The following recommendations are directed at the treatment of sinusitis, which expresses a condition of excess mucus blocking the sinus passages and leading to sinus infection. These recommendations are not personalize. Consult your therapist for personalized recommendations.
During acute sinusitis the purpose of treatment is to clear the mucus congestion that blocks the sinuses. To open the blockage, movement of the circulatory system in the facial area should be encouraged by local treatments for the sinus area. To clear mucus, digestion of excess phlegm and mucus secretion should be encouraged by increasing metabolism, increasing digestion and encouraging body secretions.
Local treatments for the sinus area by order:
- Wash the nostrils with saline spray, or rinse with Netty Pot at a concentration of 1 teaspoon of fine rock salt into one glass of warm water.
- Lubrication and massage of the face with specialized oil for the respiratory system, mixed with base oil:
- 30 ml almond oil + 12 drops of Synergy master blend of essential oils for respiratory infections
- 30 ml almond oil + 5 drops of geranium + 5 drops of rosemary + 2 drops of eucalyptus + 3 drops of mint
- Use a blood flow stimulating ointment such as Tiger Balm and others
Use only small amounts at a time; apply over the sinuses, nose, around the ears and throat as often as needed. Massage gently, from the edges of the face, towards the nose and center of the face.
- Steam bath: Fill a large container with boiling water, cover your head with a towel and hold your head over the container to allow the hot vapor to open the nasal and sinus passages. You can add one drop of suitable essential oil (e.g. Synergy, Eucalyptus) to the boiling water or cook fresh grated ginger and then steam with the ginger boiling water.
- After washing the nostrils, oiling the face and vapor bathing, it is important to maintain a warm environment and avoid exposure of the face to cold or wind.
- Repeat the process several times a day as needed.
Eating habits appropriate for a sinus inflammation:
- Eat 80% to satiety. Eat less than usual, so that after the meal you feel light
- Eat 3 hot meals a day
- Eat simple meals, few ingredients in one meal
- In some cases, it is supportive to fast while drinking hot drinks and / or bitter pungent vegetable juices*
- Eat only according to appetite. If there is no appetite, avoid eating until the appetite returns
- Eat mainly cooked and warm served food (except green leaves that can be eaten fresh – will be detailed below)
- Chew the food well
- Season the food generously with spicy and bitter spices (see below)
- Drink when thirsty, hot drinks and sips only
- Drink hot water or infusions or herbal remedies only (see below)
* Personalized diagnosis is required
- Cold meals
- Sticky, cold, heavy, thick, fatty, sweet foods
- Very rich and varied meals, combining many foods in hard-to-digest combinations
- Night eating (last meal no later than sunset)
- Overeating. Do not overstuff yourself, especially not at dinner
- Drinking alcohol
- Smoking cigarettes
Foods to avoid:
- Cold drink; Ice-cream, iced drinks, soft drinks, fruit juices
- Flours of various kinds; White flour, whole wheat flour, pasta, spaghetti and noodles, challah, pita, cakes, cookies, croissants
- Sweet food; sugar, chocolate and worst is ice cream and ice lolly
- Dairy products; cow’s milk, sheep / goat milk, yogurt, cheese, chocolate milk, dairy delicacies, cream, butter
- Various nuts
- Peanut butter, nut butter, almond butter, sesame butter
- Tropical fruits (banana, pineapple, mango, avocado, coconut), citrus fruits, watermelon and melon
- Refined oils, hydrogenated oils, margarine
- Fried foods; Chips, schnitzel and any other fried food
- Industrial foods and snacks
Foods suitable for the treatment of sinus phlegm congestion:
Grains: millet, barley grits, quinoa, brown basmati rice, buckwheat
Legumes: green mung beans, green lentils, adzuki beans, white beans
- Celery stalks and leaves, broccoli, leek, fennel, green peas, green string beans, kohlrabi, cabbage, asparagus, green artichoke, lettuce, chard, shiitake mushrooms
- Pumpkin, Jerusalem artichoke, onion, carrot, garlic, celery root, parsley root, radish (big and small), daikon radish, turnips, beets
Fresh vegetables: Rocket, mustard leaves, watercress, parsley, coriander, chives, green onions, grated radish, grated turnip, grated daikon radish, bitter spicy sprouts (alfalfa, radish, broccoli)
Fruit: Pears and apples baked or cooked
Animal proteins: In certain situations chicken soup or beef bone soup / broth*
Seeds: roasted pumpkin seeds
Spices: fresh ginger, dry ginger, black pepper, dry chili, fresh chili, turmeric, horseradish, wasabi, long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, celery seeds, ajuwan, fenugreek, thyme, rosemary, sage, hyssop, oregano, basil
* Personalized diagnosis is required
Drinks and therapeutic foods *:
Soak overnight half a cup of green mung beans and a 4 inch (10 cm) Kombu seaweed strip (optional) in six cups of water.The next morning cook the beans and Kombu in the soaking water for one hour, half covered, over a small flame.Separate the cooking water from the beans and Kombu and drink the cooking water, half a cup twice or thrice a day.This drink is diuretic and clears phlegm from the mucus membranes and liver.
Nettle infusion: caution, nettle has a strong diuretic effect that can cause a drop in blood pressure or on rarely occasions can omit urination, in these cases stop usage immediately. You can add dandelions leaves and Bancha / Sanchez Japanese tea to the nettle infusion. Infuse a mixture consisting of equal amounts of each plant and drink about 3 cups a day.
Drink lotus root powder: cook 1 teaspoon of powder in a glass of water until boiling. Remove from heat before spilling over. Drink 2 cups a day, after meals. Use for one week only.
Vegetable juice: radish juice and / or celery juice. One glass a day. The fresh juice may be mixed with water or carrot juice if too pungent. Drink the juice not cold.
boiled fresh ginger root and sage leaves: cook slices of fresh ginger root for about 15 minutes, add sage leaves for short cooking of 2-3 minutes and remove from heat. Drink throughout the day.
Infusion of sage and hyssop: You can drink this drink throughout the day.
Garlic clove – hold a peeled clove of garlic in the mouth for half an hour, like a candy.
A dropSynergy on the base of the tongue: drip one drop of Synergy master blend essential oils on the tip of your finger and apply it to the base of your tongue. You can repeat this every hour or as needed.
Ginger Cinnamon Drink: cook in water slices of fresh ginger and cinnamon bark for about 15 minutes, strain and drink. Or, mix powders of 1 part dry ginger, 1 part cinnamon, 2 parts lemon grass. Take a teaspoon of the mixture and infuse in a cup of boiling water, mix well and let for 10 minutes until the powder sinks to the bottom. Drink warm.
Supplements and herbs:
Vitamin C: recommended dosage for adults at the time of sinus infection 1,000 mg 3 times a day, reduce the dose or discontinue use if there is heartburn or diarrhea.
Zinc: recommended dosage during infection 15-25 mg zinc for sucking.
Herbs: Bi Yan Pian, consult with your health provider
Lifestyle recommendations during sinus infection:
During an acute infection accompanied by fever, it is recommended to rest and allow the body to direct its efforts and energies to treat the infection. Avoid eating*, showering or exposure to wind / cold.
When recovering from the peak of the disease, it is advisable to go for short walks if the weather is suitable, to ventilate and stimulate the body.
*Strong people can use a juice fast for a few days and engage in moderate physical activity to speed up the course of the disease and the phlegm clearing process.
* Personalized diagnosis is required