Air pollution, infections, microbes, fungi, allergic reactions to dust and pollen can cause sinusitis and its painful symptoms like sinus inflammation, sinus headache and post – nasal drip. According to Ayurveda, symptoms are different from one individual to another and they are determinate by the individual’s doshas or governing principles.
For example, exposure to drafts causes some infections and the blame is on the cold, dry, moving vata dosha that is responsible for the flow and circulation in the body. In different cases, alcoholic drinks and other liver irritants, or allergic reaction to dust and pollen might be the cause, and the blame is on the pitta dosha that governs the metabolism and controls the inflammations in the body. Unbalance of the lubricating dosha, kapha, prompts sinusitis. Unbalance of the kapha can be caused by dampness, ice cream, overeating, rich desserts, cold drinks and consuming heavy metals before going to bed.
Despite the fact that sinus infections can be caused by different components, the infections respond to the kapha, since it controls the fluids and mucus in the sinus cavity. Sticky, slow and cool kapha can be balanced with foods and changes in your behavior. You should eat light diet of cooked foods that are effectively processed by the body, like cooked fruits, steamed vegetables, cooked whole grains and non-creamy vegetable soups.
Avoid curdled foods such as yogurt and cheese, iced drinks, alcohol, iced foods and red meat. To dispose of the symptoms of pressure and congestion consume hot drinks like herbal tea during the day. Also, inhale the steam of boiled water for 10 minutes two times each day. You can also add a couple drops of eucalyptus oil after you boil the water, since the oil will aid the opening up of the nasal passages. If you use eucalyptus oil, keep your eyes closed to prevent stinging.
If you have sinus infections very often, your immune system is weak. You also have weakened function of the digestive system, and when you eat food that is difficult to digest your digestive system becomes overloaded and creates a sticky toxin called ama. Later, the excessive amounts in ama will transfer to the weakened parts of the body, such as the sinuses, and the sinus infection will appear.
If you want to boost your immune system you have to clear the body of toxins. Sip boiled spring water throughout the day and you will cleanse your body of toxins. For better results, make a tea from two slices of ginger, two cloves, four mint leaves, water and one teaspoon of marshmallow root and take small sips throughout the entire day.
When you cook, use immune – enhancing and digestion spices like fennel, ginger, coriander, cumin, black pepper and turmeric. These flavors stimulate mucus drainage, so they will help clear the sinuses.