It was recommended that I take garlic tablets as a preventative for some sinus infections.
Q. Dear Terry, “It was recommended that I take garlic tablets as a preventative for some sinus infections that I have been experiencing on and off since November. Do you have any recommendations on what might be a good choice?” — Carl K., Shreveport, LA
A. Dear Carl, Garlic can be extremely beneficial. It can help reduce high blood pressure, lower triglyceride levels, fight oxidative stress that damages cells, prevent cancer, and has strong anti-viral and anti-fungal properties to keep the immune system strong. However, when it comes to your sinuses, I would first recommend trying a blend of eucalyptus and myrtle oils – these are two oils that I strongly value for natural treatment of sinusitis and sinus infection.
Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. I suggest taking 1-2 softgels of this blend three times daily.
For even more sinus relief, you can also look for a combination that includes higher levels of the eucalyptus and myrtle oils, plus lemon oil for additional sinus-clearing power. One thing I would recommend is that your extra-strong sinus combination be in an enteric-coated form, so the eucalyptus doesn’t cause any gastrointestinal discomfort or “burps”. I recommend taking up to 3 softgels of the extra-strong sinus combination daily.
Terry . . . Naturally