Natural Sinus Congestion Remedies: Q&A
HELP NEEDED FOR VERY DRY, CONGESTED NOSE
03/29/2012: Emily from Toronto, On, Canada: "Hello, I was browsing through the site and clicked on "congestion, " but did not find information on my unique ailment. Instead of a wet congestion, full of mucus, I have a dry stuffy nose that has lasted a month. I got sick, but the rest of my symptoms (fever, coughing, sore throat, productive nasal congestion) all disappeared a month ago. Now, I have a completely mucus-free congestion and I really cannot breathe/smell. I tried neti pot, saline sprays and sesame oil, but they did not help. I think dry, stuffy nose should be included in the list of ailments, so others with this condition could benefit as well. Also, if you have any suggestions for me, please let me know as well, as I am having difficulty breathing - it would be much appreciated! Thanks!"
02/25/2013: Natural The Way To Go from Snellville, Ga replies: "Eat oranges. You will feel, within a few hours, that the nose will become moist again. A steam humidifier also helps."
04/02/2012: Lisa from Jacksonville replies: "Hi, I'm not sure what is wrong, but you might try a nose spray with xylitol and grapefruit seed. Xclear brand sells it and it works great for me. It is an antifungal and antibacterial. Get online or in health food store."
10/27/2012: Cooky from San Fran, Ca replies: "First off, it is hard to treat sinus infection when you do not know the cause, What is in the sinuses it is producing is it fungus, strep, ecoli etc? So first thing get a nasal smear from your dr then you know what your dealing with do NOT just let them give you something without knowing what it is. You could take a very small clove slice it really thin get a cotton ball tear off a small piece wrap the garlic inside of it and place it right at the entrance of the nose and leave it there for two to three hours Drinking 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar on empty stomach four times a day morning after lunch mid day and bed time."
11/20/2012: Cooky from San Fran, Ca replies: "Garlic sliced in small pieces release the power of garlic it will literally radiates within 7 inches of where it is place so from the entrance of the nose it can literally kill what is in the sinus cavity, but you MUST wrap in cotton or it will burn your nose. I would repeat this for 1 week or longer depending on the type of infection."
Here is a brief of my story; first of all I have hypertensive high blood pressure with fast heart rate (runs in the family). I am 37 years old male, I live in Canada but 4 years ago I moved to live and work in Dubai UAE. In Jan 2009 I started to take blood pressure medications, I started with a medication called Caduet, it did not work for me because it is keeping my heart rate fast, then the doctor switched me to Tarka in the morning and medicine called concor in the evening, the treatment was ok, a after two months of these medications I start feeling some weird sensation on the back of my head, I ignored it it wasn't that severe. June of 2009 I did a sinus surgery and suppose to be a simple one, the doctor inflated some tubes and laser burned some access flesh in my nose. After this sinus surgery I felt miserable, my eyes were watery, massive headache cannot concentrate, or walk right, I had severe insomnia, my blood pressure went up even with medications, i start taking antidepressant but it made matters worse, most doctors told me I am ok it will go away, after two months of suffering I went to Canada for my annual leave in Sep 2009, after two weeks there I started restoring my sleep back, I felt good I also changed my blood pressure medications to Lopressor. When i came back to Dubai in October of 2009, the problem started again. But less severe, I started going to the Gym in September of 2010, I wasn't doing good, I still feel fatigness and tired, early 2011 another problem arised, I start getting shortness of breath and becoming worst, I though it could be from the blood pressure medication it is making me too week so just a month ago I changed it to Cozaar, The insomnia came back, i stopped Cozaar again and taking herbal medications from local store here, it is keeping my BP low, but the insomnia never went away. I feel very fatigued and week, i can't do any activities at all because of shortness of breath, my nose always stuffed. It has been two years TED and desperately looking for solution to my problem. I really don't know what i have got, is it the blood pressure medications doing this, please assist me, I read you formula about Baking Soda and ACV. Would that help? Thank you so much. Best Regards, "
05/20/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The ACV with baking soda helps with the energy level. You just have to adjust the remedy. Start with 2 tablespoon ACV and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. I prefer taking it after meals 30 minutes: start with 2 times a day first, such as in the afternoon and dinner. If all went well, increase to three times a day. The reason why it works is two reasons: nearly all biochemical in the liver involving metabolism is acetylated, and the best form of acetylation comes from two souces, apple cider vinegar and plain distilled vinegar. The formula of 2 tablespoons ACV to 1/4 teaspoon baking soda comes to 7.3 pH, which within your blood biochemistry, but with some people it works where they need more or less of that bicarbonates, you have to adjust the formula, but it's the best starting value. Apple cider vinegar contains another compound, malic acid, which is found in the Kreb's cycle and giving energy also. You can also make a stronger solution with vinegar plus more malic acid and some baking soda too.
