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What's a home remedy for stuffy sinuses?

Dr. Christopher Maloney, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
I'd start with nasal inhalation, the old steaming method.

NASAL INHALATION
You need:
  • a large bowl
  • a large towel
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • cloves
  • ginger or turmeric
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 box tissues
Boil water, pour into the bowl. Add 1 tsp. of your preferred spice. (Do NOT over add, because these volatile oils can cause chemical burns. My personal failed experiment involved 1/2 cup of cinnamon).

Place towel over bowl. In placing your face under the towel, make sure that you leave sufficient cold air coming in the sides to avoid any burns. DO NOT BURN YOURSELF. If a burning sensation occurs, it will usually begin with the lips.

The goal of the treatment is to be able to inhale deeply, bringing the steam and spice to the lungs and up into the sinuses. When this begins to work, the sinuses will be begin to run freely. Blow very gently and wipe away mucus, continuing three rounds of one minute each under the towel. Repeat multiple times during an acute episode.

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