I had my first full-blown sinus infection when I was just 2 months pregnant. My head hurt, I had severe congestion, I felt awful. And I didn’t know what to do. At first.
I suffered through that first one for what felt like weeks (it was) and I didn’t feel back to normal until almost 2 months later. Sinus infections are not fun, and sinus infections when pregnant are definitely not fun, yet they seem to be a very common ailment when it comes to pregnant-related issues.
When I was hit with another sinus infection later in my pregnancy, I armed myself with the best natural sinus infection treatments and that infection didn’t stand a fighting chance.
These natural sinus infection remedies listed are safe for all ages, and I used them routinely when pregnant. Since the majority of these infections are viral, conventional medicines like antibiotics won’t help anyway with most cases. These sinus infection remedies are perfect for anyone to use. Keep them on close hand so you can kick those nasty buggers to the curb!
Natural Sinus Infection Remedies
- Neti Pot with Saline Solution – I think that a Neti pot is the very best remedy when it comes to combatting sinus issues. They work to naturally cleanse out the sinus cavity and help keep the sinuses clear of infection. Once I discovered Neti pots, I can’t imagine not using one. There are SO many benefits of using a Neti pot and many people even use them on a daily basis.
- Lots of Vitamin C – Load up on the vitamin C. Increase you intake by eating fresh fruits and veggies that are loaded with this vitamin, like strawberries, oranges, kiwi, kale, broccoli and bell peppers. This tropical smoothie also has a ton of natural vitamin C in it; add some spinach or dark greens as well.
- Drink Up – Try to drink as much water and citrus juices as possible. Water is the number one choice to help flush out the mucous and toxins, but herbal teas are also wonderful, and pure citrus juices like fresh orange juice (not from concentrate) are great, too.
- Humidifier and Steamy Showers – A warm, steamy shower will help clear out those sinuses in no time. A great idea is to have a nice, warm shower in a steamy bathroom and then immediately after use the Neti pot since your nasal passages are already open. A humidifier will also keep the air nice and moist, which is what you need. You can also get a vaporizer and add some essential oils like eucalyptus, to help clear the sinuses.
- Avoid Mucous-Forming Foods – Dairy is a mucous-forming food, which means your sinuses will have to work that much harder to get rid of the congestion. Steer clear of milk, cheese and other dairy products, instead opting for a milk alternative like a nut or coconut milk. White flour products, chocolate and sugar will also compound the problem, so avoid processed bread products and sugary sweets as well.
- Add in Good Spices – Garlic, onions, cayenne pepper. All of these help to naturally eliminate mucous in your body. Add them to your meals.
- Stop Blowing Your Nose – I know this might sound counter-productive, but trust me, it makes sense. Unless your nose is actually runny, you’ll be making it worse by blowing it. Try to avoid blowing your nose unless it’s actually running, and the congestion will go away much more quickly on its own, especially when using the Neti pot to get everything cleared out of there.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – This vinegar can help combat a variety of illnesses including sinus congestions and excess mucous. Since it’s not the most pleasant tasting, mix it with some water and quickly down it. It helps kill both bacterias as well as viruses.
- Rest, Rest and More Rest – As a parent, I know how difficult this one can be, but it’s important to get as much rest as possible. If you have little ones running around, ask someone to come help you with the kids if necessary so you can get some much-needed sleep.
Do you have any favourite remedies for treating sinus infections? I’d love to hear!