Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Earth Clinic's Remedies
- Ice Cream, Flu Symptoms and Sinus Infections
- Pain Reliever and Sinus Medication Link
- Air Conditioners and Sinus Infections
- Ajwai Seeds
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Neti Pot
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Oregano Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Sinus Rinse
- Avoid Bananas
- Baby Shampoo
- Baking Soda and Salt Water
- Betadine and Hydrogen Peroxide Sinus Rinse
- Black Mold
- Boiled Onion, Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cayenne Snorting
- Chocolate and Sinus Infections
- Cinnamon, Clove and Oregano Oils
- Coconut Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Colloidal Silver, Ascorbic Acid, Black Elderberry Syrup
- Cream of Tartar
- Dental Care
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary Changes
- Egg Whites
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Fennel, Flaxseed and Fenugreek
- Flip-Turn Sinus Rinse Method
- Garlic, Oregano, Cayenne
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oil Pulling
- Grapefruit Seed Extract, Sea Salt
- H2O2, GSE, Sea Salt Rinse
- Hemp Seeds
- Homemade Xylitol Nasal Spray
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hot Shower
- Hot Showers, Hot Tea, Chicken Soup
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Sea Salt
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt and Baking Soda
- Ice Packs
- Improve Air Quality, Nasal Irrigation
- Lactose Intolerance
- Light Bulb Therapy
- Low Grade Sinus Infection Remedies
- Lugol's Iodine
- Measure Your pH
- Mold and Sinus Infections
- Multiple Remedies
- Nasal Spray With Salt, Oregano Oil and ACV
- Neti Pot
- Neti Pot With Saline and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Nose Blowing
- Oil Pulling
- Olbas Oil
- Olive Leaf
- Onion and Carrot Juice
- Oregano Oil
- Organic Tomato Juice
- Probiotic Drink
- Quercetin, Bromelain
- Red Dye
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Reishi, Cayenne, Oregano Oil, Garlic
- Remedies Needed
- Riboflavin, B2
- Saline Rinse
- Sniff Warm Water
- Spleen Connection to Sinus Infections
- Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar
- Steaming With H2O2 and Salt
- Steaming With Oregano
- Steaming With Sea Salt
- Tea Tree Oil, Mucinex
- Ted's Remedies
- Tomato Tea
- Unpetroleum Jelly
- Website Comments
- White Grape Vinegar
- Wild Indigo Extract
- Xylitol and Sea Salt Sinus Rinse, Spirulina
A sinus infection can be truly miserable, but there are many safe and effective natural remedies that offer relief from sinus pressure, sinus pain, and the infections that cause these symptoms.
Sinusitis is the medical term for most sinus infections, describing an inflammation of the naval cavities and sinuses (hollow cavities in the skull, especially behind the eyes and nose). This inflammation can make it difficult to breathe, but much worse is the pain and pressure that are the primary symptoms of sinus infection. This inflammation is most likely caused by an infection with a viral, bacterial, allergic, or fungal cause. For this reason, sinusitis can be very contagious.
Home Remedy for Sinus Infection: Options
Below you will find dozens of natural options to treat your sinus infection symptoms and holistic treatments to eliminate the cause of your sinus infections.
|Apple Cider Vinegar||213 YEAS|
|Saline Rinse||41 YEAS|
|Cayenne Snorting||26 YEAS|
|Hydrogen Peroxide and Sea Salt||23 YEAS|
|Hydrogen Peroxide||18 YEAS|
|Grapefruit Seed Extract||16 YEAS|
|Neti Pot||15 YEAS|
|Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar||12 YEAS|
|Oregano Oil||11 YEAS|
|Oil Pulling||9 YEAS|
|Colloidal Silver||8 YEAS|
|Multiple Remedies||6 YEAS|
|Dietary Changes||5 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||5 YEAS|
Earth Clinic's Remedies
"CURING DIFFICULT or STUBBORN SINUS INFECTIONS...
If antibiotics and/or the below-listed home remedies are not curing your sinus infection, you need to take a look at your diet and eliminate all mucus-forming/thickening foods or drinks. Milk, citrus, spicy foods, wheat, cheese, etc. are usually the culprits. Try eliminating them from your diet for a few days.
Then try all of the following:
* Grapefruit Seed Extract -- your sinus infection may disappear after a couple of days of grapefruit seed extract. We like the drops, but be forewarned -- they taste terrible!! Also, never take them on an empty stomach (especially first thing in the morning).
* Drink apple cider vinegar throughout the day in large glasses of water (ACV thins mucus).
