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10 Natural Remedies for a Sinus Infection

ginger-root-620Turmeric/ginger root

Both turmeric and ginger root are common additions in meals and can yield a number of health benefits to the body. One common perk of using both turmeric and ginger root frequently is their accepted therapeutic value in regulating inflammation. While turmeric contains curcumin, ginger boasts protease, both of which have potential anti-inflammatory properties.

Additionally, turmeric is also an antioxidant and when combined with spicy ginger root and brewed for tea, this combination can assist in loosening mucus from clogged nasal passages. Add a boost of vitamin C by squirting tea with lemon juice. Drinking this concoction can also help alleviate sinus pressure and make an individual feel better overall.

To prepare, use one cup hot water, a half inch piece of ginger, half a teaspoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, a quarter teaspoon of black pepper, pinch of ground cayenne pepper and juice from half a lemon.

Combine all ingredients and stir. Let stand for a few minutes and then drink up.

Apple cider vinegar

Given its natural antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory activities apple cider vinegar can target the microorganisms causing the infection. Plus, apple cider vinegar helps maintain healthy alkaline pH levels which can assist in breaking up mucus and discourage the proliferation of disease. Finally, apple cider vinegar has an established repute as an immunity booster meaning it can prevent sinus infections from occurring in the first place.

To use, one or two tablespoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar can be added to a cup of hot water or tea and taken a couple of times of a day to help thin out the mucus relieving congestion and sinus pressure. Mix the beverage with honey or lemon to taste.

To prepare an apple cider vinegar brew, use a quarter cup of water and unfiltered apple cider vinegar each. First bring the water to a boil and then add in the apple cider vinegar. Mix well and add in a tablespoon of honey and cayenne pepper each. Stir to mix well and top off with a squeeze of lemon. Drink the brew to benefit from the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar and the heat of cayenne to find relief from the discomfort of sinus symptoms.