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A Sweet Solution for Sinusitis

Testing samples of three sinusitis-causing bacteria, University of Ottawa researchers found that honey knocked out the notoriously drug-resistant bugs more effectively than antibiotics did.

Honey, a source of bacteria-fighting hydrogen peroxide, offers antioxidants that help mend mucous membranes, says naturopathic doctor Keri Marshall. Although manuka honey may have the highest level of antibacterial activity, she says, all varieties can help kill off sinusitis-related pathogens. "You can take it right off the spoon or stir your honey into herbal tea two or three times a day to get the added benefit of warm liquid and nourishing herbs," Marshall suggests.

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