Sinus infections afflict 31 million Americans each year. This inflammation of the paranasal sinuses is mostly caused by a viral (or bacterial, or fungal) infection, and in lesser amount by allergy or autoimmune issues. Symptoms are clogging up the spaces behind the forehead, nose and cheekbones.
Sinusitis can be treated effectively with the help of manuka honey. Manuka honey is the nemesis of tough infectious bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Helicobacter pylori, and even MRSA. Increasing evidence demonstrates this natural bee product to be even more effective in killing bacteria than antibiotics. Another plus is the fact that no bacterium has ever become resistant against manuka honey.
Manuka honey has also shown to fight off bacteria which form protective biofilms. These are layers of living material that coat a surface (such as sinus cavities) and fight off medicines such as antibiotics the way a duck’s feathers shed water.
Lab research has demonstrated that manuka honey, once diluted still maintains its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. This makes it perfectly suitable for sinus infection treatment. Cooked, thus disinfected, water can be added (only add the water once it’s lukewarm.) This way the solution can be administered to the nostrils and throat area.
The solution can be applied using a dropper, bulb syringe, or neti pot. These items should first be disinfected with alcohol before use. The best strength of manuka honey is 16+. Lower is not potent enough. Higher may cause sensitivity.