A sinus infection is characterized by inflamed and swollen nasal cavities. It can contribute to facial pain, persistent headaches, and fever.
In addition, it is also known as sinusitis, which is triggered by a virus. This common condition may persist even after any other upper respiratory symptoms disappeared. In some cases, it can be caused by bacteria or fungus, nasal polyps, a deviated septum, allergies, or a tooth infection.
There are 2 types of sinusitis, including an acute and chronic sinusitis. The first one is a sinus infection that persists up to a month. The latter persists up to 3 months.
Doctors typically prescribe antibiotics in case of a sinus infection. However, these medications are ineffective because sinusitis is usually triggered by a virus. They could also lead to a variety of side-effects.
But, here are a few natural cures, which can help clean the sinuses and destroy the viruses and bacteria causing the infection:
– Apple Cider Vinegar
It is actually an ancient folk remedy, which has many practical uses. Apple cider vinegar helps in cases of almost all types of health issues.
The antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and malic acid present in the vinegar are effective at destroying bacteria. Specifically, it binds to pathogens and increase the body’s ability to eliminate them more efficiently. This type of vinegar is also beneficial for treating viral, and fungal infections, such as Candida.
Make sure you always use raw, unfiltered, organic ACV since it is packed with the most powerful ingredients. To explain you more deeply, the high-quality ACC is murky liquid with sediment pieces at the bottom of the bottle. This sediment is also known as the mother. For example, Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the best types of ACV.
The oral consumption of ACV can break up mucus as well as clear airways. What’s more, the antibacterial properties of the vinegar can destroy any bacteria that trigger the infection.
The high nutrient content found in the vinegar can boost the immune system, which prevents the development of any further health problem.
Even though ACV is too acidic, but it has an ability to keep a healthy body’s pH balance, thus regulating the alkaline-acidic state in the body. Keep in mind that harmful viruses and bacteria survive in an acidic environment, but if you alkalize your body by consuming ACV, it will prevent the disease-promoting microbes from reproducing. Therefore, the consumption of 1-2 tbsp. of ACV on a daily basis can prevent any viruses from entering your body!
– Cayenne Pepper
The capsaicin present in cayenne pepper is its main active ingredient, which gives the pepper its hot fiery taste. Additionally, this ingredient has been traditionally used to reduce pain and nasal congestion.
Here are a couple of ways how to use cayenne pepper to fight a sinus infection:
- Consider using a capsaicin-based nasal spray;
- Prepare a mixture of half a tsp. of the pepper and a cup of hot water. Next, consume it for a few days until the symptoms are gone;
- Sniff a bit of it in order to clear your airways.
Moreover, when ingested, cayenne pepper can help dilate vessels and break down mucus for draining. That’s not all, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it can also decrease inflammation, facial pain, boost circulation, and fight bacteria. So, you should use it to fight a sinus infection.
Homemade Sinusitis Remedy
- A quarter cup of organic ACV (Bragg)
- Half a cup of warm water (make sure you do not use boiling water)
- Freshly squeezed juice of a lemon wedge
- Half a tsp. of cayenne pepper
- A tsp. of raw, organic honey (Manuka honey)
Place the ingredients in a glass and mix them well.
It is recommended to sip it while still warm until the symptoms become less severe.
Also, consider using the remedy, without adding honey to gargle in order to accelerate the recovery.
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- Trainor, Adam. ”The Apple Cider Vinegar Book: 101 Apple Cider Vinegar Uses for Health, Beauty and Wellness; Lose Weight, Get Healthy Skin and Use Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes to Improve Your Health”;
- Thomas, Nigel. ”Cayenne Pepper Health Benefits