The swelling and inflammation of the sinuses is called sinusitis. This is a sinus infection during which the sinuses get clogged with fluid which causes nasal congestion and pain. During the infection, people feel pressure around the nose and eyes, headaches and thick, yellow nose discharge.
All the medications for this condition work only temporarily. If you want to cure the infection and prevent it from occurring again you can use the apple cider vinegar remedy below.
How apple cider vinegar helps eliminate sinus infection?
Before giving you the recipe for the home remedy, here are some facts about apple cider vinegar:
- Clears the sinus cavities
The ACV contains vitamins A, B1, B2, E, calcium and magnesium that help clean the cavities and decrease the symptoms of sinus infection.
- Thins the mucus
By thinning the mucus in the sinus cavities it helps you breathe easier.
- Prevents bacterial growth
It eliminates bacteria and doesn’t allow the infection to become severe due to its acid content.
- Antibacterial and antifungal properties
There are various ACV home remedies for alleviating sinus infection. The simplest one is to mix ACV with water or with other ingredients in order to boost its effectiveness.
Some of the best ACV home remedies for sinus infection are the following:
- Consuming apple cider vinegar
Clean and prevent sinus infection by simply taking a tablespoon of ACV three times a day.
- Apple cider vinegar drink
Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV and 8oz of water and drink to prevent the infection. Another option is to prepare a larger amount, ¾ of a cup of ACV with 16oz of water and to drink it throughout the day.
You can also gargle with the solution to alleviate pain.
- ACV steam
This procedure clears the nasal passage. ACV’s antibacterial and antifungal properties helps get rid of all bacteria inside and protect you from getting the infection again. How to prepare:
- ½ cup of water
- ½ of ACV
- A towel
- A saucepan
Pour the ACV and water in the saucepan and heat them for a few minutes. Place the towel over your head and breathe in the steam. Do this procedure a few times every day to heal and prevent the infection.
- ACV and honey drink
Make a combination of these two ingredients to stop and prevent sinus infection. Honey also has antibacterial properties that decrease irritation and anti-inflammatory properties that decrease inflammation of the throat. It will also boost your immune system and protect you from infections.
- ACV – 2 tbsp.
- Honey – 1 tbsp.
- Warm water – 8oz
Mix all the ingredients in a glass and drink it to alleviate sinus congestion.
- ACV decongestant
With the help of this decongestant the mucus will clear away from the nasal passage and you will breathe better. It is a mixture of ACV, cayenne pepper, honey, lemon juice and ginger.
Capsaicin, an active compound in cayenne pepper opens up the airways and decreases inflammation.
Honey with its antibacterial powers kills the bacteria that triggered the infection and prevent it from reoccurring.
The vitamin C in lemon fights infections successfully.
Ginger has some anti-inflammatory compounds like zingiberene, gingerol and shogaol that alleviate sinus infection when combined together.
- ACV – ¼ of a cup
- Cayenne pepper – ½ a teaspoon
- Powdered ginger – ½ a teaspoon
- Raw honey – 3 tablespoons
- Lemon juice – ¼
First mix the ACV and lemon juice in a pot and simmer on low temperature for a few minutes and then add the other ingredients. Let the mixture to cool and put it in a glass jar, in a cool and dark place. Consume 1-2 tbsp. of this remedy to treat and prevent sinus infection.
Note: adding a pinch of turmeric will make the remedy stronger.
- ACV rinse
ACV rinse eliminates the mucus in the nasal cavities. It has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that break down the mucus and prevent the infection.
- ACV – 2 tbsp.
- Warm water – 1 cup
Mix well the ingredients and put a tablespoon of the mixture in your palm. Sniff the mixture with one nostril and put your head back in order for the mixture to pass down your nose and throat. In the end you can either swallow or spit the solution. Repeat the procedure with the other nostril. Do this twice a day for optimal results.
Note: use organic ACV in which the “mother” substance floats at the bottom of the bottle.
These remedies cure and prevent sinus infections and alleviate coughing, sneezing, sore throat and headaches.
Keep your body hydrated by drinking a lot of water – it will eliminate the bacteria and thin the mucus. When you are suffering from an infection, eat foods high in vitamin A that boosts your immunity and decreases the amount of alcohol you drink. Use a saline spray to keep your nose moist and rest.
Place warm compresses over your head daily to break up the mucus and alleviate swelling. This will lower the pain, headache and facial soreness that occur as a consequence of the infection. Stay away from caffeine which dehydrates your body and avoid cool drinks and foods. Don’t consume dairy products as they cause phlegm.
If after you’ve used these ACV remedies the infection still won’t go away, consult your doctor. In fact, you should consult your doctor before you start using any natural homemade remedy, especially if you are pregnant or under medications.