Category Archives: Sinus

Q&A : Thrush from anti-biotics


Hi Lorene, me again!  I’m not 100% positive until I see a doctor, but I do believe I have developed oral thrush in my mouth.  I understand that one of the causes of oral thrush is from the use of antibiotics.  I mentioned to you before that I was having sinus infection issues and am currently on round 2 of antibiotics – the first prescription didn’t completely get rid of the infection.  I believe that acidophilus and probiotic yogurt is helpful in getting rid of this nasty thing.  Do you have any advice for me?  I will avoid going to the doctor unless absolutely necessary.  As always I appreciate your help.
Thanks Lorene.
AP, B.C.


Yes, oral thrush is usually caused by antibiotics, and if this is your 2nd round, this is even more likely. It also sounds as if the anti-biotics are not working on the sinus infection, so I would suggest you getting on SN-X, a herbal formula excellent for  healing your sinus infection. Once cleared, which may take 2- 3 times/day, I would continue to cleanse and support  your sinus by taking another 2- 3 bottles, so it does NOT re-occur. Please refer to Sinus information on our website, for some other tips on sinus health, including salt water nasal flush.

Now for your thrush. Yes probiotics (pro-life) are essential to rebuild the friendly bacteria killed by the anti-biotics (against life). You would need to eat about a gallon of good yogurt to get the same amount as from one capsule of Bifidophilus Flora Force or Probiotic 11, which contains 11 different probiotic strains, so I would suggest either of these. We may have some in stock, if you need it, please phone the office, 250-748-6802.

I would take one whole bottle – 2-3 per day, on empty stomach, to also help re-establish healthy colonic bacteria, which is a major part of your overall immune system. You also want to discourage Candida overgrowth elsewhere in your body. Please read that article.

A few other things you can do in addition to get probiotics are listed here, as you may have some of these in your Herbal First Aid Kit:

Gargle 3-6 times per day, using any of the following, or alternate at different times of the day to suit your schedule:
  • Tea Tree Oil, or diluted pure Oregano Oil – if therapeutic strength, as NSP’s are, just 2 – 3 drops in 1/4 cup water is enough
  • warm salt water – about 1/2 tsp./2.5 ml. in 1/4 cup water
Hold and swish, then swallow to also help kill internal yeast; either:
  • Coconut butter or oil  5-15 minutes, then spit out – do not swallow – contains caprylic acid an anti-fungal

As with all conditions, for optimum health, I recommend you follow the 4 Pillars of Health as discussed in my book, The Paw Paw Program – A “Christopher Columbus” Approach to Cancer.

Success with Tei Fu Oil

As we were  sunning ourselves on a  beautiful Mexican beach, we saw a woman throw herself off a passing boat, followed shortly by her young son jumping in. As she pulled her gasping self up on the sand, her body green like an iguana, her son said she was ready to die with severe motion sickness. I asked if she would trust me, knowing I was a fellow Canadian, and when she said she’s try anything, I gave her a couple of drops of Tei Fu Oil on her hand to lick off. We repeated this in 10 mins. plus put a drop in each nostril. Within 45 minutes, she was up walking around and felt like she had never been sick. She has suffered from severe motion sickness for years, and said sometimes she will be sick for days afterward. She thanked me for “saving her life.

I am so glad I always carry this tiny first aid kit in a bottle with me, as it has helped many people over the years.

Submitted by Liz, Duncan BC.

Comments from Benoit & Associates Health:

In addition to motion sickness, Tei Fu Oil is a must to have on hand to stop pain, swelling and allergic reactions to many stings and bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, spiders, and jelly fish. It helps with all digestive upsets, colds, decongestant, headaches, bruises and more. Here is a list of uses for which we carry this little bottle with us at all times:

  • one drop internally: respiratory and sinus congestion and infection, sore throat, cough, mental alertness, breath freshener,  nausea, motion sickness
  • one drop topically:  sore muscles/ muscle spasms and cramps/ Charlie horses,  headaches (on temple and at back of neck,  bites and stings, bruises, cold sores
  • inhale for: respiratory and sinus congestion and infection

For external use only, many people use Tei Fu Massage Lotion,  for similar external uses to cover larger areas for conditions such as arthritis, and achy muscles, sprains or strains.

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April Health Newsletter


April 2012

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Sinus Conditions

Prescription antibiotics, inhalants and OTC decongestant drugs may reduce inflammation and swelling, however they do nothing to promote healing or removal of the cause. Long term use can increase dependency and reduce effectiveness, leading to stronger drugs or surgery.

Questions and Answers

We have added a new category to our blog for questions and answers. Anytime there is something we can help with, please ask your question either by email, or via our website Contact Form.

Our first three Q&A include:
Silver solutions for Candida, food allergies and sinus nasal flush
Menopause and Hormonal issues, Heart /Stroke and Calcium Magnesium

Herbal Intensive July 6th – 9th, 2012

The Cowichan Valley supports a lush growth of plants that have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes, as well as for food. We will study indigenous, wild, and some cultivated botanicals with a Master Herbalist who has 30 years experience.

Success Stories

Another new category added to our blog is Success Stories. If you have some herbal stories you would like to share, feel free to submit them either by email, or website Contact Form. Initials only will be used or you can also invent a pen name, but we need to know from whom they come to be able to verify their truth.

We have entered the first one: The Healing power of Herbs for seriously infected wounds


Cholesterol is NOT a fat and is necessary for our health, especially hormonal. It is Acetyl Co-Enzyme A.  It just happens to be transported by fats in the bloodstream. This article gives good background to support the idea we have promoted for years – that statin drugs to lower cholesterol have nothing to do with heart health and everything to do with selling more drugs. For more info read:  Cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease

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Compass Zyto is an extremely efficient, inexpensive step to excellent health.

