Everyone will certainly agree that there is nothing worse than a runny nose and an itchy throat. To make things worse, the situation becomes even more unbearable when the sinuses swell up and begin to cause pain and headaches. When this happens, we all try to find ways to alleviate the discomfort and treat the pain as soon as possible. If you’re also looking for a efficient sinus remedy, we’ve prepared two very simple but efficient tricks to get a relief from sinus congestion.
20-second trick: push the tongue against the roof of the mouth as you press the thumb between the eyebrows. Maintain the pressure for 20 seconds and when you release it, it will stimulate the vomer bone in the nasal cavity and make it vibrate. The sinuses will drain into the nose and throat and you will immediately feel relieved. Do this every hour until the pressure and headache stop.
Germ-busting drink: you should drink this mixture in order to destroy the bacteria or virus causing the sinus infection. You will need: half a cup of water, a quarter cup of raw apple cider vinegar, a tbsp of raw honey, a tsp of minced ginger, a tsp of cayenne pepper, and juice from one lemon. First, you need to boil the water and mix it with the vinegar and then add the honey and cayenne and stir the ingredients. Then, add the lemon juice.
Drink the remedy several times per day until the sinuses clear up.
The benefits of the ingredients:
Lemon lowers the inflammation of the mucous membranes and strengthens the immunity in order for it to fight off infection better.
Cayenne has capsaicin which thins the mucus and thus, aids its draining out.
Ginger destroys bacteria and viruses causing the infection and it also soothes throat irritation and treats headaches.
Apple cider vinegar fights off sinus and throat pain with the help of its anti-fungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial characteristics.
How does a sinus infection occur?
It happens when the nasal cavities become too inflamed and swollen. This can be caused by a common cold, virus, allergic rhinitis, etc. Unfortunately, around 37 million Americans experience sinus infection at least once yearly. The sinuses are located above and below the eyes and behind the nose. They have mucous membranes that respond to infections and allergens and when they become inflamed, a person may experience dull pressure and pain in the head, teeth, jaw, cheeks, and ears.
During a sinus infection, the sinuses become clogged due to the mucous thickening and the mucous membranes inflaming. They may also become filled with a green-yellow discharge and when this discharge goes into the throat, it causes irritation which explains the itchy or tickling sensation in the throat during a cold.