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Natural Sinus Congestion Remedies

Apples  

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Posted by Kera (Washington DC) on 04/18/2006
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I have IBS and when I'm really stressed it flares up. So, lately I've been eating apples for regular fiber intake. In the last 4 days I've had...8 apples. After my second apple today I noticed that my sinuses were draining. In the 8 hours between my second and third apple the drainage diminished. But after eating apple #3 my sinuses began draining again and I had a sort of itchy feeling in the back of my mouth from the drainage. Is it possible that I've had a similar reaction to just eating apples rather than drinking the Apple Cider Vinegar?


Black Peppercorns  

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Posted by Kathy (Vancouver, Canada) on 09/23/2011
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I suffered for years in my childhood with sinus problems - had them drained, antibiotics, Sudafed, drops, etc. Now I am in my sixties and have been doing more home remedies. After many years I again got sinusitis and found this treatment on an Ayurveda website. It worked INSTANTLY and my nose stayed clear throughout the day. Just chew 4-5 peppercorns and wash it down with water. Amazing! Nothing else needed. Ayurveda has been my choice of naturapathic medicine for 8 years - and I have never been healthier!

Replied by Spring
Israel
02/22/2016
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Thank you Kathy, it worked fantastically.

My nose was totally stuffed. Air didn't get in.

After chewing the black peppercorns for a few minutes, air was flowing freely.

I was amazed.


Black Seed Oil  

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Posted by Myway (Delaware) on 01/14/2015
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Black Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa) - hands down has completely kept my nasal passages clear and mucous free for over a week. Since it reduces the histamine response, my asthma symptoms, allergies are almost completely gone. The cat's sleep next to my face - and I wake up with a clear nose. Overall, reduces systemic inflammation in the body with a natural oil! I will be taking this for life! 1 tsp in am, 1 tsp in pm. That's it. Sure, it is bitter but the benefits are wonderful.

Here is a youtubevideo from Dr. John Gray - I can't imagine him talking about his sinus condition - but this is what he uses. A simple, but complete explanation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mnMk9BZbxo

MyWay, :D


Cayenne  

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Posted by Amanda (Des Moines) on 09/08/2016
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Cayenne for nasal congestion. This worked for me. I snorted a very small amount. I proceeded to use some saline spray afterwards. I am pregnant and tend to use nasal spray daily.


Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 09/06/2016
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I woke up with congestion in my head. I really hate the feeling of not being able to breathe through my nose. I immediately got out the neti pot. I put in 6 ounces of boiled cooled water, 1 capful of hydrogen peroxide, and 1/2 t. sea salt. I love that remedy for my sinuses and it always works well. But lo and behold, my sinuses were blocked so much the water would not go through them.

I got a q-tip and put water on it. I dipped it into some cayenne pepper and put that in my nostril. It brought about an immediate sneeze. Then many sneezes. And voila! My sinuses were open. I was able to use the neti pot. I was able to blow my nose. (And blow and blow - but always gently lest you get your ears stopped up.)

It DID STING! My kids were pretty horrified. I had considered eating a hot pepper since we have plenty from the garden (one of the only things I actually grew this year.) But I didn't think a hot pepper would sit well in my empty stomach, or go well with my morning oatmeal when I got around to fixing it.

Using the neti pot likely drove some cayenne into my sinus cavities but that didn't bother me. Just the nose interior. But it wasn't unbearable and didn't last terribly long. And it was totally worth it.

Hours later I can still breathe through my nose.

I love cayenne pepper. It is amazing.

~Mama to Many~


Posted by Suzanne (Colorado Springs, Colorado ) on 02/21/2016
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I dipped the 2 end of q-tips in cayanne pepper and sniffed it into my nose.. I could feel my nose fast became swollen and the burning sensation; however, I was draining from nose I blew my nose several times. I put Vaseline on the edge of my nose then after 20 minute I took a hot steamy shower and I felt a huge relief. I could breathe and smell better. The next day I did once more time and then it was gone. I've suffered from allergies and congestion for a long while but mostly Spring season. I have tried sudefed, mucinex and others but didn't help at all only made it worse.


Posted by Ken (Sunderland, Ontario) on 12/16/2012

hi, would like some feedback on anyone with sinus problems, I heard Cayenne really helps, just started taking the pills one day ago, will share my results after xmas if any tks


Posted by Veejay25 (Seattle, Wa) on 12/13/2010
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WOW! After reading all these reviews on sniffing cayenne for sinus congestion, it may come across as too good to be true; but I tried it and all I can say it WOW!! It really does work ladies and gentlemen. I took about a (half of a rice size) amount of cayenne, placed one amount on my pinky finger (for one nostril) and the second amount on a small spoon (for the other nostril), and simultaneously sniffed each amount. Instantly, I did feel burning and I breathed and recalled a scripture "when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I", and then I could tolerate the 30 secs on burning. I felt a menthol sensation and a throbbing of the blood vessels in my nose (it wasnt scary or anything). Then the mucous began to ran down my nose. I blew my nose and SO much mucous came out! Before the treatment, nothing came out. After blowing my nose, my pressure and clogged ears was instantly relieved! Praise God for cayenne.

