My whole family appears to have a nasal problem. As long as I remember my Dad has carried around Mackenzie’s smelling salts or something similar to relieve the tension in his head. McKenzies Salts

Now the symptoms are not just here in flu season when traditionally you may find yourself using smelling salts to to relieve catarrh and head colds.

These salts are used all year round.

Recently when my brother came to stay we discovered that we both suffer all year round with a sinus infection.  Initially I thought my sinus issues were being caused by the chlorine in the local swimming pool. It appears my brother and I are perhaps jointly keeping Sudafed in business with the amount of Sinus tablets and Nasal relief we are consuming of this brand of medicine.

For those of you that are not aware, Sinusitis affects billions of people across the world. Your sinuses produce mucus, keeping nasal passage free from allergies and pollutants. Sinus infection, or sinusitis, is an inflammation of the tissues that line the cavities commonly caused by bacterial infections.


When I returned from Australia  as I was in skinflint mode, I refused to purchase any Sinus medication. I had no option but to resort to as many natural remedies as I could that would make the tension go away.

I started out with a few drops of Olbas Oil in a bowl of water every morning. Religiously for 2 weeks I sat every day with towel over the head to relieve the pressure in my head to no avail. Relief was temporary but returned within a few hours.

Not willing to admit defeat to the pain, I cut out coffee, I am now down to 1 cup a day. I replaced all my cups of coffee with a combination of water, lemon and a teaspoon of spicy ginger root which according to several guru’s helps to remove the build up of mucus. I can say that my skin is glowing. Sinus tension still there.

I read that it is the food we eat that causes our body to produce excess mucus and cause the tension in our sinuses. Key foods to avoid: Eggs, Meat, Cheese and Bread. I duly cut out cheese and bread. I am not sure how long this will last as Cheese is without a doubt my favourite food.

Last week I discovered the power of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). ACV contains vitamins B1, B2, A, E, calcium, potassium and magnesium. When taken orally it breaks up mucus , clears the airways, delivers a number of nutrients that supports and boosts your immune system. ACV dilutes any bacteria, is a natural antihistamine and balances the alkaline and acidic levels in the body.

Warning this brew is not for the weak!

ACV Brew

  1. Boil 1/4 cup of water and add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to it.
  2. Stir in 1 tablespoon each of honey
  3. Add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  4. Stir it well and squeeze a lemon on the top.

One sniff of this brew and it blows your head off. It is not the tastiest cup of tea I have ever had and you have to be brave to get it all down.

What I can tell you is that after 4 days of having 1 ACV brew per day I have the smallest remnant of sinus tension in my head. This stuff really is working and it cost no way near as much as a packet of Sudafed.

It was worth trying all the natural remedies and I have finally found a fix.

ACV Brew