Sinus infection is a very common issue that affects a significant number of people.
Sinuses are cavities through which air flows around the bones that surround your nose.
The inflammation (sinusitis) is the infection or swelling of the tissue that surrounds sinuses. And the causes of the inflammation are various, but it mostly occurs as a result of a cold or viruses. Other causes are airborne allergens, dietary irritants, respiratory infections, changes in air pressure, germs, infections resulting from dental problems, etc.
Typically, those cavities are filled with air. But when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, germs (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.
You can treat sinus infection with the antibiotics. But extended usage of antibiotics is not recommended and after some period (10 days) it can cause a contra effect. Therefore, it is better to seek for some natural solution.
Best Natural Remedies to Treat Sinus Infection:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties that clear the germs that are causing infection. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, you will feel relieved from the pain, swelling, and irritation of the nasal tissues.
There are several ways you can use ACV for the sinus infection:
- Internal usage:
Make a tonic by mixing 1/8 to 1/4 a cup of apple cider vinegar into 16 ounces of water. Sip the tonic throughout the day. Alternatively, you can gulp up to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water all at once.
- Rinse for sinuses:
Mix 1/2 – 1 tsp teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into the cup of warm filtered water. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour some of the mixture into your palm and snort it up one nostril at a time. Use your other hand to plug the free nostril. After, repeat with another nostril as well.
2. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a spicy food that helps to drain out the sinuses and open up the nasal passages. Furthermore, it boosts your immune system, improves blood circulation and reduces swelling and inflammation.
- How to use it:
Add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in 1 cup of hot water. Stir well and drink.
You should drink this mixture 2-3 times a day to treat the sinus infection.
Garlic is one of the best natural antibiotics. And since colds often lead to a sinus infection, garlic is an awesome way not only to naturally treat the infection, but to prevent it.
Also, compounds in garlic like allicin, alliin and ajoene will manifest antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties to fight the germs causing a sinus infection.
Furthermore, for health promotion, recommended daily dose of fresh garlic is 2-5 grams (approximately one clove).
4. Vitamin C
First of all, vitamin C is an essential vitamin for proper body function and strong immunity. Especially relevant is that its antioxidant properties help to guard our cells from free radicals. Free radicals are found in things that commonly contribute the development of sinus infections like air pollution and cigarette smoke.
Recommended daily intake of Vitamin C is 1000 milligrams.
Due to turmeric’s active compound called curcumin that exhibits antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties which help to treat sinusitis.
- How to use it:
Take a pinch of turmeric and stir well in 1 glass of warm water. Use this turmeric water to gargle for few minutes. Repeat the same process to get relief from mucus congestion and thereby from the sinus infection.