A sinus infection is a frustrating condition. They tend to be reoccurring, painful and very long lasting. Antibiotics were once considered good treatment, but it is now believed that most cases of sinusitis are related to something fungal, like a yeast infection, which makes antibiotics actually work against the cure. Doctors even become frustrated with the inability to treat a sinus infection. Next time you are suffering from a sinus infection, try this natural method of relief.
Things You'll Need
- Neti Pot
- 1 Tsp Coarse Salt
- 8 Ounces Lukewarm Water
Mix the Solution. To begin, Mix a half teaspoon of coarsely ground salt with eight ounces of lukewarm water in the neti pot. Hot water will burn you and cool water will be uncomfortable so pay attention to temperature.
Tilt the head. Tilt your head to the side and insert the neti pot’s spout gently into the raised nostril, sealing the pot and nostril.
Breathe and pour. Breathe through your mouth and slowly raise the pot to create a gentle steady flow of the solution that will wash out the lower nostril. If the solution drains at the mouth, lower your forehead.
Repeat the steps. At the end, clear the nasal passage by exhaling firmly. Then tilt your head the other way and repeat on that side.
Final thoughts. This practice of nasal irrigation has been practiced by enthusiasts of Ayurveda and Yoga for thousands of years and is highly effective and pleasant if done properly. The key is to remain calm and continue breathing through your nose. If you aren’t relaxed the solution will not flow properly. Bu when done properly and on a regular basis you will rid your nasal passages of the fragrance, pollen, dust and pollution that prevent your from breathing properly and cause sinus infections.