Thursday, July 19, 2018

Breathe Easy

I have a history of getting sinus infections.
In fact, I limit my dairy consumption,
as it is known to be a problem for anyone who suffers with sinus issues.
A doctor once told me that because of the bouts of sinusitis in the past,
I will never regain my sense of smell.

A sinus infection is more than just a clogged or dripping nose.
It affects folks in different ways.
In my case, I have difficulty breathing through my nose, yes,
but my main complaint is fatigue.
Being stricken with a sinus infection just 
In the past I have had to take antibiotics to knock it out of my system.

Always looking for a more natural way to handle illness,
a friend recommended that I try a sinus rinse.
This is different than a Neti Pot, which I tried in the past without much success.
This particular kit came with a bottle with a spray nozzle
and about 30 packets of saline solution to use with it.
I've been using it regularly for about 2 months now,
and I have to say that it has made a difference.

(Can I just say that I miss the simple days 
of being able to jump into bed without having to do a thing?
Wash face, brush teeth and you were done.
After 50, [and I'm well beyond that], 
there is a whole routine that must take place 
in order to be able to go to bed at night.
Who's with me on this?)

I still have a deviated septum, which makes breathing clearly a challenge,
but for the most part, my respiration seems improved.
I didn't want to keep buying those packets of solution,
(packaging concerns and costs add up),
so I found a recipe that I'm happy to pass along.
Even if you don't suffer with sinus infections,
it's a natural way to deal with allergies or colds.
Hope it helps you breathe a little easier!

Saline Solution for Allergies

1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 baking soda
8 ounces distilled water

Combine ingredients in squeeze bottle, shake,
and discharge into one nostril at a time.
Be sure to allow solution to drip out
and then gently blow your nose.
May be used several times a day.
Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has 
many other suggestions for dealing with seasonal allergies
using natural approaches.
You can find her website here.

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