Ward Away the Winter Sniffles

It’s that magical time of year when our poor sinuses are crying out for antihistamines. I love winter in Michigan, but find it difficult to enjoy when I’m run down by sneezes and wheezes. There are several simple remedies that can help to bring the body back to center. Most sinusitis is caused by either viral or bacterial origin. Only by addressing the cause, and not simply suppressing symptoms, will we begin to experience lasting relief.

By simply using an aromatherapy diffuser of some sort, or even a hot pan of water, oil molecules diffused in the air will help destroy bacteria, fungus, and viruses. I’ve been doing a blend of peppermint, lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, and bergamot at my house. Not only does this smell awesome, it works great too. These oils all have anti-bacterial properties. The tea tree oil offers anti-fungal action, Red thyme can also be used to treat moldy situations. Lavender oil works as a bronchial dialator for upper respiratory complaints. During times when the immune system is challenged by sinus problems an eyebright herb compress laid over the area across the nose and below the eyes works as an expectorant, anti inflammatory, and decongestant. Others herbs of choice would be lovely in this compress.

Diet, believe it or not, is also a big factor.  When you’re stuffed up, try incorporating some hot foods such as horseradish, garlic, parsley, ginger, or cayenne.  Their fiery action helps break up congestion and stimulate the immune system.

Stones have been used in conjunction with other remedies to lend their healing energies as well.  Lapis Lazuli is said to benefit the respiratory and nervous system.  Emeralds treat sinuses, lungs, and muscles.  Aventurine benefits the nervous system and stimulates metabolism. In addition, aventurine heals the lungs, sinuses, and has an anti-inflammatory effect.  Iolite aids the sinuses and respiratory system, it is also been said to help eliminate bacteria.  Fluorite is a powerful healer when dealing with infections, such as upper respiratory and sinusitis.  Try placing these stones over sinus pressure points while laying down, or throw a couple in the tub while soaking to receive their energies.

If you are just looking for something ready to use I recommend any of the Olba’s products.  The concentrated oil works especially well during harsh, allergic times.  Olba’s products are a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, cajeput, wintergreen, juniper, and clove.  Any treatments you wish to use should be thoroughly researched on proper usage and dosage. All essential oils should be diluted. Listen to your body, if any treatment causes irritation or discomfort it’s probably not the treatment for you, discontinue use immediately.  Enjoy the season from a happy and healthy perspective!

*The information given in this article is not intended to act as a substitute for medical treatment, nor can it be used for diagnosis. I do not advocate, endorse, or guarantee the curative effects of any substances, or stones in this article.

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