Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- 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
Apple Cider Vinegar, Sinus Rinse
[YEA] 02/05/2010: Daniel from Berlin, Germany: "Hi! Its only 5 days ago i found your site. Want to give you great credits for all the good information i found here...thanks to all !!
I found it cause i got back my painfull and disturbing sinus infection again (wich happens with me always 2 ,3 times a year,with headaches,totally ,,blocked,, nose and forhead,swollen eyes,no energy etc.) I even believe that this chronic sinus problem is due to some sort of unknown deficiency in my body that also makes me more ,,down,, then many others throughout the year..but this is a guess.
anyway: This time i brewed my own mucus ,,releaser,, Since i discovered the kosher salt and the himalaya salt which is the main worker in this liquid, iam so happy to be able to quickly loosen up all the mucus up there so that it is not ,,exploding,, my head anymore.
my recipe is (mix acording to feeling and strength and amount of solution needed):
-nice Kosher salt or himalaya salt.
-some healthy green tea
-bit of lime
-5 drops of good bee propolis (solution in alcohol)
-bit of (good!) olive oil, or take self made oregano oil.
(of course carefull with this strong recipe on kids please)
mix until dissolved in a bowl that,s not your newly bought porcelin wedgewood bowl .the oils and the propolis will not dissolve of course and float around a bit on the liquid,no problem. Also the propolis is brownish and looks a bit strange...but in fact it,s very good stuff (bees use it in their nests as an anti virus) ...bring in the nose and let run. It can sting a bit for a few secs and is a sort of horsemethod i think
If you bring it in in bed (laying with head backwards) then have loads of toiletpaper ready!
This rinse does al lot in preventing the alongcoming head aches, further illness and weakening in sinus infections and the first steps of curing faster, but it is NOT completely taking away the total cause of the infection. Since i live in the countryside close to Berlin i get hold here of an excellent mild tasting, raw Apple Cider Vinegar quality which i took 3 times daily in my applejuice (2,5 tablespoons in a glass and a pinch of natrium hydrogen carbonate( baking soda) but note :only since 4 days!!!
I must say reading all the reactions about ACV i was a bit reserved...but i took it and it almost immediately stopped further closening of the sinus,it stopped the depressive feeling coming with it and although i somehow still feel the infection is still there...it,s being noticebly surpressed by the ACV. I was working again almost immediately and i feel marvelous !
Normally this sort of illness knocks me out 2 weeks minimal. Wow, this is amazing stuff. I try some other qualities of biological ACV now but i find them much sharper in taste..the one from the region here did the wonders but tastes so good!
Other effects : better skin ,better hair (i also put some directly on the scalp,undiluted, and after that some carrot,rosemary oil) and further it helps a better digestion.
hope this can take away any doubts with new readers. i was just another sucker who believed for too long that the ,,normal ,, doctors were able to help me on this.
take care! Daniel"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/26/2010: Abigail from Lawrence, Ks: "I've had a sinus infection for over a year. It showed up in varying degrees of intensity (some days there was just a mild ache and light post-nasal drip, some days there were huge headaches, some days there were major nose stuffiness/runniness and ear aches... ) but it was always there. I'm not a medicine taker, unless it's absolutely necessary, so mostly I just suffered with it. I drank hot tea and used heat packs on my face to bring relief when it was bad. Oh, and I used a colloidal silver nose spray; this helped a lot, but it never brought true healing, since the infection kept coming back. I don't have money to go to a doctor to get a prescription, and I read that antibiotics usually don't work on sinus infections anyway, since they are usually fungal in nature.
Once, while at the health food store, I saw some aromatherapy oil being advertised as helpful for sinus infections. I know I'm not supposed to mention brand names, so I'll just say that it is a mixture of essential oils like lavender, tea tree, myrtle, peppermint, and others that I don't recognize. (I don't know much about aromatherapy/essential oils... ) You put a few drops on your pinky and apply it underneath your nostrils to breathe in the fumes. For long-term infections, you should do this 3-4 times per day. They say it takes 8-10 weeks for the infection to disappear completely. I've been doing it for 5 weeks now, and I can tell the infection is almost gone. Hallelujah! Every time I apply the oil, I can feel the fumes working in my nose and going up to the sinuses. Then about 5 minutes later my nose starts running, and I am able to blow out some mucous chunks (sorry to be gross! ) I haven't suffered a sinus headache once during this time.
