Quick and Easy Way to Get Rid of Sinus Congestion Due to Cold, Flu, or Allergies

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 07-11-2015

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sinus problems

Well, here we are again in the middle of the changing of the seasons here in Kuwait. Practically everyone is suffering from sinus and ear problems, allergies, colds, or the flu. They are sniffling, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and worse! So, what can we do about this difficult time? Plenty!

There are so many alternative methods of dealing with the symptoms that come alongside any of the above-mentioned ailments. Some of the symptoms are:

  • excessive sneezing
  • coughing (either dry or productive, depending on the problem)
  • drippy or clogged nose
  • wheezy or whistling sounds when breathing (coming from the throat or chest area
  • tightness or pain in the chest area
  • feeling of pressure or pain in the forehead, temples, sides of face, cheeks, and       teeth (in the absence of other dental problems)
  • dizziness
  • ear pain with or without popping or whooshing sounds
  • headache concentrated in the frontal area, over the eyes
  • inability to taste or smell

 

The first thing you must do if you are suffering from any of these symptoms or others that may not have been mentioned here is to stop all dairy products immediately. Dairy (like milk, cheese, cream, etc) will cause you to have more phlegm, which you definitely do not want, since you already have a problem with too much phlegm. There are other foods that you would be better off stopping, for example oranges (that includes the juice)(I know, I know, since you were a small child everyone has been telling you to eat more oranges and drink orange juice whenever you were sick because you needed the vitamin C, well just pretend you didn’t hear it from them), onions, most store bought fruit (because they are usually loaded with pesticides and other preservatives that will cause you to become worse), heavy spices, tomato products (again the phlegm problem), and anything else that you have noticed increases your symptoms (you may have an allergy or sensitivity to some other type of food and not even realize it).

eucalyptus essential oil

Once you have reduced the influence of the foods that you are eating you can then move on to do something about your actual symptoms. If you are suffering from migraines, pressure or pain around the head and face, drippy or stuffed nose, or any number of other sinus type symptoms then there are several plans of action that you can take. The more you do of these the better you will feel. Steaming will always make you feel much better and more clear-headed. Just boil some water until it is steaming hot, and prepare some essential oils or fresh (or dried) herbs. The ones that I have found to work best are the camphorous ones, like eucalyptus, sage, thyme, and pine, but there are others that also work, like mint, marjoram, and rosemary. If you can get these in essential oil form great, otherwise, you can buy the fresh or dried herbs in the supermarket, or even better, grow your own. Once the water is hot and steaming, get your large bowl and towel ready, pour the hot water in the bowl, put in a few drops of the oil or a small handful of the herbs and immediately put your face over the steam with the towel over your head to make sure that none of the steam escapes. Breathe as deeply as you can until you can’t smell the oil or herbs anymore or until the steam dissipates. This process can be repeated up to several times a day. If you try this you will love it, because its action is fast and relieving. Steaming is definitely one of the best remedies for this type of problem. You can use essential oils for small infants as well, either with a vaporizer in the bedroom, or by putting a few drops of the essential oil on their pillow case before they sleep.

essential oil vaporizer

You can also have herbal teas. Naturally different teas will have different actions, but all of them will be soothing and warming, which is exactly what you need. The best to have are sage, thyme, marjoram, marshmallow (the plant not the confection), basil, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, mint, and the list goes on, but those are the best choices, and since some of them are available in practically every supermarket, it won’t be difficult for you to find them. These are herbs that are good to always keep on hand, just in case, and even the smallest infant can drink these safely (just remember with a small baby to reduce the concentration of the tea by half or more). When you make your tea, boil the water first, and then when the water is in your cup add a scant teaspoon of the herbs (or you can also put a heaping teaspoonful into a thermos), cover it will a saucer and let it steep for at least 10 minutes. The idea is that the water should be tinted but not dark, preferably. The reason that you cover it is because you don’t want the essential oils (which are the most important part of the herb) to escape and evaporate. You can add sugar if you want but you probably won’t feel that you need it since most of the western herbs (American and European) are mild and tasty on their own. You can drink several cups of this type of tea daily until you feel better.

marshmallow herb

Remember, you don’t HAVE to suffer from sinus problems, colds, the flu, etc. All you have to do is take action and do something about it. We tend to get lazy when we aren’t feeling well, and don’t really feel like preparing whatever it is that we need to do to help ourselves, but we find it easy to get up and make a trip to the doctor. So, instead of making trips to the doctor, make that little extra effort in order to cure yourself. Herbs and essential oils are certainly better choices than the usual antibiotics that conventional medical practitioners love to give out. And when you’re not feeling well, it is difficult to get yourself up and out in the first place. Also, don’t forget that if you catch whatever you are suffering from early, when you first feel it coming on, you will be able to prevent it from getting worse and taking hold. You may never have to be ill again! Wouldn’t that be great?!

thyme essential oil

 

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Help! I have a headache!

