may also be effected and natural sinus remedies are needed for relief

What Causes This Condition?

Sinusitis is caused by congestion in the passages from catarrh. There is a over secretion of mucous found in the lining membranes of the head, throat and nose. Toxins in the blood have been known to cause over secretion and irritation.

A unhealthy diet can also cause sinus problems. If you consume certain unhealthy foods regularly this can effect your immune system. This then causes your body to become more sensitive and react badly to allergens and causes sinusitis.

Natural Sinus Remedies
Natural Sinus Remedies

Natural Sinus Remedies

Changing your diet is important when treating this condition naturally. Make sure you have a balanced diet, many people who suffer from sinus problems also have an acidic body so an alkaline diet is beneficial. You should also reduce the amount of salt in your diet as it can cause an accumulation of water within the tissues and also depletes calcium from the body.

If fever is present it is advised to see your doctor for treatment and avoid solid foods and only consume liquids of fresh juiced fruit and vegetables which are diluted with water on a 50:50 ratio. When your fever subsides you can follow a raw vegetable and fruit diet low in calories and plenty of raw juices.

Once your symptoms have gone you can gradually adopt a diet of the three main food groups. These are fruits and vegetables, grains and nuts and seeds. If symptoms persist you can repeat short juice fasts for a week every 2 months.

Natural sinus remedies also include that you stay away from starchy and fried foods, white flour, white sugar, white pasta and foods that contain high amounts of sugar. Strong spices and meat products should also be avoided and butter should be reduced. For a natural sweetener you can use honey.

Healthy Balanced Diet
Healthy Balanced Diet

All your food should be prepared freshly every day and you should consume a lot of vegetables. Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange, lemons and limes should be avoided,other fruits can be taken. Milk products can be taken as it contains calcium which can overcome inflammation within the tissues.

For sinus and cold infections it is important to have a diet high in Vitamin A. This nutrient is known as a membrane conditioner and helps keep your mucous membranes healthy in the throat and head. Some foods that are high in vitamin A are egg yolk, carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes, papaya, mango, green leafy vegetables and oranges.

Natural sinus remedies such as taking vitamin A can be taken, take a high dose of 25000 IU each day for a week. You can also take vitamin C of 1000 mg per day split in two doses of 500 mg which will help relieve symptoms.

An effective remedy is to make sure you include pungent herbs in your diet like onions and garlic which can help break up the congestion of mucous in the respiratory tract. Add these herbs gradually into your diet in moderate amounts.

Other natural sinus remedies include water treatments, you can alternate between hot and cold applications. Firstly bathe your face in hot water, as hot as you can stand and then splash cold water for a short while.Inhaling steam for five minutes every hour is also an effective treatment that can be done every hour to get relief.

Always remember before you start any natural home remedies, to consult your family doctor first.


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    • Eleanor Candy profile image

      Eleanor Candy 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for your comment Marisa, I have updated my hub.

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      Kate Swanson 7 years ago from Sydney

      Eleanor, I think you should add that explanation in the text of your Hub - not everyone will read your comments.

      I'd also be worried about the advice to treat fever on your own, without at least consulting a doctor.

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      Eleanor Candy 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks entconsult for your comment, High dosages of vitamin A should only be taken for a week this will can help with healing and improve this condition.

      Before starting any natural remedy for any condition please consult your doctor.

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      entconsult 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      re Natural Sinus remedies; I must comment on subjects that I feel can harm the reader;

      You recommend vit A 25,000 units. This is a dose that can color your skin adversely. This dose should only be taken when all the side effects are fully explained and understood.


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      Sharilee Swaity 7 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is excellent. I didn't realize that there was such a strong connection between your food and sinuses. Excellent job!

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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      Very helpful hub, thankyou.