Spicy Drink To Clear Sinuses

This is a spicy drink to clear your sinuses and relieve colds.

It’s a great natural drink to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu and feel better almost instantly. 

Explore recipe tips, smoothie benefits, and more below!

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spicy drink for sinuses

Sinus Smoothie Recipe (Quick Relief)

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Unwind and breathe easily with this sinus clearing smoothie. A spicy sip to naturally refresh and clear your sinuses.

  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


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  • 1 small red chilli sliced with the seeds
  • 1/2 cup/125ml coconut water
  • 1 cup/150g frozen banana slices
  • 1/2 orange (freshly juiced)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Prepare the fruits and chili as instructed.
  2. Measure the other ingredients and set aside.
  3. Add all the ingredients to a blender starting with the frozen banana slices first, followed by the other ingredients.
  4. Blend everything until completely smooth. For about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Pour the smoothie into your favorite cup and drink immedietly.


Best consumed straight away, however, you can refrigerate and drink the next day.

  • Author: Ella Waterworth
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 230
  • Sugar: 35
  • Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 59
  • Fiber: 6
  • Protein: 2

The Main Benefits Of This Spicy Drink:

From clearing your sinuses and soothing the symptoms of cold in general, this spicy smoothie has a lot of benefits to offer.

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The main benefits include:

  • Sinus Clearing: The red chili in the smoothie has capsaicin, which is a natural decongestant, promoting sinus drainage and relieving congestion, making it easier for you to breathe.
  • Vitamin C Boost For Immunity: The freshly juiced orange and lemon in the spicy sinus relieving drink contribute a substantial dose of vitamin C, renowned for its immune-boosting properties
  • Hydration: The coconut water used as the base for the smoothie not only adds a tropical twist but also provides essential electrolytes and hydration. Proper hydration helps thin mucus and soothes a dry or scratchy throat.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: The teaspoon of honey in the drink adds a soothing touch. Honey has antimicrobial properties and is known for its ability to alleviate sore throats and reduce coughing. It also possesses anti-inflammatory effects, aiding in overall comfort.
  • Potassium Source: The banana slices in the smoothie not only lend a creamy texture but also contribute potassium.

On top of these benefits, the smoothie is effective for soothing sore throat and energizing you.

Does Spicy Food Clear Mucus?

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This sinus drink recipe contains a red chili for a reason. The capsaicin in the chili helps break down the mucus, making you feel better quickly.

Spicy food also helps boost your immune system, which is particularly helpful when your body is battling colds and flu.

When To Drink Spicy Drink To Clear Sinuses

Upon testing it on myself, I found that the perfect time to drink this drink is after a meal, ideally at lunchtime.

I tried drinking it for breakfast, first thing on an empty stomach, but the spiciness of the drink irritated my stomach.

Avoid drinking it on an empty stomach, drink it preferably after a meal. 

Optional Recipe Changes

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There are quite a lot of variations of this recipe that you could try should you want to.

I am going to leave some ideas and options for you. All of these variations have been tested by me, and they are still tasty and help with clearing your sinuses:

  • Don’t have a fresh chili at home? Use 1/4 teaspoon of dried chili powder or cayenne pepper.
  • Enhance the anti-inflammatory properties by adding 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric and a pinch of black pepper to the smoothie.
  • Swap the coconut water for cooled brewed herbal tea of choice or simply use cold water.
  • The banana can be substituted for 1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks. Pineapple is rich in Vitamin C, which will further help boost your immune system.
  • For a vegan version of this spicy drink, do not use any honey. If you like your drinks sweet, use maple syrup or agave syrup instead of honey.
  • Add garlic to the smoothie. This will increase the anti-cold benefits even more, but garlic does have a strong taste. If you decide to use garlic, add 1 small clove.

Questions From The Smoothies N Cookies Community

I am very active on YouTube and other social media platforms. A lot of the community finds this spicy drink recipe very useful.

However, some of the community members had pretty good questions regarding the recipe, so I am going to leave the answers to the most common questions in this recipe post.

If you have any other questions though, please contact me.

How Many Spicy Drinks To Clear Sinuses Should I Drink?

It is best to only stick to one a day. The spiciness of the drink can irritate your stomach if consumed in excess.

Can This Spicy Smoothie Be Given To Children?

Since the smoothie is quite spicy and strong-tasting, it is not recommended that you give it to children.

Can This Spicy Drink Help Me Lose Weight?

Yes, this chili smoothie is relatively low in calories, and the chili in the smoothie also helps boost your metabolism.

Can I Use Grocery Store Bought Orange Juice Instead Of Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice?

I recommend that you squeeze your own orange juice, simply because it will have a lot more vitamins than store bought orange juice. But, you can of course use store-bought orange juice if that's all you have available.

Ella Waterworth
Ella Waterworth

Founder & Recipe Developer at Smoothies N Cookies

Ella Waterworth is the founder of Smoothies N Cookies and she is a professional smoothie recipe creator. She gained extensive knowledge of creating smoothies by working for Smoothie King for several years.

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