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16 Natural cures for Sinus Infection

16 Natural cures for Sinus Infection
HTC Editor
HTC Editor
February24/ 2017


Sinus infection also called as sinusitis is a condition that occurs when your nasal cavities becomes swollen and inflamed. Sinusitis is usually considered as a viral infection. Sinusitis is categorized into two types namely chronic and acute.

Acute nasal infection is a part of seasonal cold or allergies whereas; chronic sinus infection lasts for than eight weeks. Chronic sinus infection may reoccur after the treatment. The symptoms of both acute and chronic infections are similar and can affect people of any age group.

Natural Cures for Sinus Infection

Sinus infection can be cured with natural home remedies. The common natural cures for sinus infection include the following:

  1. Essential Oils

Essential oils like pure peppermint oil can be used to cure sinus infection naturally. Peppermint oil is considered as an effectual natural cure for sinus infection and can act as a powerful weapon against a variety of bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

You can add peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil in the humidifier that will help you in opening up your nasal passages. The essential oils are considered as a natural sinus decongestant. To clear your stuffy nose you can dilute 1 drop of eucalyptus oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and rub it on your nose bridge.

  1. Neti Pot

Using neti pot at home is the best natural cure for sinus infection. You can use saline water in neti pot and use to cure sinus infection at home. With the help of neti pot you can thin out the mucus present in your nose and cure the sinusitis.

  1. Grapefruit seed extract Nasal spray

Grapefruit seed extract can be used as a natural spray to cure sinus infection. Grape fruit seed extract is considered as an effective natural cure for sinus infection.

  1. Steam Inhalation

Steam inhalation is an ancient procedure to cure sinus infection naturally. Steam inhalation helps in relieving sinus pressure and headaches. It is mainly used to open your blocked nose.

  1. Bone broth

Bone broth helps in soothing your nasal cavities and respiratory system. It provides required minerals and nutrients to your body.

  1. Horseradish

Eating more of horseradish helps in clearing your nasal passages. You can also mix lemon with horseradish to cure sinus infection naturally.

  1. Keep yourself hydrated

Drink plenty of fluids like water, clear broth and hot tea to get relief from stuffy nose and sinus infection. Drinking more of fluid will help in thinning mucus and draining it from irritated sinuses. You need to avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine and sugary beverages during the course of infection as it can thicken and clog your inflamed airways more.

  1. Cayenne pepper

As cayenne pepper is spicy in nature it can help in dissolving the mucus to a maximum extent. You can mix cayenne pepper with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to dissolve the mucus clogged during sinus infection.

  1. Turmeric or Ginger root

Turmeric root is one of the famous fragrant spices that are used in a variety of cuisines. Turmeric contains an anti-inflammatory component called curcumin which helps in relieving the sinus infection. Turmeric and ginger roots can also acts as an anti-oxidant.

Excessive nighttime sinus drainage can lead to stomach upset that can be cured with ginger root. Turmeric and ginger root is one of the best cures for sinus infection.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Add 2-3 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a cup of hot water or tea and take it three times daily to thin out mucus. This home remedy will also help in relieving congestion and sinus pressure. You can also mix lemon and honey for taste to the tea. This home remedy mainly helps in curing sinus infection.

  1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays a key role in boosting your immune system. Vitamin C rich foods generally act as immune boosters and improve your health.  Immune boosters help in preventing a wide range of infections including sinus infection. Eating vitamin C rich foods can speed up the healing process of sinus infection.

  1. Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Fermented cod liver oil is rich in vitamin A and Vitamin D. omega-3 fatty acids are also present in fermented cod liver oil. The fermentation process used to extract the cod liver oil increases the nutrient content of cod liver oil there by making it more beneficial for curing sinus infection and boosting your immunity.

  1. Oregano oil

Oregano oil is known for anti-biotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. You can add few drops of oregano oil in a cup of water, juice or tea to improve your immunity. You can take oregano oil topically to fight cold sores and boost your immune system to heal sinus infection. You can also use oregano oil in steam inhalation to relieve sinus infection.

  1. Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is mainly used to cure blocked sinus and severe sinus infection. Put few drops of eucalyptus oil on a napkin and inhale the fumes. You can gently apply few drops on to your nostrils to get relief from stuffy nose and sinus infection. It is one of the effective natural cures for a sinus infection.

  1. Gargling

There are many different natural ways to cure sinus infection symptoms, gargling is one of them. Gargling is helps in relieving the symptoms related to sinusitis. Sinus infection also leads to sore throat. Take a pinch of salt add into a glass of hot water and gargle when it is moderately hot. You can gargle every one hour to get relief from sore throat caused due to sinus infection.

  1. Warm compress

When your sinuses are swollen and tender due to sinus infection, apply warm compress to the affected area. You can also cover your neck and head region with a warm cloth or muffler to provide sufficient heat to the affected area. Try not to allow cold air to hit your throat and neck region as it can increase your sinus infection. It is one of the natural ways to cure sinus infection.

When you are diagnosed with sinusitis or sinus infection, it is recommended to use natural home remedies to get quick relief. The above mentioned natural home remedies can cure sinus infection effectively in a short span.   Healthy balanced diet with the above mentioned home remedies is beneficial to naturally cure sinus infection.

HTC Editor
HTC Editor

Atefa Noorain, (Microbiologist)former Head of the Department of Life Sciences, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Sujatha Degree College for Women. She worked as an Associate Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters and an Associate Editor of two research journals. She has presented her research work in 3 International Conferences. She has written articles for national journals and international journals. She had been felicitated as a Young Speaker in the last conference. She has worked on Nanoparticles as a part of her research project and won the Best Scientist of the Day award.

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