Why Honey Should Be Your Secret Weapon Against Sinus Infections

As the weather is warming up, some people are happy to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

But others – like me – are dreading another year of headaches, irritation, and annoyance as we fend off sinus infections.

You know this condition by the pain, mucus, and congestion it causes, which can sometimes last for weeks.

While some sinus infections are caused by allergic reactions, others cases are chronic.

While you can treat a sinus infection with medication, many people search for a natural cure.

If that describes you, you’re in luck. It turns out a common ingredient that’s probably in your kitchen right now can do wonders for sinus pain.


A warning: if you have diabetes or are taking beta blockers it may not be safe for you to treat a sinus infection with honey.

Consult a doctor if your symptoms are severe, long-lasting, or include a fever.

It turns out humans have a long history of using honey, both as food and as a medical cure.

Honey is lightly acidic, high in sugar, and contains a variety of enzymes that make it suited for a number of surprising uses.

Throughout history, people have treated everything from cuts and ulcers to UTIs using the sweet treat.

But one of the most common modern uses for honey is treating sinus infections.

The science behind the cure is still out, but some researchers believe honey is effective at wiping out the bacteria and biofilms that cause these infections.

If you’re willing to try anything to relieve the symptoms of a sinus infection, applying honey is worth a shot.

We know just what you need to put this surprising cure to use.

8 Signs That Indicate Your Cold May Actually Be Seasonal Allergies

Unless you’ve been officially diagnosed by a medical professional, it can sometimes be hard to differentiate between a cold and an allergy attack.

Both conditions have certain symptoms in common, including sneezing and coughing, but there other tell-tale signs that will help you determine if the “cold” you’ve been fighting may actually be undiagnosed allergies.

Colds and flus tend to last no more than two weeks, so if you notice that your cough and congestion has stuck around longer than usual, then it’s time to consult your doctor.

Do you ever notice that you start to get certain symptoms, like a runny or blocked nose, only when you’re in certain locations or around certain things, like animals, and then they suddenly disappear? Well, that’s probably because you’ve come into contact with an allergen. It is recommended that you observe your environment carefully next time that happens in order to figure out what could be causing the reaction.


Many people get sick during cold and flu season, but when you start to experience symptoms in the spring or fall, then you could very well be suffering from allergies. There’s often a rise in allergy cases during these times of year because there are more allergens, like pollen, in the air.

Cold and Flu Season Is Here! Make Sure You’re Prepared!

The dreaded cold season is upon us….

If you’re anything like me, the thought of using chemicals after chemicals just to get some relief from cold symptoms doesn’t sound like the greatest thing. That’s why this year I did some research and was able to find recipes for all natural homemade cold remedies that actually work! Give them a shot, you’ll be happy you did!

  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple with core intact.
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger chopped
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend into a smooth mixture.
  2. Keep in fridge and use as needed.
  • ¾ cup of honey
  • ¾ cup of boiling water
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 1 peppermint tea bag
  1. Steep tea bags, cinnamon, and ginger in boiling water for 10 mins.
  2. Remove tea bags and pour into small saucepan.
  3. Add honey and heat mixture over medium heat until it begins to boil.
  4. Using a candy thermometer, boil mixture until it reaches 300 degrees.
  5. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for 5-10 minutes, or until it gets a syrupy texture.
  6. Drop small spoonfuls of mixture onto parchment paper and allow to cool completely.
  • Bowl of hot water
  • Kleenex
  1. Hold your head over the bowl of water and take deep breaths in and out through your nose for about 10 min.
  2. Blow your nose.
  • 8oz of water
  • Herbal tea
  • Honey
  • Lemon
  • Crystalized ginger
  • Turmeric
  1. Add honey to the bottom of mug.
  2. Steep tea and once hot and ready pour into mug.
  3. Add a pinch of turmeric, and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon wedge.
  4. Drop a couple pieces of crystalized ginger in the bottom of the mug.
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup Shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp beeswax
  • Eucalptus Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Tea tree Oil
  1. Add coconut oil and shea butter to a saucepan and place on low heat to allow to melt.
  2. Once melted add in the beeswax and allow that melt down to a liquid.
  3. Add in essential oils and then transfer to a jar and allow to cool.
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond oil
  • 2 oz dried lavendar
  • 2 oz beeswax
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp witch hazel
  • Lavender essential oil
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degress
  2. Add coconut oil, almond oil, and lavender to a oven safe dish and place in the oven for 6 hours.
  3. Strain the mixture into a saucepan to remove the dried lavender.
  4. Place saucepan over medium heat and add honey, stirring until completely dissolved.
  5. Add beeswax and allow to melt completely.
  6. Remove mixture from heat, allow to cool and then add in witch hazel and essential oils.
  7. Pour mixture into container and allow to cool to room temperature.

How To Actually Tell The Difference Between A Cold And A Flu So You Can Get Better Faster

This year’s flu season has been the worst we’ve seen in a long time. The whole country is struggling to fend off the symptoms, and it’s honestly getting to be a bit much. We all seem to be fighting off a cold or flu every second week, but how do you know when you should be worried?

