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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Natural Remedies for Sinus Symptoms

At least, I hope that is what I will say in about an hour.  I am as we speak writing this post and researching natural remedies online.

Natural Remedies for Sinus Symptoms...

Inhalation Steam:
1. Fill a microwave safe bowl about half full of water. 
2. Add several drops of mint essential oil.  Any mint will do... spearmint, wintergreen, peppermint,  etc.  If you are not a minty kind of person try pine or eucalyptus as well. Your choice, honestly.
3. Boil the water in the microwave.
4.  Place the bowl on a flat surface and cover your head and the bowl with a towel.
5. Inhale deeply through the nose.  Do this until there is no more stream.
*NOTE*  If you still need more relief, reheat water and repeat.  You may need to add more oil.  This is really up to you

Drinking hot mint tea or lemon/honey tea have been found to help lesson the effects of troubled sinuses.

Warm/Hot Bath:
Run a bath as hot as you can stand it.  Add several drops of essential oil... mint, pine, eucalyptus, etc.  Lay in the water on your stomach.  Inhale the aroma of the oil.  Reheat the bath as needed. 
Facing down in the bath will help to loosen up the gunk and draw it forward.  Blow your nose several times once you get out of the bath.

Netti Pot or Bulb Syringe:
Netti Pots have been used for years as a safe, natural way to cleanse the sinuses.  You can use a Netti Pot or Bulb Syringe in much the same way.  I am going to describe the use of a bulb syringe.

1. Make a mixture of warm water and salt.  Stir until the salt is dissolved.  You do not want to put too much salt in the water as it will kind of feel as though it is burning if you do. 
2. Fill the bulb syringe with the solution.
3. Use your non-dominant hand to close off one of your nostrils.
4. Lean over the sink and place the bulb syringe up the other nostril gentle. 
5. Gently squeeze the solution into your nostril.  You will need to try not to inhale.  If you do, it will not be a pleasant feeling.  Continue to do this until you have emptied the syringe.
6. Blow your nose until nothing else comes out.
7. Repeat with other nostril.
8. Continue this process until you feel you have drained enough of your sinus to be comfortable.  I always follow up this process with a cup of hot tea.

Peppermint Rub:
Mix several drops of peppermint oil with olive oil and rub onto you temples to relieve sinus headache.

So after all of the research... I learned nothing new.  Seems I must already be a home remedy genius.  Not really, but I must be better than I thought.

If you have any thought or ideas, please share and I will add them to this post.

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*All remedies mentioned on Natural Simplicity have been found on the web or in books as I learn to heal my family in a more natural manner.

* Always remember to consult a health care professional before trying any form of alternative medicine.