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
- Baby Shampoo
- Baking Soda and Salt Water
- Betadine and Hydrogen Peroxide Sinus Rinse
- Black Mold
- Boiled Onion, Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cayenne Snorting
- Cinnamon, Clove and Oregano Oils
- Coconut Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Colloidal Silver, Ascorbic Acid, Black Elderberry Syrup
- Cream of Tartar
- Dental Care
- 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
- Measure Your Ph
- 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
03/19/2013: Rebecca from Fort Worth, Texas: "Snorting cayenne red pepper works, I have a sinus infection and put less than fourth tsp of ground cayenne pepper and mixed with 1/2 cup of water and ran it through my nose, it does burn but I feel 100 % better. Thanks for the..."
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||211 YEAS|
|Saline Rinse||50 YEAS|
|Cayenne Snorting||26 YEAS|
|Hydrogen Peroxide and Sea Salt||22 YEAS|
|Hydrogen Peroxide||17 YEAS|
|Grapefruit Seed Extract||16 YEAS|
|Neti Pot||15 YEAS|
|Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar||12 YEAS|
|Oregano Oil||10 YEAS|
|Oil Pulling||9 YEAS|
|Colloidal Silver||7 YEAS|
|Multiple Remedies||6 YEAS|
|Dietary Changes||5 YEAS|
[YEA] 03/12/2013: Momma.hambone from Detroit, Mi: "I highly recommend snorting cayenne pepper! After reading reviews on Earth Clinic and being completely sick of being sick I finally decided to take the plunge. I am so happy I did. I did a small "bump" in each nostril from the end of a knife and immedietly could feel the pepper at work. It burned like something else for about 10 minutes but then, to my utter delight, I could BREATHE from my nose again! It has been 3 days; I can sleep at night, I can taste food again, I can breathe, I can talk to people without sounding like a weirdo. I still have some mucus, but its completely clear and nothing like it was before. Next time I even think I'm coming down with an infection I'm doing this straight away. Thank you all, and remember: your body is a healing machine. Be blessed in oneness!!"
[YEA] 03/05/2013: Jamie from Austin, Tx: "This remedy really works.
I had a cold that turned into a sinus infection. After the sneezing/extreme runny nose symptoms of the cold subsided, I was left with a minor cough and a never ending supply of neon yellow snot to blow out of my right nostril.
I tried drinking warm milk with turmeric, but that didn't help much. After I discovered this remedy here, I intuitively knew that cayenne would kill whatever was producing this unnaturally bright yellow mucus. No pain no gain.
So I snorted up a bump of cayenne about the size of a pinky-nail in my right nostril... Sharp, severe burning pain in my sinus cavity that had me hyperventilating and gushing tears out of my right eye, occasionally rolling around on the floor. I sneezed a few times and finally after about 4 minutes the level of pain began to decrease. I could feel it killing the sinus infection, so the pain was reassuring to me.
I blew the rest of the bright yellow mucus out within minutes and haven't seen it since. It's been over 24 hours and I only had to blow my nose a few times today and it was clear snot. Cayenne snorting works."Replies
03/09/2013: Tanya from Erwin, Nc replies: "Is this safe? I am willing to do almost anything to relieve this horrible pain."
03/19/2013: Rebecca from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "Snorting cayenne red pepper works, I have a sinus infection and put less than fourth tsp of ground cayenne pepper and mixed with 1/2 cup of water and ran it through my nose, it does burn but I feel 100 % better. Thanks for the advice. It's worth it."
03/19/2013: Roec from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Whaaat? Please, Nooooo! Dont try this! There are far better ways for clearing sinus infections mentioned here. Once that water opens the pores and makes contact with mucus membranes, COMPLETELY bring you to your kneese, TORTURE!
Try apple cider vinegar or olive leaf. Juiced carrots, apples. You can take a hot shower or bath with Eucalyptus & Tea Tree oil but don't put cayenne on wet skin or mucus membrane skin!"
