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Herbal Sinus Infusion using Calendula Sage and Thyme

As you may know, I am enrolled in the Intermediate Herbalist Course at The Herbal Academy of New England. The online course consists of ten self-study units and I've been working on my certification since last November. The unit I just completed focused on the respiratory system, which is of particular interest to me personally since I suffer allergies and even more so because chickens are notorious for respiratory issues.

The respiratory health unit discussed various herbs and concoctions  to help with all different types of respiratory issues including bronchitis, sinusitis, the common cold, congestion, the flu and more. For my final 'exam', I decided to make an herbal infusion that I could use in my Neti pot to clear my sinuses and also offer to the chickens as a brewed 'tea' to keep their sinuses clear and working properly.  Since we have fresh herbs in the garden now, I was able to use some of them in my recipe.

-fresh sage and thyme from the garden-
This time of year the pollen is really bad and affects us all, even our dogs and cat sneeze because it gets in their noses and respiratory tracts. I'm sure the chickens suffer from the pollen as well and can benefit from the other nutrients in the herbs as well.

I chose to use sage, thyme and calendula in my infusion based on information from The Herbal Academy of New England:

Sage - An anti-viral/anti-microbial which helps promote healthy flow of mucus. Also an anti-inflammatory which relieves sinusitis congestion.

Thyme - Also an anti-viral/anti-microbial that helps promote the healthy flow and elimination of mucus. A drying herb, thyme also helps warm the sinuses and expel mucus.

Calendula - This anti-viral/anti-microbial is also an anti-inflammatory which soothes and the lungs and reduces swelling in the airways. Calendula helps remove waste and aids the immune system. 

Calendula/Sage/Thyme Sinus Infusion

Fresh or dried Calendula
Fresh or dried Sage
Fresh or dried Thyme

To make the infusion, I gathered about a Cup of fresh sage and thyme from the garden and then added 1/2 Cup of dried calendula flowers. I added the herbs to just a bit more than two cups of water which I let simmer on the stove for about 20 minutes. 

I strained the liquid into a pint mason jar and reserved the solids to feed to the chickens, along with some of the liquid which I set aside for them. To the remaining liquid, I added 1/4 teaspoon of salt and filled my Neti pot. Once cooled, I rinsed out my sinuses and then brought the chickens their 'tea'. Here's to good sinus health for us all!

-simmer your ingredients-
-strain and feed the the solids to your chickens along with a bit of the unsalted liquid-
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  1. Hi! Ive been thinking about taking this course for some time but am torn between this course or the one from Sage Mountain offered by Rosemary Gladstar. I wasn't sure if you researched that as well and if you had any suggestions or thoughts i would love to hear them! Thanks!

    1. I think there are lots of great courses out there. I can't compare since I haven't taken the other you mention but I can recommend the HANE course. Although Rosemary Gladstar has written some awesome books and I would love to ake a course from her. Take a look around the HANE website and read some of their blog posts to get an idea of the quality of information they share maybe?

  2. I have a similar quandary. I'm torn between Tieraona Low Dog's course and HANE. Any insights you'd be willing to share would be much appreciated. Your website is gorgeous and brings back pleasant childhood memories. I grew up on a dairy farm and one of my chores was gathering eggs each morning. Some of those hens could be real mean!

    1. I think there are lots of great courses out there. I can't compare since I haven't taken the other you mention but I can recommend the HANE course. Take a look around their website and read some of their blog posts to get an idea of the quality of information they share maybe?

  3. Hi Lisa...
    Are you an affiliate with the HANE course? I want to join and would be happy to enroll through you.

  4. I am tht links in the post and in thetht sidebar are my affiliate links That would be awesome. Thanks.

  5. Hello, so i suffer from bad sinus headaches and allergies and i tried your sinus infusion (minus the calendula because i couldnt find it) and immediately it made me extremely congested and i spent 3 days with what felt like a sinus infection. Do you think it was actually helping to remove all the built up gunk in my sinuses? I am determined to stop using medications and help my body heal naturally...

    1. Oh no! I can't imagine that the thyme and sage would cause an allergic reaction so I would assume that's what was happening, your sinuses were draining and that's the cause of the congestion. I say keep it up, even with just plain saline because once I started using the Neti Pot, I found immediate relief from my sinus headaches and allergies.

  6. So it turns out the rinse actually helped flush out my sinuses and has helped tremendously with my allergies! Before I tried the infusion I was having headaches and allergies almost every other day, since the rinse I havent had one episode! Im definitely going to do it again maybe next month. :)

    1. Well yeah! I know sometimes there's an initial rebound reaction to things, so I'm glad you kept with it. So good to hear.

  7. Im so grateful for your blog, as it turns out i haven't suffered from sinus migraines since my last comment. That was almost 4 months migraine free!!! Well this week i got one again and it was NOT fun. Luckily i was able to find your post so i can make the rinse again and hopefully be ok for another couple months. Thank you for your blog. In a world where Dr's will first prescribe every drug under the sun, its so nice to find the remedies from nature that actually work!!!!

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  9. Lisa, your recipe helped with my killer sinusitity big time �� i fixed your herbal mixture (forgot to add salt unfortunately) and rinsed about 6 times during one Day I spent @ home. Just on the next one in the morning mortal headache was gone, terrible yellowish mucus was almost gone, so is light never ending fever. Many many Thanks ��