Foods to Treat Sinus Infections

A sinus infection, or sinusitis, is an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses that often leads to persistent runny noses, headaches, fevers and facial pains. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, more than 37 million Americans – almost 12 percent of the United States population – suffer from at least one episode of acute sinusitis annually, and that number seems to be growing due to increased environmental pollution, greater urban sprawl, and a growing resistance to antibiotics.

Fortunately, the natural world provides us with many foods that are effective at cleaning the sinuses and killing the bacteria and viruses responsible for these issues. This articles contains a list of the best of these foods.


Almost all of the ancient healing systems of the world have venerated cayenne peppers as a powerful medicine, and for good reason: These fiery hot chilies are bursting with an active component called capsaicin that is proven to treat many medical issues, including sinus-related problems. For example, a randomized, double-blind study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in August 2011 showed that intranasal capsaicin could help treat the headaches, nasal congestion, and sinus pains and pressures associated with rhinitis (an inflammatory nasal condition that often leads to sinusitis).

To use cayenne pepper to treat a sinus infection, take a small pinch of organic, non-irradiated cayenne powder and snort it up each nostril. Then, allow the sinuses to drain into a tissue or sink. If you cannot tolerate the unpleasant burning sensation that arises from snorting cayenne, you can dilute the powder with some water, apply the mixture to an ear swab and administer it that way. Adding some cayenne pepper to your meals or taking it as a supplement can help accelerate the healing process.

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