[YEA] 04/20/2012: "Well I just had my first experience of snorting Cayenne pepper. I have had a bad sinus infection for almost 2 days and nothing was working. It has been 7 minutes since I snorted the Cayenne pepper and I can actually breath out of both nostrils, and my sore throat is better. Make no mistake, it will BURN, but the after results are WORTH IT!!!"
01/13/2012: Marlo from Camrose, Ab, Canada: "Leave it to me to find an easier way to administer cayenne pepper via your sinuses. I have found that if you put the cayenne pepper in a ziplock bag around your mouth and nose, blowing into the bag with your mouth, then inhaling the disturbed dust into your nose is the best way to administer the cayenne for a sinus infection. You can repeat the process many times throughout the day rather that snorting it all at once which causes discomfort."Replies
02/03/2012: Tea from Vancouver, Bc replies: "Did you just use Cayenne pepper in its powder form? How much a teaspoon or like half a teaspoon I'm dying to try this out but being a big wuss."
[YEA] 11/22/2011: Rory from Houston, Tx: "This hurts, a lot. Do not use a lot! A little goes a LONG way. You do blow your knose a lot after, so that clears you up. Also, this pepper is a pain killer of sorts so it will make you feel better for a bit. But the initial pain was pretty amazing for me. Scale of 1 to 10 I'm thinking at least 7. It tappers off quickly, within a few minutes I'm down to a 5 or so. My nose feels like it's on fire. It seems to have helped. I used about 1/20th of a teaspoon, a very small amount. Then immediately blew my nose and most of it came out. I can now feel the pepper running down the back of my throat. Awesome.
My situation is I had a cold then got a sinus infection. I have had this for about 3 days or so.
I only did this 10 mins ago (etc) so I'm unsure of the long term effects but in the short term it does seem to have some beneficial effects."Replies
[YEA] 05/20/2012: Irbgirl from Indian Rocks Beach, Fl, USA replies: "I used Cayenne, Peroxide and Kosher salt, hot water and a bulb syringe. I eat really hot food, so thought I'd be prepared for the cayenne. I think I overdid it! It burned for a bit, but then felt refreshing. When I blew the solution from my sinuses, lets just say the results were effective! What relief! I did it once in the morning and once in the evening. I woke up for the first time in over a week being able to breath and my voice sounds almost normal."
[YEA] 11/15/2011: Nikkilu from Houston, Tx : "I came on Earth Clinic last night to find a natural remedy for this horrid sinus infections that I've had for about three months. I hate taking meds. Furthermore the antibotics did absolutely nothing when I did decide to take them. UGH!
After getting over my fear of having burning nostrils I snorted the Caynne Pepper!!!!! And in minutes I could breath out of both nostrils. SERIOUSLY, and I slept like a baby... I was so happy to breath out of my nostrils. I'm currently at work so now I'm going to try the Hot Organic Apple Cider in some tea!! Lets see if this will work for me!!
YEEEAAA!! I'm on a natural remedy roll!"
[YEA] 02/04/2010: Ray from Cranbury, Nj: "Snorting Cayenne Pepper - Absolutely Amazing
Reading the other posts I figured I'ld give it a try. My temperature was around 102 and my head and sinus areas killing me. Lots of yellow discharge. Lots of pain. I was not doing well. So, rather hastily and unscientifically I put a couple of shakes of organic Cayenne Pepper into about a Tablespoon of water in a teacup. I used a Q-tip to put it each nostril a couple times each and snorted it up. I then bent over and kept snorting. I followed with a Q-tip dipped in water to get more movement and snorted some more. My mixture may have been a bit intense. It burned alright, my eyes teared as if I was bawling like a baby and I had a few sneezing fits. I hung on for a few minutes and then blew my nose. Put some more water in there and snorted a bit more. Ten minutes later there was a definite change. My head still hurt and my nose was on fire! Then after about another 15-20 minutes most of the pressure in my head left and when I tried blowing my nose, no colored discharge! My temperature went down to 99 and I no longer had the chills. It worked! It worked! One of God's amazing wonders! Thank you everyone for sharing."Replies
[YEA] 05/04/2011: Candice from Vancouver, Wa replies: "Up until earlier tonight I'd been feeling miserable from a sinus infection since last weekend, so a couple of nights ago I started researching home remedies. I decided to try an unconventional method that I was pretty skeptical of to (hopefully) cure my sinus infection. Snorting cayenne pepper. Sounded completly backward and awful to me! I avoid the doctor like the plague though... And I was getting tempted to quit toughing it out and just go to the clinic.. So I needed to do something drastic. I spent so much time researching just because.. Well.. My Mother taught me not to put things up my nose.
