Few of us seem to worry about sinusitis, but it is fast becoming a worldwide problem. This seems to be due to increased pollution and allergic reactions from airborne particles. Hay fever and other natural airborne irritants make up many of these, but it is also widely known that an increase in eating processed foods and pollution itself increases cases of allergic reactions and sinusitis. Pollution therefore doubles the potential of contracting serious sinusitis both from the pollutants in the atmosphere and the increase of allergic conditions resulting from this.
For many, what starts out as blocked nasal passages can gradually result in sustained headaches, nausea and dizziness. Doctors, holistic practitioners and the sufferers themselves should pay close attention to this debilitating illness. Once you get sinusitis it may be hard to cure and will often re-occur, creating a long term problem that affects your wellbeing significantly. Drugs are one possible solution to clear the sinuses of blockages and infections but as far as long term prevention is concerned a natural and holistic way is always the best solution.
Many sufferers familiar with naturopathy practice utilise an ancient Indian practice known as “neti”. Simply put, this is cleansing your nasal passages and sinuses with salt water. This practice, usually done in the morning, not only disinfects the sinuses but also clears the passages so you can breathe more clearly. The sensation of this practice is extremely relieving for sinusitis sufferers as neti also clears your head, quite literally making you feel mentally refreshed in order to start your day. Menthol, eucalyptus and other decongestants can also be used to clear your sinus from congestion. You can apply these directly under the nose or put the decongestant straight into a hot steaming bowl of water covering your head with a towel to trap the steam while you deeply inhale to absorb the steam and aromatherapy oils into your sinuses. The practice is well known to provide welcome relief from the constant ache of sinusitis.
Above all, governments need to stand up to the problem of pollution in order to help their nations’ long term wellness. To cite just one example, India is one of the most polluted countries in the world and also has the second highest rate of sinusitis sufferers in the world – a fact that is sure to be more than simple coincidence. If governments realise that the wellbeing of their people should come before heavily polluting business objectives, the world will go a long way in improving our long-term wellbeing and contentment.