Lately, the flu has gotten this new dangerous reputation. However, it can be hard to know the difference between the common cold and the flu.


Dr. Jennifer Caudle recently spoke with Bustle to help decipher the differences between a cold and a flu, and it is really helpful to get a doctor’s advice. “It can be hard to tell between having a cold and having the flu, because a lot of the symptoms like sneezing, coughing, tend to overlap,” Caudle said.

There are however a few ways that you can tell the difference. “The flu comes on rather quickly and symptoms seem to be more severe than a cold,” Claudle says. “Things like high fever and muscle aches and pains tend to hit you like a bus and it just wipes people out.”

Here are some other tricks to tell if it’s a cold or a flu:

Your energy levels are a really good indicator of your health, and suddenly becoming incredibly exhausted all the time is more often linked to the flu rather than a cold. While you might feel a bit run down while you have a cold, the weakness you’ll feel while you have a flu will probably make it almost impossible to do the things you would normally do.  

Not only will you feel tired when you have the flu, but you’re going to get a lot of unexplained pains in your back, legs, head, and neck. Body aches aren’t typically associated with a regular cold.

There are a few symptoms you should watch out for as well…

10 Reasons Why You Always Feel Cold

It’s normal to feel a little colder than usual during the winter months or when the air conditioner is blasting. However, if you often find yourself feeling chilly even on the hottest summer day in July, frequently wearing extra layers, or your hands and feet constantly feel like icicles, then something may be off.

According to multiple experts, including Sami Karjalainen of the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland, “females are more sensitive than males to a deviation from an optimal temperature.”


Women’s bodies produce less heat than men’s, in fact, female bodies are three to 10 percent cooler. This is mainly because men burn more calories and their bodies “contain much more heat-generating muscle,” according to realclearscience.com.

While this is a valid biological explanation, there are several other reasons why you feel perpetually cold, including your underlying medical conditions, sleep, diet and exercise habits.

So without further ado, here are 10 possible reasons why you always feel cold:

Reader’s Digest

Poor circulation means there’s a shortage of red blood cells in your body. These cells are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body, so when there isn’t enough of them, major organs, like the brain, have first dibs on the oxygen, leaving your hands and feet with very small amounts. This is why sometimes your extremities feel frozen while the rest of the your body feels slightly warmer.

Iron improves circulation by helping the red blood cells move oxygen throughout the body, so when your body isn’t getting enough of this mineral, it could contribute to a number of conditions, including feeling constantly cold and hyperthyroidism.

Health Magazine

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) estimates that one in eight American women will develop a thyroid disorder during their lifetime, and approximately 60% of people with the condition unaware of it. Hyperthyroidism, which occurs when your thyroid isn’t secreting enough hormones, causes your metabolism to slow down and your body to lose the ability to warm itself. So it’s really important to get your thyroid checked to ensure it’s working properly.

3 Things You Need To Do If You Want To Make It Out Of Cold And Flu Season Healthy

Cold and flu season is one of the scariest times of the year. It feels like there is this always a constant threat of germs, attacking you from all angles. No one wants to have to deal with the runny noses and sore throats that come with a cold. Even worse is the nausea, aches, and impossible exhaustion that comes with the flu. But there are a few ways that you can avoid it.

Sure, the flu shot exists, but nothing can protect you from that evil common cold. It feels like it’s always lurking around the corner, just waiting for you to slip up. So here are the three most important things you can do to stay healthy and happy this cold and flu season, all of which are simple enough that everyone should be doing them.


Washing your hands may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes people don’t realize just how important it is. If you touch your face, even just to scratch an itch, your hands are picking up the germs you may have and then when you touch a door handle or stair railing you are potentially giving that virus to someone else. Alternately, someone else could be sick and when you touch your face you are putting those germs right up close so they can get into your system.

Obviously, you can’t be washing your hands 24 hours a day, but if everyone was more cautious about washing their hands after blowing their nose or coughing, then we wouldn’t have to worry so much. If you are out and about, touching things that you know strangers have had a lot of contact with, it’s best to wash your handles thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap to make sure all the germs are gone before you eat or do anything that requires contact with your face.

You can’t be on-guard all the time, but just keep your household sanitized, especially when someone is sick in the home, to prevent others from getting the illness as well.

That’s not the only thing that you should be doing to help you stay healthy…

Man Hosting “Slumber Parties” For The Homeless Risks His House Being Bulldozed

We are brought up to believe in helping those less fortunate than ourselves, and that when we can’t offer people money, the next best thing is time and sharing what we can. But it seems that it isn’t that easy anymore, at least for one generous man in Chicago.

Greg Schiller is a resident of the ‘Windy City,’ and he noticed that when the temperature dropped below freezing, there were still people wandering out in the cold. He found out that there were times when local shelters weren’t available to handle the demand for their services, and knew he couldn’t just sit back.

