With winters come colds and coughs that further aggravate the sinuses. For all of you who suffer from sinusitis, we have some simple home remedies that are highly effective in easing its symptoms.
There are simple things you could do at home to ease the symptoms of a sinus attack:
Watch what you eat:
It is vital to pay attention to one’s diet during a sinus attack. Consume green vegetables, salads, fruits and cereals in plenty. Consumption of onions and garlic is said to reduce nasal congestion. Drink plenty of water and fruit juice. Fruits like orange, mango and other Vitamin C rich foods must be included in the daily diet. Also, tea boiled with ginger and cinnamonwith only a little milk and sugar is advised.
Apply eucalyptus oil:
This oil with the strong smell is famous for it’s healing properties. Apply near temples, behind the ears and over the throat and chest.
Inhalation with cumin seeds:
Cumin seeds are good to inhale. Roast slightly and enclose in a thin muslin cloth. The little pack can then be pinned to the child’s shirt.
The soothing powers of cinnamon:
To one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, add a little water and mix to form a paste. This can then be applied to the forehead and nose.
Fenugreek (methi) seeds constitute an excellent cure for sinusitis. To prepare an extract, take 2-3 teaspoons and one glass of water. Boil till the water reduces to half. Strain and take small sips. Do this a couple of times a day.
Prevention of sinusitis
The best advice to prevent a sinusitis is to treat a cold or flu promptly. Some tips are:
- Boost your immunity by following a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Reduce stress levels and find positive ways to deal with it.
- Ask your doctor about vaccination. A vaccine to minimise influenza attacks has been introduced for children.
- Wash your hands after shaking hands with others.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid smoking and contact with known allergy-causing agents (allergens).
Written by Dr Nisreen Nakhoda, General Physician
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