It’s never fun being sick, especially in the summer. I woke up yesterday with a fever, sinus infection, and a nasty cough to boot. I’m always surprised to be struck ill but something has been going around. It was only a matter of time, I suppose.
I wouldn’t say I’m opposed to medication. I typically refuse antibiotics unless, of course, for dire reasons. But for a sinus infection? Not yet an emergency, I’m choosing to treat myself naturally with a few homemade remedies coupled with some supplements.
1. Neti Pot
A homeopathic doctor first recommended I begin using the Neti Pot about 13 years ago. I promptly purchased it and haven’t looked back. A safer, more natural way to flush sinuses and help clear sinusitis, simply mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon of salt into warm, filtered or distilled water. Since you’re rinsing out the mucus membrane, purified water is essential, otherwise you can directly introduce dangerous microbes into your system. Over the years, I’ve grown to love the Neti Pot but I’ve learned Neti-ing isn’t for the faint of heart – it can feel uncomfortable, especially with an unbalanced saline solution. Only flush sinuses once every two hours and keep your pot clean.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Gargle with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (or more if you’re brave) per eight ounces of water to disinfect the mouth and throat. Repeat as often as you like. (This is probably my least favorite remedy, but it works.)
When you’re sick, you not only need to clear out germs, you need to boost your immune system. Enter Sambucol, the powerful black elderberry antioxidant syrup. Packed with flavonoids found in the fruit’s deep pigment, I take two teaspoons twice a day. Bonus: You can find this item in many drugstores.
4. Xlear Nasal Spray
I recently started using Xlear Nasal Spray and plan to carry it around if I’m unable to Neti. Unlike many over-the-counter sprays, which can lead to dependency, damaged nasal tissue, and congestion rebound, Xlear’s formula helps clear runny noses naturally. With only four ingredients, even those with severe allergies can use it.
Finally, I top off the above specialty treatments with a natural medicine to combat flu-like symptoms. These medicinal “pellets” quickly dissolve in the mouth and can be taken up to three times a day. Oscillococcinum is a must when I’m not feeling at my best. Bonus: You can find this item in many drugstores.
Have you tried any of these remedies or have I missed any that you love? Share your favorite natural remedies in the comments section below.