Home Remedies II

“The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.”

~ Robert C. Peale

The second part of home remedies deals with mental and emotional symptoms of sinusitis and rhinitis. It is essential to treat and heal these symptoms promptly as they are interrelated to and have strong influence on physical symptoms.

Excessive Fatigue:

  • Take daily vitamins and supplements to strengthen your body (see the list under holistic methods). Besides taking multivitamins, I add B-Complex, Vitamin C, and zinc daily to fight off severe fatigue.
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  • Rest as needed and get a good night’s sleep. Pacing yourself is very important. At times I deal with insomnia and excessive sleeping. Either way leaves me tired and my nasal/sinus problems act up. To induce restful sleep, I drink chamomile tea, practice progressive relaxation and self-hypnosis. Sometimes I listen to Quantum Mind Power’s “Good Night, Sleep Well” recording to facilitate a normal sleep pattern. All these approaches have been helpful.
  • Start mild exercise daily to energize your body. I would recommend walking around your neighborhood (you can meet new neighbors) or go to a nearby park to walk or ride a bicycle.
  • Research at the Cornell University found that stretching for just two minutes three times a day raised intake of energizing oxygen by 30%.
  • Drink ginseng tea daily for a boost.
  • American Indians used chia seeds for boosting energy. Ground chia seeds can be sprinkled on salad or in soup.
  • Astragalus root has antiviral and immunity boosting properties. Take it 2 times a day.
  • Drink lemon and grapefruit juices when feeling tired.
  • Add immune-enhancing mushrooms, which include shiitake, maitake, and oyster mushrooms into meals.
  • Oral magnesium can reduce symptoms of fatigue when you have a low magnesium level.
  • An Ayurvedic herb, Ashwaganda, helps your body deal with stress.
  • Use right hand—best for stimulating energy—to tap the top of your head and your chest to generate strength.
  • Vigorous massage for the body energizes the system. Using massage oil, you can use various hand movements of tapping, rubbing, and stroking to various parts of your body to stimulate blood circulation and boost energy.
  • Beta-alanine increases the amount of carnosine in the muscles, which is key to helping sustain a neutral pH in muscle tissue. You can find this amino acid in sports nutrition supplements.
  • Handful of nuts, like almonds and walnuts (protein and healthy fats), as well as dried raisins and apricots (complex carbs) provide energy sustaining nutrients.
  • Herbal mint’s odor activates the trigeminal nerve that sends wake-up signal to the brain. You will be alert in a short time to keep going.

Insomnia:

  • Listening to relaxing music or hypnosis tape can induce relaxation and lead to a restful sleep.
  • Gentle, slow massage of the neck and shoulders just before going to sleep can also relax your body and help you sleep.
  • Interestingly, a method called “treading” in cold water before bed may aid with sleep. Basically, you fill the bathtub with enough water to cover your ankles and while holding onto a stable railing or using a wall as support, march in place in the water for 1-5 minutes.
  • Add 6-8 drops of lavender or marjoram essential oil to your bathwater before going to bed.
  • Try herbal sleep formulas (in teas, capsules, tinctures) sold at health food stores. Ingredients include hops, valerian, chamomile, oats, passionflower, and balm. Follow the directions for safety and optimal results.
  • Mentally focus on your breathing to relax the body and rest the mind while lying in bed. Repeat the process if you wake up during the night.
  • Spritzing your bedroom with a lavender mist can help you fall asleep quickly. Inhaling the relaxing scent is proven to help you sleep longer and deeper.
  • You will drift off more easily when you turn off TVs and computer screens at least 30 minutes before bed. They produce lights that make your brain think it’s daytime, disrupting the chemical imbalance needed to fall asleep.
  • Keep a pad of paper and a pen next to your bed and jot down any thoughts or concerns you have. Sleep experts say the habit clears your head, setting the stage for a peaceful night’s sleep.
  • As you lie in bed, close your eyes and roll them as far up as they will go, as if you were looking up at a point in your forehead. EEGs have shown that when eyes are deep back in the head like this, it resets our brain circuitry to help us unwind.
  • Go to bed and get up at about the same time everyday including weekends. Sticking to a schedule helps reinforce your body’s sleep-wake cycle.
  • Don’t drink or eat too much before bedtime. Too much liquid can cause you to wake up repeatedly for bathroom trips and heavy, late dinners can cause stomach discomforts.


Depression and Irritability:

  • St. John’s Wort is widely used as a natural alternative to antidepressants.
  • Listen to relaxing or upbeat music, which helps many people to feel better.
  • Practice daily affirmations. First of all, don’t blame yourself for how badly you may feel. Rather, focus on the positive aspect of yourself and your life. For example, choose to be grateful and happy independent of conditions and circumstances. With conscious repetition, your moods will change for the better.
  • Recent study links depression and our sense of smell. Try sniffing the fresh scent of a lemon or other citric aromas to boost your body’s serotonin (feel-good hormone) level.
  • Talk to someone whom you trust about your feelings.
  • Visualize being in a wonderful place or doing something you enjoy. Use all of your senses (i.e., sight, sound, taste, smell, and feeling) as if you are actually experiencing it. Remember, your brain cannot tell the difference between what’s real and imagined.
  • Watch a funny movie. Laugh your head off!
  • Try thermal biofeedback to be aware of your body response and have control over it. Refer to “how to’s” for instructions for this easy, helpful home remedy.
  • Meditate to relax body and mind and repeatedly say your favorite affirmations to shift the mind to a positive state.
  • For a flower remedy, Impatiens, Jasmine, and Beech are useful to deal with irritable moods.
  • Complex carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables are especially helpful because they increase serotonin, which produces a calming effect.
  • An amino acid called gamma-aminobutyric acid can also increase serotonin levels. Taken daily, it can ease irritability.
  • Visit and perhaps become a member of a religious/spiritual group you feel comfortable with. Numerous researches support the fact that people who are connected to others and to a higher being or God spiritually feel a general sense of well-being and less depressed.
  • It’s safe to say depression and irritability go together with lack of sleep. It is important to maintain a regular sleep-wake schedule to promote balanced mental states.
  • Imagine and feel your inner cry and allow it to be released from your body. The cry represents whatever that is making you depressed and irritable. The letting out of that pain will heal you emotionally and physically.
  • For 10 to 30 seconds every half-hour, pinch your earlobes. Researchers found that this halves anxiety levels, by signaling the nervous system to release mood-boosting chemicals.
  • Connect with nature. Being surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of the natural world grounds us and lifts our spirit. Also, the color green, which is abundant in nature, is known to be soothing and calming to people.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. Although they may be tempting as a short-term escape, the long-term result could be harmful and destructive.
  • A good, regular physical workout, like aerobics, is known to chase away negative emotions. If you prefer gentler movements, try tai chi or yoga.

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