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Herbal Healing Sinus Congestion with Nicky Treacy Kohler

Thursday, 30 November 2006


Don't you hate when your nose is blocked up and your head feels heavy? Well Nicky is back with some herbal remedies to cure the ailments of sinus problems.

About Sinusitis
Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities, which often turns from an acute state to a chronic state and with some people it becomes a persistent and constant state. Causes are post flu, nasal obstruction, allergy and environment. The symptoms are swelling in and around the nose, tenderness above and below the eyes, catarrhal discharge, a need to mouth breathe and headache.

Any treatment for sinusitis or other conditions that produce excessive catarrah need to follow a low-mucus producing diet. There is nothing wrong with mucus in small amounts, it is the body's natural lubricant and waste disposal mechanism, however when it becomes excessive then we need to reduce mucus forming foods. Reduce, milk and dairy products, yoghurts, cheese, eggs, gluten, rich grains such as wheat, refined sugar, potatoes and starchy root vegetables and replace with fresh fruit and other vegetables, rice and fish.

If your diet is controlled and yet you still suffer from ongoing sinus problems here's what to do.

Chamomile facial steam and flannel compress
The anti-inflammatory actions of chamomile are fantastic for relieving the pain of sinusitis. The oils in chamomile rise through the steam and provide relief from the pressure of sinusitis.
Chamomile tea bags
Fresh flowers
A clean flannel
A large bowl
. Put the fresh flowers in a bowl, pour boiling water in and put your head over.
. Cover with a towel and inhale through the nose for 15 minutes.
. Then place tea bags directly onto your face.

Eyebright tea - Euphrasia Officinalis
This is prime action anti-catarrhal, it is also an astringent. She recommends a tea of 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water. The flower essence of eyebright is given to those whose brain feels weak, tired and suffering poor memory similar to the underwater feeling of sinusitis. It is also said to be a visionary herb for those wishing to enhance their insight.

Feverfew Tablets
These are also called the flower of relief. It acts as a tonic to the sore head, alleviating the headaches associated with sinusitis. It can be taken in the form of liquid or eaten fresh, 3 leaves in a sandwich. Also, if taken as a hot tea it will help shift catarrha and congestion.

We use the seeds, roots and leaves. It's high in potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. It is an anti-histamine, anti-bacterial, anti-allergic, astringent and demulcent. It is a perfect all rounder for sinusitis. Take as directed on label.

Hopi Ear Candles
Often the sufferer gets a blocking and unblocking of ears. This helps clear the ears and alleviate any pain around mastoid bone (behind ear lobe) and skull.

For more information
Feverfew tablets, plantago tincture and hopi candles are available from most health stores.