Having been told numerous times by doctors that if one's sinus infection is viral, antibiotics won't help, I turned to the internet for some home remedies to ease my suffering. Apple cider vinegar was being touted as a cure for sinusitis. I had distilled white vinegar, which I figured was close enough, so I kept reading. The home remedy expert suggested stirring two tablespoons of vinegar with salt in eight ounces of water and either sipping it or using it as a nasal spray. I contemplated using my turkey baster as a nasal mister, but as that sounded uncomfortable and a little icky, I nixed the thought. But I certainly didn't want to sip my vinegar, either. I mean, gross, right? However, I was well aware of another effective method of consuming unpleasant liquids in order to obtain a desired effect. I went to college, after all. I dug out an old shot glass, dipped the rim in salt, and started doing vinegar shots every two hours.
This did help my sinuses, surprisingly enough. However, the heartburn soon became unbearable. I went back to my online home remedy expert for relief.
Aloe was recommended for this particular ailment. They mentioned a specific kind of aloe juice that you can buy, but I wasn't going to waste my money when I had a perfectly good aloe plant here at home. I broke off a spine and started chewing. Soon, the waves of pain in my stomach and throat started to ease. However, it turns out that aloe is a natural laxative.
Back to the home remedy website, and fast! They recommended yogurt for this particular problem. Fine. I inhaled a pint and waited. My innards slowly seemed to settle down, but now I had another problem.
You know what's really bad for a sinus infection? Yogurt. It's clumpy and thick and makes you feel like you can't breathe. I was back to square one, and really, not feeling well at all. I felt like I'd spent the day eating weird stuff, and I was still tired, feverish, and now I couldn't breathe well.
I looked around the kitchen. The vinegar was still out, sitting next to the shot glass. My aloe plant had been decimated, and the sight of the empty yogurt tub made me want to hurl. On top of the refrigerator, though, was a little orange box, winking at me. There it was, that teasing little devil. A box of DayQuil Sinex, mocking me. I ripped open the child-proof seal with my teeth and started popping capsules.
DayQuil: home remedy of champions.