* Let the water from a hot shower spray onto your face, especially the forehead and nose. While still in the shower, clear/blow out as much mucus from your sinuses as possible. Do this several times a day.
* Try Oil Pulling, a fabulous remedy from India which alleviates Sinus Congestion within about 10-15 minutes."
02/06/2011: Sunil from Los Angeles, USA replies: "Great Recommendation. ACV and Grape fruit seed extract really works. I just took it today and can see significant decrease in my sinus"
02/26/2011: Smk9 from Fredburg, Va, Usa replies: "Don't forget to address the root cause of the sinus infection. There is a fungal, bacterial, or viral organism in your sinus passages that is causing all the pain and discomfort. And it is coming from somewhere...
House plants (perpetually moist potting soil-perfect breeding ground for fungus), pet dander and dust, pollen from houseplants (and yard plants), moist areas in home-basement, bath, and kitchen (breeding ground for mold and mildew), etc, etc.
I am going to try the ACV and HP=sea salt nasal flush in the near future. And I am going to clean and rid my home of any germ breeding grounds. Just FYI."
05/11/2012: Jordan from Austin, Texas Usa replies: "Also if you have not already been using saline, which is just salt water, then start! Spraying it in each nostril a few times a day relieves congestion and helps fight the infection. It can be found at any grocery store. Thank you for the tips about ACV I'm using it right now and I can tell it helps."
02/10/2013: Jholl from Louisville, Kentucky replies: "Okay, I think this is key, everything EC is saying about the GSE, ACV and the oil pulling is great. I would add oil of oregano too. I think GSE and oil of oregano work equally well. So, for those who can't handle the GSE, try the oregano and vice-versa. I would like to add be sure and take Vitamin D. I personally take 5,000 units a day and more on cloudy days in the winter. I also believe many, many people are battling low grade fungal infections. This may be from not changing air conditioner filters at home or air filters in cars. Also, vacuuming to get rid of dust."
02/13/2013: Law from Lafayette, In/usa replies: "Sinus treatment. GSE, grapefruit seed extract, is, as already said, very bitter. The drops can be put in small empty capsules boughten from most any health store. Great solution."
Ice Cream, Flu Symptoms and Sinus Infections
"Read Earth Clinic's theory about certain brands of ice cream, flu symptoms, and sinus infections. Over 150 people have confirmed our findings!
Pain Reliever and Sinus Medication Link
"Click here to read Earth Clinic's theory about how pain relievers, OTC allergy and sinus medications can exacerbate sinus conditions!"Replies
09/27/2012: Tiki Storm from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada replies: "Hello Sinus Suffers, I won't get into my whole story with you here, but suffice it to say, my doctor has recently decided my sinus infections are chronic. I have very little success with any otc or antiboitic perscription (btw, the studies on using antibiotics for sinus infections is dismal at best - about a 10% success rate).
So... today is my first day doing the apple cider thing. Of course the stuff has a natural acidic and quite unpleasant taste. I used a recipe from a fellow user on this forum (cinammon, honey, ginger, whole cloves, etc. ), but I added a unique twist which makes the flavour more bearable. I thought I'd pay-it-forward here. I add a single teabag of Cinnamon Apple Spice herbal tea to the hot concotion (hot stuff is better for you anyways since you probably have a viral form of Sinusitis anyways (I've been told by serveral doctors and specialists including ENTs that in 90% of the cases, they are viral). I find it blends all the flavours nicely and there is nothing "bad" in this herbal tea.
I hope that helps some of you out there. I know just how miserable it can be."
[YEA] 10/20/2006: Cherry from Cayman Islands: "Tried neti pot but that only facilitated the mucus to leave my sinuses. Tried acupuncture and that helped a lot, but when on a course of Phellostatin and that was my first real relief...along with one capsule of Cayenne pepper which took away the post nasal drip...this should not be taken too often as it moves the blood and really clears the system. Chronic sinusitis with digestive problems...it was felt by myself and my acupuncturist that fungus was my problem even though I had take Diflucan almost 2x a month. Acupuncture really helps me along with the Phellostatin and the Cayenne Pepper. Acupuncture assists the body to do the clearing and healing needed. Acupuncture was my final and last straw to try as I had tried most conventional medicine doctors and their treatments. Nasal sprays and prednisone. I do stay away from dairy products, but am now noticing that even if I have some I do not react with inflammation as I did before! I can eat cheese and not sneeze or get stuffy anymore. Wish I had gone this route from the beginning."Replies
[YEA] 06/05/2013: Wendy from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia replies: "Yes- acupuncture is VERY helpful. I'm a chronic sinus sufferer and to some extent just have to live with it. BUT when it gets really bad, I see my acupuncturist 2 or 3 times over a week and the problem is much alleviated. There are good and bad acupuncturists so get a recommendation...."
