Herbal Sinus Remedies
Each year, almost 35 million Americans suffer from either acute or chronic sinus problems. Sinuses can be caused by any number of reasons: weather changes, colds, flu. You may suffer from nasal discharge and headaches as well as fever and a sore throat. There are prescription drugs that can help relieve the symptoms of sinuses, but many of them have unwelcome side effects and some make you dependent upon the prescription. To find a more natural way to relieve sinus problems, take a look at herbal sinus remedies.
Among the herbal sinus remedies often used is bromelain. It is an enzyme derived from the stem of the pineapple. Bromelain can also help digestive problems and any type of swelling such as an athletic injury or arthritis. Vitamin C may also be helpful as one of the herbal sinus remedies. It contains helps reduce histamine, which can cause the congestion associated with sinus and nasal problems. Inhaling steam that contains eucalyptus or peppermint oil can help open your nasal passages. This relieves the symptoms of nasal stuffiness, at least temporarily. Astragalus (astragalus membranaceus) helps boost your immune system, which can help your body combat the viruses and bacteria that can cause sinusitis. Believe it or not, one of the most effective herbal sinus remedies is garlic. It contains allicin, which an antibacterial agent. This natural antibiotic also fights against viruses and bacteria.
Licorice is another of the common herbal sinus remedies many people use. Powdered licorice root serves as an expectorant. That is, helps thin the mucus associated with sinusitis, allowing you to cough it up to get rid of it. Nettle can help treat your itchy watery eyes and runny nose. Nettle will also help boost your immune system to help your body fight off the sinusitis infection. Goldenseal is another of the natural herbal sinus remedies that will help cure upper respiratory infections.
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