One thing that I hear a lot about, during winter and the change of seasons? Sinus congestion.
Congestion in general with a heavy focus on clogged sinuses and headaches and discomfort.
Do you have this challenge or know someone who does?
My first thought? Limit all dairy and red meat for a while, if you eat them. Dairy gets a star here, for the main cause of mucus build-up in the body. We can eat more dairy than we think.. if we don’t pay attention. Choose to eat warming, nourishing (but rather light meals) soups, made without dairy and with additional circulatory stimulating herbs = better results!
Sinus Congestion “Relief” Bath
1 cup of Epsom salt
1/2 cup of baking soda
5-10 drops of pure Peppermint essential oil
3-8 drops of pure Eucalyptus essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a glass canning (or similar) jar with a tight lid.
Allow a few days (if possible) for the essential oils to permeate the salts and soda.
It’s ready to use. I normally use about 1/2-1 cup per bath.
This recipe is easy to double or triple. Personally, I use this bathing ritual as an adjunct to
the remedies here so I normally make just one or two and that seems to do the trick.
Make more if needed. Sinus Congestion is NOT fun!
Sometimes a hot compress works well too. Use eucalyptus essential oil here. I prefer to use eucalyptus essential oil on its own as peppermint can irritate the skin around the eyes. Just soak a wash cloth in a bowl that you have filled with hot water and 3-4 drops oe eucalytus essential oil. Soak the cloth and then wring out excess water, and place cloth on sinus area. If you are really organized, it’s easy enough to do while relaxing in the bath.
Use the compress a few times during the day to ease pain and encourage drainage of mucous.
Drink herbal teas like Peppermint, for example, or Spearmint or Wild Mint.. All are a wonderful choice and very helpful.
Here’s wishing you ONLY the very best and clear easy breathing with good sleeps!
AS a part of my winter medicine chest, I use it a lot in fall and winter. Have you seen my eBook? “Cold Flu Season – Are YOU Ready? ” Take a look here