The first symptom is a blocked nose, second is facial congestion, the third one may feel like an intense pressure within the nose and by the end your sinuses dry out; by now you must know that it is a sinus infection also known as sinusitis. Sinusitis is caused due to inflammation of the mucous membranes, the bony cavities behind and on both sides of your nose. Acute sinusitis is accompanied by mild fever, congestion and headaches. However, when it is extended for a long period of time, you are likely to experience a blocked nose. And trust us, it is not something one would look forward to.
Whether it is an acute infection or a chronic on, sinusitis needs a prompt treatment. Turning a blind eye towards it can increase the risk of the infection travelling upwards and this can cause much more harm. While there are medical and conventional treatments available for sinusitis, we recommend essential oils. Yes, some essential oils have the ability to clear nasal passages, reduce congestion and relieve sinusitis symptoms. It is a safer and more natural alternative to other synthetic medicines for the infection.
The best way to use essential oils for sinus infections is to inhale them. You can either add it to your steam therapy and inhale it or simply add a few drops to a handkerchief and keep inhaling it throughout the day. You can also keep an essential oil diffuser in your home so that the aroma is spread all over and you need not go through complicated procedures to inhale it.
Some essential oils have the properties of treating sinusitis. Here’s a list of the 6 best essential oils for sinus infections. Keep reading…
1. Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint essential oil is popular for its ability to relieve sinusitis symptoms like congestion and headaches. This oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which help in treating sinus infections effectively. Menthol is the main compound in this oil. It has mild sedative properties which make it perfect for sinus symptoms. For topical use, it should be combined with Jojoba or castor oil; peppermint oil can be toxic. This essential oil is effective for acute and chronic sinus infections.
2. Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree oil possesses anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties. This helps in eliminating germs which result in flu-like symptoms. Just like peppermint oil, this one also needs to be mixed with a carrier oil if you plan to use it topically. You can either rub it on your chest, around your nose or behind your ears for the desired effect. You can also take it internally but it should not be swallowed. Add a few drops of this oil to warm water and gargle with it. Keep spitting out the mixture when you are done.
3. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus oil has a natural organic compound known as eucalyptol. It has a minty aroma and a spicy yet cool flavor. Anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of this oil can help you relieve sinus symptoms naturally. It can reduce congestion, headaches and open up the blocked airways as well. It also controls the production of mucous and phlegm. Mix it with a carrier oil and rub it on your chest for best results.
4. Thyme essential oil
A large amount of dried thyme is required to produce a small amount of its essential oil. This is why thyme essential oil happens to be more expensive. This oil has anti-septic, anti-bacterial and expectorant properties which make it the perfect remedy for sinus infections. It supports the immune and respiratory systems of the body. This oil should also be diluted in a 1:1 ratio if used topically.
5. Lavender essential oil
Lavender has many other benefits than just treating anxiety and stress. It is a powerful remedy for sinusitis as well. Anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-septic properties of lavender oil help in reducing sinusitis symptoms naturally. It is a natural booster for your immune system. You can either smell it from the bottle or incorporate it in steam therapy. You can also keep it in an essential oil diffuser to get maximum benefits. It may sound like a mild treatment, but lavender oil is no less effective. It breaks mucus membranes and relieves you from nasal congestion.
6. Lemon essential oil
The extracts of lemon rinds are very powerful in terms of treating sinus infections. The properties of this oil support the respiratory functions. They break down mucous and relieve congestion. Further, it strengthens your immune system against such infections and prevents them from occurring again. Lemon essential oil is versatile and can be used in a number of ways. When congestion starts affecting you, take some oil and mix it with a carrier oil in a 1:1 ratio. Rub it on your chest and throat 5 times a day. You can also keep it in an oil diffuser so that the aroma is present in every part of your home.
The Perfect Guide To Take Care Of Your Arthritic Knee
A certain nip in the air, frequent urge for a steaming cup of tea and an endearing love for sleeping a little longer inside the snuggly quilt is back. The season of blankets, warmers and soups is here! While it brings with itself festive spirit and joy, it is dreaded by the elderly and arthritis patients for it increases their difficulty. With a dip in the mercury, many patients experience increased knee pain, stiffness and unease due to restricted bodily circulations and elasticity of soft tissues caused by atmospheric pressure. Often mistaken as age-related wear and tear or seasonal change, it could be potential signs of arthritis inflammation of the joints and seek medical intervention
Timely clinical advice and necessary precautions can go a long way in managing this pain that aggravates with the onset of winter. It can be addressed by making certain lifestyle changes.
“People tend to become lazy in winters. This can impact the knees and increase the level of pain in cases where people are already undergoing arthritis treatment.A regular 30-minute workout can help lubricate the joints and stimulate blood circulation in the body,” stressed Dr. Dhananjay Gupta, Fortis Hospital, New Delhi.
“Staying active is the key to strengthen the muscles supporting the joint, thereby helping in improved joint function. Along with exercises, staying hydrated can control wear and tear of joints,” he added.
