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What Are Some Herbal Remedies for Sinus Infections?

Updated on December 8, 2010

Herbal Remedies for Sinus Infections

A sinus infection can be a menacing beast to deal with. If you’re like me, you would rather not opt for taking some synthetic medicine that could possibly wreck your body due to some obscure side effects, and would instead seek to find some herbal remedies for sinus infections, for the sake of sticking to medicines that occur naturally. Sinus infections are also called sinusitis. There are two basic types of sinusitis: acute and chronic. An acute sinus infection is usually caused by harmless bacteria that the average person has in their upper respiratory tract. This condition occurs for approximately 2 percent of adults and somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 percent of children who suffer from colds. Normally, it lasts for anywhere from two to four weeks, and thankfully, people who are affected by this condition usually respond fairly well to medical therapy. Of the two types of sinusitis, chronic sinus infections are very common. At least 37 million Americans are affected by sinus infections each year and this normally lasts for 3 months (or possibly more) and it may keep recurring. Symptoms for acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis are very similar. These symptoms include bad breath, dental pain, cough, erythema, difficulty breathing through your nose, fatigue, nasal congestion, facial pain, fever, nausea, sore throat, and pain or tenderness or sensitivity in the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead. If you are currently being bothered by acute or chronic sinus infection, it’s a good idea to see a doctor because if left untreated and undiagnosed, complications could occur which may lead to much more severe medical issues. Given that quite literally anything can happen if you have a sinus infection, it is advisable to see a doctor as soon as possible. It is always feasible to get a professional to diagnose what is wrong and then recommend the appropriate medical treatment.

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Some Herbal Remedies for Sinus Infections

The great thing is, there are things as herbal remedies for sinus infection. Believe it or not, many civilizations have been using it for years, as history has proven. We in the West are still trying to understand how to meld medical science with old world cures. The best thing about using herbs is that there are no known side effects, which is a stark contrast to conventional drugs and synthetic pills. The first herb to mention is Eucalyptus. It is a fragrant herb that is known to soothe throat and is nice to smell as well. What really sets Eucalyptus apart is that it has antiseptic properties that can assist in shrinking swollen tissues such as your nasal passages. Anyone can purchase the leaf and mix it with warm water, and then drink it. For whatever reason, if you find that it is still too hot, put your face close to the heated mixture and inhale the steam. It is also common practice to take it orally, since Eucalyptus is also available in lozenge form. The next popular herb is Echinacea which can kill certain viruses in the respiratory system Echinacea is also available in capsule form, and you can increase your dosage when necessary, and then reduce it when your symptoms lessen. One caveat, however: People who are allergic to ragweed should probably not try Echinacea. Another effective herb that is actually recommended by the World Health Organization for treating sinus infections is the herb known as Ephedra. This herb is also used to treat other conditions like the common cold and hay fever, and since there are some risks in taking Ephedra, it should only be taken under the strict direction and guidance of a doctor. Another popular natural remedy is ginger. Most people have heard of using ginger to fight headaches. Since ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, it can also be utilized to treat sinus infections. Ginger is also available in capsule form, but please remember: Before taking it, it is a good idea to carefully read the directions. In summary, there are several other herbs you can use to fight sinus infections aside from the ones I mentioned above. In fact, most of the aforementioned herbs can be mixed together. You can purchase this mixture in capsule form or even pluck it out naturally from your garden. In the end, it really doesn’t matter which herbal remedies for sinus infections you use, because all of them are designed to do one thing, and that is to help you feel better.

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