A sinus infection is an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses that in many cases lead to persistent headaches, fevers and even facial pains. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies that are effective at cleaning the sinuses and killing the bacteria and viruses responsible for these health problems.
An acute sinusitis is a sinus infection that can last up to four weeks. While a chronic sinusitis can last 12 weeks or longer if left untreated.
Infections of the sinuses—the hollow air spaces within the bones in the cheek bones, forehead and between the eyes—are usually caused by either viruses or bacteria. They cause thick mucus blockage and painful or extreme discomfort in these cavities.
Prescribed antibiotics are not the best remedy for sinusitis as they can cause a lot of dangerous side effects. Your body should be given the right healing food to enable it to cure itself. In any case, antibiotics are not helpful if your sinusitis is caused by a virus.
HOW IT WORKS
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many practical uses. It is probably one of the top natural remedies for many ailments.
It contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and malic acids that are beneficial for killing bacteria. It works by binding to pathogens and help the body get rid of them more effectively. It is also effective for fighting viral, fungal and Candida infections.
Look for raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar to get the medicinal benefits. How to tell the genuine and “real” apple cider vinegar? The liquid is usually “murky”, not clear, and you can see sediment pieces at the bottom of the bottle—that is the “mother”. If unsure, always buy only Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
When taken orally, ACV breaks up mucus and clear airways, while its antibacterial properties kill the infection-causing bacteria.
When mucus and nasal congestion is broken down, ACV delivers its rich nutrients to the body to support and strengthen the immune system, preventing the infection from getting worse.
Although acidic, ACV has all the necessary electrolytes to balance the body’s pH levels and effectively reduces body acidity. Harmful microbes (bacteria or viruses) love an acidic environment and by alkalizing the body it will stop the disease-causing microbes from multiplying. This is why consuming 1-2 tablespoons of ACV every day keeps the viruses away!
The active component of cayenne pepper is a compound in its fruit called capsaicin that gives the pepper its hot fiery taste. Capsaicin has long been used as a painkiller and for reducing nasal congestion.
There are a few ways you can take pepper to help clear a sinus infection. You can …
- Use a capsaicin nasal spray
- Add ½ teaspoon in a cup of hot water and drink for several days till you recover
- Sniffing a small amount on a spoon to clear airways
Cayenne pepper works because when ingested, it helps to dilate vessels and help to break down mucus for draining. At the same time, this substance lessens your facial pain, reduces inflammation, stimulates circulation and acts as an antibacterial agent. All of these—and many more benefits of cayenne pepper—are helpful in preventing and relieving the symptoms of sinusitis.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR BREW FOR SINUSES
- ½ cup warm water (not hot)
- ¼ cup Bragg apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (or manuka honey)
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Juice of 1 lemon wedge
Note: You can buy apple cider vinegar in powder form (capsules) that may be helpful for the many ailments that apple cider vinegar can treat, although it won’t be in full strength as in its liquid form.
- Mix all these ingredients in a glass.
- Stir well and sip the mixture warm until the condition subsides.
- You may also use this mixture (without honey) to gargle to speed up your recovery.
HOW LONG TO DRINK?
If you are not familiar with drinking apple cider vinegar, start with half strength of the above recipe. Drink it once or twice a day as you see the need. Even after the first drink you will feel a difference, that is how potent it is! Gradually increase to full dose as you see fit, according to the degree of severity of your sinusitis.
This concoction not only relieves the congestion by breaking down the mucus, it also heals. As you drink it daily, you may feel that your sinusitis may eventually stop. After that, you may omit cayenne pepper and drink 1 tablespoon of ACV daily with a glass of water for maintenance.
If you don’t want to add cayenne pepper, this concoction can also work without it. But, it is much more effective with the cayenne pepper.
FEEDBACK FROM A READER WHOSE MOTHER HAS TRIED THIS:
The following feedback is from a reader who wrote in to us. Her comment is also published at the bottom of this page in the Comments section.
“This mixture is a great article. I have recommended this to my mom as she had a sinus surgery recently and was bleeding a lot in surgery. Which is just crazy … they had to put in an artery line through the heel of her foot as they called this “life saving” measures. It’s been almost 1 year since the surgery and she has been on Zurtech all this time, per her doctor’s order. I guess there’s something in that medication that helps relieve the symptoms.
The concern was when she went into Walmart, she over-exceeded her limit from that over-the-counter medication and now she can no longer take it. I have been getting my mom on this eating raw and organic this past year, when I saw she started having a lot of inflammation in her body. Not just with the sinuses but she started having pain in her body from eating the wrong foods.
I have been teaching her what foods to eat and just overall educating her about what’s in food, because this is another way to help combat illness in the body. The first thing we had to do was get her off all the bad foods that caused the inflammation, so we did. I have her on a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement that’s the best out there on the market that she takes in a liquid form everyday.
While all this was going on she started having facial pain again, even though her doctor said she is still healing from this sinus surgery. Last she went to the doctor with all this pain the doctor asked if there was any drainage. She said none at all. I knew this was a problem because generally when the body gets sick, it gets a fever and the body starts naturally wanting to expel mucus and any chronic sickness over the body overall. After all, you just need to give the body what it needs to naturally heal itself.
Today she took this mixture … and she almost threw up because she is not used to drinking that ACV. But, now she is seeing drainage coming out, right after she drank this mixture! Finally something normal her body is doing. NONE was there before taking all her crazy meds the doctor prescribed her.
At this point, not even her medication is helping relieve the pain. So we are going to keep this up 2-3 times a day. My mom says she noticed like something is “working behind the scenes”, like something is breaking things up. I will let you know how she is doing.
This article has been really informative. I have also recommended this to my cousin who has the same issue.”