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Success Stories

A new category on our blog is Success Stories: Read the first one: The Healing power of Herbs for seriously infected wounds


If you have some herbal success stories you would like to share, feel free to submit them either by email, or website Contact Form.



Political Scene

Politically incorrect to be forcing this on humanity whether we like it or not. Please share with those who care about kids.

Every Parent Needs to See:

Every person needs to be aware of our increased wi-fi exposure from many sources and the effect it is having, especially on children. More and more school districts in Canada have wisely decided to remove all wi-fi from their schools, due to the proven negative physical and mental health challenges.

Lorene says to watch:
minute 13:00 about safe options used in Collingwood
minute 16:00 reference to Saanich school, Vancouver Island
minute 25: suggestions to make change, by retired principal and resident fighting cell tower installation
Minute 29: explanation of radiation types

Very interesting about children with cardiac arrests, several dying, atrial fibrillation up to increase headaches, lack of concentration and cancer increase.



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Sinus Conditions

We have four pairs of sinuses, air-filled pockets, in the bones of our face. These connect to nasal passages and the rest of our respiratory system. The mucous membranes lining sinuses provide lubrication, and natural immunity by trapping foreign particles. Tiny hairs called cilia also trap germs then push the mucus out through tiny opening drains called ostia. Three of the four ostia drain downward, the 4th drains upward, which explains why many people get “plugged” up and mouth breathe, or snore during sleep.

Sinusitis occurs when the mucus-producing linings of the sinuses become inflamed and infected.  As ostia openings get clogged, foreign material is trapped, oxygen levels drop and bacteria in the nasal cavity reproduce anaerobically. Inflammation causes the sinus walls to swell, causing heat and pain, while increased white blood cells may create excess mucous and pus.

If the inflammation is healed properly, then all systems revert to normal. However if offending conditions continue to promote the inflammatory response, or if the immune system is too weak to mount a defensive, continued inflammation can eventually damage cilia and cause scarring, polyps or sores.  Allergic reactions to dust, animal dander, foods, smoke, and other pollutants can prevent the natural healing process. Dairy is a large offender closely followed by wheat  and gluten. Sugar leads to fermentation and lack of oxygenation, plus feeds bacteria and viruses.

Prescription antibiotics, inhalants and OTC decongestant drugs may reduce inflammation and swelling, however they do nothing to promote healing or removal of the cause. Long term use can increase dependency and reduce effectiveness, leading to stronger drugs or surgery.

To heal your sinuses with natural remedies:

  1. Treat acute stage – eliminate any infections, viral, bacterial, or fungal that may be contributing to the symptoms, by using immune enhancing herbs and formulas.
  • SN-X , called (Sinus Support in US.) is a proven herbal combination that is effective in treating symptoms such as congestion, head ache and sinus drip.  Take 4- 6 per day, minimum 1 month, until acute stage is cleared.
  • Liquid Silver Guard  is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics. Use a nasal spray bottle to destroy all bacteria, viruses, mould or fungus. Spray at least 2- 4 Xs per day, one squirt in each nostril, and at least 1x/day after doing the inhalation or shower to clear passages first.
  • Liquid Silver Guard   internally will help eliminate long standing conditions more quickly. Minimum of 1 tsp. /5 ml. 2X/day, til improvement, then decrease.
  • Antibacterial, anti-viral Essential Oil (EO) inhalation: Put 1-2 drops of therapeutic quality EO into a bowl of very hot water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe in fumes, with eyes closed. Breathe until nostrils are clear; this may take up to 20 mins. to loosen mucous and clear nostrils, then silver can then access all the inner sinus areas. One of the most effective is Tei Fu Oil, a combination of eucalyptus, menthol, lavender, wintergreen and cloves.
  • Strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, such as Zambroza can be taken in double dose as an extra aid to overall health.
  • Avoid all dairy and wheat products, which are mucous producing for most people.
  • Eliminate any dietary allergens that are at the root of the problem
  • Improve digestion with enzymes to help eliminate the allergic response
  • Use herbal combinations to clean up the sinuses. Look for formulas what contain Fenugreek and Thyme , historically used to disinfect, soften and clear out old mucous. AL-J is a formula that helps reduce allergic response, improve digestion and thins mucous. It contains herbs such as horseradish and mullein, herbs known to have positive effects on the respiratory system. Expect to take these for a minimum of 3 months, plus one month for each year the problem has existed. Although relief will be noticed sooner, this is the naturopathic rule of thumb for true healing.
  • Saline Nasal Rinse: Use a baby or bulb syringe from drug store to flush the nasal passages. To 1 cup of warm water add, ½ tsp. salt and a pinch of baking soda. Squirt this into one nostril, while gently closing the other nostril, so that water comes out the mouth. Repeat with the other nostril. This is an old Yogic cleansing practice, using a neti pot, which has proven itself over the centuries. For long standing chronic infections or sinus problems, do this one to three times daily for months, until all symptoms have been clear for a couple of weeks.
  • Continue using silver nasal spray, 1 – 2x per day to prevent reoccurrence. This will also help protect you from the common cold and flu. Many people are finding the Silver spray easier to do and as effective as the saline. Choose one that suits you, or alternate weekly.

 2.  Treat chronic condition – once acute stage has passed, treat the root cause to eliminate re-occurrence. This involves:

  • Eliminate any dietary allergens that are at the root of the problem
  • Improve digestion with enzymes to help eliminate the allergic response

As with all health conditions, follow the 4 Pillars of Health as outlined in Benoit’s book: The Paw Paw Program.

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© Lorene Benoit, BEd, MHH, CHC, CI, CRA.   Master Holistic Health,

Certified Herbal Consultant and Educator.    Contact her office at:   250-748-6802

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This article appeared in The Herbal Collective Dec. 2011