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Top 5 Natural Remedies for Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are small benign growths in your sinus cavities. They may develop if you’ve had chronically inflamed sinuses due to asthma, allergies, recurring infection or sinusitis. If they grow large enough, they may cause breathing difficulties and infections. Symptoms of nasal polyps can include postnasal drip, headaches, stuffy nose, itchy eyes and snoring. Herbs may help relieve nasal polyps naturally. Consult your health care provider before starting herbal treatment.

5 Natural Remedies for Nasal Polyps

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

There are several ways apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be helpful for nasal polyps. ACV has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. In fact, vinegar has been used to fight infections and other acute conditions for centuries (1).

ACV is a powerful tonic with living nutrients. It has a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. ACV can help break up mucus in the body and cleans the lymph nodes to allow for better lymph circulation. This can improve the immune system response.

Apple cider vinegar also contains acetic acid and other beneficial organic acids. The unique acids in ACV can bind to toxins and help the body eliminate them more effectively. The highest quality ACV is raw, unpasteurized, and with the mother intact. The mother is the fermenting piece of apple and has the highest concentration of beneficial enzymes.

2. Turmeric

Along with being a natural antibiotic, turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties which makes is a potent cure for nasal polyps. Having one teaspoon of turmeric with a glass of warm milk every day, once in the morning and once before going to bed, can help reduce and heal nasal polyps.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree is a well-known essential oil. Research supports it in reducing itching and addressing inflammation and infection as an antimicrobial. This may help both causes and symptoms of nasal polyps. Create a dilute water solution of tea tree essential oil (3–5 drops oil to every ounce of carrier oil). Olive oil or sweet almond oil are examples of carrier oils. With a clean cotton swab, dab the solution in nasal passages.

You can add the essential oil to steam inhalation or an aromatherapy diffuser.

4. Cayenne

Cayenne, or Capsicum annuum, is a red chili pepper found throughout North and South America. Herbalists use it to stimulate circulation and strengthen capillaries. The pepper is rich in a chemical called capsaicin, which has anti-pain and styptic actions. A study published in the March 2000 issue of “Acta Otolaryngologica” found that an application of capsaicin sprayed into the nasal passages shrunk polyps in patients with severe sinonasal polyposis, allowing them to breath more easily. Cayenne may cause irritation if not diluted enough.

5. Garlic

With its antiviral and antifungal properties, garlic can help relieve the common cold and other infections. Allicin is the key compound found in garlic that gives it its ability to kill micro-organisms. Garlic can be taken as a supplement, or it can be added to some of your favorite recipes. Try adding a clove of garlic to your favorite chicken or potato dish.


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