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Sinus Infections

by Jill F.

January 2011

Years ago, after growing up using lots of antibiotics, I kept getting recurring sinus infections. They were exhausting. I tried not to take antibiotics but they were the only thing which temporarily got rid of the infection..then it would come back...with a vengeance! An M.D. told me that I would be on antibiotics for the rest of my life and always have sinus infections!

Finally, a wise and helpful midwife showed me how to use herbs aggressively in order to treat a well-established infection (I had just been sipping some tea every now and then). She told me to echinacea/goldenseal tincture every hour for at least 24 hours (48 is even better), then I took it 4 times a day for a total of 10 days. I used a dropperful every time I took it.

This knocked down the infection the first time for a few weeks. Then, the minute I felt myself getting another infection, I started in again with the same "course' of herbs...and this time the infection was knocked down for a longer time. it was scary to not run to the doctor for antibiotics but the herbs were far less exhausting than the antibiotics.

After about 6 months of literally fighting the sinus infections this way I have never had another one . . . no matter how run down I get! that was 23 years ago. I praise God for my midwife!

The echinacea increases white blood cells but it takes 3 to 3 days to do so. The goldenseal kills the infection. Together, this combo of herbs is very powerful.

Our eight children have since grown up on the same combo. Although their daddy and I had frequent horrible ear infections growing up, none of our children have had them and only two of them have been on antibiotics and only once.

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Did You Know?

Daily sprinkling a little Cayenne powder on the toothpaste on your toothbrush can work miracles in fighting and preventing gum disease. That's right! It will also help deal with other oral ailments that plague many folks these days. After reading about this, we just had to try it. There is a warm sensation in your mouth as you brush your teeth, but it soon disappears after rinsing. As always, whenever using Cayenne powder, you should start with very small amounts to allow the body some time to build up a tolerance. The first few times we used it, we sprinkled so little of the powder on the toothpaste that we didn't feel anything. As the days progressed, we increased the amounts slightly until we felt it was warm enough. After using it for a little while, the nice feeling in your mouth is very satisfying. Be warned, however, that you do not want to overdo this one, so start small.