Home remedies for sinus polyps – turmeric, onion and garlic

Natural cures for sinus polyps

If you have strange bumps inside your nose, then you may have nasal polyps or sinus polyps. Nasal polyps are very common. They are noncancerous growths. In the US, 4% of the population is suffering from nasal polyps. Nasal polyps look like teardrops or peeled grapes. Nasal polyps are growth which lines the nasal passages or sinuses [1]. If there is a group of nasal polyps or if they get too large, then they can block your nasal passages and it will be hard for you to breathe [2]. Nasal polyps are soft, painless and noncancerous. Usually, nasal polyps are classified either as ethmoidal polyps or antrochoanal polyps. The ethmoidal polyps develop from the ethmoidal sinuses and the antrochoanal polyps originate in the maxillary sinuses and they are not very common. If you suffer from sinus polyps, then you can feel like you have a head cold. Nasal polyps are not having any sensation so many people do not know that they have them. There are many symptoms of nasal polyps such as snoring; sense of pressure over the forehead and face; vocal changes; pain in your upper teeth; infections; itching around the eyes; loss of taste; difficulty with sense of smell; facial pain; runny nose; postnasal drip; sneezing; stuffy or blocked nose. You need to talk with your doctor if you suffer from sinus polyps before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies for this condition.

Home remedies for sinus polyps

Avoid food allergens: You should eliminate food allergens from your diet because they will help you to prevent nasal polyps. If you have allergies to gluten, soy, yeast, eggs, wheat or dairy, then you should remove these products from your diet because this will lessen the inflammation and allergic reactions. Those people who have a food allergy and who are not sure that they have it, they can try an elimination diet. It is a short – term eating plan which is eliminating certain foods which can be the cause for digestive problems and allergies and then reintroduce them one at a time to figure out which foods are causes for your allergic reaction. [2]

Avoid alcohol: There was one study in which was said that alcohol can irritate your lungs and sinus problems in which nasal polyps are also included. Also in this study was said that alcohol can aggravate symptoms in people who suffer from rhinitis. [3,4]

Omega – 3 essential fatty acids: Flaxseed and wild – caught salmon are rich sources of Omega – 3 fatty acids. They are very important compounds for our bodies because our bodies cannot make on their own. They have many health benefits such as ability to protect against inflammation and boost the immune system. Also this is very effective natural cure for the fight against sinus infections and nasal polyps.

Greens and cabbage family vegetables: You should eat foods that are rich in beta – carotene, selenium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin A because they can boost your immune system. You should eat greens and cabbage family vegetables, such as broccoli because this is a great way in which you can get the mentioned nutrients. Also in these foods can be included kale, winter squash, melon, mango, apricots, sweet potatoes, carrots and spinach. Also they are rich in antioxidants and they have anti – inflammatory properties. You should make your foods with onions, garlic and greens.

Natural cures for sinus polyps

Natural cure for sinus polyps

Onions: This natural cure is rich with antioxidants which can protect against the inflammation. This is making it one of the best home remedies for people who suffer from respiratory infections or asthma. We know that there are different varieties of onions. Sweet onions can have better taste but red and yellow onions have a higher percentage of beneficial compounds, particularly quercetin. [5]

Garlic: This natural cure has antifungal and antiviral properties. It can help to get a relief from common cold and other infections. The key component in garlic is allicin which is giving its ability to kill microorganisms. You can take the garlic as supplement or you can add garlic to your favorite recipes. You should add a clove of garlic to your potato dish or favorite chicken. [6]

Apple cider vinegar: This natural cure has many health – supporting properties which can help to break up mucus. This is making it one of the best natural treatments for relieving seasonal allergies. It is rich in vitamins. It can boost the probiotic action which is making it a very effective home remedy for cold. You should mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into one glass of water. You should drink this mixture 3 times per day for allergy and cold relief. [7]

Cayenne pepper: You can add cayenne pepper in your cooking because it has many health benefits which can help you a lot. It is rich in flavonoids, manganese, beta carotene, potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. Also it has antioxidants. These antioxidants in combination with the Vitamin C can boost your immune system. The Vitamin A in this natural cure can help to prevent allergies, prevent inflamed nasal passages and reduce inflammation. You can add powdered or dried cayenne pepper to your vegetables, nuts, eggs, pasta and meat for a spicy kick. Also you can add to your drinks and sauces and you can use it as a pickling spice.

Turmeric: There are many studies in which are found that the curcumin which is component of turmeric has healing properties and these properties are equal or better than the pharmaceutical medications. This is a very effective home remedy for treating sinus infections and nasal polyps because it is very powerful anti – inflammatory compounds all around the world. [8] You can add this natural cure to your diet by using it as a cooking spice. It is known that turmeric is commonly used in curries. Also you can sprinkle turmeric in a smoothie. You can find the turmeric as supplement but firstly talk with your doctor before you start taking it.

Probiotics: There are some studies in which are shown that probiotics can boost the immune system. There was one study in which was demonstrated that an individual’s microbiome can impact the sinus health. You should eat sour and probiotic – rich foods because they can help to boost the probiotics in your system. Also you should know that you need to feed the probiotics in your system with high – fiber and good quality foods, such as sweet potatoes and chia seeds. One of the best and easiest ways to boost your probiotic intake is to take probiotic supplements on daily basis. [9]

Zinc: You should know that chickpeas, cocoa and salmon are rich in zinc. They are essential to bodily functions as a trace element because a small amount of zinc on daily basis is needed by our bodies to function optimally. In many cases, zinc is taken as over – the – counter because it can help to fight colds and also it can be very effective home remedy for treating nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis. You should eat protein – rich foods because they are having the highest amounts of naturally – occurring zinc. Some examples of these foods are eggs, cashews, yogurt, turkey, chicken and lamb. Also you can take zinc supplements but you need to talk with your doctor about the correct dosage.

Tea tree oil: This natural cure has antimicrobial properties which are making it a very effective home remedy for treating sinus polyps. You should not use this natural cure internally.

Goldenseal: You should drink a cup of goldenseal on daily basis because this can help to soothe the nasal polyps. It has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Goldenseal should not be consumed by pregnant or lactating women and the continuous use of goldenseal should not exceed 3 weeks.

Magnesium: This natural cure has anti – inflammatory properties which can relax the body tissue. You should eat a diet that is rich in magnesium – dense foods, such as legumes, seeds, nuts and leafy green vegetables.  Also there is another option and that is to take magnesium supplements after you have talked with your doctor for the correct dosage and suitability. You can fill a bath tub with Epsom salt and then soak your body in this water because in this way your body will absorb the magnesium directly through your skin. [10]

Bromelain: Bromelain is component which is found in pineapple. It has anti – inflammatory and immune system boosting properties which can be used as a natural treatment for nasal polyps. It has the power to reduce the swelling which means that it can help to reduce the symptoms of sinus infections. Also it can protect you against asthma and allergies. You can add pineapple core to your smoothie. Also you can take bromelain as a daily supplement. [11]


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