Sinusitis corresponds to theinflammation of the sinus lining, cavities located above or on either side of the nose. It is possible to relieve it without medication, when it is due to a virus. The effective natural treatments to clear sinuses and calm the pains.
A seawater-based product, to clear the nose
” The seawater nose wash thins the secretions to better drain them and decongests the nose quickly. It also eliminates the viruses and microbes involved, ”recalls Dr. Erkki Bianco, ENT. Do not hesitate to practice it as soon as the nose becomes blocked, especially in the event of a cold or allergy which tends to turn into sinusitis.
How to do ?
“Better to use two-in-one products that combine seawater with moisturizing and antiviral active ingredients. They are more effective than washing with seawater alone because they are more concentrated, and they prevent superinfection, ”recommends ENT.
For example, Sterimar Stop & Protect sprays with very blocked infected nose or Humer very blocked nose, 2 to 6 sprays per day in each nostril according to the instructions, letting the water flow through the nostril and blowing your nose afterwards. To be used for 5-6 days, but not for the long term. For a daily nose wash in prevention, prefer a isotonic seawater spray.
An inhalation of essential oil of radiated eucalyptus, for a complete action on sinusitis
- The essential oil of radiated eucalyptus is at the same time decongestant, antibacterial, immunostimulant and slightly anti-inflammatory. It therefore helps to breathe better and fight infection.
- “Water vapor, on the other hand, helps to thin the secretions, to kill microbes and causes a small vasodilation, which allows the active ingredients of essential oils to penetrate into the mucous membranes, ”adds Dr. Bianco.
How to inhale it?
Heat a pot of water. When it boils, lower the heat, add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus radiated and tilt your head over the pan to breathe in the steam. We can also mix 3 drops of eucalyptus + 2 drops of essential oil of peppermint, decongestant and interesting in case of headache. “You have to stay at least 10 minutes above the steam, trying to breathe through your nose,” says the specialist. To be done 2 to 3 times a day. Be careful, never during pregnancy!
The cypress / echinacea duo, to stop the infection
” Most of the time, sinusitis is of viral origin. It may in particular be the consequence of superinfection of a cold or a allergy. In this case, theechinacea and the cypress are the two plants at theantiviral and anti-infective action most effective, ”notes Dr Erkki Bianco. They help strengthen the immune system to better bypass infection and limit symptoms.
How to do ?
The easiest is toopt for ready-made products which combine echinacea and cypress, in the form of a fluid extract (EPS Phytoprevent, to be requested as a mixture from the pharmacist, 2 teaspoons morning, noon and evening) or tablets and capsules (Phytoprevent Phytostandard; LPEV; Parinat, 6 to 8 per day). Take for 5-7 days. We can also use this duo of plants in prevention if we tend to have sinusitis and other ENT infections repeatedly, in treatment of 10 days per month for 3 months.
Self-massage of the nose, against sinus pain
“Stimulate two acupuncture points yourself via the digitopuncture – finger pressure – helps to unclog the sinuses if the nose is very blocked and this also has an analgesic effect, ”notes Laurent Turlin, practitioner in traditional Chinese medicine.
The relief can be immediate: to try when the pain in the face and the skull is very important.
How to do ?
- We must stimulate the point “GI 20” located on each side of the nose, at the base of the wings of the nose, where it meets the nasolabial folds which widen when you smile. “You must apply moderate and continuous pressure on this point with the thumb and forefinger (or both indexes) for 2 minutes, trying to breathe slowly and deeply”, indicates the practitioner.
- To further free the sinuses, complete by pressing for 2 minutes on the point DM 24, located on the midline of the skull, 0.5 cm from the forehead, just behind the hairline. To be repeated several times a day, as soon as the pain returns.
the use of antibiotics is only useful in those rare cases where the sinusitis is of bacterial origin. A yellow nasal discharge, for example, is a sign. The general practitioner or ENT doctor can confirm this by examining the appearance of the mucous membranes.