In the beginning of this long line of posts I mentioned treating sinus infections without antibiotics. Finally we get to talk about it.
First of all, most sinus infections are not cause by bacterial or viral invasion, they are caused by inflammation of sensitive and delicate tissues that line the sinus cavities. These cavities, if you didn’t know, are found throughout your face, not just behind your nose. They run from your hard palate in the roof of your mouth, up to your ears, eyes, nose, and forehead. So when they swell up with a build up of fluid (Edema) the pressure is felt everywhere. Many people take multiple doses of pain relievers like aspirin or acetametophen to alleviate the pain but these are not anti-inflammatories and will only be partially beneficial. Other people may continue to take allergy medications or anti-histamines which are also usually ineffective because most of the time the inflammation is not due to an allergic reaction. But it can be a result of an insufficiently treated allergic reaction to environmental factors. Most often, though, sinus infections are caused by a buildup of environmental toxins – smoke, pollution, mold spores, and dust – in the sinuses. Everything in our air builds up and the system is overloaded. This leads to inflammation of the sensitive tissues.
Therefore, your first option is to flush the system. If anyone has ever heard of or used a Neti Pot or Saline Nasal spray know that these are better than pills. The Neti Pot is an amazing tool that has been utilized in the Middle East for thousands of years. It is a part of the Ayurvedic tradition of treating the whole self on a daily basis to prevent disease and prolong healthy life. There is much more to the practice than you would believe. The Neti Pot can be utilized effectively without subscribing to the entire practice.
How to use the Neti Pot –
1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon non-iodized table salt (not Sea Salt – can be irritating) and 1 cup luke warm water (no temprature difference than the inside of the wrist, just like a baby bottle)
2. Pour into the Neti Pot or nasal spray bottle.
3. With the Neti Pot you need to lean your head, at an angle over the sink. So that one nostril is pointing directly down at the sink.
4. Hold the Neti Pot to the other nostril, opposite the sink, and hold the lower nostril closed with your finger.
5. Allow the saline solution to flow into and through your sinuses, you can feel it, until it reaches the nostril aimed at the sink. If you are not leaning foward enough it will run down your throat. And if it is too hot, too cold, or not mixed properly you will feel some discomfort.
6. Then remove your finger from the nostril aimed at the sink and allow the solution to run through, about half of the mixture.
7. Then stop and move to the other side, following the same process.
8. Once the solution is all gone, allow both nostrils to finish draining, and gently blow your nose.
9. To prevent recurring inflammation get some cold pressed Almond, Sesame, Sunflower, Coconut, or Grapeseed Oil and rub a drop or two around the inner edge of each nostril. This helps to moisturize and lubricate the delicate tissues. This is also beneficial to people with very dry sinuses and recurring nosebleeds, which is very common in the dry air of Colorado.
Nasal sprays do provide moisture to dry, irritated sinus cavities but it does not flush them out like the Neti Pot.
On the next post I will discuss treating Yeast Infections.
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