If the cold nip in the air is making your schnoz feel stuffy, we can sympathize. Mother Nature in Her wisdom protects us from the cold (or allergy-causing irritants during spring) by lining our nasal passages with a buffering blanket of mucus.
While OTC decongestants ease swollen sinus passages they have dangerous side effects like raising your blood pressure or speeding up your heart rate. This is where you need a natural sinusitis treatment like an herbal salt steam to stop an infectious attack in its tracks.
Herbs to Treat Sinus Infections
What’s great about this herbal steam recipe for cold and congestion is that you can get hold of these herbs right in your kitchen or you should be able to find them in your garden/local market. For herbs that don’t grow in the region where you live, there’s always essential oils to make a potent brew.
Basically, to make this steam for sinus relief we need to choose herbs that are naturally expectorant, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and decongestant. These herbs should have warming qualities that help open up the airways and relax the body in preparation for a good night’s rest (ideally, you should steam in the evenings for a comforting effect).
Choose three or more of these healing herbal sinus remedies for an effective way to scare away the sniffles.
- Black Pepper
- Garlic (if you can tolerate it!)
- Sweet Marjoram
- Spearmint (much milder than peppermint and would be an excellent choice for young ones)
How to Prepare an Herbal Sinus Salt Steam
This herbal steaming recipe contains sea salt as a natural treatment for sinus inflammation as it contains calcium, magnesium and other therapeutic minerals. Sea salt is antiseptic and stimulates breathing easy by reducing swollen sinuses. When combined with the herbs, the salt makes a solution for all natural sinus relief.
If you’re using essential oils, mix them in with the sea salt until evenly distributed.
Now, add in all the dried herbs and mix thoroughly. Keep this in a jar or covered container.
Pour boiling water into a basin or large bowl. Add a tablespoon of the herbal salt mixture to the water and cover the bowl.
After the herbs have steeped in the water for about 5-7 minutes, make a “tent” with a towel and position your face over the basin to take in the steam.
Soak in the pure herbal goodness keeping your face a good 10 inches away, no more than 10 minutes at a time.
In fact, this herbal mix is an excellent addition to your bath or footbath if you want to lounge luxuriously while the moisture flushes out the toxins.
Spas use herbal steam to unclog pores, soften skin and boost circulation. So, not only will this steam facial keep you in the pink of health, it will also give you a rosy glow.