Air Conditioners and Sinus Infections
05/16/2012: Goose from Pittsburg, Pa: "When a air conditioner is running it removes all most all the humidity in the room. The air conditioner coil gets so cold that it dawls in moisture from the air. Similar to how a cold drink will sweat on a hot day. I think the absence of all this humidity dry out the nasal cavity and makes you more prone to infection."
02/20/2012: Art from Everett, Washington: "Well there is enough from high end doctors and scientist air conditioners do cause sinus problems in a lot. Spewing mold spores, viral parisites, ect. the cooling unit is a toxin waste site. Repairman who do not handle correct can get very sick. Most don't know the connection 40 years ago I learned this and avoid like a plague and that's what it is. My sinus do still get infection of course my cures have been1- 2tbl sp ACV in large water 3x day, good results. 2- baking soda 1tsp in warm water and nettie pot and 1tsp in large water 3x day. Good results 3- 1tsp food grade activated charcoal in glass of water 3x day good results. At 70 I've never used pharmacuticals as they all weaken the immune system and most likely cause something else to go wrong. Let's face it, if they get you well, they make make no money."
10/23/2011: Faithinhealing from Cincinnati, Ohio: "NOPE, I think the CAUSE IS MOLD... somewhere in the ducts or window a/c's..."Replies
02/10/2013: Amanda from Virginia Beach, Va replies: "Try garlic juice -- one drop up each nostral hold it in as long as possible then blow everything out. Repeat as needed"
09/16/2011: Arica from Columbus , Usa: "I've had 4 sinus infections in my 32 year life and every single one I can tell you was a result from sleeping in a direct air path from an ac unit. EVERY ONE! I told my husband it was the ac's fault I get these infections and he thinks I'm crazy. Well, it's good to read that others have the same experience. I know it's from the ac but I didn't understand fully why until now."
01/21/2011: Marie from Nashville, Tn: "I have had sinus surgery and have struggled with these sinus infections for over ten years.
Air conditioners are related to sinus infections, and having any type of heater on is even more related. Sinus infections develop when there are irritants in the sinus cavities that your body normally flushes out, but if there is not enough moisture (or other reasons like a deviated septum) they will not flush out like normal. So even just being dehyrdated can help a SI to flourish, but air conditioning and heating systems remove humidity from the air so if your body is used to having humidity help regulate the nose, and it is removed, it can cause bacterial growth in the form of infection.
Every year when the heat gets turned on in our house, I battle them and throughout the winter. That's why Doctors tell people with chronic sinusities to get to (or move to) the beach where the humidity and salt can help naturally."Replies
06/03/2011: Travis from Houston, Tx replies: "Marie's point above (sinus infection caused by the dry air from the a/c) agrees with my experience. Christina's points (dirty filters, left wing propaganda) sound crazy and do not agree with my experience. I just changed the air filters on my system, and I bought the most expensive, smallest micron filters available. I slept with the a/c on 2 nights ago, and sure enough, I came down with a terrible sinus infection. This has happened countless times throughout my life, and if the a/c is blowing directly on me, I'm almost guaranteed to get a sinus infection. The dehydration point is very interesting, I think there is something to that."
02/23/2012: Kathryn from Kitchener, Ontario replies: "Marie from Nashville said "Sinus infections develop when there are irritants in the sinus cavities that your body normally flushes out, but if there is not enough moisture (or other reasons like a deviated septum) they will not flush out like normal. " Most infections are bacterial. Sinus infections are not caused by irritants themselves, the body uses mucus to remove irritants and when the sinuses do not drain properly this mucus can become a breeding ground for bacteria. The sinuses mainly can't drain properly because of inflammation. The opening (ostia) from the sinus to the nasal passage is very small so if there is a lot of inflammation and the mucus is on the thick side it won't be able to come out of the opening. The openings are also at the top of the sinuses so it's important to bend over often. It's important to consume things that thin mucus so it can drain. It's the mucus staying in the cavities that will lead to bacterial growth."
03/13/2012: G from Atlanta, Georgia, Usa replies: "Its worth noting that not all A/C units are the same.
