Sinusitis is caused by the swelling of sinuses in the nose due to the growth of bacteria. The swelling causes nasal congestion and creates pressure and pain in the face, nose and even eyes. It will create a headache, phlegm in the nose, fever, cough and sometimes even a feeling of nausea.
Although there are many medicines available in the market to bring relief, there may be side effects of the medication. Instead, try out a natural therapy with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) this time your sinus is acting up. Here are some ways it can it can relieve you –
It clears Sinus Cavities:
It contains Vitamins E, A B1, B2, Calcium, and magnesium, which combine together to clear the sinus infection
Dilutes the mucous:
The high PH balance in apple cider vinegar breaks up the dried mucus and clears up the congesting in nasal cavity airways
Prevents the further growth of bacteria and fungus:
The acid component in ACV prevents the regeneration of bacteria and fungus, thus not allowing them to re-grow further and make the infection more severe
Ways in which to use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
There are multiple ways to prepare ACV remedies for sinus infection. Listed below are some ways to mix up the concoction:
1 tablespoon ACV
Drink 1 tablespoon of ACV 3 times a day to get rid of sinus infection. A habit of daily consumption will prevent reoccurrence of the infection. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid direct consumption
As a Drink
2 tablespoons of organic raw ACV, 8 ounces of water
Mix water and ACV and drink it immediately. You can also mix 1/8 or ¼ cup of ACV and 16 ounces of water and drink it in sips throughout the day. You can also gargle with this mixture to relieve throat pain
½ cups each of ACV and Water
Mix water and ACV in a pan and heat it to boil. Take towel over your head and cover the pan with the towel so that the steam cannot escape. Keep your face over the pan and breathe deeply until the steam reduces. You can do this many times in a day for a few days until the nasal cavity clears up.
2 tablespoons each of honey and ACV, 8 ounces of warm water
Mix warm water, honey and ACV in a glass and drink it several times a day. Honey’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties combined with ACV make this an amazing and soothing combination to combat the sinus infection. Not only does it kill the infection but due to honey and warm water, the irritation in the throat reduces. Also, the consumption of honey strengthens the immune system of the body
¼ cup each of ACV and lemon juice, ½ cup each of cayenne pepper and powdered ginger, 3 tablespoons honey, a pinch of turmeric powder
Mix lemon juice and ACV in a pan and heat at low flame for a few seconds. Add the cayenne pepper, ginger powder, and turmeric and mix well. Store this mixture in a dark cold place. Whenever you feel the sinus infection cropping up, take 1 or 2 teaspoons for instant relief.
Cayenne pepper helps in clearing nasal congestion. It also reduces inflammation in the nasal airways. Honey, ginger, and turmeric have anti-bacterial properties that combine together to fight the bacteria of the infection. They are also anti-inflammatory, so give instant relief to the throat. Lemon juice is full of Vitamin C that is an immune boosting antioxidant that helps check the sinus from spreading.
ACV Nasal Spray
5 to 6 drops of ACV, 1 tablespoon of distilled water
Mix ACV and distilled water and pour it in an empty nasal sprayer. Spray this mixture on the infected area for instant relief. Do this at least 3 times a day. Your condition will improve with 24 hours
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
2 tablespoons of ACV and 1 cup of warm water
Mix ACV and water. Take 1 tablespoon of the solution in your palm. Close one nostril with the other hand and pour the solution down the nostril. Let it flow through your nose and throat. You may either spit it out from the throat or swallow it. Do the same process for the second nostril. This will give you instant relief. You need to do this remedy twice a day
Note: Use unpasteurized ACV always because it contains a component called mother that is the key to remedy of sinus infection
Tips to ease the pain and to avoid the increase in severity of the sinus infection
- Drink lots of warm water. It will wash the bacteria and fungus in the throat also dilute the mucous.
- Increase the intake of foods that have more Vitamin A to jump up your immunity.
- Alcohol increases the swelling of mucous membrane, so do not drink alcohol.
- Use saline sprays frequently to keep nose moist.
- Place a warm cloth on your forehead, eyes, and nose. It will relieve the pain and dilute the mucous to clear nasal congestion.
- Caffeinated drinks often cause dehydration and sinus infection. Avoid them.
- Absolute “No” chilled items like ice cream.
- Also, avoid dairy products as they might increase phlegm.
These are home remedies that you can use to get rid of the sinus infection. But if the problem persists, you must consult a doctor immediately. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also consult a doctor, before using ACV remedies.