Tuesday, July 24, 2012

3 poultices for sinus infections

There are several effective traditional and modern sinus infection remedies. For instance, a variety of baths and poultices are used for treating the infection. A poultice is generally a soft thick heated substance spread on a piece of cloth or pressed in two or more layers of the cloth. Herbal or medicated pastes and powders are used for the poultice. The poultice, used for different lesions or sores, acts as an antiseptic, relieves pain, reduces swelling and / or supplies moist warmth.
Several herbs are used in sinus infection remedies. You can use many of these herbs to make a poultice for sinusitis treatment. For instance, you can make a poultice with flaxseed, horseradish or ginger.

Flaxseed poultice
Flaxseeds, known for anti-inflammatory and other medicinal properties, have been used for different treatments since antiquity.  A flaxseed poultice facilitates healing of inflammation of the frontal sinuses and nose. This poultice brings down inflammation of the mucosa, provides relief from the pain and improves drainage of the mucus and pus. 
You will need linen and wool cloths, hot water and whole flaxseeds for the poultice. Apply the hot poultice, but ensure that it is not unbearably hot, to the frontal sinus and nasal regions up to half-an-hour.
Horseradish poulticeHorseradish reduces sinus infections, improves circulation in the facial region and facilitates exist of mucus obstructing the upper respiratory channels. It has antibiotic properties. The horseradish poultice improves the blood flow, softens the mucus and opens the obstructed sinuses, giving you immediate relief.You need roots of horseradish, a washcloth, linen cloth and olive oil for the poultice. Apply the poultice to the neck. The poultice may be applied up to 12 minutes. After poultice application keep your feet warm and do not wash the reddened skin with water. Timing is very important because if it is applied for long, it may burn the skin. Ginger poulticeGinger poultice helps in healing the infection. You need ginger powder, hot water and a handkerchief, paper towel or gauze for the poultice. You may replace hot water with an essential oil of your choice to make the poultice. Apply the poultice to the infected sinus area. Since the poultice uses large amount of ginger, it may irritate the skin. Therefore, adjust the timing or length of the poultice considering your skin’s endurance level. Do not use the poultice in case of hay fever.While using any of the above sinus infection remedies take extra care, as these poultices have some negative effects if used carelessly.

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