Well, I was a little too wussy to actually snort it so I put a dash in my neti-pot. Much to my amazement- it's working wonders! I took a four hour long nap and a bunch of mucus has drained out of my face. It did sting a bit but wasn't nearly as uncomfortable as not being able to breathe through my nose, just a relief to feel some shift in the pressure in my head. Anyway... Yay! If you've been feeling like you have a sinus infection, and you don't want to take antibiotics, what do you have to lose? (I'm super prone to these so I usually I can feel them coming on and know when I have one before I get diagnosed. ) Anyhow, I wish I hadn't been so skeptical, I could have been out of my misery much sooner."
[YEA] 11/28/2009: Olodus from Victoria, Bc, Canada: "I've been battling a cold / flu / strep, not sure but its been suppressed after a healthy dose of cayenne and ACV, but the sinus thing has been lingering and i am prone to infection on the left side so i figured i'd give this snort a shot.
This is not for the faint of heart.
I didn't measure out anything particular just a tiny pinch for each nostril and bam. In the past week i've probally consumed roughly an eighth of the bottle of cayenne and nothing could have prepared me for this experience.
Everything is drained, and my ear is feeling better already, my face is glowing and sinuses have been armed with napalm. This one is definately for the books."
[YEA] 01/04/2012: Daisy from Jacksonville, Florida, U.s.a replies: "I'm trying to nip a wannabe sinus infection in the bud before it goes from bad to worse, and I just tried this about a half hour ago to help open my sinuses. I only did one side because if it went nuclear I figured half pain was better than all pain. So I took the tiniest bit of powdered cayenne on the end of a teaspoon -- just the amount that would fit under my pinky nail as others have described, but on a spoon -- and sniffed.
Oh. Words do not describe. Whoever said this is not for the faint of heart was being extraordinarily gentle. It's like TNT for the nose. But the thing is, it worked, and it really wasn't that bad. When I first sniffed it up, it didn't go all that far up, so I kept sniffing to keep it moving up and back, which is when it went down the back of my throat, and also when I started to feel The Burn. That was less than pleasant, but the sneezing and nose blowing that ensued soon took it down a few notches. The burn was pretty intense, and tapered off over a few minutes, but was strangely good. I had a little bit of rebound congestion because the cayenne is an irritant (duh! ) but that was more than offset by the sinuses opening up, and it's almost entirely gone now.
Since I only did it on one side, I can tell the difference very clearly, and the cayenne side feels great! I had forgotten that cayenne has painkilling properties, but sure enough that nostril and the sinus passages on that side are numb, which is very welcome.
I wasn't nearly as badly stuffed up as some of the folks here have been describing, so I did not get 30 second relief, but I can totally see how you would get instant results if you were just completely closed up: the effect is nothing short of explosive. Seriously. Like C4 for your nose.
So basically, as soon as I recover my courage, I'm going to do the other side. :)"
[YEA] 05/25/2012: Mary from Orlando, Fl replies: "Thank you for the information ~ I have been battling severve sinus pain. I tried the cayenne pepper on the end of a wet qtip. Yes it burned but I finally got relief. I am alternating it with saline spray. I am finally without pain at the moment ~ this really works ~ thank you so much"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 09/16/2009: Katie from Edwardsville, Il, USA: "Wow! What a rush! I woke up with sinus pain today, and came looking for remedies. After reading all the reviews on snorting cayenne pepper, I tentatively decided to give it a try. I sprinkled a pinch in my palm and used my pinky finger to scoop a TINY amount under my fingernail, and I inhaled it with my slightly clearer nostril. The burning got pretty intense within a few seconds, but within 30 seconds something shifted and I felt the pressure drop away. After a couple of minutes, I used it in the completely blocked nostril and it cleared almost immediately! Yes, the burning was INTENSE, but it was never unbearable. Honestly, it was a relief to feel something other than my sinus pressure and pain. I've heard of pharmaceutical companies using the chemical in pepper to find new ways to block pain- my experience shows that, at least temporarily, IT WORKS!
