I think I have found my match. There are many things on this earth that bring pain and aggravation, but a stuffy nose is probably my biggest trial yet. I am not talking about a little wimpy stuffy nose. I am talking about a nose that no air will go through, not even one little bit. Sleep is simply impossible. I use to think having a new born baby was exhausting, but I quickly learned that a stuffing nose trumps sleep loss from a baby. You cannot eat without looking like you are trying to blow food everywhere, when actually all you are attempting to do is breathe! It’s plain awful.
I have had some success and relief with some homemade remedies. Conventional medicine usually will prescribe antibiotics, which treat the infections caused by bacteria. Your most common being amoxicillin. There’s just one problem. While antibiotics are excellent at killing bacteria (as long as you match the right drug to the right germ), they’re useless at killing viruses. And viruses, including the flu, cause 90% of respiratory infections. In fact, most upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and a minority are caused by bacteria.
Back to the homemade stuff. The first thing I recommend and do is make a homemade batch of elderberry syrup. Get my recipe here! Of course, it is extremely helpful if you have the elderberries already on hand, so if you do not, you can buy some at your local health store. Order your berries though! This stuff is great to have through the winter months when viruses and bacterial infections are everywhere. It is a great source of fresh antioxidants that hep boost the immune system. Kids usually love it too because it is sweetened with raw honey. My son cannot get enough!
Echinacea and Goldenseal
These two wonderful herbs stimulate the immune system and help in clearing infections. These herbs are antibacterial and sooth mucous membranes. Give your child one dose of an echinacea and goldenseal combination formula, every 2 hours, while symptoms (including fever and sinus pain) are acute, up to a total of 6 doses After the acute phase is resolved, give him 1 does, three times a day for up to a week. This is also a good tincture to keep on hand. I use an alcohol free tincture and buy it from Whole Foods.
Known for its antibacterial properties, it is also very helpful in clearing infection. You can select an odorless capsule and give it to your child, according to the dosage directions on the label. I keep fresh garlic cloves in my fridge that have been marinated in raw honey. I swallow a few of these when infections hits, otherwise I take 1-2 daily.
Shiitake Mushroom Powder
While we are on the subject of boosting the immune system, I have to give my favorite little powder a shout out! I order mine from here, and will throw in in my smoothies here and there to boost immunity. You can also buy in capsules.
Silver Hydrosol Nasal Spray
Colloidal silver is particularly important for boosting the immune system. It can also be used to treat colds, flu viruses, intestinal parasites, bladder and urinary tract infections and a variety of other conditions. Use the Silver nasal spray 5-10 sprays in each nostril three times a day for 7-14 days until the sinusitis resolves, and then 2 sprays in each nostril 2x day till the bottle is used up to help suppress the underlying infection even further. This is the brand I use and can be found at Whole Foods.
Other things that can be done to help relieve symptoms are,
- Warm 1 cup of water with 10-15 drops of eucalyptus oil. Take a towel and place it over your head and breathe in deeply. This helps open the nasal passages.
- Use a humidifier at night. You can also put essential oils in this to help you breathe easier.
- Try some grapefruit seed extract nasal spray. Read more about it here!
DIY Herbal Chest Rub
This recipe is very easy and great for kids!Ingredients
- ½ cup of unrefined coconut oil
- 2 level tablespoons of beeswax (pastilles work best)
- 10 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
- 10 drops Peppermint Oil
- 5 drops Rosemary OilInstructions
- Melt the beeswax with the coconut oil in a double broiler, stirring constantly. This takes 3-5 minutes. Then add the essential oils and pour into a small jar or tin. It will harden as is cools.
- Use as needed to help sooth coughing and congestion.
I have used every single one of these remedies and have given them to my son. The bottom line is it will take time to heal. Trying to blow your nose every minute will only irritate the sinuses more and cause the problem to worsen. Remember to eliminate dairy foods, as they cause more mucous and stay hydrated!
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