Down south here, where the climate is humid, the soil is slimy and clay like, and summer drags on for almost half the year, mold is a huge issue. It can grow everywhere in the house, including, yes, the A/C. I work in housing, and we have found that crawlspace installations are especially prone to mold. Installations in wet or dirty basements are just as bad. We think that down here, an installation in an attic, in an area kept clean and dry , works best. Also use good filters and clean the ducts periodically.
I've no doubt that some people use their AC with no issues at all. I'd be willing to bet that they live in climates that are not mold prone, or have houses located on dry hill tops, or the like.
Blanket statements that AC systems either do, or do not, cause problems, miss the complexity of the situation entirely."
10/07/2013: Americana from California replies: "For those of you who don't believe the A/C is the cause of the sinusitis, have you considered what lives inside your ductwork? It's not necessarily the air conditioner causing the problem, it's the mold, dust, and bacteria living in the ducts. These are easily cleaned. In my region, I call a local carpet cleaning company who also cleans ductwork with their steam equipment. Works beautifully to clean them."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 09/30/2007: Tina from Lake Luzerne, NY: "Out of curiosity, I read your theory about ice cream and have to disagree. I have eaten ice cream ( all kinds ) since I was a kid ( I'm 43 ). I never had sinus problems...until, 7 years ago, when I met my husband, and started sleeping in an air-conditioned room. He practically "lives" on chocolate milk, and loves his air conditioner. He constantly has sinus trouble. I believe the air conditioner is the culprit."Replies
07/19/2009: V V from Three Rivers, Texas replies: "I think the airconditioning is most of the problem, molds from the A/C Units, I live in South Texas and we use A/C practically 9 months out of the year. Then I live by a lake with allgie and mold growth, I also have a deviated septom (crooked nose) that is not bad enough for surgery so I am prone to problems. I have run a low grade fever for several years, freezing just freezing when everyone else is hot. I did all the prescribed nose sprays, allergy meds and antibotics approx.every 2 months are so. Always tired sickly doctors can't find anything. I am healthy other than sinus infections. My daughter told me about oregano oil. I researched a little about it after her advise and choose oregano leaf (juice) 20 drops in a 4 oz of destilled water in a 8 oz nasal wash container, morning and night. At first I only put 4 drops because it burns. I finally after years of fever and antibotics now don't freez. This is the only thing that keeps the fever away.I still feel a bit weak when I have had a hard day are molds are high. I think my body is trying to fight the infections. I am reading more and think maybe I should use the nasal wash more though the daY?? I also was having vertigo the last 4 years and think that it is sinus (fungal/mold) related.I am trying to research more when time allows. I stay super busy as most people these days."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/06/2010: Jen from R replies: "I agree 100 percent that air conditioners give sinus infections. Every summer i get a sinus infection when air conditioners are in full swing everywhere you go. I avoid them at all costs in the summer."
06/24/2010: Christina from New York, Ny and St. Petersburg, Fl replies: "It is totally ridiculous that air-conditioning makes people sick. What is probably making people sick is that cheapskates don't change or clean air filters as often as they should be, or use the air-conditioning infrequently, causing mold to form inside and circulate around the car once turned on. I have had tremendous problems with sinus infections in the past (until the past two years), due to a blocked sinus and now that I do my absolute best to keep my sinus cavity open (unblocked) on a daily basis, I very rarely if ever get sinus infections anymore, even though I use my air-conditioning everyday year-round. Actually, when I don't use air-conditioning, I have serious problems because of outside pollutants (pollen, cigarette smoke, truck fumes, etc) entering the vehicle. I firmly believe this myth about air-conditioning making people sick is propaganda from the left wing environmentalists, to scare people into not using air-conditioning. Change your air filters everyone!!!"
10/27/2010: Smith Johnson from Trenton, Nj replies: "Christina, You agreed with the people above saying that the NOT CLEANING THE FILTERS IN THE AIR CONDITIONING UNIT ARE THE PROBLEM, and yet you still blamed a political group for spreading propaganda against using ac? Using air conditioning at all was never the problem- it's making sure it's clean on a regular basis. There's no reason to attack a political organization on a medical website, and if you feel that insecure about yourself, you shouldn't be online."
06/22/2012: Gtodd from Powhatan, Va replies: "You are right about AC and sinus infections. I am a HVAC contractor with chronic sinus issues. My wife is now fine because of this---->
I installed UV lights in our home 7 years ago.
