Although acidic, ACV has all the necessary electrolytes to balance the body’s pH levels and effectively reduces body acidity. Harmful microbes (bacteria or viruses) love an acidic environment and by alkalizing the body it will stop the disease-causing microbes from multiplying. This is why consuming 1-2 tablespoons of ACV every day keeps the viruses away!
The active component of cayenne pepper is a compound in its fruit called capsaicin that gives the pepper its hot fiery taste. Capsaicin has long been used as a painkiller and for reducing nasal congestion.
There are a few ways you can take pepper to help clear a sinus infection. You can …
- Use a capsaicin nasal spray
- Add ½ teaspoon in a cup of hot water and drink for several days till you recover
- Sniffing a small amount on a spoon to clear airways
Cayenne pepper works because when ingested, it helps to dilate vessels and help to break down mucus for draining. At the same time, this substance lessens your facial pain, reduces inflammation, stimulates circulation and acts as an antibacterial agent. All of these—and many more benefits of cayenne pepper—are helpful in preventing and relieving the symptoms of sinusitis.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR BREW FOR SINUSES
- ½ cup warm water (not hot)
- ¼ cup Bragg apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (or manuka honey)
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Juice of 1 lemon wedge
- Mix all these ingredients in a glass.
- Stir well and sip the mixture warm until the condition subsides.
- You may also use this mixture (without honey) to gargle to speed up your recovery.