Turmeric and Salt Water – an Effective Way to Quickly Relieve Sinus Infections in Minutes
Usually, my immune system is pretty robust, but an illness going around my office combined with a sleepless trip to Las Vegas weakened its forces enough for a bad sinus infection to develop.
After various experiences, I tend to be very cautious regarding traditional western medicine and avoid pharmaceutical products like cold medicine and cough syrup. By preference, I opt for natural remedies, especially those that have roots in ancient medicine.
Here are 11 of the most effective natural remedies I used to repower my immune system and conquer that cold!
#1. Salt Water
If you’ve ever experienced a sinus infection, you know there’s a lot of phlegm that comes along with it. It’s not pretty, but there are effective ways to break it up.
One trick that provided immediate relief to my illness was gargling with salt water, which:
Dehydrates mucus, allowing you to breathe more easily and breaks down the breeding ground for illness-causing pathogens.
Helps create an alkalizing environment, in which harmful bacteria can’t survive.
#2. Turmeric Powder
I sprinkled turmeric powder over every meal I prepared. This ancient root provides the following relief to a sinus infection:
It’s a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
Works like a painkiller (without the dangerous side effects).
Detoxifies the liver, removing toxins from the body.
Cleanses the blood.
HHL NOTE: You can also juice turmeric and pineapple for an amazing elixir
#3. Green Smoothies
Greens are your best friends when fighting an illness. Nutrient-rich veggies like spinach and kale, combined with anti-inflammatory ingredients likeginger, lemon and turmeric can work overtime to bulk up your immune response.
Plus, adding coconut oil or avocado to the smoothie makes for a creamy texture and can be used as an easy meal replacement if the throat is too sore to handle solid food.
A green juice is an even better choice, since the antioxidants in juices hit the bloodstream faster than those from smoothies do. But, if you don’t have a juicer (like me), Fitlife’s Organifi juice blend comes in handy for a quick and tasty shot of vitamins to your system.
#4. Matcha Green Tea With Honey And Cinnamon
Hot tea alone feels incredibly soothing to a rough, sore throat; matcha green tea takes it one step further by flooding your body with antigen-fighting antioxidants. Matcha has been found to have 137x the polyphenols as regular green tea and more than 60x the antioxidant level of spinach.
On top of that, honey possesses antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties that prove why it has been a go-to natural cold remedy for centuries.It is a perfect partner to cinnamon to deliciously flavor your healing cup of tea – cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial as well!
#5. Spicy food
Spicy ingredients are highly antibacterial and antimicrobial, properties that work to destroy harmful bacteria that compromise your immune system.
During my illness, I opted for cayenne pepper (sprinkling it on many dishes, including scrambled eggs and mashed sweet potatoes) and sriracha sauce. You immediately experience the relief of clearer sinuses as these hot ingredients slide down your throat.
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