Summer is many people’s favorite time of year. Gotta love that warm weather, sunshine and longer days. However, the summer can be tedious for those of us with sensitive nasal passages and sinuses.
Sinusitis is something that’s not uncommon during the summer months. And it can reduce a person to a snotty, sniffling mess. If you’re one of the unlucky ones experiencing symptoms this summer, here’s some ways to feel better, pronto!
Flush it out
The easiest and quickest way to provide relief to your nasal passages is by rinsing. A neti pot is filled with saline solution to rinse the nasal passages. And it can potentially offer fast comfort for the pain.
Start by standing over a sink or bathtub. Tilt your head to the right. Then place the syringe full of saline at the tip of your left nostril. Empty the solution into your nose until it comes out the other nostril. Now repeat this process tilting your head to the left.
Yes, you’ll feel a weird sensation as it enters your nose. However, this process will make you feel so much better. Totally worth it! Just make sure to always use filtered water. And clean your neti pot well between uses.
Bromelain is a protein found in pineapple. Don’t want to eat massive amounts of pineapple? Not to worry. It’s easily available in supplement form.
Bromelain helps reduce swelling in the sinuses. And it assists in relieving any summer sinus discomfort. Be patient because it can take some time for the full effects to kick in. But you’ll likely soon be breathing much easier.
Steam your face
One of the most relaxing and fun ways to tackle sinus issues is to steam your face. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes with some menthol or eucalyptus essential oil. The process is easy.
First, boil a kettle of water. Then pour the water into a bowl or dish and add a few drops of essential oil. Now place your face over the water with a towel over your head and wait for the steam to penetrate your nose. In just a few minutes, things will start to loosen and you’ll start to feel much better.
Drink lots of water
Yes, I’m talking about drinking water again. Drinking water may seem like a drag, especially when you’re sick. But your body needs to be hydrated to fight off any pollutants.
When you’re sick, you may want to warm up the water a little to make it easier o drink. Consume at least 6 glasses a day. And help your body flush out those toxins and bacteria which are infecting you.
Spices can be a great way to awaken the senses when you have a cold or the sniffles. First, let’s state the obvious. Strong spices may be the only thing you can taste when your sinuses are congested.
But they also have healing properties. You can add them to hot water with lemon or cook them in your food. Spices such as cinnamon, turmeric and ginger are all ideal for clearing the sinuses due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
Do you have a favorite way of naturally dealing with the summer sniffles? Let me know in the comments below!
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