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10 Home Remedies for Sinus Infections

7. Drink Turmeric Smoothies Turmeric is another spice that can be found in your kitchen cupboard. Though not as common as cayenne pepper, it is just… Teri B Clark - May 15, 2016

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7. Drink Turmeric Smoothies

Turmeric is another spice that can be found in your kitchen cupboard. Though not as common as cayenne pepper, it is just as effective when it comes to helping with a sinus infection. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a known anti-inflammatory. It is often used for inflammatory diseases like arthritis but works well for the swelling in sinus infections. Additionally, turmeric acts as a decongestant.

The best tasting way to use turmeric is by making a smoothie. To make a delicious turmeric smoothie, add a 3-inch piece of turmeric root, a ripe banana, 1 cup of water, and honey to taste. You may also want to add some ice cubes to make it thicker and colder. As the turmeric comes into contact with your swollen throat, it will help reduce the swelling. This smoothie is also great for any upper respiratory infection.

If you cannot find fresh turmeric root, you can use the powdered form. Use 1 teaspoon for each inch of root.

Finally, you can also get turmeric capsules in a health food store or online. This is good for those that suffer from chronic sinusitis.

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Do not use turmeric if you are taking blood thinners. Turmeric increases the potency of these drugs, and this could lead to bleeding issues.

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8. Chew on Raw Garlic

Raw garlic is well-known for its medicinal properties and especially well-known for fighting sinus infections. Garlic contains allicin and sulfur. These compounds are antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. This means that garlic can relieve the symptoms of a sinus infection while fighting the root cause at the same time.

To use raw garlic, you can simply chew on a raw garlic clove. However, many people find this to be disgusting and just can’t make themselves do it. Here are a few alternatives:

  • Make a topping for bread: Peel and chop 3 garlic cloves, add a little olive oil and salt, spread onto bread.
  • Make a salad dressing: 1 cup of raw apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, 1 teaspoon of basil, 2 cups of olive oil, ½ teaspoon of onion powder, and 3 cloves of chopped garlic. Put on a salad. This keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Any recipe that calls for raw garlic

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The garlic must be raw. Cooked garlic is not as potent and will not have the benefits you are seeking.

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9. Drink Horseradish Root

Horseradish is another popular spice that can help sinusitis sufferers. Like garlic, it has an antibiotic effect and also helps to clear out blocked nasal passages. Horseradish contains allyl isothiocyanate, which has made it a leading home remedy for infections. Other chemicals go to work on the circulation of blood in the face and the thinning of mucus.

To use horseradish, get a large, raw horseradish root and grate it. Add these pieces to a tablespoon of honey and the juice of one lemon. Stir until combined. Take one tablespoon of the mixture four times a day.

You can also make this with apple cider vinegar instead of honey. However, the soothing nature of honey feels good on the throat, which is especially useful when you have a cough or drainage associated with a sinus infection.

To really clear up your nasal passages, put a teaspoon of grated horseradish in your mouth for as long as you can. Once the flavor of the horseradish isn’t as strong, swallow it. This will help thin the mucus in your throat.

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Horseradish contains a high quantity of Vitamin C. Vitamin C will help you increase your immune system’s response to disease, thus helping you avoid further infections.

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10. Apple Cider Vinegar Nose Spray

People use apple cider vinegar for everything. You can find it as an ingredient for homemade cleaning products as well as for health remedies.

The main benefits of apple cider vinegar are its antiseptic properties. This helps to clear up infection by killing off the bacteria found in the tissues. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to bring down the swelling. But that is not all. Apple cider vinegar also contains a large amount of potassium, which keeps mucus from forming.

The easiest way to use apple cider vinegar is to spray a solution up your nose. Get an empty nasal spray bottle. If it has been used before, sterilize it before use. Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake before using. Spray the solution up each nostril up to three times a day. You should find it easier to breathe.

You can also drink apple cider vinegar to rid yourself of sinus infection symptoms. Do this by combining 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 6 ounces of warm water. You may add honey or stevia to sweeten it up. Drink this twice a day. You may also gargle with it to clear out your throat.

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This is also a good way to reduce allergies because apple cider vinegar is a natural antihistamine.

sinus infection tips

If you are suffering from a sinus infection, suffer no more. Instead, try one of these easy home remedies. Trying these can greatly reduce your symptoms and allow you to rest comfortably.

Do keep in mind, however, that you should always have sinusitis diagnosed by a doctor. Sinusitis may just be an indication that other things are wrong with your system that could require additional treatments. This is especially true if you have repeated infections. Also, be sure to go back to the doctor if your sinusitis doesn’t clear up in 2 to 3 weeks.

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