It can make you lose a lot of enthusiasm about a lot of things quickly, but there are natural remedies to treat and lessen the symptoms of a sinus infection. The pressure in the face and all around discomfort can, amongst other things, lead to disrupted sleeping, which can delay the healing process and be endlessly frustrating. Here are steps to combat the infection and aid the healing process:

1. Sinus Irrigation 

Running saline water through sinuses is a health practice that goes back centuries with Neti pots prevalent in pharmacies all over. Irrigating your sinus rid them of the allergens that irritating the body and clear the passages for cleared breathing.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking a small amount of apple cider vinegar, diluted in water, will help kill bacteria and balance pH levels of the body. With strong anti-inflammatory benefits, ACV is an ancient folk remedy and long considered healing elixir.

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3. Garlic and Honey

A tablespoon of honey and about a clove or two of fresh, raw minced garlic work together as a natural antibiotic power shot.

4. Vitamin C

Maintaining a high level of the powerful vitamin in your 

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system will strengthen your immunity and increase production of white blood cells. According to Institute of Medicine, side effects emerge when receiving over 2,000 milligrams of the vitamin.

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5. Hydrate

Drinking lots of water is vital.

6. Avoid cold and sugary drinks

These types of drinks will thicken mucus and worsen symptoms.

7. Exercise

Although it may be difficult to even think about when you’re in the middle of a sinus infection, exercise does a great deal to boost immunity and strengthen the body.

8. Eating healthy

Important to overall health, eating fruits and vegetables deliver important vitamins and nutrition to the body. Be sure to avoid wasteful choices that don’t contribute to healing; such as, fried foods.

9. Rosemary Oil

Putting a few drops in your palms, rubbing them together, and breathing in is soothing relief. It opens the airways while also having the effect of a mental stimulant.

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Allergens are what’s irritating your sinuses and most likely spurred the infection - get rid of them. Close windows, rinse your hair, and change clothes that were worn outside or had contact with allergens.

11. Hygiene

Soap kills germs.

12. Breathe steam

Steam opens the airways, so run the shower or use a humidifier.

13. Rest

Resting is akin to taking your car to the shop for service. When we sleep our body and mind are hard at work restoring and processing what happened during the day. Try to rest as much as possible.

14. Be happy

Watching a show you enjoy, listening to good music, laughing out loud. The power behind positive thinking and a positive state of mind is impressive. Actively combating the misery of a sinus infection will also make it easier for people around you.

With these steps you will be supporting the body through the stresses of the illness. Fighting off infection naturally is not only a great way to get over the sickness quickly; it’s a great alternative to antibiotics, which are leading to strengthen viruses.