Balancing your Sinuses during Seasonal Changes
One of the main indicators of the change of seasons is the sudden drop in temperature at night and the resulting tickle or drainage in your throat. As this drainage becomes more pronounced, it becomes a welcome breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. The drainage can cause your ears to feel plugged, and you may feel nauseous in the morning due to drainage dripping into the stomach overnight. As soon as the weather dips and cools like this, I begin taking two burdock root capsules every evening. Burdock helps to minimize the reaction to the temperature changes and stops the over-secretion of mucus which can cause you to be more susceptible to viruses.
Burdock Root is a wonderful plant that comes to help in times of seasonal changes.
If you are bothered by the fall allergies, consider the formula Sinus Support EF as this formula contains burdock root so it helps with the sinus drainage from the change of seasons. It also contains herbs with expectorant and decongestant properties, as well as herbs to shrink swollen inflamed sinus passages and support your immune system. Sinus Support has always been a favorite of mine for the late summer allergies.
Nature’s Sunshine’s Seasonal Defense is another formula I like to keep on my shelves in the early Fall. Seasonal Defense is a unique product designed to support our immune system during seasonal changes. The key herb in this formula is Andrographis paniculata. This herb activates the immune response in the body. Andrographis paniculata has been used for hundreds of years in China India and Scandinavian countries to help the body cope with upper respiratory tract infection, fever, and sore throats. It is often considered a preventative herb for the common cold.
The formula Seasonal Defense also contains the herbs Oregano and thyme. Oregano and thyme help to break up mucus, relax tension in the lungs, and have natural anti-microbial action. The herb Bitter Orange is commonly used as an expectorant to help the body eliminate excess phlegm and congestion. This herb also has antihistamine properties. Often when we start to get cold symptoms we wonder if the symptoms are from an allergy or a virus, this formula is addressing both these areas. The last herb in this formula is Eleuthero, also known as Siberian ginseng. This herb has powerful antioxidant properties, as well as stress and immune supporting properties.
Note: I take this formula at the first signs of a cold or flu 2-3 capsules several times a day (as needed), or when the weather changes significantly (cold, windy, rainy) and my sinuses begin draining. The warm stimulating herbs in the formula help counter the cold weather which tends to invite microbes into the body.
Disclaimer: Supplement recommendations are not designed to treat a disease condition. Discussions are for educational purposes only. Supplements should be used to nourish and strengthen the natural function of the various body organs and systems so that they will have a greater capacity to heal themselves. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations.
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