It is that time of the year again; when kids come home from school with watery eyes and runny noses. Nighttime is tough as the sinuses get blocked, making it difficult to breathe while noses run like a river during the day.
Sinus infections, colds and flues are tough on everyone – young and old. But there are certain home remedies that you can arm yourself with to protect yourself and your family:
Organic honey is a real savior when it comes to fighting allergens and soothing swollen sinuses and scratchy throats. Honey can be consumed in a number of ways by young and old alike.
- Brew some tea with fresh ginger, cinnamon and turmeric. Add some honey to soothe a sore throat
- Take a tsp of honey, add some water, a pinch of cinnamon or black pepper for younger children
- Mix 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp lemon juice and ½ tbsp organic honey.
- Stay hydrated
Allergies and sinus infections dry up the mucus membranes resulting in that scratchy throat and thicken the secretions causing nasal blockage. Drinking plenty of water, broth and eating fruits and vegetables thins the secretions making them easier to clear and moisten the membranes reducing the itch.
- Up your Vitamin C
Since Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, antioxidant and antitoxin, increasing your Vitamin C intake – either through natural sources or a supplement – during allergy season is effective in keeping allergy attacks at bay. Some natural sources of Vitamin C include oranges, bananas, lemons, papayas, pineapples, kiwi, brussel sprouts and broccoli.
- Saline rinse
My personal experience is that the cleaner your airways are, the less prone you will be to coming under an allergen attack. My now three-year-old was sick very often last year with frequent rounds of colds and fevers. However, this year we’ve made cleaning his nose part of the bedtime routine and that, along with beginning a honey regime at the first sign of a cold, has made a huge difference. You can buy commercial saline water or make some at home by mixing ½ tsp salt in 1 mug of boiling water; cool it down and use a bulb syringe to clear the nasal airways. An alternative is to massage the nose with a small towel dipped in warm water and then clear the mucus out as it loosens up.
- Eucalyptus oil
You can use 1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil in hot water and inhale the steam to clear your sinuses or use an incense burner to diffuse the oil in the air. It can also be mixed with a carrier oil and massaged onto the sinuses and feet for relief.
- Avoid foods that worsen allergies
Just like certain foods can give relief when dealing with allergens, some foods can cause mucus to thicken and make allergies worse. These can include bananas, dairy, fried foods, grains especially gluten rich ones, eggs, sugar and starchy root vegetables like potatoes.
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