Alternative Therapies for Sinusitis

Yesterday, I spent the entire morning in the eye hospital with my mom who has been complaining about her eye discomforts. After consulting with the doctor, he suspected that mom might be suffering from Sjogren Syndrome. After reading about the condition in the internet, I started to search for alternative therapies for her condition.

Like in many auto immune diseases, it wasn’t easy gathering information on this illness. I was also checking on alternative therapies for sinusitis as my nose sensitivities seem to have worsened this week. I found out that sinusitis may begin as a viral infection but within a few days it can develop into a bacterial infection. In many sinusitis patients, there may be one or more preexisting condition that adds to the problem. These include allergies, nasal polyps and nasal septum. These conditions cause the narrowing of the nasal passages and blockage the sinus openings. Sinusitis can also affect the quality of your sleep and in my case, I can sometimes wake up in the middle of the night to clear my nose. As a result of that, I was searching for eye cream for dark circles!

Some people have turned to the healing wonders of natural medicines and alternative therapies. Goldenseal and olive extracts are effective in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. Vitamin C is also well known for its ability to strengthen the immune system and lessen allergic reactions. Zinc also shortens the duration of a cold by killing the cold virus, thus, reducing the risk of sinusitis.

Essential Oils as Alternative Therapies

In the world of alternative therapies, essential oils are known for its subtle healing properties. But what exactly is essential oil, you may ask.

Essential oil is oil that is removed from the leaves, stems, and flowers of a plant. It is highly concentrated and evaporates easily. For that reason high quality essential oils are always kept in sealed containers. Any good aromatherapy or health food store will carry a range of essential oils for a variety of mental and physical ailments.

Some of the most popular therapeutic essential oils are eucalyptus, lavender, and sandalwood. You’ve probably used eucalyptus in the form of potent smelling vapor rub under you nose and on your chest when you have a cold. That’s because eucalyptus helps to clear your sinus cavities, which leads to better breathing. It also soothes sores and insect bites, acts as a disinfectant, and lifts the mood. Mix a few drops of eucalyptus with peppermint oil in a carrier oil (jojoba or almond oil) and rub it on your chest and lung areas to soothe a cough.

Lavender is always a favorite of the therapeutic essential oils in alternative therapies due to its ability to relax the body, calm the mind, fight infection, and soothe inflammation. Some people find it to be useful as a natural eczema treatment. Unlike the majority of essential oils, it does not have to be diluted and can be applied directly to trouble areas. Or, you can use a few drops in your bath to help you relax or to extinguish a tension headache.

Organic Health and Tea Tree Oil

I love hanging around in the bookstores on the weekends as I can take time to read up some organic health books on the shelves. Though the internet is a great source of information, flipping the pages of health books and magazines is still my favourite past time. It is inspiring to discover new information on alternative therapies.

I have a friend who has recently gone into an organic health business and she was sharing with me the wonderful benefits of tea tree oil. I’ve been using tea tree oil for many years and find it to be an amazing first aid item in the home. Besides using it on itch, bites and cuts, tea tree oil can also be used for animals; Bites, cuts, stings, rashes, dermatitis, lice, mange, ringworm, fleas, and ticks are just a few of its veterinary uses. Some people find that it is one of the best acne treatments though you may need to dilute it on sensitive skin areas.

Melaleuca oil may be applied full strength or diluted in water or other type of oil like olive oil. Most tea tree oil that is produced is added to skin and beauty care products, such as deodorants, shampoos, and mouthwashes. Industrial-grade oils are used as disinfectants, floor detergents, and can be added to air conditioning and ventilation systems to kill mold and fungus. There is no doubt that tea tree oil is one of nature’s most precious organic health remedies.