Season change brings on a train of allergies for most people. From sinusitis and hayfever, its a teary, runny nose, itching and scratching affair. The effects can range from irritation and discomfort to pain.
While there are dozens of over the counter the medication, some of which I swear by, these natural remedies are just as effective without the side effects.
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis or hay fever please consult your doctor before incorporating any natural remedies or alternative supplements to your current medical treatment.
Sinusitis or Hayfever
Sinusitis and hay fever are two different things mainly because their symptoms differ. However, hay fever may lead to sinus infection.
Sinusitis is the swelling of the sinuses. As a result, they become blocked and filled with liquid that may cause an infection.
- loss of smell
- pain or pressure
Hayfever is an allergic reaction to allergens. It has cold-like symptoms but is not caused by a virus.
- a runny or blocked nose
- itchy, red or watery eyes
- itchy throat, nose and ears
- postnasal drip
What are the Causes of Sinusitis
Sinusitis can be caused by allergies, bacteria, fungi or viruses. Nasal congestion, headaches, and runny nose are common symptoms of a sinus infection.
Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to allergens such as pet hair or dander, dust and pollen.
Try these 9 Foods to Ease Sinusitis
A food list is not complete without this power food. Seriously. Ginger is AMAZING! You can add it to food or drink as a tea.
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties may help reduce swelling and irritation of the nose and throat.
Another superfood that you can’t miss. Garlic and Ginger as combo work miracles. Garlic is a good decongestant, easing a blocked and runny nose.
This juicy fruit is a great antioxidant that also offers anti-inflammatory properties for relief of sinus symptoms.
Turmeric is a powerful spice. It reduces the release of histamine and has anti-inflammatory properties which fight the onset of hayfever and also calms its effects.
Vitamin C will help prevent the production of histamines and clear your airways. It’s a great immune booster and anti-allergen.
Chillies, citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables are a good source of vitamin C. You can also take vitamin C supplements to increase your dosage if you don’t get enough from foods.
Herbal teas are a great source of antioxidants and immune boosters. Chamomile tea, ginger tea or peppermint tea offer relief from nasal congestion and sinus irritation.
Aromatherapy oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint oil are powerful antihistamines. You can add them to your diffuser or humidifier which will also help add moisture to the air.
Steaming will open up your airways and clear out mucus. You can also add eucalyptus drops or gumtree leaves for effectiveness. I love that it also opens up your pores, BONUS!
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Fish such as tuna, sardines and salmon are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which can calm symptoms of hay fever and reduce inflammation. Flax and chia seeds are also a great source of omega 3 (plant version).
What you should avoid
Coffee can trigger a release of histamine. The stimulation from coffee can counteract the body’s natural response of slowing down your body and forcing you to rest when you have an infection.
Avoid dairy products if you’re prone to sinus issues. Dairy products can increase the production of mucous which may worsen congestion.
Alcohol can cause sinus irritation and worsen hayfever symptoms due to high levels of histamine. It causes dehydration and inflammation.
We all know the dangers of smoking for our health. Smoking can also cause sinus irritation and mucous build-up in the nasal passages resulting in the sinus infection.
Chocolate might be your go-to comfort snack when you’re feeling down, but it’s not only a threat to your health. It also has the chemical histamine which aggravates hay fever.
Cold drinks and food
Drinking cold drinks or eating cold foods may cause inflammation, worsening sinus irritation and chest issues.
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A healthy lifestyle and a strong immune system are key to living a disease-free life. At best it will help manage the symptoms of illness.
Sinusitis and hayfever don’t have to make you miserable. Always have these foods and vitamins handy when you need them.
If you’re taking treatment don’t stop, and please consult your doctor. Make sure you’re not allergic to any of the foods before trying them.
Here’s to an unblocked, clearer you.
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