However because of my job, the places I crawl and this infection is going on 6 months I am just going to have the corrective surgery and pray it works."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 02/09/2013: Patrice from Nashua, Nhl replies: "I Just had to add my two cents re Air Conditioning filters. My mother lived in this very expensive, assisted living facility in Florida for 5 years. I only saw them change filters once and it was disgusting all the debris. As a result she was sick constantly with frequent URIs and ended up in the ER 3 times. Moved her to another facility less expensive without all the entertainment frills etc. But filters were mandatorily changed every 3 months. It has been 4 years and she has not been sick once since she has moved there and she will be 90 this April. So this was certainly an eye opening experience for me. Check those AC filters often!!!!"
02/15/2013: Michael from San Jose, Ca replies: "Your Air Conditioner (AC) theory is completely correct. I work in the HVAC industry and can tell you I learned a lot about health during my training. For example on the west coast we use large heat exchangers called cooling towers. The work by running water down a veined surface and pass air over it to evaporate water like a giant air humidifier. At the bottom of the tower is a large (500-1000 gal.) basin of water. Anytime you have a large pool of stagnant water exposed to atmosphere and moving air, bacteria, mold, and viruses will accumulate. And one species begets the other. Mold carry bacteria, bacteria carry viruses. So on occasion these tanks must be cleaned. It's is emptied of all water and refilled with a biocide of extreme toxicity. The reason being if anyone catches a breathe of the dried mold, you WILL get Legionnaires Disease. Care must be taken when designing the air duct system for the building to keep the air intake vents away from the cooling tower. Otherwise the entire building could be infected. Which has happened, btw. Conditioned air also is very dry. Most buildings rehummidify the air to a relative humidity of 40-50%. I always run a cool mist humidifier in my home with my AC during the summer. During winter, the air will naturally be dry. Cold air is denser. Think of squeezing a sponge. There just isn't room for the moisture. Then when the air is heated again and pumped into your home, is is even dryer. There is room for the moisture, and it is going to get it one way or another. It will pull it right thru your skin. So run a warm mist humidifier in the winter with your heater. Be careful not to over do it. That can cause mold issues. If you see condensate on your windows, it's time to turn off the humidifier."
[YEA] 07/22/2006: Paula from Virginia: "I moved to Northern Virginia in Oct of 2005 from New England. Ever since I arrived, I feel like I have been sick. I had a touch of bronchitis in Nov. My first ever Sinus infection happened in February, following bronchitis. My doc gave me a great antibiotic - and everything was fine until March when the Washington DC area pollen begins in full force. New pollen for me, so I was mildly sick with my allergies.
By the end of March I had another Sinus Infection. I got an antibiotic for that, and struggled with more allergies as new pollens were released - pollen that apparently we don't have in New England since I never reacted to this degree there (and so I've been told by others here)... In June Mold Spores came out just as pollen was winding down. (Another new irritant for me it turns out) I got yet another Sinus infection - this time it has lasted for two months and I have tried everything to alleviate the symptoms. Had two different antibiotics over the course of the month and still have the infection. I tried fresh garlic cloves every day, Vitamin C, Grapefruit Seed extract (which when taken with Vit C usually cures me of most things) , even Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda nasal washes. The infection part of it was fought by the antibiotic and a cortisone prescription nasal spray reduced the swelling. The only natural remedy that helped in conjunction for me to help make my mucus thinner and congestion less thick was Airborne. (Teacher's remedy). Try it and see if you get relief. Some of those other home remedies are great for other things, or when things just start before they get a hold of you, but once you are sick or have to contend with continuous allergies and sinus infections, nothing short of waiting for the allergy season for Mold Spores to end, taking a vacation away form the allergen and relieving the symptoms with a product like this will help."Replies
06/06/2008: Ralph from Orlando, Florida replies: "Funny you mentioned all those symptoms, moving from the north. i moved to florida from new york. i have been hospitalized with pneumonia and asthma. 53 years in new york and i never had that. 2 weeks ago, i developed a chest, throat and sinus infection with asthma. i am a vegan. i tried to take care of these things without meds. no dice. had to get two types of antibiotics, in addition to asthma meds. i hope the body gets used to this new environment."
09/29/2009: Melissa from Deadwood, South Dakota, Usa replies: "I moved here to South Dakota in April of 2008, from New Orleans, Louisiana. Back home I would get a sinus infection maybe twice a year; since moving up here I have gotten one every month (not exagerating). My children suffer from the same thing, but not as often. Usually I just go and get antibiotics, but not this time, I'm going to try to go the natural way. Being allergic to Penicillian (?) there are few things the Dr. can perscribe to me, and I'm afraid of becoming immune to them due to constantly being on them. So far, I tried the Nasal flush last night and woke up feeling so much better than before; and I had gone to bed with horrible sinus pressure. I know different things work for different people, so I'm going to keep trying things till I find some that work really well for me to knock this out naturally."