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 16-05-2014

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headache

I don’t think there is a single person on this earth who can say that they have never ever suffered from a headache of any sort. I can happily say that I rarely suffer from them, and when I do have one it is mild, but, indeed, I have experienced it none the less. Some people suffer from headaches all the time, every day, all day, for almost every day of their lives. That is not living to be sure.

Just to give you some statistics about the prevalence of headaches, in the USA it is said that up to 45 million Americans have debilitating headaches that are chronic, that almost 90% of mean and 95% of women have had a headache sometime or another, and that every 10 seconds or so a person enters an emergency room in the USA complaining of a headache. Statistically over 1 billion dollars (US) are spent on over the counter medicines or headaches of different types and that the cost of lost work is 13 billion dollars (US) on a yearly basis! That is just to name a few of the multitude of statistics available out there on headaches.

While it is clear that conventional medical practitioners have a very difficult time curing or relieving headaches, in general, even with strong medications, in my own personal experience with treating various types of headaches (including the most severe migraines), alternative choices are easy to apply and are highly effective.

First of all the cause of the headache must be sought out. Chances are that it is sinus related in my experience. If you suffer from headaches that are mostly in the front of your head, or around the sides (near the front), in and around your eyes, forehead, cheeks, etc, then you can be almost positive that the problem is sinus related. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are suffering from a sinus infection, and it’s likely that if you did an x-ray there would be no cloudiness at all, but none the less you are still having sinus related problems.

So, if this is you, then there are many ways that you can help yourself, including steaming with essential oils and herbs (like sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, etc), getting reflexology treatments (or treating yourself by pressing the areas around your nails and at the tops of your fingers), acupressure or other body techniques, drinking herbal teas (also made of sage, thyme, rosemary, and eucalyptus, among other choices), and dietary changes (stay away from dairy, corn, soy, coffee (and other items containing caffeine), MSG, aspartame (diet drinks and foods), yeast, white sugar, white flour, fermented foods, prepared meats (such as cold cuts like smoked turkey, bologna (also known as mortadella here in Kuwait), artificial preservatives, additives and colors, and anything else that you discover causes you problems). Make sure that you are eating plenty of healthy, wholesome foods, like fresh meats, poultry, and seafood, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with whole and healthy grains. If you are a smoker, you must quit!

thyme oil

NOW Foods – Thyme Oil White 1 Oz

There are sometimes other causes of headaches, like from tension (when the pain is at the back of your head, starts at your neck and goes up to your skull). In order to get rid of this type of headache, there are several simple things that can be done. First of all, make sure that you do your best to get rid of the cause of all your tension. If you hate your job, change it! Either that or change your attitude about it, and try to find the good things in it. Become an optimist. Then, stretch! The best and easiest way to get rid of tension related headaches is to stretch and thereby loosening those tight muscles preventing future tightness (which is what caused your headache in the first place). Just sit calmly in a chair or on the floor, which your body and head as straight as possible, shoulders down and relaxed, and then slowly let your head drop, with your chin heading toward your chest. Just let the weight of your head bring it down further. Don’t hold your head up, just let it hang, and the muscles will be slowly released. You can do this several times a day, and it can be done anywhere. After only the first day you will feel a great deal of relief, and after several days, you should be totally rid of your tension headache. You can also use essential oils, like ginger, rosemary, lavender, geranium, peppermint, and others directly on the area that you are feeling pain in, by mixing a few drops of each in a base oil (such as olive oil), which will also help to loosen those tight muscles. Don’t forget heat either. Whenever you are suffering from pain or tightness, practically anywhere in your body, heat is your best bet. You can use hot compresses, a hot water bottle, or a heating pad. Tension headaches also respond quite well to reflexology, acupressure, and other forms of bodywork, and with reflexology, you can even help cure yourself! Meditation, yoga, deep relaxation, and more will also be extremely useful in such cases. The idea is not only to deal with your tight muscles, but also to deal with the mental causes that brought on your headaches in the first place.

There are headaches that are caused by other rarer neurological or other organic causes (like tumor, etc), which would show up with medical examinations. For this reason you should always consult a medical practitioner if your headaches last longer than normal, or don’t respond to ordinary treatments, such as those that have been mentioned above.

With all of the different types of headaches, you need to make sure that you are getting enough sleep, enough exercise, enough sun, and enough of anything else you might be lacking. All of these factors play an important part in our every day well being.

