Herbs, minerals and vitamins supply useful nutrients at the cellular level. These substances can kill disease producing viruses and disrupt their growth and development, strengthening the immune system and protecting you against various diseases. Herbs are used in three forms:
- tinctures – alcohol extracts,
- glycerites- extracts of glycerine and
- dried herbs- teas, powders and capsules.
Some herbs help in treating the sinus infection directly, whereas others have indirect benefits. For instance, eyebright reduces sinus inflammation and congestion, while coneflower strengthens immune system. Wild indigo helps in controlling symptoms of sinus infection. Antibacterial and antiviral properties of goldenseal root heal the infection. Licorice has antiviral properties, but the herb should not be used if patient has high blood pressure.
Ginger tea with garlic improves drainage and immune system. Ginger root extracts thin the drainage associated with sinus infections. Ginger compresses placed over the infected sinus area give relief. St. John’s wort and Jamaican dogwood relieves pain.
Camphor, thyme, lavender, pine, rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus –essential oils- are useful in treating the infections of the upper respiratory system. The oils also relieve congestion of the sinus. Oregano oil extracts have antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help in treating the infection.
Olive tree leaf extracts boost the immune system and maintain healthy level of blood pressure. The leaf has oleuropein that disrupts reproduction of viruses, stopping their growth. Pills or teas of the olive leaf extracts are helpful for the sinus infection.
Other useful herbs include turmeric extracts, kudzu, Echinacea and fenugreek. Echinacea promotes immunity while fenugreek reduces mucus. A combination of bayberry, burdock root, ginger root, goldenseal root, white willow bark, parsley, white pine, cloves, horehound, althea root, cayenne, yerba santa, feverfew and fenugreek seeds relives pain, pressure, congestion and stuffiness associated with the sinus. But, do consult a doctor, health service provider or physician for the right combination and dosage of the herbs.