09/29/2009: Bunny from Santa Ana, Ca replies: "I would go on a mold hunt in your new house. Check the attic, basement, and look for spots on the walls and ceilings that might indicate leaky pipes. Even old carpet that was shampooed but didn't dry out properly can harbor mold spores. It might need to be pulled out altogether. I know a few people who had all sinus issues resolve when the carpet was removed. Toxic fumes from new carpet, pergo and paint can also cause problems. Being in the north, this house is likely insulated for winter and has less air circulation than your old home in the sunny south. Hope that helps!"
[YEA] 10/27/2006: Mamta from Indiana: "i haven't taken any off the counter medicines for colds since 5 yrs !! and my condition was pretty bad when i came to the US. we got Ajwain seeds from an indian store or you will find it in the indian section of a chinese food store . Ajwain is indian oregano but very strong. every time i get a cold and chest is congested...i take one tsp of ajwain and roast it on a flat pan. once it starts to smoke , quickly put in a kitchen tissue and take deep inhalations, it makes you sneeze since all the nerve in the nose are raw from the cold....but in 5 minutes it all peaceful, no more colds. and RELIEF...esp. helpful in asthmatic attacks.....also have a strong concoction of ginger,black pepper, clove, basil and cinnamon...boil it in water for 5-10 min and after it cools a bit put a tsp of honey and have it hot. honey should not be heated. according to Ayurveda all these thing reduce phlegm in the body.... enjoy"
Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Sinus Infections
Folk Medicine Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Tablespoon
- Water - 16 Ounces
- Honey (optional)
The apple cider vinegar tonic, taken two or three times a day, can quickly break up congestion, kill pathogens, and improve other sinus infection symptoms as well. Add one tablespoon each apple cider vinegar and honey to a 6 to 10 oz glass of warm water, and drink.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is our favorite remedy for stopping sinus infections. We wish more people knew about this amazing home treatment. The idea is to take apple cider vinegar before the sinus infection occurs, which for most people is at the start of allergies, colds, flu, etc.
We have found that when apple cider vinegar is taken either as a daily tonic or at the first sign of an allergy or cold (i.e., sinus headache, stuffy nose, watery eyes), one can completely stop the histamine response or allergic reaction.
There are a couple ways you can drink apple cider vinegar ("ACV"). One way is to put 1/8 to 1/4 cup ACV in 16 oz of water and sip it throughout the day. The other method is to gulp 2 TBSP of ACV in 8 oz of water all at once.
If you have an existing sinus infection, keep drinking a mixture of ACV and water throughout the day for several days.
Please remember -- the key to success is to use apple cider vinegar before a sinus infection appears (i.e. during the first stages of a flu or allergy attack, or after you've eaten a bowl of ice cream).
Question: Why does ACV alleviate sinus congestion so quickly?
Answer: ACV thins mucus almost immediately. One of the first things you will notice after drinking apple cider vinegar is that the color of your mucus goes from white or green and thick, to thin and clear. The thinning of mucus is the key to kicking your sinus infection. Once you have thin mucus, you can clobber the infection with one of many remedies from this page. Wild oregano oil is one of our favorites for bacterial infections, but grapefruit seed extract is also very potent. Whatever remedy you try, remember to keep up the apple cider vinegar throughout the day for several days and drink lots and lots of water.
[YEA] 03/18/2013: Elena from Madrid: "Apple Cider Vinegar really works for sinus! I've been treated with antibiothics several times but it keept coming back... Reading your posts I decided to give a try to the Apple Cider Vinegar remedy and congestion was gone in minutes, no signs of sinus two days after! I feel good and relieved. Thanks!"Replies
03/29/2013: Jim from Naples, Fl replies: "Hogwash. This does not work. If you truly had a sinus infection like I do currently, some mom and pop method of drinking nasty apple cider vinegar will not work. Show me the proof. Tried & tested and it doesn't work. There are studies however showing how vinegar limits the absorbtion of vitamins and minerals, hence hampering a sinus infection cure. Stick to modern medicine."
08/25/2013: Vanille Chai from Holland replies: "I've had this cold since October last year. I always carry tissues around with me, because of the runny nose I had. Runny nose is gone, but then I got even worse symptoms:
pain in the ears (pressure, popping), head, sometimes in throat, but worst of all... RINGING IN EARS 24/7 for three months now.
