Sinusitis is an inflammation of lining of sinus cavities surrounding the nose. Normally these cavities are filled with air but due to the inflammation of lining of sinus these cavities get blocked and filled with fluid, germ (bacteria, virus and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.
Most common cause is allergies then nasal polyps, deviated septum, enlarged adenoids and recurrent cold and flu also may lead to the sinus infection.
In this condition patient feel a pressure pain in cheeks and eyebrow along with nasal congestion which gets chronic with time. Facial pain increases when patient lean forward. Headache, Yellow or green-colored mucus, swelling of the face and Loss of the senses of smell and taste are some other symptom which patient may feel.
Ayurveda to cure sinus infection:
If you have sinus infection, one of your primary goal is to thin nasal congestion secretion, which makes them easier to expel. One way to do this is by drinking lots of fluid, especially warm one, such as herb tea and brothy soups.
Another way is to inhale steam. Breathing warm steam-from a hot shower, steam shower, commercial inhaler, or simple saucepan of hot water- help loosen mucus, soothe dry membranes, and decongest. It may even relieve sinus headache. Adding antiseptic, decongest herbs such as eucalyptus and thyme gives steam treatment an extra punch.
Two other water tips: a damp, hot to tolerance towel placed over the face can increase blood flow to the sinuses and decreases discomfort. Warm bath can help banish that allover sick feeling. For an herbal bath, you can strain the herbal infusion from your steam inhalation pot into the bathtub.
6 Homemade Remedies
1) So first of all we need to flush out this nasal secretions.
Take 1 teaspoon of sea salt with 2 cups of hot water and a pinch of baking soda. Pour it into a glass, tilt your head back, close one nostril with your thumb, and sniff the solution with the open nostril. Then blow your nose gently. Repeat on the other side.
2) Best Homemade Nasal Inhaler for Sinus Congestion:
• 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
• 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil/tea tree oil.
Take the salt in a small glass bottle with tight lid and add oil. The salt will absorb the oil .Open the vial and inhale deeply, as needed.
3) Sinusitis Tea
• 1 teaspoon Goldenseal,
• 1 teaspoon Goldenrod,
• 1 teaspoon Marshmallow leaf
• 1 teaspoon Echinacea.
Mix all these herbs along and take 1-2 teaspoon to form a cup of tea. Simmer for quarter hour and drink 1 cup every 2 hours.
4) Herbal steam for sinus headache:
● two drops Eucalyptus
● two drops Peppermint/lavender
● two drops Tea Tree
Boil a pot of water and take away it from the stove. whereas it's still steaming, add two drops Peppermint, two drops Eucalyptus and a couple of drops Tea Tree, immediately cover the pot and head with a towel and inhale for three minutes. Keep Eyes Closed.
5) Apple cider vinegar:
Organic Apple cider vinegar is best remedy for stopping sinus infections.
it can be taken as a daily tonic or at the first sign of an allergy or cold (i.e., sinus headache, nasal congestion,etc) one can completely stop the histamine response or allergic reaction
6) Neti pot:
A small pot is taken with a lukewarm water add a pinch of salt, and then pour it into one nostril and drains out the other side. This saline solution gently cleanses the sinus cavities, relieving congestion, removing mucous, post-nasal drip and sinus discomfort. This process is to be done in early morning after pranayam yoga.