Julia Fountain ND
Some home remedies for when the head is heavy and the sinuses are clogged:
Nasal drainage using xylitol. You may know of xylitol as the natural birch sweetener in gum and keto desserts. But research now shows it’s more effective than saline at clearing nasal congestion. It appears to breaks through the biofilm produced by bacteria in the sinuses. It can be used in a neti pot or a nasal mist for adults and children. Look for the Xlear line of products in health food stores, pharmacies and we’ve just started carrying the line at the HealthSpan dispensary.
Oil of oregano inhalation. Oil of oregano is a potent antibacterial. Add a few drops to a sink of hot, steaming water, tent over the head with a towel and inhale the vapours deep into the sinuses. Alternatively, make a warm compress – a few drops of oil of oregano on a wet, warm washcloth and let it rest over the sinuses.
Wet sock treatment. This ancient hydrotherapy treatment is simple, inexpensive and effective! Warm feet in hot foot bath or bathtub. Wet a pair of cotton socks and put them on very warm feet. Put a pair of heavy (wool) socks on over the wet socks and go directly to bed. Within minutes of lying down you’ll feel the sinuses start to drain as the wet socks derive the circulation from the head, down to the feet. In the morning the socks will be dry and your feet will be warm!
Humidifier. A humidifier can keep moisture in the air, which prevents mucous from thickening overnight.
I also provide a naturopathic decongesting treatment in the clinic using nebulized (inhaled) glutathione followed by aromatherapy decongesting lymphatic massage over the sinuses, scalp, neck and shoulders. Glutathione is an antioxidant for the upper respiratory system and helps thin mucous. Enjoy relaxation and relief!