London - Rinsing the nose with honey is being tested as a treatment for sinusitis. In a new clinical trial in the US, a tablespoon of Manuka honey mixed with saline will be compared with a placebo solution.

Sinusitis is where the membrane lining the sinuses — the air-filled cavities in the face — becomes inflamed, or swollen. Symptoms include a blocked nose, facial pain, and a reduced sense of smell.

Manuka, a honey produced in New Zealand, is known to have antibacterial properties and has been shown to be effective against bacteria found in wounds.

In a new study at the University of Florida, 40 patients with chronic sinusitis will use the rinse twice a day, and symptoms measured after one month. - Daily Mail