Most days I don't even feel the infection anymore. It does come back occasionally, so I know I'm not completely healed, but there has been great progress. And I haven't finished the 8-10 weeks yet anyway. But for those suffering from sinus infections, definitely give this a try! It's not painful at all, and there's no discomfort or drowning feeling, like there is with the nettipot. (I just can't do the nettipot. ~shiver~)"
[YEA] 06/06/2013: Cherylee from Johannesburg, South Africa: "I have suffered with really bad sinus for over 2 years. It has been steadily getting worse and worse to the point that I could not even smell or taste anything for over a year!
I would also wake up in the middle of the night and sneeze about 20 times! And mornings were the worst... just sneezing over and over till I could hardly stand.
I was in my local Dischem chemist looking for yet another cure when the sales assistant asked me if I ate BANANAS???? Bananas I asked??? She said I should just try cutting them out for a month. Well, I had already cut out dairy, wheat and sugar all to no avail so it was worth a try.
Well, its been over 6 months now and no more sneezing, sinus and my taste and smell have returned!!!! Its apparently NOT actually the bananas themselves, but the gas they use to artificially ripen soft fruit. So all fruit that is ripened with gas causes this allergic reaction, and cutting out all these fruits have stopped all my sinus... JUST AMAZING!!!"
[YEA] 06/01/2008: Alex from Los Angeles, CA: "I got a nasty sinus infection during the first week of January 2008. I went to my doctor a couple of weeks later and over the next few months I was given a variety of antibiotics, nasal sprays, singular, Claritin and a neti pot. I tried the silver spray and even used grape seed oil, oil pulling and apple cider vinegar but nothing worked until last week when my doctor gave me this simple advice.
She said: "Add two drops of BABY SHAMPOO to your saline nasal spray twice a day." I started that three days ago and I feel a thousand times better!!!!!!!! I am sending her a thank you note next week. Spread the word, use 2 DROPS OF BABY SHAMPOO IN YOUR NASAL SPRAY!"
[YEA] 06/27/2008: Tom from Asheville , NC replies: "There is credence to the claims of using baby shampoo. A study was done by the Univ of Penn. recommend mixing up a saline irrigation solution with 1% baby shampoo. The theory is this: Bacteria and fungus form a protective bio-film as a way of self preservation. This slime coat is believed to be the reason why anitbiotics and other natural cures are less effective in getting to the bacterial infection. By breaking down this bio-barrier, there higher success at eliminating the infection. The article can be found here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18284857?dopt=Abstract. I have started mixing baby shampoo in my irrigation solution, approx 1 tsp/quart. I highly recommend it."
03/11/2009: Jean from Edwardsburg, MI replies: "How do I get the baby shampoo into my nasal spray bottle? Can't unscrew top and no other way to get it in?"
03/14/2009: Mike from South Florida, Florida replies: "The tip on all the ones I have used will pull out with a little force. Currently I have Saline Nasal spray from Publix (3 oz) and it pulled out fine. If you cant get it with your fingers try a small pair of pliers with very light pressure (so you don't clamp it shut). I hope this helps."
07/07/2009: Carole from Boynton Beach, Florida replies: "I was wondering why no one also mentioned that there is anesthetic in Baby Shampoo, does this also help with relief. My grandmother used it for her itchy eyelids with success because of this. How much per neti pot or squeeze bottle. I don't mix up a quart of saline at a time. Thanks-"
Baking Soda and Salt Water
[YEA] 02/10/2011: Enigma_aubrey from Portland, Oregon, United States: "I recently had a sinus infection, whhile feeling bloated. I was going to do a bit of a detoxing cleanse, and after I drank up the first glass of warm sea-salt and baking soda water my noses started running and I could breathe through my nose again. The entire infection cleared up soon afterwards. The only downside is that the salty water can give people an upset stomach."
Betadine and Hydrogen Peroxide Sinus Rinse
[YEA] 03/20/2011: B14a3w3 from Stewartstown, Pa: "For 2 years I have been using a capful of peroxide, premeasured NeilMed salt, 1 cup of warm water and 3 drops of Betadine once a day to prevent allergy sinus infections. I use a NeilMed squirt bottle to shoot the solution into one nasal passage and it comes out the other... Like a netipot would do. Instead of 2-3 infections a year, I have none. It has also prevented cracked skin over the cartilidge on the inside of my nose from post nasal drip irritation. My doctor said it was safe and to keep doing it since it helps. I have had infections for at least 20 years prior to trying this solution."
