March Madness of the Mucous Membrane

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ss March sale webThe winter months can bring on extremely dry air. By the month of March, almost everyone north of the southern-most states has had the heat turned on in their homes and has been breathing relatively dry air for nearly 6 months, creating the ideal condition for sinus infections.

Most of us spend nearly all of our time indoors (or in heated cars) in the winter, which can wreak havoc with an already inflamed mucous membrane. This is the time of year when we can most appreciate the benefits of moisture for our nose and sinuses. A warm mist humidifier in the bedroom and in your office (if it’s an enclosed space) can make quite a difference. Remember to keep the temperature in the room between 65 and 68 degrees. The higher the temperature the drier the air, but if you go much below 65, then the colder temperature is also irritating to the mucous membrane.

One very effective way to keep your membranes moist throughout the day is to use the Sinus Survival Spray when you feel your sinuses are dry. In these dry months, use it 2 to 3 times a day. In addition to saline, which moistens the sinus passages, it contains aloe vera, an anti-inflammatory herb; Himalayan salt, which is effective in relieving inflammation; and berberis aquifolium, which has been found to sooth the sinuses.

Sinus Survival Eucalyptus Oil is also highly anti-inflammatory and can be inhaled by spraying it on a tissue, or by spraying it into a steam inhaler (any brand) along with a drop or two of peppermint oil. After using the steamer (for 15 minutes 1 to 3x/day), I’d suggest irrigation with the SinuPulse. Don’t forget to drink lots of water (at least ½ ounce per pound of body weight). If you follow these recommendations on a daily basis, you’ll go a long way toward preventing March Madness of the Mucous Membranes.

Right now, Village Green Apothecary is having  sale on Sinus Survival, with 25% off products and 30% off bundles.

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