Clear out those sinuses!

The strange, erratic weather patterns of extreme cold to spring-like temperatures are a new phenomenon to which our bodies are adjusting. Unfortunately, our sinuses take the abuse. Utilizing the following tips can help clear or lessen the effects of sinusitis and relieve suffering.

TIP #1:USE STEAM: Relieving congestion may be as simple a taking a hot shower, or using a humidifier in your bedroom. Or try an old fashioned remedy of a facial steam bath.
Bring a large kettle of water to a boil and remove it from the heat–DO NOT leave it on the stove, boiling, while you proceed. Drape a large bath towel over your head, lean over the kettle, and inhale through your nose. Continue for about five minutes. If your face begins to feel too warm for comfort or your breathing becomes labored, lift the towel for a few seconds.

TIP #2 TRY ESSENTIAL OILS: Increase the effectiveness of steam by adding therapeutic grade essential oils. Add a teaspoon in the hot water of your facial steam bath, or put a few drops on a sponge and leave it in your tub while you shower.
Recommended essential oils: Eucalyptus and peppermint (known for their clearing powers), rosemary, thyme, geranium, tea tree, or oregano oils.

TIP #3 AVOID PROBLEM FOODS: Avoid any foods you have known allergies to, especially if you are fighting off cold symptoms.
Dairy products are notorious for stimulating mucous production, so they should be eliminated if you are suffering from sinusitis.
Sugars can slow the immune system and further aggravate inflammation –they also should be avoided.

TIP #4 USE ACUPRESSURE: Applying pressure to certain points on the face and head can help to clear sinus congestion, boost the immune system and trigger the natural healing tendencies of the human body. Try the routine below 2-3 times/day during an acute sinusitis flare up, or use daily during allergy season as a preventative measure.  (I created a short video to demonstrate how to perform this easy acupressure sinus routine. Check it out here!)

TIP#5 IDENTIFY THE CAUSE: While trying the above natural sinus remedies is recommended, you also need to identify what’s causing your particular problem. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, two common causes of sinus problems and nasal congestion are:
1. Low Immunity: This renders your body more susceptible to external pathogens (viruses, bacteria, molds, etc.) which can invade a weak body and cause respiratory and other problems. Paying attention to your diet, getting enough sleep and exercise, and reducing emotional and physical stress all strengthen your immunity.
2. Weak Digestion: The by-product of weak digestion is excess fluid and mucus which collects in your lungs, nose and sinuses. Eating easily digested, nourishing foods and less cold, raw foods and drinks, and dairy products helps. Also, the simpler and blander your diet (at least until you clear up your problem) the clearer your sinuses and nasal passages will be.



3 Responses to Clear out those sinuses!

  1. Hi Dancingdragonflyacupuncture,

    Wow! Amazing! I’m really amazed for the tips you’ve given especially for the tip #4. Upon viewing the video, I really ask myself, ” isn’t it painful? ” I feel a little bit frightened but I guess I should try this at home.

    This article is really interesting and helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Your tip to use acupressure to clear sinus congestion was really smart. With a little help, the body can naturally heal. If you are already seeing an acupuncturist for other things, they may be able to help with this as well.

  3. I like your tip about avoiding problem foods such as foods I am allergic to. I am lactose intolerant and I still eat dairy. My lactose intolerance affects my sinuses. This tip made me realize that I should get professional help if I want to continue eating dairy without my sinuses affecting me.

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