Living in the desert I get my share of sinus headaches (and I suspect anyone who experiences a dry winter climate does, too). I’ve learned of two very effective ways to deal with them. One is with this freakin’ great Panasonic nano facial steamer (unlike any other steamer I’ve used… expensive but worth it) and the following recipe for Sinus Kicker. (I’ll share more on how I use the steamer in a later post… it upgraded my oil cleansing routine.)
Sinus Kicker is a recipe I learned about when reading Rosemary Gladstar’s book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. I’ve known horseradish was effective for sinus headaches but I didn’t like the bottled stuff from the store. In the past I’ve used fresh organic horseradish in Fire Cider (something else I learned from Rosemary Gladstar), and I’ve put it in my tinctures. But, seeing Rosemary Gladstar’s recipe using fresh (organic, in my case) horseradish for a little something I can take a spoonful of with food was something I had to make. She doesn’t give exact amounts and I’m not either. Simply mix the following ingredients to suit your liking. (I added a pinch of sea salt to mine.)
- fresh organic horseradish, peeled and finely grated
- raw honey*
- apple cider vinegar
- sea salt
Stir everything together in a bowl. Transfer to glass jars, label, and store them in the refrigerator. Rosemary Gladstar, master herbalist, says that it’s good for up to 6-months. It’s
pretty spicy effective so be prepared. This can be eaten by the small spoonful or added to vegetables, buttered rice, gluten-free crackers, etc. It’s great on a rice cracker with raw grass-fed cheese.
* I used Wild Oregano Honey for its extra medicinal value. (True) Manuka honey would be excellent as well.