But there appears you need another supplement that is missing from your diets. Magnesium, which could be in the form of magnesium glycinate, magnesium chloride, magnesium malate, but NEVER magnesium oxide, magnesium carbonate, or magnesium hydroxide, as it won't go through the gut as easily, and may make the conditions worse. Supplement companies maximized their profit by adding magnesium oxide or even magnesium sulfate (Epson salt), where the first instance is poorly water soluble hence not bioavailable and second instance, magnesium sulfate is acidic, but in some cases it is emetic (induces vomiting) and diarrhea. This will help restore you energy level, it did with me and it works also in restoring normal heart patterns and energy. It may restore your sleep patterns somewhat also, magnesium and apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Make SURE it doesn't contain calcium formula in the magnesium, it doesn't work as well and actually causes weight gain.
This is the basic remedy, there are more advanced one, but always start with this.
SINUSES BECAME BLOCKED AFTER USING REMEDIES
03/02/2009: ML : "Hi Ted
I've been a fan of Earth Clinic since the link was sent to me last year by a work colleague.
I have also been oil pulling (with sunflower oil) regularly since then and have seen many benefits, though I am thinking of swapping oils to something else plus my teeth are no longer whitened ...
My deep concern is my sinus are now completely blocked apart from short moments of relief and I'm desperate to know how to return them to normal?
On Thursday morning 27 Feb, I oil pulled as normal, then instead of drinking plain water after rinsing and brushing, like I normally would, I drank a cup of water with 1 teaspoon of Aspall Organic Cyder Vinegar. All was well.
On Friday morning 28 Feb, I repeated the above, but this time (after reading of its benefits on Earth Clinic), I added less than one-eighth of a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda to the vinegar and drank. Again all seemed well.
About 4 hours later, my nose began to feel stuffed. It has gotten progressively worse over the Saturday and Sunday. Almost closed up like I am suffocating. The mucous is clear, there is no pain or swelling, though I feel tired. Just severe stuffiness in between sneezing, with a small amount of drainage down the back of the throat. Its making me feel a bit panicky.
I should say, my health is okay generally. I have an okay diet, not too much junk food, veg, fruit, chicken, fish, houmous, salads, wraps, stevia, water, lots of green tea and regular oil pulling. No or hardly any artificial sweetners, no fizzy drinks, not much alcohol but I do smoke, about 8 a day. I managed to not be off sick from work all last year, which I am sure is down to the green tea and oil pulling!
I've tried sniffing vicks vapour rub and putting it under my noise, I also tried olbas oil (which only temporarily opens sinus), inhaling hot water and cyder vinegar (again temporary relief) drinking a little sea salt in water. I've flicked some of the cyder vinegar water up my nose. Plus Panadol for sinus relief. Nothing has worked.
I notice that when I went outside, to the shops, my sinuses opened up, and I sneezed only a few times, but on returning to my home (the heat?) makes my sinuses close up again.
Can you advise what might have happened to my sinuses? Did I upset the PH balance of my body/nose or something? Do I appear to have an allergy to the Bicarbonate of Soda? Its seems to work for everyone else.
What can I do to get better as soon as possible, please?
Sorry for the long email, I just wanted to go give you all the background information - thank you for your help.
03/16/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear ML:
A very common problem is the fungus that is what caused the nose to close when going to homes. Most homes, at least in U.S. have high fungus count and sinus the major caused turned out to be fungus. The major source is from the carpets, but worse is the wall to wall carpeting and the dirty air conditioning or heating filters (if they have any!). The best way to get rid of stuffy air of a home filled with fungus is the 10% solution of ammonium chloride, or a weak 1-3% BoPeep ammonia cleaner with 97% (roughly) water and put that on a sprayer and spray lightly over carpets, etc. The ammonia sprayer needs good ventilation. After spraying leave the room for a couple of hours or preferably half a day or more. This is the usual procedure of removing fungus. I used a more complacted solution, which is 10% ammonium chloride with 1% - 2% milk of magnesia solution, and 5% xylitol for example is a rough mixture I used and may change the formulation from time to time.
In any event the sinus was triggered when oil pulling supposed to be rinsed and not swallowed. A vinegar or apple cider vinegar I would usually add baking soda otherwise acid loving virus may take advantage of that situation especially if the body's bicarbonate levels are low.
The other thing is a low potassium level can result in acidity of the throad, sinus areas causing a sinus issue. The remedy I used is simply 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, plus 1/4 teaspoon potassium citrate (tripotassium citrate) or potassium bicarbonate if potassium citrate isn't available dissolved in 1/2 or 1 glass of water taken twice a day. In some cases 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in 1/2 glass of water will clear the sinus, as the sea salt reduces the swelling bought on by hypoosmolarity from low electrolytes as in sodium, potassium and magnesium. Hence a small amount of sea salt for a couple of days plus baking soda with potassium and removal of fungus in th ehome should be able to resolved some of this issues. In any event an oil pulling, they should be rinsed with water, so the bacteria won't get recirculated is an important one also.