[NAY] 01/23/2008: Fred from Atlanta, GA: "WARNING:'Sinus Infection Remedies - Danger!!! A MSDS sheet for Betadine stated the following: "Reactivity - A mixture of equal parts of a 10% povidone iodine solution (Betadine) and hydrogen peroxide 3% exploded about 100 minutes after mixing." Folks, this is the normal Betadine and hydrogen peroxide that you buy in the store! I was actually considering putting a few drops of these in some salt water and using it in an atomizing spray bottle (these are normally called "non-drip."). Not any more! On the other hand, after all of their warninings, I like the few drops of Betadine in a spray bottle of salt water, it works great! Betadine is one of the few things that kills viruses, it is stable in storage and and has a residual effect. To be on the safe side I will be keeping an eye out for possible iodine toxicity.
Another website states "REMEMBER: Betadine and tincture of iodine are not the same thing. Tincture of iodine is NOT safe to use. Tincture of Iodine is poisonous! Never use tincture of iodine when piercing skin. It dangerously inflames mucus membranes and if put on a wound or piercing it can result in a toxic level of iodine absorption." Therefore, I think I'll stick with the Betadine. http://www.phlebotomypages.com/iodine.htm"Replies
04/03/2013: Tatiana from New York, Ny replies: "Did you use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide? You are ONLY supposed to irrigate with the food grade kind (you can find it at most health food stores). Using regular hydrogen peroxide can be very dangerous (not to mention potentially very painful! )"
[YEA] 09/24/2007: Sabrina from Denver, CO: "Add 2 drops of Betadine (Povidone Iodine) to the NeilMed sinus rinse bottle along with the room temperature boiled water and salt packet. Betadine is an antiseptic. I tried this solution at the advice of a family physician, and it's the first thing that's ever worked. I did this rinse 4-6 times per day while I had the infection, and it got rid of it within one week. It's the first time I have kicked a sinus infection without antibiotics, and I usually get 4 sinus infections per year. I also added 1/4 tsp of hydrogen peroxide for good measure, but that's something I did, not the doctor's suggestion."Replies
[YEA] 03/28/2012: Daisy from Jacksonville, Florida replies: "Oh, wow. This might be the best tip on the whole site.
I have been using salt/baking soda sinus rinse for years, but never with the "miraculous" success others reported. There was even a couple of times when I felt like the rinse helped push the infection further up and further in. To combat this I have at separate times added either tincture of iodine or Lugol's in it -- very, very little because it has a nuclear sting -- which seemed to work and has helped in severe infections, but still nothing spectacular.
Over the last two or three days I have been building up to a full-blown sinus infection and came here to study the recommendations again when I came across this tip and realized that even though I have tried iodine, I have never tried *povidone* iodine, which is much less irritating to tissue and widely used in wound healing preparations.
I don't actually have any Betadine on hand except for some prepackaged surgical wipes a friend gave me (like wet wipes for your hands, but with betadine instead) but since I'd only need a few drops to try I figured that was enough. I knew the very first snort would tell me all I needed to know. So today when praparing the rinse I was going to do anyway, I tipped a few drops of water into the wipe packet, and then tipped the diluted betadine from the wipe packet into my sinus rinse bottle, added the water and salt/baking soda mix as usual, and had at it.
Oh. My. Gosh. It didn't sting a bit. And what's more, the building inflammation and congestion I'd had when I started was entirely gone by the time I mixed the second rinse only minutes later. (I usually do two rinses at a time. ) When I did the second rinse, instead of meeting the usual resistance from all the inflammation, the water ran out as fast as it ran in! And now, twenty minutes later, the relief is lasting just fine.
This is definitely a keeper, and not just because of povidone iodine's ease on the tissues and nasal mucosa. I have long had troubles with yeastiness, and am convinced that a lot of my sinus troubles are due to yeast... And as it happens, povidone iodine is active against fungi as well as bacteria. (I don't know about viruses, sorry. ) And if I had to place a bet, I'd say the near miraculous relief I got today was because it hit the yeast as well as whatever bacteria was trying to get a hold up in there.
Thank you so much for posting this little tip. The only thing I would add is that whoever tries it needs to make sure that they are using POVIDONE iodine (Betadine solution or its generic equivalent) and not tincture of iodine, or even a Betadine lotion/cream/cleanser/scrub, because it's not the same thing and there are a lot of products labeled Betadine. The ingredients in Betadine Solution are Povidone-Iodine 10%, Pareth 25-9, Purified Water, and Sodium Hydroxide, and that's it. If you put some other form of iodine in your nasal rinse, I'm going to bet that you come away sincerely wishing you hadn't, because I've tried them all and never found one that didn't sting like a mother until this.
Thank you again for posting this!!!"
11/04/2010: Michael from Long Beach, Ca: "Now I know for a fact that Black Mold caused my sinus infection. I could not figure this out until I started to look at my work environment. The crawl space is full of black mold."
