Sinusitis is an inflammation of the paranasal sinus cavities (air-filled cavities in the bones around the nose) due to viral, bacterial and fungal infections or allergic reactions. Sinusitis can be acute (short term) or chronic (12 weeks or more). Euphrasia rostkoviana
Acute bacterial sinusitis usually follows a viral upper respiratory infection. For short term sinusitis herbs which are anti-catarrhals and support the immune system are generally used. Key Herbs
· Echinacea supports the immune system helping to clear the infection.
· Plantain strengthens the lining of the nasal passages and sinuses.
· Eyebright is anti-catarrhal for nasal catarrh and sinusitis.
· Elderflowers are anti-catarrhal and are especially indicated for acute sinusitis accompanied by fever.
Diet and Lifestyle
· Chronic sinusitis can be related to an allergy
· Hot lemon juice reduces mucus production, as do garlic, onions and horseradish.
· Dairy products and wheat can promote the production of mucus.
Make a steam inhalation by infusing 15g of herb or put 5-10 drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) in 750 ml hot water.
Similarly Chamomile herb/essential oil can be used for allergic states with excessive nasal catarrh.
Tea made from Elderflower, Peppermint and Plantain