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Honey for Your Sinuses?

Having just watched my husband suffer through yet another sinus infection (he has a deviated septum, so he is prone to them), I was excited to see that honey might provide a new cure for his ongoing problem. While the healing properties of this Biblical substance are not new to me, using if for chronic sinusitis, which affects millions of people still seems brilliant.

Canadian researchers found that two types of honey, manuka honey from New Zealand and sidr honey from Yemen, effectively killed antibiotic resistant bacterial strains that cause many sinus infections. Don't be putting honey in your neti pot just yet; the research scientists are hoping to create a medication based on their lab research. I am not sure that it will come cheaply though. Sidr honey is the most expensive honey in the world.

Until a honey remedy hits the market, just make sure to wash your hands regularly. Hand washing is still the most effective way to keep bacteria that lead to these types of infections at bay.

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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I am constantly washing my hands... can't wait to hear more about this honey :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've been really lucky to have only suffered from one sinus infection in my life and let me tell you that it was NOT fun. in any event, i always like to hear about non-prescription solutions to illnesses so that i don't necessarily have to go to the dr and take meds if i don't have to.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
Drinking tea with honey also helps. If I'm out of honey (or if I've already got a nasty cold), I dissolve a honey-lemon cough drop in my tea. I thought I was the only one who used honey for my sinuses! :)
BloodyFuFu BloodyFuFu 8 years
Holy cow I can't wait to try that! Deviated septums and horrible sinuses run in my family. I've started using a nasal rinse, which I hate doing but it really helps.
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