Sinusitis Herbal Remedies From Our Ancestors
Sinusitis is an ailment that causes severe pain and discomfort caused by the clogging of the nasal passages, difficulty in breathing, mucus and pus discharge and aching teeth, forehead and cheeks. Sinusitis herbal remedies have been successfully used for generations to relieve and cure these symptoms.
There are many herbs that have medicinal and antiseptic properties that not only provide relief but also cure the bacterial, fungal and viral infections. The best part is that these remedies can be administered at home as the herbs are readily available and it is usually an inexpensive way of treating sinusitis. Most importantly, unlike in the case of antibiotics, decongestants and surgeries, one needn't worry about side effects from herbals used for sinusitis.
Echinacea purpurea is one sinusitis herbal that is commonly given to patientsÂ for relief. It can be consumed in the form of a pill that contains around 150-200 mg of Echinacea, orÂ Â½ - 1 teaspoon of Echinacea can be mixed in 1 cup of warm water to prepare an tea-type of extract that is very effective against symptoms of sinusitis like stuffiness, thick and immobile mucus secretion and swelling of the face and its aching. 1 gm of dried root of Echinacea can also be used to prepare a herbal tea that is very effective against sinusitis. It is a very effective immune-stimulator that significantly enhances the immunity of the body against the attack of pathogens. It is an anti-inflammatory too that has insulin content. The advantage due to insulin is the increased production of macrophages and T-cells that enhance the immune strength of the body so it can fight back the bacterial and fungal attack. The other significant advantage of Echinacea is the inhibition of hyaluronidase which is an enzyme produced by the bacteria to infect the mucus linings.
Another effective herbal remedy for sinusitis is Goldenseal. A capsule of Goldenseal weighing 250-400mg is very effective for curing sinusitis. 2-3 grams of root from goldenseal can be used to prepare a herbal tea that opens up the nasal blockages. Similar to Echinacea, 1 teaspoon of goldenseal can be mixed in 1 cup of water to prepare an extract. All of these are simple remedies that can help avoid painful treatments. Goldenseal is effective because of two alkaloids, berberine and hydrastine. These alkaloids are effective because they can not only enhance the immunity of the body but also fight against the microbial organisms spreading the infection.
Eucalyptus essential oil is another effective herbal remedy for sinusitis. 6-8 drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil can be added to a vaporizer or steam water. When sprinkled on a tissue and inhaled the strong aroma of these essential oils helps open the nasal blockage. Elderberry is a common sinusitis herbal that receives little attention. This herbal remedy loosens the congestion in the nasal passages. It is better than the decongestants which inhibit mucus secretion that could prove to be dangerous. Cat's claw and Horehound tea both have anti-inflammatory properties that not only break up the congestion causing free mucus discharge, but also have antiseptic properties to provide relief to the infected and swollen mucus linings. Breathing the vapors of these herbs can make the mucus discharge more fluid thus enabling it to flow unblocking the sinus cavities and effectively destroying the bacteria and fungi that have been breeding in the warm and moiste stagnation of mucus.