Sinus infections are just the worst, and can last for a pretty long time. This kind of infection is caused by inflammation in the tissue membranes of the sinuses which can lead to pain in the face and sinus area, fever and headaches. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics and other pills for this painful problem, but you should know that there are many natural remedies which can help.
Chronic sinusitis usually lasts for 12 weeks, while the acute type can go on for a month. The main cause of the infection is either bacteria or viruses in the sinus cavity located between the cheek bones. Excess mucus discharge can also be the cause of the problem. As antibiotics do have their fair share of adverse side-effects, it’s better to treat the condition naturally. There are many natural remedies which can help, and apple cider vinegar seems to be the best.
How does ACV work?
You probably already know all the benefits of ACV on our health. The liquid has been a part of folk medicine for quite a long time, and it seems that it can relieve sinus infections as well. ACV is rich in a host of essential nutrients and has antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It works by binding to the bacteria or virus cells and assist in their removal from your body.
However, in order for it to work, you’ll need to find raw ACV. You can detect if the liquid is organic by checking it for the so-called “mother” substance that floats at the bottom. The mother contains all the nutrients of the ACV and is responsible for the liquid’s incredible effects.
Drinking ACV every day will flood your body with important nutrients and reinforce your immune system. Although acidic in taste, ACV is alkaline in nature and the worst nightmare to any bacteria. Once it alkalizes your body, you will stay protected from a variety of infections.
What’s cayenne pepper?
The second ingredients in the sinus infection remedy is cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper is a hot powder that has been confirmed as a powerful antibiotic and antiseptic. Furthermore, the pepper can also reduce pain and reduce the thick excess mucus in the lungs, effectively relieving the problem.
To treat nasal congestion easily, you can buy the Capsinol spray which is based on cayenne pepper and use it in your nose a few times a day. You can also add a bit of the pepper in a glass of warm water and drink the beverage, or simply sniff the pepper for some much-needed relief. The pepper will dilate your sinuses and ease the passing of the mucus, which will effectively kill the pain. Additionally, it will also destroy the bacteria and viruses in the nasal cavity and prevent further problems.
Here’s how to prepare the remedy:
- 2 tablespoons of ACV
- A bit of cayenne pepper
- A glass of lukewarm water
- A teaspoon of honey
- 1 lemon (juiced)
Just add the ingredients in the water and stir well, then consume the remedy warm a few times a day. You can add some more honey if the beverage is too strong for your taste. You should feel much better in a few hours – the beverage will “open up” your sinuses and help you breathe better. Depending on the severity of the infection, you can increase the dosage to 3-4 glasses per day. When you’re better, simply eliminate the cayenne pepper from the drink and continue consuming it to strengthen your immune system and prevent bacteria and viruses from attacking your system.