Is sinusitis getting you down? Try these 8 tips!

By Louise Belle BHSc (Nut Med)

Do you have sore, aching cheekbones? Regular headaches or a blocked nose? You could have sinusitis! Your sinuses are small cavities in your skull, behind your eyes, nose and forehead. These can become inflamed or infected, causing a great deal of pain and discomfort for the sufferer. Taking constant painkillers may seem like the only option when you have a sinus headache, but there are natural remedies that will help to keep your sinuses healthy.

1. Pineapple

This delicious tropical fruit could be your new best friend if you are prone to sinus infections. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain which helps to break down mucus, reduce inflammation and protect against allergies. The highest concentration of bromelain is found in the core, which most people throw away. Make sure that you eat, juice or blend the pineapple flesh and core to get the greatest benefit.

2. Nasal irrigation

Salt water (or saline solution) acts as a mucolytic, which means it draws out the mucus that is clogging up your sinuses. Washing out your nasal cavities with salt water will not only help to unclog the mucus, but will wash away bacteria and other irritants that are trapped there. Use a neti pot or nasal douche 2-3 times per day to keep your sinuses squeaky clean.

3. Essential oils

The herbs oregano, thyme, clove and phellodendron are antibacterial, antimicrobial and are particularly good at keeping the sinuses healthy. They can assist in clearing mucus build up and reducing inflammation in the sinuses. These herbs are best taken as essential oil capsules and are combined together in BactoClear.

4. Citrus fruits

Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits are jam-packed with vitamin C and bioflavonoids which support and strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. Vitamin C is destroyed by exposure to heat, light and air, so consume immediately after cutting or juicing to receive the greatest immune-boosting benefit. Tip: Eat or juice some of the peel, as this is highest in bioflavonoids.

5. Garlic

This sulphur-rich vegetable provides potent antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial and antiviral properties that can help you to fight off infection. When fresh garlic is chopped or crushed, the miracle property; allicin is released which offers the greatest health benefits. Load up on raw garlic at the first sign of getting sick to fight off the bugs… and to ward off the vampires!

6. Sugar ban

Not only is sugar highly inflammatory to the body, but it also feeds the growth of bacteria. The more sugar you eat = more food for bacteria to thrive on as they spread throughout your sinuses. If you suffer from regular sinus infections, the sugar is doing you no favours. Do your sinuses a favour and ditch the sugary goods.

7. Steam inhalation

Inhaling steam is super easy and very effective for clearing your nasal passages. Steam up the shower and place a few drops of eucalyptus in the water and inhale the steam for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can put the oil in a bowl of boiling water, placing your head over the top with a tea towel and inhaling. Caution: keep children and pets away to prevent accidents.

8. Ditch dairy

Dairy containing products are inflammatory to the body and encourage excess mucus production. In those with chronic sinus problems, dairy products should be avoided to reduce risk of a flare up. Replace dairy products with plant based alternatives such as coconut yoghurt and almond milk.

See Dr Cabot’s book Raw Juices Can Save Your Life for delicious juice recipes to boost your immune system.