First off, grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is a treatment and not considered as a cure. It is a supplementary relief and not a wonder medicine. Comparing it to prescription drugs is not a very good idea. However, there are studies showing that grapefruit seed extract can be the best replacement for a number of medicines. One typical example is sinusitis or a sinus infection. GSE has the capacity to treat the cause of the symptoms in a long term ordeal.
So what’s the fuzz all about?
Well, grapefruit seed extract has certain properties, specifically anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation. When you have these two components combined in one bottle, the results for getting rid of sinusitis is quite outstanding.
Before using GSE
For preliminary caution, consult with your healthcare provider. There might be a rare and slight risk of an allergic reaction to the supplement. Watch out for the major indicators of allergic attacks like facial swelling, difficulty of breathing, light headedness and hives. If you experience even one of these symptoms at the beginning of taking GSE, stop immediately.
GSE comes in capsule and liquid form. In this case, it is better to go with the liquid form of GSE since it is considered to be more potent than the capsules.
- Grapefruit seed extract is an effective antifungal and antimicrobial. Sinusitis may be caused by bacteria but a wide range affectation is caused by fungus. Either way, GSE is potent in numerous aspects. Luckily for you, GSE can target both fungal and bacterial causes.
- GSE is an all-natural alternative treatment. In short, there are minimal or no side effects at all. Probably an allergic reaction could be experienced but it’s very rare.
- GSE targets not just one ailment but a vast majority of diseases, internally and externally. So it’s like hitting a bunch of birds with one stone, hypothetically.
What you’ll need:
- One teaspoon of salt, preferably non-iodized; sea salt is recommended
- Eight ounces of either warm saline or lukewarm water
- Half teaspoon of baking soda – optional
- GSE liquid form
- Neti pot
- Any mug for mixing
Make sure that you have everything prepared before starting the treatment process. It is a requirement to purchase grapefruit seed extract in an unfiltered liquid form. It is currently available through the internet and selected markets like Wholefood. Unfortunately, there might be a bit of difficulty when looking for this in local groceries.
Since sinusitis affects the nasal area, the treatment procedure is unlike any other. Instead of going through the mouth, it goes through nasal cavity. Thus, the neti pot. Like anything else, there is a recipe for GSE nasal rinse. The entire process is called nasal irrigation.
Instructions for GSE use
Step 1: In a mug, mix all the ingredients indicated above. If baking soda is not available, you can still continue with the process. Make sure that the water is not too hot – just the right temperature for your nose to endure. Stir thoroughly until the components are properly diluted. Transfer the mixture into the neti pot.
Step 2: Facing your sink, bend your neck while leaning your head. Slowly put the neti pot’s snout in your nostril. Make sure that the snout seals the nostril to avoid content leakage. Slightly open your mouth to facilitate oral breathing during the irrigation. Also, this will allow the mixture to drain appropriately.
Step 3: Position your head wherein the right nostril will be just above the left nostril. This is done through tilting the head a little to the side.
Step 4: Allow the mixture to flow into the right nostril and in a matter of seconds, the solution will drain down the left nostril and to the sink. This procedure will continue until the contents of the neti pot have been used up. Once it’s empty, set aside the pot and exhale at least three times with both your nostrils using a tissue.
Step 5: Repeat steps one to five. This time, the procedure must be done to your left nostril.
Points to remember
1. Frequency: Depending on the severity of the sinusitis, the process can be done twice or thrice a day.
2. Duration: The least is two weeks or until the condition has completely been eradicated.
3. First time users: Expect some pain or burning sensation on the first day. Mucus will not be visible. On the second day, there will still be pain however, will you will notice some mucus being irrigated which is a sign that the treatment is working. On the third day, the pain and burning sensation will be less and slightly bearable. The mucus that is being irrigated is a bit yellowish. This is one of the best signs that you’re on the right track to a sinusitis-free life. On the second week of treatment, breathing patterns will be more bearable and the symptoms will eventually die down.
4. Don’t stop the treatment just because you can’t take the inconvenient feeling during the process. It’s completely the body’s normal reaction to the effect of GSE. However, if the no relief is experienced on the third or fourth day, it’s best to consult with your physician. Increasing the dose might not be a good idea neither does decreasing what was previously recommended.