Boiled Onion, Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 01/08/2012: Mommabetty from Cape Cod, Ma: "Sinus Infections: My grandfather was an herbalist during the early 1900's. His remedy, which I've always found effective, was to boil a large sliced onion with a tablespoon of coarse salt and enough ACV to cover. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer got 20-30 minutes. Breathing these vapors will sting a bit but is helpful. After cooking you can use 1-2 Tbs of this in warm water to drink or simple sip the straight concoction once cooled. It keeps well for a few weeks when refrigerated. Onion juice contains a natural antibiotic which compliments the mucolytic effect of the vinegar."
[YEA] 12/14/2007: Christie from Thunder Bay, Canada: "I was 4 months pregnant and got a sinus infection. I couldn't take medication for it, and after 5 weeks of not being able to TASTE, I heard that carrots (beta-carotene) would help. I ate one carrot per day for about three days, and on the 4th day my nasal passages started "letting go". I blew my nose for about a week straight! But it worked!!!"
[NAY] 11/20/2013: Renee from Bergen Co., Nj: "Cayenne in a nasal rinse did not work well for me. Immediately after irrigating my sinuses with a small pinch of cayenne in the normal saline solution, my sinuses felt better and a lot of yellow mucus came out. But a little later I experienced rebound inflammation resulting from the irritation of the cayenne. I ended up staying up most of the night because every time I laid down and started falling asleep, I would wake up with a gasp for breath. It was scary. I had to force my breathing to get enough oxygen. Perhaps it was the irritation in my throat but I could not bear to breath through my mouth and seemed to experience the same gasping when I tried. Sitting straight up or standing helped me to breath better, but if I fell asleep and my head tilted in any direction, I would wake up with the gasp for air. Scary! ...I've had rebound inflammation from other sinus rinses here too: ACV, H2O2 come to mind. And I've used Sinus Buster many times, until I realized that it was causing rebound inflammation. But this was the worst case ever! I ended up eating and taking an Advil in the middle of the night trying to reduce the inflammation. It was better this morning, but because my sinuses were swollen shut all night, my sinus infection was even worse by today. Trying betadine & baby shampoo sinus rinse now. (so far, no rebound inflammation after one rinse)"
[YEA] 01/29/2009: Ray from Tampa , Florida: "For a few years I was getting sinusitis which was dripping into my chest and causing further havoc. It would last several weeks usually and leave me miserable with a low grade fever the whole time.
I had used Cayenne Pepper before but sporadically. I was told (don't remember where) that Cayenne Pepper in liquid form mixed with Fizzy Vitamin C would help clear it up. I purchased some CP and mixed it 20-25 drops into one or two packs of Emergen C and poured approx. 10 ounces of lemonade into the mix and drank it down. The effervessence of the Fizzy C seems to help deliver the cayenne pepper more actively to the mucus membranes. The CP must also kill some of the bacteria that is forming in the sinus cavity and mucus lining.
I usually drink it slowy over a minute or two. It doesn't take long but I begin to expell mucus that seems to be loosened up. During the beginning of a cold or sinus condition I start this immediately and have never had a full or even annoying recurrence in almost 10 years. You can do the same thing with a nasal wash but be careful to use only a partial drop of cayenne with some dead sea salt and water to clear stubborn nasal passages if necessary. I have only had to do it once or twice but it is effective. My wife even used a mild cayenne wash for her eyes when we first met and it helped clear up a stubborn infection. I hope this helps someone as it has helped me many times over the years."
[YEA] 10/17/2007: Samantha from Portland, Oregon: "I found cayenne a great cure for pretty much everything some time ago. It wasnt long ago that I came down with a bad sinus infection, cough, and fatigue. I decided to boil water on the stove, and add cayenne(open 3 capsules and pour them in), crushed garlic(4 cloves),half an onion, and grated ginger. THIS COMBINATION IS AMAZING. It is SO powerful. The most vital ingredients are the cayenne and garlic, but the onion and ginger are also very helpful. Make sure and boil everything until the onion is mushy, and the garlic is too. Keep a lid on, but every so often inhale the steam from the boiling remedy.. very soothing! Pour it into a glass and drink the whole thing. It is very potent, so what I do is add honey to it and it really tastes like liquid food- like a soup base or something.
Another remedy that I use is cayenne tea- just put a tea bag of your favorite tea in boiling water, and add a capsule of cayenne & some honey. Since I have been using cayenne in tea, and orally, and drinking the onion ginger garlic tincture, I rarely get sick.. and when I do, I can kick it within 3 days maximum. Cayenne is also extremely helpful for menstrual cramps."
[YEA] 10/04/2006: Jen from Toronto, Ontario: "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."