My friend was diagnosed with a rare sinus cancer one year ago.
Q. Dear Terry, “My friend was diagnosed with a rare sinus cancer one year ago. She had surgery, radiation and is doing very well. Unfortunately, she is left with very dry sinuses. I remember reading something on your website about an herbal remedy to increase mucous membrane moisture. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.” — Yvonne B., WA
A. Dear Yvonne, I am sorry to hear of your friend’s recent health challenges, but am glad she is doing well now.
I believe you are referring to Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides). The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The pulp contains exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to increase mucous membrane moisture. In fact, there are clinical studies using sea buckthorn oil for Sjögren’s syndrome, which is a difficult autoimmune disease that causes excessive mucous membrane dryness. I would suggest your friend take 1-2 softgels (500-1,000 mg) twice daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.
Your friend may also want to consider adding a blend of eucalyptus and myrtle oils to her daily regimen – both oils can help support the sinuses. 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 or 2 softgels of this blend three times daily. When choosing a formula, make sure it features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
Terry . . . Naturally