Weather change and fatal air pollution together can wreak havoc on many with a sinus issues. The problem triggers in seconds ending up giving watery eyes, stuffy nose, throbbing headache, sneezing, and overall discomfort. The feeling of gloominess is unpleasant, and there are lots of people who have already experienced sinus infection in their lives. Sinusitis or swelled sinus is triggered by different things including dust, changes in weather, allergy, pollen, stress, common cold, food, etc.
At times, people do get confused between sinus and common cold since, the symptoms of both are similar and accompanied by fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, headache, etc.
What is Sinus Infection or Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is basically a swelling or inflammation of the tissues lining the sinuses. Sinuses, if they are healthy, are filled with air. However, when they are filled with liquid or blocked, germs build up in the area leading to infection. There are two types of sinus:
• Chronic- 12 or more weeks and is triggered by stress, allergies, pollution, or smoking.
• Acute- 1-2 weeks and gets triggered by the common cold, bacteria, viruses, or season change.
How to treat Sinus infection with Ayurveda?
Medication and home remedies are the best solutions to cure sinus infection and it is suggested to treat it Ayurveda way for more effective results that too, naturally. According to Ayurveda, Prana Vata and Sheshaka Kapha imbalance are responsible for the occurrence of the sinus problem. Ayurveda with the therapies, home remedies, and herbal medication treat the issues easily.
So, here are some amazing ways that make you know how to cure a sinus infection with Ayurveda.
Upanaham – In Upanham, medicated paste is applied over the selected body parts and covered with herbal leaves for a specific period of time. To make the paste they mix herbal powders like kottomchukkadi choorma, nagaradi choorma, upanaha choorma, etc. with medicated oil.
Panchakarma – With the amazing therapy of Panchakarma, the toxins that build up in the sinus are liquefied and expelled out of the body. Medicated oil and Ayurvedic herbs are used during this treatment.
Nasal Polyps Treatment – In this technique, medicated or herbal oil is directed through the nostrils and works toward removing the toxins from the head and neck region.
Shirodhara, Shiroabhyanga, and Shirolepana – This is another amazing Ayurveda therapy which is great for treating sinusitis. Shirodhara involves gentle pouring of the warm herbal or medicated oil on the head region. Even some specialized form of Shirodhara also includes taildhara, ksheeradhara, jaladhara, and thakradhara. Shirolepan therapy involves the application of the herbal paste on the selected area, and Shiroabhyanga is a massage to relieve a headache.
Use Licorice roots, as this is the commonly found herb that calms coughing, boosts immunity and soothes the irritation in the throat.
Chamomile is also a great way of curing the sinus infection; it resolves inflammation and boosts immunity.
Another commonly found and used spice, Fenugreek treats fight fever, inflammation, and throat irritation.
Use thyme to relieve throat irritation and cough caused by allergens.
A highly recommended herb that helps in treating various issues, Ginger is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties that work well for those with chronic sinus.
Ayurveda Natural Home Remedies
Tulsi – Make Tulsi stem decoction, and inhale it 2-3 times in a day. You can also eat some leaves of holy basil or simply drink Tulsi tea twice daily.
Garlic – Make a concoction with crushed garlic, grated ginger, a teaspoon of honey, and a pinch of turmeric and black pepper, and drink it twice daily.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Mix 2 teaspoons of ACV in a cup of lukewarm water, and drink this concoction twice daily.
Cayenne Pepper Tea – Mix 2 teaspoons of honey, ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and juice of 1 lemon in a cup of boiled water, and drink the concoction 2-3 times a day.
Turmeric – In a glass of warm milk, add ½ teaspoon each of turmeric and honey, mix well and drink before going to bed.
Coconut Oil Pulling – You need to take some melted coconut oil, and swish the mouth with it for at least 5 minutes, now spit out, and rinse the mouth with lukewarm water.
How to cure a sinus infection with Ayurveda daily regime?
Adapt the Ayurveda lifestyle practice into your life and get rid of sinusitis and other common ailments.
• Keep yourself hydrated, and eat food full of nutrients.
• Take steam using essential and herbal oils and herbs.
• Practice Shat Kriyas – Jal Neti and Sutra Neti.
• Indulge yoga practice into your life – and along with practice pranayama – Anulom Vilom, Bhastrika, Ujjayi, Kapalbhati, and Kumbhaka.
• Avoid alcohol consumption, caffeine, smoking, and do not consume sugary, dairy and gluten products.
Sinus infection is indeed irritating and can be triggered any time. These Ayurveda practices will help you to maintain good health, boost immunity, and prevent you from being in an unpleasant zone.