So, if you are suffering from headaches of any type (particularly sinus or tension) remember that help is right around the corner. You don’t have to suffer any more. Take action and get rid of your problem with alternative therapy. You can choose the method that you like the most, or that is most suited to your particular complaint, and you’ll be on the road to comfort in no time at all!

 




About Asthma and Respiratory Disorders

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 10-03-2014

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Steaming for asthma Steam inhalation

Respiratory disorders are extremely common in this part of the world. This is partly because of the climate here being dry and dusty, partly because there is a lot of pollution here, and partly because the diet is often not the best. Naturally, there are other factors as well, including the fact that the stress levels of daily living are up, what with the fast paced style of living that people lead these days. It’s no wonder, with all these factors playing a role that people’s bodies react with weakness, low immunity, and glandular imbalances. But, even so, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything that can be done about it. Indeed there is plenty that can be done, and you can start right now!

            If you suffer from any kind of respiratory ailment, including asthma, bronchitis (including chronic bronchitis), frequent colds, influenza, pneumonia, and, more seriously, emphysema, tuberculosis, or worse, then you know that living with respiratory diseases is one of the most uncomfortable things a person may have to endure. Why be more miserable than you have to be? There are several things that you can do to make your life more comfortable and easy to live. They are simple and easy to do, so why suffer?

Thyme Oil

NOW Foods – Thyme Oil White 1 Oz

With respiratory problems, diet is important, as it is in most other diseases and ailments. People suffering from any kind of respiratory complaint must immediately reassess their dietary habits and look for areas where the diet can be improved. Generally, dairy products tend to cause an increase of symptomatic response, including more phlegm, constricted respiratory passageways, inflamed mucous membranes, and an increased immune response, which is what set off the symptoms in the first place. Oranges also are not the best choice for breathing problems, as well as strong spices, artificial additives and preservatives, MSG, aspartame, many food colorings, corn and its byproducts (including corn oil), and soy products. Other things may appear on a case by case evaluation, and if you suffer from any respiratory ailment, you need to assess your own diet, and see what causes your own problems to get worse, and when. If you don’t notice anything, or if you can’t discern yourself, then go to a professional for advice, but, I find that individuals know more about their bodies than any stranger, professional or otherwise, ever could. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins, and eat fruit carefully, because various fruits are often an important cause of respiratory problems. Just because Vitamin C is good for us, doesn’t mean that the best source for every person is fruit. Unfortunately, although fruit tastes really good, and is loaded with vitamins and other useful things, it often contains chemicals, fungus, and other things that will increase the likelihood of getting ill, for those suffering from respiratory complaints. Make sure that the foods you eat are as unrefined as possible.

Eucalyptus oil

NOW Foods Eucalyptus Oil, 4 ounce

Various hands-on treatments may be helpful in the cases of respiratory diseases, including reflexology and acupressure, particularly. These treatments work, because they help enable the body to help itself, which is one of the most important things when you are dealing with immune response, including allergic reaction, reaction to invading properties, including molecules of bacteria, viruses, and polluting factors, and more. If the body’s organs are all working at their ultimate capacity, then things are fine, but when something breaks down (for example, due to over-stressing) then that is when trouble begins.

            There are many natural herbs that are great for respiratory ailments, including mullein, marshmallow leaf, marjoram, sage, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, licorice, echinacea, Ma Huang, and even cinnamon. These help with the mucous membranes, keeping them normal by reducing inflammation, and also by helping strengthen the glands and immune system in the body. These are best taken as teas, tisanes, or inhaled for respiratory complaints, although some people recommend taking them orally, as tablets, capsules, etc, I don’t personally agree with this thinking, and believe that getting them into the body in the purest form is best, without the need for digestive action to break them down.

Pine Oil

NOW Foods Pine Oil, 1 ounce (Pack of 2)

There are also essential oils that can be inhaled or rubbed in over the lung or sinus area that are often more effective than conventional treatments (although this is not an excuse NOT to consult your physician, and, if you suffer from severe, life threatening types of respiratory diseases, don’t take on treatment yourself, without being under the care of an expert medical professional). Oils including eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, sage, tea tree, and lavender, are great for a start. For inhalations these can be used pure, and for massage, they can be mixed with a little olive oil (or any other pure and wholesome, natural oil) and massage directly over the area of the complaint. 

The idea is that the human body can produce its own cortisone (which is often the drug used to help asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases), and all you have to do is to help your body produce it on a normal level. Stress and other factors are the causes of the lack of its production, and reducing stress, taking strengthening factors (like herbs, for example), and doing treatments that will increase the healthy action of the important glands of the body (like reflexology, for example) will all help in this regard. So, if you suffer from any kind of respiratory ailment, getting your health back is something that is not out of your reach. Listen to your body, and hear its call for help! Then, do something!




