is nature a healer?

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GCG (October 25, 2010, 11:37:05 AM):
i've been on the receiving end of a sinus attack for the past 3 weeks.
plenty of fun.
i hate taking pills. hate it.
so i've hovered over my humidifier. nothing.

so i'm wondering, what clout is there is old skool natural remedies.
like taking garlic as a natural antibiotic.

before i go and overdosing myself on garlic pills, i would rather know its not for shits and giggles.

any thoughts?
Brian (October 25, 2010, 12:09:05 PM):
quite frankly the only thing that works for me (it's that time of year when all the grass seeds etc and pollen will bring on allergies etc) is to take a cortisone based nasal spray (prescription needed) and also a decongestant for the lungs as well. The spray is usually only prescribed for two repeats but it should see you through. Hang in there! :'(
Faerie (October 25, 2010, 12:21:12 PM):
2 Sinutabs and a cold compress on the bridge of my nose whilst languishing in bed. Alternatively - my S/O doing that thing with his hands (he knows some lovely tricks on pressure points across the face) - but generally the sinutabs works. My mother believes in a seasalt spray, which frankly freaks me out, water up the nasal cavities are'nt my idea of a solution.

On the other hand, if you're a lover of garlic, go for it, and while you're at it, breathe on your boss! ;)
GCG (October 25, 2010, 12:21:55 PM):
problem is, i'm a hippie at heart, and i hate taking any chemicals. call me paranoid. but ja, sometimes one sometimes have to resort to drugging yourself to hell to achieve results.
i would, ofcourse, be mightily happy if i could eat something, or not eat something, or drink some tea, to make this go away.
what irks me as well, is that i never had allergies before. now, all of a sardine, my lips puff up when i use lipgloss or zambuck, and i have sinus. wtf?
could it be, and im treading woo waters here, a case of chemicals and crap in the food and water, building up over the years, and it simply reaching a stage where my body is saying 'hell no!'
Mefiante (October 25, 2010, 13:32:41 PM):
Sinuses like a relative humidity (RH) of above 50% – the higher, the better. On the Highveld, the RH in winter rarely goes above 30% and even in the rainy season it averages less than 60%. The basic problem is that the sinuses dry out, which is aggravated by dust and pollen in the air. Many ENTs recommend doing a saline sinus rinse once or twice daily. It moistens the sinuses and washes out the congesting gunk. Not very yummy, but worth the effort once you get used to it. If you can afford it and have the leisure time available, sitting in a sauna is beneficial too.



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