Sinus challenges can be a nightmare. Aside from the irritation and frustration of constant nasal drainage and/or congestion, the sore throats, and just the annoying coughing caused by this drainage, sinus headaches are simply one of the worst types of pain that a person can feel. A bad sinus headache can be debilitating, making it difficult to think clearly or to even want to move.
In short, sinus problems can be miserable. So, if you have sinus problems while off grid (such as in a long-term disaster situation), what will you do?
Fortunately, there is an off-grid remedy that not many people in the U.S. use anymore but that used to be much more commonly used. And it’s easy to get hold of, too. It’s called horseradish. If you’re not familiar with horseradish, Rebekah White gives this description:
Horseradish, or Cochlearia armoracia, is a bitter vegetable that has been around for hundreds of years. It’s believed to have originated somewhere in eastern Europe as a medicine, and then emerged as a popular condiment. As a sinus pressure treatment, it is highly effective for both its anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. It has a high volume of sulfur, which creates its pungent, powerful taste.
(Note that, if you have an allergy to sulfur, you may want to avoid horseradish for safety reasons.)
Using horseradish for sinus issues is, thankfully, incredibly easy. Simply put some (preferably fresh) horseradish into a bowl of hot water and hold your head over the bowl with a towel over your head while inhaling through your nose (you’ll want to close your eyes). It may not be the most comfortable feeling in the world (horseradish can give a burning sensation), but, if it relieves sinus issues, you’ll be glad that you did it.
Another great thing about horseradish is that you can probably grow it wherever you choose to bug out. White writes,
Because the plant can be grown virtually anywhere (it is not impacted by the cold and can be harvested for several years after an initial planting), it’s a smart choice for frequent sinus pain sufferers. Horseradish is a perennial plant that is hardy in zones 2-9, but it can be grown as an annual in other climates where it doesn’t get cold enough for the plant to achieve winter dormancy. It is easy to grow and proliferates wildly, making it a great choice for a gardener looking for a low-maintenance plant.
So, if you’re one of the many preppers who regularly deal with sinus issues, you may want to consider horseradish as something to grow at your bug out location.