I went to the doctor, he said I had a chronic sinus infection, and that my eustachian was completely clogged because of it. He gave me a nasal spray first; did not work. Went back to the doc again, and I got antibiotics; quit those, because they made me feel worse. That was it...
i started using Apple Cider Vinegar yesterday evening; 1 tbsp ACV, 2 tsp honey, 8oz purified water. Took another two cups today. (I find ACV sooo sour! Yuck, but I am desperate).
I feel like it got worse. Worse ear pain, and louder ringing in the ears. Does it get worse first before it gets better? (I always seem to react like this, whether I take modern or natural cures)
I also decided to start using a neti pot to rinse the mucus out of my nose. I feel so desperate right now, it hurts and the sounds inside my head are driving me to the edge.
Am I doing something wrong/ how long does it take to work?"
08/25/2013: Anon from Usa replies: "You might have a weakened immune and digestive system. If you get sick your body uses specific resources to get well; but if you are sick for a long time or get really sick the resources can get depleted. A few years ago I caught a cold I could not shake, it lasted months like yours. I tried many things, I'm still trying to manage it. What's benefited so far is the following:
Quit eating anything with gluten. In the section on Earth Clinic about boils and MRSA someone mentioned he had an infection that made it seem like he had a gluten sensitivity. Gluten can cause a chemical burn of sorts in the small intestine in some people. It can seem like you have a cold or flue.
Quit eating any cow milk products that are not soured - no pasteurized milk, ice cream, or foods with those things in them. Regular goat milk is easier to digest. Eat saturated fat products such as unsalted butter, plain full-fat yogurt, cream cheese, cheese, frozen yogurt - raw and unprocessed is better.
Quit cocoa, coffee or tea with caffiene. It is said that when the body is stimulated by these foods it does not repair itself as it normally would. Instead drink organic chamomile tea (with lemon balm if you can find it), take valerian root capsules, and drink liccorice root tea. As directed of course. These will calm your system down and help you sleep better in theory helping heal you. Additionally chamomile and lemon balm have anti-microbial properties.
Quit using any form of sweetner and avoid sweet foods and starchy foods, some on rare occasions may be tolerable. Your tolerance may increase after you begin feeling better. If you eat something that makes you sick, or might, take psyllium fiber with a large glass of water to dilute the sugar or whatever, or eat a raw cucumber.
Do Ted's aspirin remedy for the H1N1 flu.
Do the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic liver cleanse. You can search the specifics of it online. I did this a few nights in a row and then awoke suddenly in the middle of the night feeling really good.
Eat several small light meals daily. Choose fresh avacados, celery, romain lettuce, cucumbers, apples, cantaloup, raw cabbage because they have less carbohydrate. It will make digestion easier.
Take a teaspoon of Swedish Bitters with meals once or twice a day. Not sure how long you'd have to use it.
1000 mg or more vitamin C per day.
Turmeric - 1 or 2 teaspoons a day, organic non-irradiated.
Fresh lemon juice with cayenne pepper daily, maybe 1 or 2 organic lemons with a half teaspoon non-irradiated cayenne pepper mixed in, put it in a liter bottle, fill the rest of the way with water, and sip it all day so it's gone by evening. Boil the lemon rinds briefly to make a tea, let it sit until it's cooled but still somewhat warm, eat the peeling too, if it's organic."
08/25/2013: Anon from Usa replies: "Zinc is said to help ringing in the ears. Zinc is helpful for immunity, too. They say no more than 100mg per day.
A half teaspoon each nutmeg, cloves, and turmeric stirred into a glass of water and drunk should dry up the sniffles and help you feel better. Drink plenty of water, not milk or coffee. This is helpful if you have to go to work, or out among people and such and you don't want to be sniffling."
08/26/2013: Toourlady89 from Ca, Usa replies: "I use Oil of Oregano capsules for cough and colds twice a day till I'm better or to max of 3 weeks. Oil of Oregano is very effective to kill of upper respiratory viruses. It also comes as wild Oil of Oregano drops in a bottle but I prefer the capsules. Make sure it's 70 - 80 % Carvachol."
[YEA] 11/12/2013: Jon Mccarty from Thailand replies: "Improvement for me. I have tried this before a long time ago and then forgot about it. Last night, after reading this site, tried again and was first time I could sleep on me back and breath through my nose in ages.