“Somebody’s going to die,” said Schiller. So he did what his heart told him, and opened up his doors to these people.

He started offering up his garage for people to at least be sheltered from the winds, but when a man required medical attention from a preexisting heart condition, he was told to stop.

But he decided to ignore their request, and instead invited his guests into the house proper, and this is when the city amped up their threats.

New Law In Place To Protect Animals Against People Who Leave Dogs Outside

Owning a dog is a huge responsibility. They need love, affection, and care, and for some reason some people aren’t aware of the best ways to take care of their pets. So often, we hear stories about people who abuse their animals, abandon them, or leave them unattended in vehicles, but now a lot of these stories will be a thing of the past.

With the weather turning colder, our canine companions need as much consideration as any other member of our family, and now there will be a law put in place to help make sure they get it.

The cold can be too much for us sometimes, so it makes sense that the same is true for dogs. Of course your dog needs to go outside to go to relieve itself, but the temperatures should be considered. Many people leave their dogs outside for hours on end, assuming they will be fine, but now those people will have to face legal consequences for their actions…

Police Arrest Kidnapping Suspects Fully Naked After Crash

Remember having nightmares when you were younger about showing up to school and then slowly starting to realize that (surprise!) you simply forgot to get dressed that day? Well imagine that actually happened and that you are now under arrest for kidnapping.

Police in Western Canada responded to a crash involving a car that had rammed itself into the rear of a truck. No one was seriously injured, however there were a lot of questions that needed to be answered.

While the car was driving along, a man emerged from the trunk and attempted to escape. Following this, a woman and child left the car and tried to run away to meet up with the man who escaped from the trunk.

A passerby in a truck stopped to offer assistance and allowed the three people to take safety in his truck. It is believed this is when he contacted police, and all hell broke loose.

Your Cold Symptoms Might Not Be A Cold At All

As the colder weather approaches, so does cold and flu season. We all know the common symptoms of a cold: runny nose, headaches, coughing, sore throat, etc. For the most part, all you can do is drink a bunch of orange juice and try to get some rest.

But there are times when your cold symptoms are more than just a common cold. Usually, colds last no more than 10 days. See your doctor and trust your gut if you think you could be suffering from any of these possible illnesses.

A persistent cough is not unusual with a cold, but it could also be a sign of the following:

  • Allergies: you may be having a reaction to something in the air
  • Asthma: your asthma may be acting up due to weather conditions
  • Bronchitis: an infection may have found its way to your lungs, and will need antibiotics to treat it
  • Edema: your lungs could be retaining fluid, causing your cough
  • Lung Cancer: a more serious possibility, contact your doctor
  • Lymphoma: a type of cancer, most common in children.
  • Roundworms: a parasitic worm that can be found in both humans and dogs
  • Sleep Apnea: a disorder in which you take shallow breaths, or stop breathing all together, while sleeping
  • Tuberculosis: TB has a 50% death rate, and can affect your lungs as well as other organs. It’s extremely contagious.

A fever should always be monitored closely, especially in children. Keep an eye out for extreme temperatures. A fever could also be a sign of:

  • Appendicitis: if left untreated, an inflamed appendix can burst and cause serious health problems
  • Bronchitis
  • Cellulitis: a potentially fatal skin infection that can spread quickly.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: it’s a complicated disorder that can’t really be explained by an underlying medical condition
  • Crohn’s Disease: a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect the digestive tract
  • Food Poisoning: it could be from anything as simple as expired food to under-cooked meat
  • Gout: one of the most painful forms of arthritis, caused by a build up of uric acid.
  • Hepatitis: a disease caused by infection, leading to the inflammation of your liver tissue
  • Influenza: more commonly known as the flu
  • Kidney Stones: a solid piece of calcium build up which ends up in the urinary tract, causing an extreme pain to the patient
  • Sinus Headache: when inflammation in your sinuses causes deep, throbbing pain in the top or back of your head.
  • Ulcerative Colitis: an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract
  • Urinary Tract Infection: an infection caused by microbes

Headaches are even more common than a cold, but one that persists for too long could be a sign of something more serious, such as:

  • Anemia: when your body is experiencing low iron.
  • Endocarditis: an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers and heart valves
  • Fibromyalgia: widespread pain, along with fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues.
  • Food Poisoning
  • Glaucoma: a condition which causes damage to your optic nerve, and eventually causes blindness
  • Hypertension: also known as high blood pressure
  • Hypothyroidism: an underactive thyroid gland, which causes an unbalance in hormones in your body
  • Influenza
  • Lyme Disease: a disease caused mainly by ticks, which can cause facial paralysis and neurological disorders
  • Meningitis: inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
  • Mononucleosis: a contagious disease that causes inflammation of the spleen, also known as the “kissing disease”
  • Mumps: a contagious, viral disease that can lead to sterility in men
  • Stroke: occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or reduced
  • Tension Headache

But these are just some of the symptoms of a common cold. There are others as well.