Herbs That Help Sinus Infections
- According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, laboratory studies have shown that eucalyptus has antibacterial qualities. It is also an expectorant. Eucalyptus oil or leaves can be can be added to water and consumed as a tea. It is also commonly found in lozenges and cough drops.
- The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that products containing elderberry can help treat sinus infections. Commercial preparations are recommended because uncooked or unripe elderberries can cause nausea and diarrhea. Elderberry is sold as a berry-flavored syrup. Read and follow dosage instructions supplied by the manufacturer.
- Cat's claw improves immunity and can help fight infection. This herb is available in standardized supplement form.
- Thyme is both antibiotic and antifungal. Boil water and add several drops of essential oil. Remove from heat, lean over the pot and inhale.
- Peppermint is an excellent decongestant. It can be taken as a tea or used as an inhalant as above.
- To make a soothing gargle for sore throats, combine equal parts powdered clove, cayenne pepper and ginger. Add one teaspoon of the mixture to warm water.