Inflammation and congestion of the sinus, commonly known as a sinus infection, can be a result of various things like airborne allergies and dietary irritants. While a 100 per cent cure for this isn’t available, there are a few things you can do to relieve yourself from the excruciating pain caused by a sinus infection:
Turmeric and Ginger
Turmeric contains natural anti-inflammatory properties and is also rich in anti-oxidant. A combination of this and ginger, brewed together in a cup of tea, helps loosen mucus from clogged nasal passages, alleviates sinus pressure, and makes you feel better all around. In addition, ginger can calm an upset stomach, which is a common side-effect of sinusitis.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This contains anti-inflammatory properties, and is known to ease pain associated with sore throat. Mix two or three tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to a cup of hot water or tea and drink it three times a day to help thin out excessive mucus. Add a few drops of lemon and honey for added taste. Alternately, add 10 drops to boiling water and inhale the steam to clear the sinuses.
Onions contain a large amount of sulphur which helps clear respiratory congestion. However, inhaling the fumes of an onion can cause irritation to the eyes. Instead, chop the onions into tiny pieces and boil it in water for five minutes. Take a portion out in a bowl and inhale the scent. You may drink the mixture while it is still hot as well.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
If your irritation has reached a chronic stage, try grape seed extract. It is a natural antibiotic made from grinding dried grapefruit seeds and pulp into a fine powder. It is then inhaled or sprayed into the nasal cavity. This, however, should be administered by a doctor.