Sinusitis is a condition in which, sinuses of the nose get blocked and may become painful. The common symptoms are pain in the sinus area, sneezing, running nose, congestion and post nasal discharge. This can be caused due to bacterial infection, allergies or viral agents.
Post nasal drip can be very annoying and is often difficult to diagnose. It can cause cough, ear infection, breathing difficulty, nausea, and bad breath. Sometimes sinusitis can even affect the adjoining bone or teeth especially in case of sinuses near the cheek bones.
Do it yourself health
If you are suffering from sinusitis or post nasal drip you can help by using medicines made from natural substances and help yourself. Top five medicines that can be used for sinusitis are:
· Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus has been used as a medicine for ages. The eucalyptus leaves can be used for inhaling. The leaves can be boiled in water and the medicine is very good for regular gargling as it helps to relieve the symptoms of sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil can also be inhaled by placing on a handkerchief or can be added in hot water and used for steam inhalation. This helps to remove the collected mucus, frees the nasal passages and decreases breathing difficulty.
· Peppermint – Peppermint oil is also a great natural herb and can be inhaled by placing on a hanky. It is also added to hot water and the steam can be inhaled for best results. It is also an important ingredient in herbal tea and provides immediate relief in symptoms of cold and cough.
· Basil – This is another herb that can be effectively used to reduce the severity of sinusitis. The leaves can be boiled in water and used for inhalation and also used in herbal tea. Herbal tea can be prepared by adding basil or tulsi leaves, peppermint leaves, ginger black pepper and some honey. Regular consumption of the leaves also helps to boost immunity.
· Ginger – Fresh ginger as well as dried ginger is used in preparations for providing relief from cold. Ginger tea is popular and can help in relieving symptoms of sinusitis. Ginger can also be used as a spice in preparation of curries and soups and can be taken to get relief from cold.