I'd no sooner posted yesterday, whinging about my sinus infection, when my inbox started filling up with emails from you lovely people passing on your favourite remedies. Thank you!
Unfortunately, I've tried most of them - with varying degrees of success - over the years. The ones which do work, only tend to work temporarily, but it's enough to get through the day usually (over the counter medication makes me feel totally spaced out and high, particularly the ones which claim to be "non drowsy").
One herbal remedy which helps to drain my congested sinuses is Phytolacca Ointment, made by local Hunter Valley herbalist Pat Collins.
I was lucky enough to attend a home remedy workshop by Pat many years ago, and I often refer to the workshop notes and one of her books (A-Z of Ailments) which I also bought at the time. Some of her self-published books and herbal remedies are also sold by my organic grocer, who also host her workshops occasionally, which is convenient :-)
Incidentally, I've had her latest book, Useful Weeds at Our Doorstep, on my Wish List for as long as I can remember but haven't gotten around to buying it yet. That's going to change with my next grocery order! In it, Pat outlines 40 common weeds found in the Hunter Valley (and around Australia) which can be eaten or used in herbal remedies.
In the mean time, I need to make an appointment with an acupuncturist and get myself a Neti Pot apparently. I have been using a saline nasal spray, but do any Novocastrians know where to get a neti pot locally?
Thanks again guys :-)