The past month has been very low on blogging activity here; since the birth of our daughter, we’ve been quite a bit busier. In the mean time, we also had a very bad cold run through the house. This cold started with a sore, scratchy throat and then ended up settling in your sinuses for a few days doing the runny/stuffy combo. Pressure was created to the point where your nose feels as if it is six times bigger than it really is.
I started doing a little internet searching about prevention of sinus infections, because I wanted to steer clear of a doctor’s visit and antibiotic medication. I was very surprised to find tons of natural remedies out there.
Here’s what I did: several times daily make yourself a hot cup of tea. Green tea or black tea, whatever your preference. A little caffeine will help you feel better. After steeping the tea, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a dash of cayenne pepper and a little honey to combat the sour taste of the vinegar.
I’ve always known that hot beverages will help drain sinuses, but the apple cider vinegar does the same thing. Especially when hot, those vapors rise and do their magic. Spicy foods also make your nose run, and so that was the cayenne’s contribution. The main point is that you want to get as much of that stuff out of your sinuses as you can and it will help to alleviate the pressure too.
It made me feel a lot better and so I did this several times daily and continued a day or two after I thought I was better. A few days later, Courtney started with a sore throat. I immediately made her one of these doctored-up teas. Much to our surprise, her symptoms disappeared! I had also read that taking a little apple cider vinegar soon after noticing symptoms of a cold can completely change the course of a cold and shorten its duration.
I’ve also read that a neti pot can help to remove a lot of that sinus junk, but I didn’t try that. Maybe next time.