For those suffering from chronic knee pain or knee arthritis, the cold can be worse for the joints. But, if the pain is acute and knee arthritis is in the chronic or degenerative stage, one can consider Total Knee Replacement (TKR) therapy.
Sharing his take on the effectiveness of the therapy, Dr.Gupta shared, “When all the alternate treatments such as medications, arthroscopic interventions fail to provide relief to the patients, a TKR therapy is advised. It is the last option for treating severely impaired knees and is one of the safest orthopedic procedures.By replacing a diseased knee cap with a sturdy implant, it not only helps relieve pain, restores knee function but also improves the individual’s quality of life significantly. With a strict physiotherapy routine, a patient can be completely mobile within 6 weeks of the procedure.”
Take precautionary measures. Sometimes, patients who have sought clinical advice or had a knee surgery in the past, experience pain during winters. A visit to the doctor will help you understand the symptoms better. The medical expert will analyse your medical profile and prescribe precautions accordingly- workouts, physiotherapy, proper diet, supplements etc. to strengthen bones during winters.An active lifestyle can keep joint pain away, especially for arthritis patients. Don’t let the cold wave outdoor deter you from exercise. Push yourself to take small walk breaks at work or while lounging around at home to keep your weight under control.There is nothing that heals the joints like Vitamin D does. Get as much sun as possible to fuel aching joints. And regulate your diet with nutritious and vitamin rich foods such as orange, spinach, broccoli, dairy products and dry fruits.A knee joint takes maximum stress than any other joint, so instead of wearing heavy sweaters and cardigans that can add up to your body weight chose layering of light yet warm clothes.Joint movement improves blood circulation to its peripheral areas leading to reduced stiffness. So, move out of your blankets to stretch and move around a little.
Eat more dietary fibre to lower risk of non-communicable diseases
Here’s another reason why you should increase your consumption of dietary fibre!
According to a recent study, high intake of dietary fibre and whole grains is linked to reduced risk of non-communicable diseases as compared to people who eat lesser amounts.
Fibre rich fruits include bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes, strawberries, raspberries, while beans, legumes or darker coloured vegetables too have high-fibre content.
Furthermore, whole grain breads or nuts like almonds, pistachios or pumpkin and sunflower seeds too have a high-fibre content in them.
The findings appear in the journal The Lancet.
Observational studies and clinical trials conducted over nearly 40 years reveal the health benefits of eating at least 25g to 29g or more of dietary fibre a day, according to a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
The results suggest a 15-30 per cent decrease in all-cause and cardiovascular related mortality when comparing people who eat the highest amount of fibre to those who eat the least. Eating fibre-rich foods also reduced incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer by 16-24 per cent.
In addition, a meta-analysis of clinical trials suggested that increasing fibre intakes was associated with lower bodyweight and cholesterol, compared with lower intakes.
The study was commissioned by the World Health Organisation to inform the development of new recommendations for optimal daily fibre intake and to determine which types of carbohydrate provide the best protection against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and weight gain.
Speaking about it, Professor Jim Mann, corresponding author at the University of Otago, New Zealand said, “Our findings provide convincing evidence for nutrition guidelines to focus on increasing dietary fibre and on replacing refined grains with whole grains. This reduces incidence risk and mortality from a broad range of important diseases.”
The study also found that diets with a low glycaemic index and low glycaemic load provided limited support for protection against type 2 diabetes and stroke only.
Foods with a low glycaemic index or low glycaemic load may also contain added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. This may account for the links to health being less clear.
Researchers study patterns of back pain
Researchers have examined the patterns of back pain over time and patient characteristics in relation to the disability.
In addition, they have identified the extent of healthcare and medication use (including opioids) associated with different patterns.
Back pain is among the most frequently reported health problems in the world.
For the study, researchers from the University Health Network’s Krembil Research Institute in Toronto, Canada studied 12,782 participants for 16 years.
They provided data on factors including comorbidities, pain, disability, opioid and other medication use, and healthcare visits.
The results showed that almost half (45.6 per cent) of the participants reported back pain at least once.
The study included four groups of pain: persistent (18 per cent), developing (28.1 per cent), recovery (20.5 per cent), and occasional (33.4 per cent).
The findings, published in Arthritis Care and Research, showed that the persistent and developing groups tended to have more pain and disability, as well as more healthcare visits and medication use than those in the recovery and occasional trajectory groups.
In addition, the recovery trajectory group increased the use of opioids and antidepressants over time.
“The good news is that one in five people with back pain recovered. However, they continued to use opioids and antidepressants, suggesting that people recovering from back pain need ongoing monitoring,” said lead author Mayilee Canizares, postdoctoral candidate from the varsity.
The bad news is that one in five experienced persistent back pain, said Canizares.
People with back pain are a heterogeneous group that may benefit from different approaches to management rather than a traditional one size fits all approach.The distinct groups identified in the study may represent opportunities for more individualised treatment and preventative strategies, Canizares noted.