With Flu season slowly on the horizon, the corona virus pandemic showing no signs of dissipating, as well as those who have chronic sinusitis, many people are looking for a way to gear up and protect themselves against an all-out assault from mucus. Starting to become more wary of chemically induced drugs, not to mention the ever so polarizing topic of vaccines, more and more people are seeking out natural remedies to help them battle against clogged and inflamed sinuses.
Your sinuses are on the front line when it comes to defending your lungs and the rest of your respiratory system. Due to seasonal changes, exposure to environmental pollutants, and the aforementioned covid-19 pandemic, your sinuses are at constant war to try to protect you from getting sick. Herbs can help support the overall health of your sinuses in that battle.
Herbal remedies could provide your body with an alternative way to help treat allergic reactions. If administered wisely, these natural medicines can not only quell allergic symptoms but also avert them altogether. Medicinal herbs can also strengthen the body’s tissues and organs, thus improving your overall health and keeping you and you respiratory system functioning properly.
Here are few herbs to help you breathe easier and keep your sinuses in tip-top shape:
Ginger is a safe and highly effective herb. When used in tea, ginger can help hydrate and steam out your sinuses. It also contains anti-inflammatory gingerol, which reduces inflammation in your mucus membranes. Besides being used in cooking, ginger is also very valuable to your overall health, as it soothes the digestive system and helps with circulation. It works as a natural antihistamine, potent antiviral agent, and immune booster.
Make a cup of ginger tea by putting a few pieces of ginger in one cup of water, boil well for about 10 minutes and drink three time a day for immediate relief from sinus. While you sip your tea, inhale the steam coming out of your cup. This will open nasal passages allowing you to breathe easier and smoother.
Ginger can be found commercially in dried form and fresh. You can also try pairing it with other herbs, like turmeric, which is another dynamic natural healer.
Bayberry is a shrub that grows in Texas and the eastern US. The root bark and berries are used to make medicine. Bayberry (Myrica cerifera) with long slim dark green leaves and yellowish flowers with resin glands helps aid nasal congestion and cure nasal polyps. The herb, an astringent, also helps improves circulation and is sometimes gargled with water as powder to combat sore throat, utilized as a douche for vaginal discharge, or used as an ointment for massaging the sinus. The root bark is used for sinus congestion relief.
Many people take this herb for colds, sore and swollen intestines (colitis), nausea, and diarrhea. When taken in large amounts, bayberry is used to cause vomiting.
There are safety concerns when it comes to using bayberry. Bayberry is considered possibly hazardous when taken by mouth. It can cause nausea, vomiting, and liver damage. It also contains a cancer-causing chemical.
Yarrow is an herb that is native to the British Isles, Europe and western Asia. The use of yarrow goes so far back in antiquity, that the plant (Achillea millefolium) was named after the Greek war hero of myth, Achilles, who is said to have used it to heal the bleeding wounds of his soldiers during the Trojan War more than 3,000 years ago.
Yarrow is a medicinal herb that is used in various ways. It was used originally to aid with colds, the flu, and fevers. It can also be used to assist your sinuses. Its anti-microbial and anti-catarrhal efforts make it the perfect herb for the respiratory system, and this natural healer also treats dust allergies. Yarrow can be taken in tea form or as a tincture (a medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol).
It can also be used to reduce toothache pain by being chewed, the absence of menstruation, dysentery, diarrhea, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal (GI) tract discomfort, and to induce sweating. Yarrow is also applied to the skin to heal wounds, stop bleeding from hemorrhoids; and as a sitz bath for painful, lower pelvic, cramp-like conditions in women.
4. Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) contains huge amount of chlorophyll. Matter of fact, its chlorophyll content is the highest among all the herbs. This plant is notorious to those unfortunate enough to accidentally rub against its leaves. Nettle is a shrub that comes from northern Europe and Asia. It has beautiful, heart-shaped leaves and yellow or pink flowers, but the stem is covered in tiny, stiff hairs that release stinging chemicals when touched.
Nettle, often called Stinging Nettle because of the stinging chemical, is one of the most effective herbal treatments for sinuses and allergic reactions. As an antioxidant, astringent, antimicrobial, and analgesic, it can temper allergy-related inflammation without administering any of the side-effects that come with the use of pharmaceuticals. Nettle can be used to assist arthritis and pain, UTIs, and blood sugar management.
The leaves, stem, or root from the nettle plant can be pounded into powders, tinctures, creams, teas, and more.
The Licorice plant has been around for generations and adored as a flavoring in food, tobacco, alcohol, and candy. The active ingredient in Licorice is glycyrrhizic acid, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar. While it might not be the best thing to snack on in terms of taste, it just might be the best thing when it comes to a flu cure. This powerful and very potent plant is widely underused considering its many health benefits.
Licorice can be had in plenty of forms, including herbal teas, candies, capsules of dried herb, and liquid extract.
When it pertains to your sinuses, licorice works on multiple fronts. It boosts your body’s levels of interferon, a chemical in the immune system that’s crucial for fighting off viruses. It also has antioxidants and phytoestrogens, which may aid in stopping the growth of bacteria and viruses such as influenza A.
Other than going to war with whatever is clogging your sinuses in the first place, licorice has soothing features that lessen irritation and inflammation, while also expelling mucus for a more productive cough. This has made licorice popular in supporting asthma, chest infections, and allergies.
Licorice is also known to aid with other medical issues such as:
- Tooth Decay
- Stomach Ulcers & Aches
- Sore Throat
- Skin Inflammation & Infection
- Hepatitus C
Licorice is an ancient and potent herbal remedy that has shown many potential health benefits.
While cold and sinus issues can make life very difficult for us all, as well as the growth in popularity when it comes to pharmaceuticals, it is important to remember that natural remedies like medicinal herbs can be a huge help to us. If used sensibly, they can not only help stop mucus from terrorizing our bodies and respiratory system, but it can also aid in strengthening our immune system making it easier to ward off potential health threats.
Herbal remedies can offer solace from the symptoms of sinusitis, as well as other respiratory issues. If used vigilantly and proactively, they can also improve and amplify your immune system and stop the onset of the allergic reaction. Nevertheless, before trying any new treatment, it is essential that you speak with your doctor or consult a specialist.