As the mother of six, I have come to expect the colds and flus to run their course through our household. However, with a few simple homemade remedies, we have managed to be proactive, avoid these yucky bugs altogether and stop viruses, colds and sinus problems before they start!
Most colds begin in the sinus cavity. The moist, warm environment invites viruses to hang out and multiply, resulting in a painful infection. Often times, sinus infections may go unnoticed because of mild symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below for a prolonged period of time consult your physician, in order to rule out anything serious. But, if you catch the symptoms early, you may be able to avoid the expense of a doctor visit and antibiotics. Not to mention, all of the discomfort and inconvenience of an infection altogether.
It is important to listen to your body and recognize when you are at the beginning of a cold or sinus infection. Below are some simple steps (along with recipes) to stop the infection before it starts. The following may be symptoms of a virus, cold or sinus infection:
- low energy
- frequent sneezing
- post nasal drip
- itchy, runny or stuffy nose
- ear pain
Purchasing nasal sprays and premade sinus flush solutions or packets can be expensive. Many prepackaged mixtures may contain harmful ingredients which can irritate nasal passages and cause further health problems. A few ingredients you want to avoid are; benzalkonium chloride and methylparabens .
I prefer to use a sinus spray for daily maintenance during allergy or fire season. It is also great for traveling. A few squirts in each nostril (before flying) may prevent all sorts of potential viruses.
Making your own sinus flushes and sprays is simple and inexpensive!
Sinus Spray Recipe
If you are purchasing a natural nasal spray make sure it has a removable lid. It is a good idea to choose a brand that contains only saline or colloidal silver. The brand I prefer to use is Source Naturals Colloidal Silver Nasal Spray. If you are making your own spray, you will need a glass nasal spray bottle and colloidal silver 10ppm. Fill the bottle with colloidal silver, leaving room for essential oils. If you are adding the oils to an already purchased nasal spray, remove lid and add:
-1 to 2 drops each (depending on the size of the bottle, 1 or 2 oz). Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil- Frankincense, Melaleuca Alternifolia (more commonly known as, Tea Tree), and Lavender.
Sinus Flush/Neti Pot
It is important to use ONLY clean, pure, boiled or distilled/purified water. Do not use tap or spring water without boiling first. As, it may contain a deadly amoeba called Naegleria Fowleri. Your stomach and intestines contain acids which kill the amoeba, but your sinus cavity does not. Using tap or spring water without boiling first may result in serious illness or even death.
If you are using a plastic sinus flush, I recommend preparing the mixture in glass liquid measuring cup first.
- Warm water (approximately 99 degrees). Enough to fill neti pot or sinus flush bottle.
- Stir in ½ to 1 teaspoon Celtic or Himalayan sea salt and dissolve.
- Add 1-2 drops each of Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils-frankincense, lavender and tea tree/melaleuca alternifolia.
Follow directions for Neti pot or sinus rinse bottle. I prefer to use over the kitchen sink with several tissues in hand. Pat nose dry after rinsing each side. If you need to blow your nose, do so gently. Repeat, up to two times daily.
Disclaimer: These statements and suggestions made by Kassy Clifford and Complete Health Consulting have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Kassy and Complete Health Consulting is not intending to cure, prescribe or diagnose any medical condition.
*There are many brands of essential oils on the market. However, I DO NOT advise using any other brand besides Young Living. This is the only company I would trust using in and on my body.