Sinus Infection Prevention and Remedies

by lydia on January 4, 2011

For most of my life I have been a sufferer of chronic sinus issues, allergies, asthma, hay fever, bronchitus and sinus infections. I can remember blowing and blowing and blowing my nose year round and wondering how on earth it was possible to have so much doggone snot. I was ‘that’ person that people would look at every time I blew my nose, because it was as loud as an elephant. The worst season of my life was when I was pregnant with my 3rd child, I had moved to a new house and suffered chronic sinusitis and infections which caused intense pain. I did not know it at the time, but I was living with constant sinus infections that caused severe pain all through one side of my body. I am not one to go to the doctor for much of anything, but I finally went and she told me I had a sinus infection and of course prescribed an antibiotic. Fast forward to 6 months after that doctor’s visit, I finally took the leap to completely eradicate processed foods and add good fats after having read ‘Nourishing Traditions‘ in the winter of 2007 and finally implementing more of what I had learned in the summer of 2009. This was the step that catapulted me into a place of health where I no longer suffered severe sinus and respiratory issues.

I now no longer live with chronic pain, sinus migraines or facial pain, infections or allergies and barely use inhalers for asthma anymore. As I gradually shifted my diet and added in more healing foods I saw my health continue to get better and better. One of the very first things I did was simply to ditch processed foods and add good fats. Additionally, I found a fabulous homeopathic cleansing solution that I created a nasal spray out of and used it regularly. Over time, I stopped blowing my nose so much and now barely use tissues at all except for in the winter, and can’t even remotely produce near as much snot as I once did. I still marvel at how much mucus my body once produced, I think I’d win a Guiness World Record or something. As I continued on following the principles of the Weston A. Price diet as clarified in Sally Fallon’s wonderful book, ‘Nourishing Traditions‘, my body began to heal itself. I learned that diet plays a key role in ultimate health, if not a primary one. When your body is truly nourished it is more apt to handle even environmental toxins, such as chemicals and even mold, dust and so on.

That said, I do believe prevention is clearly the best remedy to such ailments as sinus issues, however there are times when toxins and such will get into our bodies and we will need remedies to allay those kinds of invaders. I have discovered several wonderful and simple at home remedies that have worked well for me. In addition to those, I recently asked my followers on facebook what remedies they used and was given a plethora of wonderful solutions that I will share with you.

How to Prevent or Remedy a Sinus Infection

Sinus Infection Prevention and Remedies

  1. Eat a real food diet, devoid of processed foods and rich in adequate protein and animal fats, such as outlined in ‘Nourishing Traditions‘ or on the Weston A. Price Foundation’s site. Including lots of fermented foods to repopulate your gut with naturally occurring pro-biotics and enzymes. Sauerkraut is a great option as it is loaded with vitamin C, an immune enhancing vitamin that our bodies cannot store and need constant replenishment of. Additionally, homemade bone broths help to flood your body with easily assimilable minerals and gelatin that help support the liver and detoxify it. Fats, ferments and bone broths are your bodies best friends when it comes to good health and immune enhancement.
  2. Consider taking fermented cod liver oil which is rich in vitamin A, a nutrient that is crucial to removing toxins and is very low in modern diets. Toxins in our bodies produce undesirable effects, such as sinus and respiratory issues because they disrupt vitamin A pathways. It is crucial to consume vitamin A through diet and there is no other food source higher in vitamin A than fermented cod liver oil. Good quality butter, liver, eggs and whole raw milk products all from pastured and grass fed animals are other excellent sources of vitamin A. (To read more about why vitamin A is so crucial, read this article.)
  3. When it comes to prevention using some form of nasal spray or a neti pot are crucial to irrigate the nasal passages and infuse a solution that will help to combat mold, dust, dander and other pollutants. The nasal cavities are often an easy place for these toxins to end up, so additional help is often required in addition to diet. You can get a neti pot at your local health food store, or even a simple saline solution can be of great benefit, found at your local drug store. Additionally, you can add a pro-biotic powder capsule to your neti pot as a way to infuse good bacteria into your sinus cavities. More and more folks are seeing this as a wonderful remedy, check out this awesome post with a testimonial and how to use probiotics in your neti pot. Also there are wonderful homeopathic solutions you can use as a nasal spray several times a day to act as a cleansing detoxifier in your nasal cavities. I have been using this method for some time with great results. I also recommend a product called, Xlear which contains grapefruit seed extract, a natural ‘antibiotic’.
  4. Garlic capsules taken by the handful at the first sign of a sinus infection or even respiratory infection can truly stop it in it’s tracks. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and works great in place of regular antibiotics which often do more harm than good. Be sure to look for a garlic oil or powder that has no unwanted ingredients such as titanium dioxide, soy oil or magnesium stearate added. Consuming copious amounts of fresh garlic is great too, but most people do not like the effect it has on their breath and body odor. I have added gobs of garlic to broth and sipped on it for days when I have felt a cold coming on and this helps immensely. Fermented garlic cloves -eat as many as you can daily during a sinus infection.
  5. Another fabulous remedy that I have used as I have felt a sinus infection trying to overcome me, is drinking raw apple cider vinegar. I put about 1-2 Tbsp. in some water and drink like a shot twice a day and I can’t believe how well this has worked. Up to 1/4 cup of raw apple cider vinegar in water per day should really stop an infection in it’s tracks. Ideally you want to start all of these remedies before a full fledged infection comes on. Those who have suffered sinus infections in the past will know when one is coming on. For those who do not know, you will begin to feel fatigued and lots of pressure building in your sinus cavities that may cause pain in your face, eyes and around the base of your skull and neck. Not to mention the need to blow your nose more and increased mucus. Sometimes even a fever can accompany an infection. Often a migraine like experience will occur, as well as pain in your ears.
  6. Visit your chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments allow your body to heal due to freeing nerves up and getting them in proper alignment so they can properly feed and fuel the areas they are supposed to. Often times just aligning the neck properly can help to clear the sinus passage if it has been blocked due to nerves being cut off from misalignment.
  7. Horseradish can help to open up the sinuses and also support the immune system. Try my Fermented Horseradish, several spoonfuls per day.
  8. Essential Oils – High quality, food grade EOs can be a life saver. I’ve used a product by Be Young Essential Oils called Breathe. It contains eucalyptus radiata, globulus, citrodora and rosemary. Place a drop on the finger tip and gently rub on your sinuses on your face, repeat on the other side.

These are the remedies I think are probably most crucial, however there are many more options available to add to your arsenal when trying to defeat such issues a sinus infection. There are many supplements and herbs that can be taken as well, however so long as you have the core things in place and key nutrients are in your daily diet combating infections should be a breeze. If you have a testimony of overcoming sinus issues or another remedy that has worked great for you, please feel free to share in the comments. I would love for this to be a great one stop resource for those who are longing to tackle sinus infections and issues naturally without antibiotics.

 

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Phil January 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Thank you, Lydia, I enjoyed that.

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lydia April 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm

You’re welcome!

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Karen January 5, 2011 at 8:57 am

This was very good! Well done! Thank you.

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lydia April 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Sure thing!

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