It is important for the respiratory tract to be healthy, in order for the fresh air to be properly cleansed before reaching the lungs. That is why you need to protect yourself from colds, flu, allergies and sinusitis because they cause rhinitis, or commonly known as nasal congestion, and inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose which can result in a sinus infection.
In this article we are going to show you how to naturally treat sinus infections:
Rinse the sinuses with salt water
You will need a Neti Pot. This is a small metal or plastic bowl that looks like a teapot. Just put warm water in it and add 1 spoon of sea salt or organic Himalayan salt.
Put the neck of the Neti Pot in your nostril and let the water go through your nose and leak through the other nostril. Do this with half of the salt water, and repeat the same with the other half on the other nostril.
The salt water will clean your nostrils and sinuses and it will also remove mucus and bacteria. It should not be too hot because it may damage the membrane in the nose.
Hot tea inhalation
Boil some chamomile, mint or ginger tea (or a mixture of teas) and add 3-5 drops of essential oil (of your choice). Use this tea for inhalation. The combination of herbs and essential oil will help you open the airways.
As we already mentioned, essential oils can help you naturally clean your nostrils and sinuses. They have antiviral and antibacterial properties and allow faster recovery from infections too.
All you need to do is boil 2-4 dl of water and add 3-4 drops of essential oils. It is best to use eucalyptus, mint or sage oils because they have the strongest decongestant properties. You can also combine the essential oils.
Bend over the bowl with this mix, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam. Breath only through your nose with eyes closed. Be careful – the steam (i.e. water) should not be too hot. You can make 5-10 seconds breaks by lifting the towel and breathing some fresh air if you feel irritated by the steam.
Take hot showers and inhale the steam. The moisture will open up the airways and clean the mucus in the sinuses.
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