When I was pregnant, I got a sinus infection monthly. No joke. They were like the bain of my existence in my 41+2 weeks of being pregnant. And yes- that’s how long I was pregnant. I feel like it’s a badge of honor for my suffering since I was overdue so I always share my 9 days past due with everyone haha. Who wants to be pregnant longer than necessary? Sure as hell not me.
Anyways, onto the topic of the day. Sinus Infections. Basically the devil all stewed up in your nose, head, and cheeks. And if you remember life when you were pregnant, you can’t take ANYTHING, and man oh man did I WISH I had this little cabinet of magic when I was pregnant. #NowIKnow
I used ALL of that, plus some Epsom salts I will explain later. But I’m gonna break it down for you. I googled ALL THE THINGS because I had to leave to go to New Orleans for my fitness convention in FOUR DAYS when I came down with the plague. So in 4 days I was determined to cut this shit in the bud before my trip.
Let’s get the questions you probably have on your mind out of the way first:
Do you have an issue with OTC Meds– no, but personally I try and avoid taking them when at all necessary because a lot of them leave me “foggy” “drowsy” “cranky” and don’t make me actually feel well.
Why wouldn’t you just get a Z pack and kick it in the bud? I’ve had Z packs before and they are AMAZING for kicking a sinus infection FAST, but what they also do is strip down your body’s natural defenses and leave your immune system compromised in the process (aka, you’re more likely to get sick again after a some prescription meds). And I was traveling CROSS COUNTRY on 4 airplanes and living in a home with 17 other women for a week. I needed my immune system fully in tack.
Yeah but does the natural stuff really work? You’re kidding me right? Does it work? Heck yes it does, sometimes it may take slightly LONGER yeah (but we all know we’re about instant gratification), but it works and with no residual side effects or immune system compromises to boot
So now that we got all of those out of the way, let’s dive into what I used! You ready? Cause this stuff literally knocked my sinus pressure OUT in 4 days, I woke up fully able to breathe, no crazy cold, and well by the time I got on my flight at 5am.
1) Throat Irritation: Warmer water (like able to drink warmer but not scalding) in that shot glass, and 1 drop of Oregano Essential Oil (I use DoTERRA for all my EO needs) and 1-2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil. I feel the need to put a disclaimer, the oregano BURNS so 1 drop or LESS if possible is all you need. Trust me on this one. Gargle with the water and swallow. Instant sore throat relief. I did this 2x a day.
2) Stuffed up Nose & Chest Congestion: I made 2 roller bottles with Essential Oils & Fractionated Coconut Oil. I rolled these on every hour on: my face (sinuses), chest, bottoms of my feet.
- Roller Bottle #1: DigestZen (primarily used to upset tummies, this breaks up ALL that crap sitting in your nasal cavities or chest)
- Roller Bottle #2: Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, Breathe- this helps relieve the facial discomforts and keep my nasal passages and chest open.
3) Get the gunk OUT of your Sinuses: Good old NetiPot- yeah this thing is super weird and super gross, but it FLUSHES all that crap out of your nasal passages- I do this 2-3 times a day. I’ve yet to do it in the shower, cause I like to wipe my nose off not have all the gunk hanging there while I’m showering.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar Drink: This one is super simple but effective. I used hot water, 2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar, some honey to sweeten it and drank that every few hours all day long. ACV has plenty of healing properties so this was a great boost.
5) Bump up my Immunity: I took those little OnGuard beadlets and diffused OnGuard all day to help boost my immunity to help my body more effectively alleviate the unwanted pathogens.
6) Detox Bath: This was a first for me, and I am FOREVER sold on this. 2 nights in a row I soaked for a minimum of 40 minutes in a “Detox” bath. I used Epsom Salts with Eucalyptus EO, Peppermint EO, Lavendar EO, and 4 TBSP of Ground Ginger. The Ginger helps with the detox, and the Epsom salts help equalize the oils so they aren’t just sitting in the water. The water should be as hot as you can stand and you should stay as submerged as possible for a minimum of 20 minutes up to 40 minutes. It takes 20 minutes for it to pull all the crap from your body and the last 20 minutes help fight the infection and flush it out. I woke up feeling brand new after these baths.
So there you have it. Conquering a seasonal threat without meds is possible, a little more involved, but I truly felt more like myself without any residual side effects from medication. Have you ever conquered a cold/sinus infection without meds before?