Herbal Remedies for Sinus



Talk of the town, home remedies are for everything including sinus infections.

Most home remedies have a foundation somewhere in history and so different civilizations have been using them for hundreds of years.

Living as we do, we have gotten swayed over to the western philosophy medical care.  Most herbal remedies do not have side effects and if they do they are far less than the taking of conventional medicines.

Herbal Remedies for Sinus Infections

Echinacea- Common names for this are: Black Sampson, Sampson Root, Sacred Plant, Red Sunflower and Purple Cornflower. Echinacea possesses a strong antibiotic action as well as an anti viral action in the respiratory system.  People use this herb to boost their immune systems performance.

Astragalus- All the medicinal properties of the Astragalus lie in its root. When you have an infection you get physically run down and the Astragalus root is a unique remedy in the treatment of physical exhaustion.  Taken as a capsule or best as a tea

Peppermint- This smells nice and can shrink mucus membranes. Like the others, you can mix this in hot water and inhale it or drink as a tea.

Cat’s claw- Other names include: Garabato, Saventaro, and Una De Gato.  Cat’s claw is believed to work as a great “health restorative”
Licorice- Use the licorice root.  You can make a tea or take as a capsule it is known to boost the fight in your immune system.
Lemon Balm- It fights off bacteria and viruses and thus is good at fighting sinus infections.  Drink as a tea.  It is also great fro fighting bad breath.

Reishi- Common names include; Ling Chi, Ling Zhi.  In traditional Chinese medicine the mushroom Reishi has been used for more than 2,000 years and is referred to as the “elixir of life.” It is known to boost energy levels, and at the same time help the body to effectively resist disease and stress. In the Western parts of the world, it is used as an immune stimulant

Eucalyptus- A very strong smelling herb and is known to sooth throats.  It can also be rubbed on your chest to promote ease of breathing.  It has antiseptic properties that can help shrink swollen tissues like your nasal passages. You can drink it or inhale it as a steam.  They make lozenges to suck on for sore throats.

Maitake- Is an herb that helps the body fight infection and adapt to stress. Maitake and its extracts have been shown to significantly boost the immune system and build immune reserves.

Ephedra-Chinese medical name-Ma huang-Common name Desert tea. This herb has been used in china for over 5000 years.  It has many effects: it promotes mental calmness, treats chills and fevers, coughs, wheezing, asthma, nasal decongestion, hay fever, colds and flu. There are some risks to using this herb and is best if you talk to your doctor first, especially if you have hypertension.

Ginger- Used to combat headaches.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is good to use when you have a sinus infections.
Herbs are great because you can mix and combine and get even more benefits from the combination.  Like anything else you have to experiment a bit, but with herbs you should be reading up on them to make sure you are doing now harm.  Taking too much can cause problems so know the expected dose and follow it.  Like medication, more is not always good.

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