Replied by Diane
Berkeley, Ca
12/13/2010

This seems rather drastic. The same thing happens to me when I cook (very spicy) authentic Thai and Indian food. And it's a lot more pleasurable. I love the chile high, and the nose-clearing goodness of those thai chiles. Eating spicy food on a regular basis is great for the body.

Replied by Tanya
Hailey, Id, Usa
12/13/2010

Wow! I'll have to remember this! Thank you for sharing! :D

Replied by Nathan
Pittsburgh, Pa, Usa
10/30/2011

To relieve lingering sinus congestion due to allergies, I tried the method of snorting small rice sized amounts of cayenne powder.

Like Veejay25 said, there is about 30 seconds of fairly intense burning. For me, however, the burning continued for approximately 30 minutes after taking the powder. After the intense first few minutes, it gradually lessened. The pain is nothing that an average person could not tolerate. There was also about 6 to 7 minutes of intense sneezing, watering eyes, and nose blowing. If you plan to try this, make sure you have about 10 or 15 minutes to recover.

My sinuses cleared slightly, though not completely. I should stress that I did not have a severe sinus condition, so better results could probably be achieved during treatment of a worse condition.

One question to consider is the potential for cayenne to damage the nasal cavity if used chronically. Of course we should all realize it would never be recommended to use many (not all) of the remedies on this site for extended periods due to the lack of scientific research on long term side effects.


Posted by Devon (Scottsdale, AZ) on 12/26/2006
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This is a very good temporary solution. Some people claim that it helps with sore throats but I'm still testing this theory. I found these steps to be particularly effective. 1. Heat about one cup of water to steaming and add about 2 tablespoons of red (cayenne) peppers. Stir for approximately one minute and press the peppers with a spoon as you would a teabag for added heat. (Easy Tip: The peppers do not have to be fresh and I actually used the bottled kind that people sprinkle on pizza) 2. Strain. (You may chose not to do this if you like chunky water.... EWWW!) 3. Try not to burn your mouth! Blow on the mixture for a little bit (just like you would tea!) and gargle for at least 20 seconds at least three or four times. (It helps to swallow a bit of the mixture) 4. Blow your nose until it's ALL outta there and you're not getting the post-nasal drip! (THIS IS KEY) Repeat every 15 minutes as necessary. My personal experience may differ from yours. Today I was diagnosed with a sinus infection and I commonly have these (about every 3 months) so I figured why not try something new. I would also recommend a saline nasal spray to bathe the sinuses morning and night. This has a similar effect and disinfects your nose. It works! I find that the more you use these methods the more effective they are.


Posted by Devon on 12/26/2006
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Just a quick amendment to what I said earlier.

USE ONLY ONE TABLESPOON OF PEPPER IF NOT A LITTLE BIT LESS. One tablespoon per cup was pretty hot. And if you use that recipe it's a fairly big batch so you can save what you don't use and reheat the mixture in the microwave if you need it later. If you are using the stuff I used (the kind of red pepper sprinkled on pizza instead of whole peppers) I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND STRAINING and possibly even use a cheese cloth. If the stuff gets in the back of your throat it can really tickle.


Posted by Jen (Toronto, Ontario) on 10/04/2006
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I drank a mixture of lemon water cayenne pepper and syrup within a few hours not only was my sinus clear but so was my chest and I could breath much better.


Chamomile  

Posted by Kathie (Houston, Texas/usa) on 05/28/2011

I do not think I would sniff Chamomile tea up my nose... It is too potent in that form and being from the ragweed family.

Chamomile essential oil, on the other hand, sounds reasonable. Because the essential oil is so pure, most all allergens are removed during the production. I could see putting a drop or two in a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda and a 1/2 cup salt (use canning salt b/c it does not have additives that prevent it from clumping). Use 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon to a cup of warm water for nasal washes.


Chamomile Essential Oil  

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Posted by L. T. (Wilkesboro, N. C) on 12/09/2007
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Chamomile is a very good antihistimine. I use the essential oil on each side of my nose whenever I begin to feel sinus pressure, congestion, burning, etc. Works immediately. Added bonus, very healthy for skin and complexion.


Chinese Hot Mustard  

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Posted by Bob (Tazewell, Virginia) on 06/26/2008
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Natural decongestant: Chinese hot mustard works very well to drain sinus congestion. It helps to do a nasal irrigation afterward.


Cinnamon Oil  

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Posted by Brigitte (Houston, Texas) on 01/11/2008
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Each year I have sinus drainage which results in throat problems. I read somewhere that cinnamon oil is a natural antibiotic so I thought I would try it to treat my sore throat and sinusitus. Sincerely it works to assuage the complications that occur when these things are allowed to run their course without a series of antibiotics. Note that if you do not catch the problem in its early stages and you begin to develop an ear infection this will burn like crazy when it hits the eustration tube of your inner ear. It will cause no harm but it literally feels like your inner ear is on fire. It works to open sinus drainage if you use a dropper and place two or three drops on the back of your mouth's roof top. Larger doses cause minor stomach irritation. Pregnant women should avoid all forms of cinnamon like the plague; as cinnamon can cause premature labor



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