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Waging War on Allergies and Sinus Infections: Home Remedies to Buy and Try

Posted Mar 29 2012 8:30pm

My personal war on allergies and sinus infections and all the other unpleasant symptoms of chronic sinusitis and nasal inflammation rages on. My doctor gave me a prescription for Flonase at my last visit, and even though I filled the RX, I have only used it once because I feel it’s not the best solution and creates a potential for dependency. I was pretty excited when I came across this podcast transcript that offers 3 new-to-me home remedies for helping allergies and sinus woes.

tl;dr

1.) Johnson’s Baby Shampoo + saline irrigation mixture : 1g Johnson’s baby shampoo for every 99g saline solution.

I have been doing ~1 teaspoon of Johnson’s (original) baby shampoo mixed with 1 pre-measured saline solution packet and 1 cup filtered water in my Neti pot . I’ve only been doing it a couple of days, so I can’t say whether or not it has been effective.

The theory behind the baby shampoo is its ability to gently break up the biofilm (plaque) allowing a pathway for our immune system to fight off the bacteria once and for all. In the same vein, there are two other suggestions taken from that transcript on Chris Kresser’s web site to disrupt the biofilm:

2.) An all-natural nasal spray called Xlear made with ingredients safe enough to eat:

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The reviews on Amazon.com were very positive, so I have high hopes for this.

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I’ve been using Xlear 2-3 times a day for the past few days; no remarkable improvements yet, but it’s only been a few days and I want to give it a good 30 days before deciding if it’s helpful or not. Nasal sprays are annoying to use, but at least with this one you don’t have steroids rolling down the back of your throat and into your digestive system and beyond.

3.) Interfase Plus supplement enzyme: Another angle to disrupt biofilm.

I haven’t started taking this enzyme yet, planned to start adding it to my regimen tomorrow-ish.

I was pretty excited after reading about these new remedies and other reviews after Googling it for a second opinion. So of course we headed to Nature’s Pantry, my go-to hippie dippy natural supplement store of choice in search of the products, but they didn’t have what I was looking for. Sad smile Thankfully Amazon.com almost always does. I ordered the Xlear and Interfase Plus online when we got home, but while I was there, I might have picked up a few things. Angel

Raw local honey is supposed to be a good home remedy for battling allergies, but Nature’s Pantry won’t have any raw local honey for a few weeks, so I bought 100% raw organic Manuka honey from New Zealand. Because if you can’t get local honey, buy honey from 8,800 miles away! ha!

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I see now that I overpaid for this jar; It was $42 at Nature’s Pantry but you can get it on Amazon for only $33 . I really did buy this for medicinal purposes. Maybe it will help, maybe it won’t. Either way, it’s thick and creamy like caramel and tastes delightful in a cup of tea. In love

And I got these 2 sprouting jars for only $4.99 each.

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What am I going to sprout?

Shrug.

Chickpeas?! I don’t know. This is an unknown area to me, but one I am curious to explore.

Bulk bin raw cashews because they’re awesome and RAWesome in so, so, so many things , such as a base for vegan mayo !

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And of course I couldn’t resist this cute little kitty cat treat baking kit because we have the most spoiled pets in the universe, buying them something nearly every time we go to a store. Pretty sure they have us under their spell… Disappointed smile

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I’ve only been following the new allergy/sinus regimen for the past few days—and loosely at that. I haven’t been extremely consistent, but I am going to be because that’s the only way to get true results. My plan of action is as follows:

1.) Johnson’s baby shampoo + saline Neti pot twice per day;
2.) 2-4 Interfase Plus capsules per day (once in morning, again at night);
3.) Xlear nasal spray at least twice a day, usually morning and night after neti pot treatment;
4.) About a tablespoon of raw (local) honey daily. Will use New Zealand Manuka honey until I can obtain local;
5.) About a tablespoon of Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar daily. Straight, preferably, but also good on a salad.

It’s a lot of steps, but when you have chronic sinus problems and allergies, this is the much better alternative and a pleasure to tend to if they help. So far, I haven’t seen any dramatic improvements, but I am hopeful and committed to giving the routine an honest run. I will give updates on the status of my symptoms. Hopefully I have something good to report, and SOON!

Do you suffer from allergies and chronic sinus problems? Have you tried any successful home remedies? There are days I want to chop my head off. The older I get, the worse they get! I didn’t have these allergies as a child, but I also didn’t have a house full-o-kitties and air vents. Thinking smile 

Here’s to natural remedies!

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