Quick and Easy Way to Get Rid of Dizziness and Vertigo

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 01-02-2014

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DIZZINESS

Easy Natural Remedy for Dizziness and Vertigo!

If you are suffering from dizziness (vertigo), you will be eager to find out how to solve the problem.

This is a problem that many people suffer from, particularly people who also have sinus problems.

Many medical professionals tell their patients that this problem is due to something in their head, high blood pressure, neck problems, and other things.

But, the reality is that, in my experience, ALL of my patients had the same cause of this problem, sinus congestion, either chronic or acute, and the problem was easily solved with a very simple reflexology technique.

What is Dizziness and Vertigo From?

The main cause of dizziness is an imbalance in the inner ear.

This imbalance is usually caused by problems in the sinuses, although, sometimes there is no apparent cause.

In my personal experience as a natural practitioner having seen thousands of patients over the years, there is always a cause, whether apparent or not, and it’s usually from sinus congestion of one form or another, even if the person isn’t aware they are suffering from a problem.

When the liquid in the inner ear is disturbed or changed, you can’t balance properly, and therefore feel dizzy.

Reflexology for Dizziness and Vertigo

There is a reflexology point that is the only thing you need to learn in order to cure your dizziness.

You can use this reflex point either on the hands or the feet. You will need to make sure that when you press on the point, you do it on both hands or both feet, so that you take care of both sides of the body. (This is even if you’re sure your problem is only on one side).

You open your fingers (on the hand) and the spot right between the fore and third fingers and the fourth and pinkie fingers, down deep into the base of the fingers is exactly the spot you need to press.

You should also press all around that area, in order to make sure that you are pressing the correct place.

You will know when you have got the right place, because it will hurt like crazy! If it doesn’t hurt, believe me, you don’t have the right area.

You will need to press quite hard in order to get relief, but even light pressing (if you absolutely can’t take it) is effective.

It will just take longer to get cured.

You will want to press as hard as you can and as hard as you can take.

But use your hands (fingers and thumbs) only.

Don’t use any wooden prods, or any other objects.

Remember, when you use your hands, you are not only getting the benefit of the pressing, but you are also getting a good dose of universal energy!

On the foot it’s between the same numbered toes.

Reflexology for the Hands

Reflexology is pretty much just as effective on the hands as it is on the feet.

So, if you are going to be doing your own treatments, don’t worry.

You can still get a very effective treatment on your hands, too.

When you are pressing the points for the inner ear and around that, you will need to really dig deep down in between the two middle fingers and almost down to the bone.

It will hurt if you have the right location.

Supplementary Sinus Relief (To Help Reduce Dizziness and Vertigo Even More)
This is the section I have been promising everyone)…

Anyone who knows anything about the human anatomy knows that the sinuses and ears are basically open onto one another.

So, if you are suffering from sinus issues, you can be pretty sure you are going to suffer from ear issues as well.

Unfortunately, one of the most common ways we feel the ear – sinus relationship is by feeling dizzy.

The congestion seems to get into our inner ear (or at least affect it) and puts us off balance and sometimes makes it seem like the room is spinning.

This can be quite dangerous if it comes upon us suddenly, particularly if we are driving the car when it happens.

Or, what if we are operating dangerous machinery?

I wouldn’t want anyone to be in such a horrible situation ever.

So, is a very simple and easy remedy to keep your sinuses clear and open, which, in turn, helps to keep your inner ear in order and balanced.

Steaming With Essential Oils Is Easy To Do

All you have to do to clear out your sinuses and help your dizziness and vertigo is STEAM!!!!

Just take a pot or bowl (stable) of hot steaming water, have a towel ready, and put drops of your favorite essential oil… either eucalyptus, thyme, or pine.

eucalyptus oil   pine oil   thyme oil

Put 2 – 4 drops (Watch out for thyme, which is very strong, although very, very effective)…

Then, with the towel over your head.. inhale the steam as deeply as you can….

That’s it! EASY PEASY!!!

Alternatively, you could try using a steam inhaler.. I am going to put a link below to the highest rated ones on Amazon.

steam inhaler

This one is kind of expensive, but highly rated, and seems to be easier to use than any of the other ones….

Sinus Washing
The Neti Pot

Yes, for some people this will be weird.

But, for others, this will be the difference between suffering and not.

Using a neti pot to wash ones sinuses out with salt water is the most amazing and easy solution to nasal congestion in general.

It is easy to learn how to use, but, for some people may feel strange in the beginning.

Push yourself and go for it… there isn’t a person I know who has used this and not raved about it.

Here’ s a link to the most popular neti pot on Amazon…

neti pot