Helped with the current sinus infection after a couple of hours and after another dose in the morning, have been breathing not completely clear, but much better today."
[YEA] 03/09/2013: Barry from Canton, Ga: "WOW, just wow. Apple cider vinegar cleared my sinus infection OVERNIGHT. Unbelievable. Wish I'd known this years ago.
Here's what I did:
Two tablespoons ACV, followed by forced liquids till bedtime. And, I mean FORCED. I drank about two gallons of water in a four hour period. This morning, I can breathe through both sides of nose, fever gone, no more pressure.
This is a truly amazing and simple cure that actually WORKS OVERNIGHT. And it only cost me .98. ACV and forced liquids... you got to try this."Replies
03/10/2013: Salyk from Kelowna, B.c. Canada replies: "Question: do I take the ACV on its own, and then drink loads of liquids. Or do I put the ACV in the liquids each and every time, for my sinus congestion?"
06/10/2013: James from Kutztown, Pennsylvania replies: "Do not drink two gallons of water. That could kill you. A gallon of water in a sitting can cause severe pain and even death. Most people will die if they drink 1.5 gallons to 2.5 gallons in a short period of time say an afternoon. Listen to your body do not force anything on your body that makes you uncomfortable. Please!
I did drink a gallon of water in 1 hour when I was in highschool and it causes severe pain for about 4 hours. I later found out that drinking that much water can kill you."
06/11/2013: Mary from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada replies: "Water could harm you only if you don't add salt. Too much water could only damage when the electrolytes get too diluted. Dr. Batman (the water cure) says 1/2 of your weight in ounces per day. Also for every 10 of those glasses of water it is 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. I have drunk 3 1 in a day salted and I feel great. His site has many great testamonials of this and I have also heard first hand of a student of mine who did this and she is incontinent. She can only go for 1 hour without needing the bathroom. After 3 weeks of the water cure she can now go 1 1/2 hours before needing to go. She is very excited!!!"
06/11/2013: Om from Hope, B.c., Canada replies: "Batmanghelidj protocol says not to salt the water but keep 1/8 tsp sea salt on tongue for every 16 oz water we drink. (1l).
The reason people have to run to the bathroom after drinking water is that they do not ingest the natural salt which helps to hydrate the body so the water leaves the body soon after. Otherwise it would be detrimental and resulting in dehydration. It seems people in hot countries must have more salt to keep hydrated. Which makes one ponder how much damage has been wreaked on humanity by substituting denatured and depleted salt, even prohibiting salt as dangerous without regard to the fact that salt is necessary for bodily survival. Even animals must have their salt licks, so definitely our pets.
The water cure should be done very slowly without forcing the body which has been mentioned here by another post very much in detail.
The immediate effect can be very telling and there is definitely a feeling of wellbeing even after drinking two glasses of pure water.
I have begun with this protocol but so far have not exceeded four glasses a day. However, no hurry. Om"
06/13/2013: Te from Charlotte, NC replies: "Can you add sea salt to your drinking water and if so how much. This post is enlightening."
07/24/2013: Anonymous from Florida, Miami replies: "Listen in high school I drank almost two gallons of water within a couple hours! It was my silly way to try get rid of a UTI my body began to tremble and shake it was like going into SHOCK. So it disrupts the electrolytes balance. So be reasonable drinking 9 to 10 glasses a day seems fine."
07/24/2013: Mike Giller from Denver, Colorado replies: "I drink 1 pint an hour, 2 when I am walking during the summer."
07/24/2013: Prioris from Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa replies: "I use the color of my urine to tell me if I am getting enough water in me. Guidelines that say one must drink a certain amount of water are absurd. It is better to just let your body tell you. Use your urine as an indicator. If it is a dark color, you likely need more water."
[YEA] 08/08/2013: Lisa from Alaska replies: "This is fantastic. The pressure is almost gone and I'm draining."
[YEA] 02/25/2013: Californiacait from Edmonton, Alberta: "I had been suffering the last three days with a Sinus infection and spent over 30 dollars on over the counter Sinus meds and sprays only to get temperary relief. I finally gave in and went to the doctor, who only gave me yet again, another nose spray and a perscription for an antibiotic (basically 8 capsules of cultivated mold) for 50 dollars... I don't know about you guys but I don't have 50 dollars to drop on my nose. But thank god I found the Apple Cider Tonic on this site, and within less then 30 minutes I could breathe through my nose again. Thankyou earth clinic, I'm going to continue using this treatment with a little less ACV though to see how it fairs againt my allergies. <3"