What is sinusitis? A dull throbbing pain in
your face and head, sudden bouts of congestion and intense pain
when you move your head are sure signs of sinusitis. A condition
that is often seen in people during the winter months, sinusitis
is caused due to an inflammation in the mucosal membranes lining
the hollow portions within the bones of the face (just above
your eyebrows, cheeks and jaws – known as sinuses). The mucous
membrane is supposed to keep the area moist and free of any
foreign objects like dust and infectious organisms. But in some
cases this area gets infected, inflammed and congested which can
be quite painful. While there are a number of drugs that can
help relieve the symptoms, a natural remedy is often what helps
the most. If you are looking for simple and natural way to help
relieve the pain and congestion; tulsi or basil
leaves are your best bet.
How it helps:
Tulsi is a great antitussive (helps in
reducing the amount of cough), expectorant (helps to expel
phlegm from your chest), anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.
It also helps regulate and strengthen your immune system,
making you better prepared to fight off infections. Packed with
a potent components like camphene, eugenol and cineole, tulsi
can open up congested airways, helps reduce inflammation and
fights against allergic reactions. Apart from all that, it also
has a slight cooling action which is a natural way to relieve
the pain associated with sinusitis. (Read: Beat headaches and
sinusitis with ujjayi pranayam)
How to use it:
In Ayurveda this is known as a healing
kashayam or decoction that can relieve the symptoms of sinusitis
in just a few hours. Here is how you can make it. (Natural
remedies: Ajwain or carom seeds for relief from sinusitis)
Take 10 leaves of tulsi, wash them well.
Add this to 10 corns of black pepper and a small piece of
ginger. Grind all the ingredients well in a mortar and pestle.
Add the pate to 250 ml of water and boil it till the quantity
reduces to half. Now, strain the liquid and add a little bit of
sugar candy (don’t use refined sugar). Drink this mixture
while it is still warm just like you would drink herbal tea.
Drink this tea every morning on an empty
stomach. If your sinusitis is very severe you can have this
mixture three times a day; preferable two hours after your meal.
An important rule you must follow is not to have a bath or
expose yourself to the cold for two hours after having this tea.