Nasal polyps or sinus polyps are non cancerous abnormal growths arising out of the mucous membranes in the nostrils. These movable, non tender growths often prompt excess mucus formation causing chronic or acute sinusitis. In many patients, nasal polyps can become infected leading to a host of issues such as headaches etc. We have already discussed sinusitis remedies in this article. Today we will discuss some remedies that can shrink nasal polyps fast.
1. Lifestyle changes
One of the most important things to do in order to remove nasal polyps yourself is to undergo several dietary and lifestyle changes. Primary among these are switching to a sugar and gluten free diet. Reducing sugar and carbohydrate intake will shrink the nasal polyps as these substances tend to feed the polyps. You must also exercise daily and practice deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing exercises help remove mucous and keep your airways clear.
2. Make your body alkaline
An acidic system is more conducive to growth of nasal polyps. So make your system more alkaline by eating an alkaline diet. This means cutting out acidic and inflammatory foods like refined flours, sugars, red meat, alcohol, caffeine etc. You can also make your system more alkaline by drinking lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
3. Rinse the sinuses out daily
Fill up a plastic squeeze bottle, a neti pot or a cup (with a spout) with warm salt water. Closing one nostril with your finger, rinse out the other nostril with the saline solution. Repeat with the other nostril. This simple remedy will keep your nasal passages clear and prevent the polyps from getting infected.
4. Drink herbal brews
Hot herbal teas will not shrink your sinus polyps but they can reduce post nasal drip and even drain the mucus. There are many good varieties of herbal teas available particularly for upper respiratory infections. These include peppermint, Echinacea, ginger, bergamot, lemon balm, wild orange etc.
5. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is a wonderful natural remedy known to fight inflammation. It helps strengthen the immune system to prevent sinus polyps from getting infected. Cayenne pepper pills are available in the market; so take them daily to enhance immunity.
You can benefit from certain supplements when suffering from this condition. These supplements will not shrink the polyps but they can build immunity and ward off infections:
- Bromelain-Take 80-320 mg daily. This substance is found in pineapples. Scientists are researching its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight cancer.
- Fish oil- Take EPA+DHA 1gram daily
- N-acetylcysteine (NAC)-This is a substance that can prevent thick mucus in people with chronic sinusitis. Take 100-600 mg daily.
- Goldenseal– This herbal remedy has been in use since centuries; early native Indians took this herb to ward off colds, coughs and sinus infections.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best remedies to cure nasal polyps permanently. Drink organic ACV mixed with a glass of warm water in the morning on an empty stomach. This remedy will heal inflammation and pain and also enable the body to throw out polyps. It also prevents mucus formation. You can also use diluted ACV for rinsing out the sinuses.
8. Tea tree oil for nasal polyps
Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in a glass of water. Add a bit of baking soda and salt to the mixture. Using a dropper or a neti pot, rinse out the sinuses with this solution. The tea tree oil will sting a bit but this remedy removes all the bacteria and also dries out the polyps. A few days of regular use will definitely throw the polyps out completely. You can also add tea tree oil to a steamer/inhaler and inhale its vapors to clear up the nasal airways.
9. Astragalus root tincture
Use astragalus root tincture to rinse out the nasal cavity. This herb is very beneficial for the vascular system and endothelia cells. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners recommend this remedy to reduce mucus in chronic sinusitis sufferers.
10. Turmeric for nasal polyps
Take turmeric pills or organic turmeric powder mixed with coconut milk. Turmeric is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It is particularly beneficial for upper respiratory illnesses such as sinusitis, colds, and coughs. You can also add turmeric to the nasal rinse saline water mentioned above to dry out the polyps and prevent infections.
11. Castor oil
Take castor oil internally (one teaspoon per day) to dry out the polyps. Many people scheduled for surgery to remove nasal polyps have actually had their operations cancelled thanks to castor oil remedy for nasal polyps. You can also apply the oil inside the nostrils to reduce pain and inflammation.
12. Colloidal silver
Spray some colloidal silver inside each nostril to cure polyps permanently and naturally. This remedy also prevents bacteria and viruses to ward of sinus infection.
13. Salt crystal inhaler
Fill up a salt crystal inhaler with Himalayan salt ad inhale its vapors, in through the mouth and out through the nose. Do this daily for 30 minutes each and you will not only have clearer sinuses, you will also sleep better.
14. Iodine rinse
Add a few drops of iodine to your saline rinse above and wash out your sinuses with this solution. This remedy can actually help the polyps fall out permanently.
15. Hydrogen peroxide
Squirt some diluted hydrogen peroxide mixed with water up the nostrils. This simple natural remedy can relieve sinus infections and also cure polyps forever.
Try these 15 natural remedies for sinus polyps and see the difference they make in your respiratory health.