Treat Sinus Infection with Things From the Kitchen

Sinus problems usually occur after a round of the common cold, or during the allergy season. Still, the major complaint with them is that they seem to stay forever. They can be caused by many things, including allergic rhinitis, the common cold, a shift in the nasal cavity, tooth infections, or nasal polyps.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

The most common symptoms include the following: (1)

  • Pain or pressure in the head
  • Soreness above, below, or behind eye/s
  • Stuffy nose
  • Headaches that are worse in the morning or when you lean forward
  • A night cough
  • Runny nose
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Pain in the jawline or upper teeth
  • Sore throat and hoarse voice

How to Treat It

Even though the most common way to treat sinus infections involves prescribed nasal decongestant sprays, you shouldn’t use it for too long. In fact, you should not use it for longer than 3 days. That’s because a longer use of these nasal sprays could worsen the symptoms.

Although steroid nasal sprays like triamcinolone, fluticasone, or mometasone can prevent the sinusitis symptoms from rebounding, they are still medicines. What’s more, the prescribed antibiotics won’t help your condition if your sinusitis is caused by a viral infection.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could treat your sinus infection naturally, without using any spray or medicine?

Luckily, you can do that and even more using a few natural ingredients. Besides treating the symptoms, these ingredients can help kill the viruses and bacteria responsible for the acute sinus infection.

Natural Remedy for Acute Sinus Infection

The acute sinus infection can last up to 4 weeks, whereas a chronic can last even longer than 12 weeks. The home remedy explained a bit below, will help you treat an acute infection, thus speeding up the recovery process.

It requires some of the world’s healthiest ingredients, including apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper.

How It Works

Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar is full of antioxidants, malic acids, vitamins, and minerals which can help kill the bacteria. What it does is attaching to pathogens, thus helping the body eliminate them quickly and effectively.

What’s more, it’s helpful for fighting fungal, viral, and Candida infections.

When consumed, apple cider vinegar clears airways by breaking up the mucus. In the meantime, it also kills the bacteria responsible for the infection thanks to its powerful antibacterial properties.

Besides, it strengthens the immune system and prevents the sinusitis from progressing even more.(2)

 Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin, the active compound of cayenne pepper, is a natural painkilling agent that also helps reduce nasal congestion. You can use it in a few ways to treat your sinusitis. First, you can drink a cup of hot water with half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper every day, until you recover.

Another way is to sniff a small amount of the spice which will help your airways get cleared. As an alternative, you can use a capsaicin nasal spray.

Once ingested, cayenne pepper dilates vessels and breaks down mucus for draining. In the meantime, it reduces inflammation, facial pain, kills bacteria, and improves circulation. That’s why this ingredient is highly beneficial for the prevention and treatment of sinus infections. (2)

The Recipe


  • 2 tbsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dashes of cayenne pepper, or as much as you can handle
  • A glass of water at a room temperature
  • A teaspoon of organic honey
  • 1 lemon wedge, juiced


Just add all ingredients in the glass of water and mix well. Drink the remedy and use it to gargle if you like to accelerate the recovery process. Take the drink once or twice a day, or until you notice an improvement.

You’ll see immediate results minutes after taking the remedy, but continue taking it to treat your condition completely. After that, you can continue with drinking a glass of water with just a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day.

This recipe is a traditional Grandmother's-Remedy that has been used for hundreds of years. Although there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, our Grandmothers swear by it.
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