If you have ever had a sinus infection, you know it isn’t fun. Usually, it’s just plain miserable for the most part. However, employing new mental tactics as well as some very basic vegetables and spices found in nearly every kitchen across the globe you could have sinusitis and many other ailments mastered!
Sinusitis is characterized by an infection taking place in one or several of the four main pairs of sinus cavities. The infection is usually triggered by a blockage of mucous in the passage often due to an allergen such as pollen, dust, mold, or some other airborne irritant. Little tiny hairs in your sinuses called cilia usually keep the passage clean by catching germs and bugs and moving them out through mucous – from the nose or down the throat. When the passage becomes blocked by an excess of mucous, an infection can occur leaving you struggling with sinusitis.
What are the signs?
- painful forehead to touch, due to inflamed frontal sinuses
- earaches or pain in upper neck near ears caused by inflamed sphenoid sinuses
- coughing at night
- pain in jaw and cheeks signifying swollen mallixary sinuses
- pain behind the eyes or swollen eyelids due to inflamed ethmoid sinuses
- extra fatigue
- upset stomach (often due to swallowing a lot of mucous)
Often there is a combination of symptoms that seem to persist and are more likely in conjunction with a cold or allergies, around a change in life situations or weather and in those who smoke cigarettes. There is more likely than not an accompanying ’emotional’ cause of sinusitis as in any other bodily ailment. Many sources agree that our physical body is a manifestation of our thoughts and feelings and bodily dis-ease is simply a way we use to get our own attention. Sinusitis could signify the feeling of irritation toward someone or something and could also be indicating suppressed emotions that need expression.
How to Master it?
To become the master of any thing means that you ‘own’ it. From the dictionary it says a “master” is: a person with the ability or power to use, control or dispose of something; an owner of. So to master your ailment you must first own it and recognize that you have the innate ability to control and dispose of it within you. It seems easier to own a thought or a belief than it does to own emotions, though we can learn to own those too. What most people have a challenge with is the idea of owning their dis-ease or illness. How is this really any different? Even science today is showing that what we believe will affect what we experience even in the way of physical maladies.
If we can learn to claim our illnesses as ‘ours’, not as an identity, but as an experience we are having and look at why we created them for ourselves then we can start to get to the bottom of things like sinusitis and master them. Just like a master of martial arts or getting your ‘masters degree’ in school, it can take time to master your health and even a specific ailment. The first step is knowing that you can. The second step is looking at all the means by which this ‘ailment’ could have come into form and how it can be relieved. For sinusitis, we look at an accumulation of mucous and the reality of an intruder – the bacteria or virus hanging out up there.
There are some very common household vegetables and spices that have been known to cut back mucous and kill germs and they are likely sitting in your pantry and refrigerator right now. What’s interesting is some of these same vegetables were used in ancient times and ‘superstition’ to ward off evil spirits and keep away illness – simply by wearing them.
Did you know onions have strong anti-inflammatory response and contain the powerful antioxidant and bioflavonoid -quercitin? Not only that, onions are a great source of vitamin C, B6, biotin, chromium, calcium and dietary fiber and contain good amounts of folic acid, vitamin B1 and vitamin K. Onions are also antibiotic and antiviral, so whether it’s a virus or a bacteria out of control in your sinuses, onion is equipped for the job! Warmed onions place on the ear can help draw out ear infection and reduce swelling as well.
Another amazing root vegetable is garlic. Garlic is another powerful antibiotic as well as being antiviral. It boosts your immune system and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Then there’s ginger – a powerful anti-inflammatory. Because of ginger’s anti-inflammatory compounds, gingerol, many report reduction in pain and discomfort after taking it. Ginger is soothing to membranes, helps reduce swelling, gently detoxifies the body and helps prevent and eliminate infections.
Cayenne pepper stimulates the production of new, healthy mucous membranes as well as promoting sinus drainage. I know it sounds harsh, but taking just a few specks of cayenne pepper and inhaling up the nose (which feels as though it burns initially) is an amazing way to relieve sinus pressure, drain existing mucous and kill germs. If you are wary of snuffing cayenne, no one will think the less of you (though it does work) – you can always eat some, either in soup or a glass of warm water. The capsicum helps to drain the sinuses and stimulate proper blood flow throughout the body.
Apple cider vinegar has long been used to help relieve sinus infections just by drinking it. Take a few tablespoons, add it to a cup of warm water (and raw honey if you desire) and sip. The apple cider vinegar must be raw -meaning, it contains ‘the mother’ – or that floaty weird looking brown culture. This lets you know the vinegar is alive and has antibacterial antiviral properties. Apple cider vinegar will help bring your body back to its proper PH balance, an important aspect to tackling any body ailment.
Horseradish is another great sinus relieving companion. Grate up a handful of the stuff and breath in deeply, you’ll feel the effects immediately. You can also take just the tiniest piece of horseradish and chew it up in your mouth or use the juice of the root- “take a half teaspoonful of grated horseradish sauce without dilution both morning and afternoon. Do not drink anything or eat for at least ten minutes after the dose. There will be a powerful feeling in the head, followed by a sensation of the sinuses clearing, sometimes accompanied with sweating and perhaps tearing.“
Put it all together
When you put all of these ingredients together you have what some have termed ‘a master tonic’ capable of wiping out even the toughest sinus infection.
To prepare your own tonic, take a mason jar at least 1/2 gallon in size, fill half way with apple cider vinegar and gather your vegetables! You want to use equal parts of onion, garlic, horseradish, ginger and cayenne pepper(or something close to that ratio). Grate or chop the veggies and spices and add to the vinegar. Fill the bottle the rest of the way to the top with more apple cider vinegar and place the lid on. Allow veggies to soak anywhere from one week to one month in the vinegar, shaking several times per day. If possible, keep in a dark room or cupboard to protect the mixture from light (which can make your concoction less potent). If you are desperate to have some master tonic, strain a teaspoon or two off after several hours and give it a try.
This tonic was originally put together and shared by Dr. John Christopher of The School of Natural Healing in Springville, Utah and has been used by thousands of people to help combat sinusitis, colds and other infections with great success for decades. It’s easy to create and simple to take. Just take a dropperful(aprox 1 tsp) of the strained tincture every hour or so whenever you feel you need it.
Making the choice to own your illness is the first step to mastering it. The second step is to involve yourself in creating your way out of it. Masterful thoughts and master tonic are a great combination that can help you put sinusitis or any other bacterial or viral infection behind you. All it takes is knowing how – and acting on that knowledge. Now you can not only have sinusitis mastered, but can begin to become master of your whole reality. Doesn’t that feel good?