Unfortunately, the pressure is already coming back. So, it works in the short term, but no lasting relief. I will try reapplying. If I find different results, I'll post them."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/22/2009: Dave from Westminster, Md: "I had sinus pressure for a couple of weeks every night i would start feeling worse around 6:30 then the drainage and drippy throat, even when i get antibiotics from the doctor it dont seem to go away for a couple months, so i checked a remedy book, 1 sugeestion was garlic, so i got some this morning, ate a clove still tasting it, went online to make sure i took it right, when i read about sniffing cayenne, told my daughter about it she said she wanted to try. She said burned a little, I tried with a larger dose a my pinky, did both sides real quick. it burns and still feels hot now about 12 minutes ago, but i am breathing clear out of both nostrills, dont get worked up thinking about it.
I recommend, will see what happens later or a couple of days and let you know the results."Replies
05/17/2010: Danielle from Boston, Ma replies: "Long term sinusitis is often 1 or 3 things (or a combination)
1.) Food Allergies. You can get a food allergy BLOOD test (ask a holistic doctor - the skin pin prick tests that ENTs/conventional doctors suggest are not as accurate.
2.) Heavy Metal Toxicity (Mercury/other heavy metals). Once the heavy metals are removed from your system (through EDTA/DMPS chelations - some patients have to get their fillings removed first) Heavy metals can hold onto yeast/molds/fungus and make it much harder to get of. My long term sinusitis completely cleared up after doing EDTA chelations. If you choose to do this, make sure you do it with a holistic doctor you trust.
3.) Yeast/Fungus - high potent Oregano oil works wonders for this type of sinus problem!"
[YEA] 08/04/2009: Rachelle88 from Ellenwood, Georgia: "i used the cayenne pepper and that may have been the scariest thing i have ever done..it really worked. i knew that i might burn so i was a little apprehensive..i used about 1/8 teaspoon and snorted it. OMG!!!! i tried to calm my nerves, but i was no use..i ran around the house sneezing..i had to blow my nose alot..once i calmed down, i was so exhausted that i went to sleep..but when i woke up, i was fine..i would reccomend it. i keep it in my medicie cabinet now"
06/24/2009: Oldmanz from Hessel, MI USA: "cayenne for sinus problem: I snorted up cayenne pepper and it worked it hurt a bit but I will do anything that works this has been a llife long problem. My ? is do you do it daily or just when your having the problem. Oldmanz"
[YEA] 04/08/2009: Diane from Clovis, NM: "I tried cayenne pepper for sinus pressure in my head, when every time I coughed I had excruciating pain. I put about 1/8 of an inch under my pinkie finger nail and snorted in each nostril. Wow! what a rush. I didn't cough or sneeze, it just burned for about 30 seconds, but the headache and pressure were gone. I hope it lasts longer than everything else I've tried. It works, for now at least."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/22/2012: Spiritgirl78 from East Islip, NY, USA replies: "After being sick with a cold, left ear infection, sinus infection, and upper respiratory infection for 3 weeks, which then turned into borinchitis, I decided to try something more drastic, lol.
First, I made a mixture of 2 tbsp of ACV mixed with 8oz of cranberry juice, and it did not taste so bad- I dran it through a straw to reduce enamel damage. And my sinus pressure became relieved. THEN, I decided to also snort Cayenne Pepper- 3/4th of an inch in each nostril. I believe I did more than what was advised- 1/8th.. lol.
I did each nostril back to back, and let me tell you: the burning was immense, but it helped with doing a breathing exercise- inhale through your nose SHARPLY and exhale through your mouth SHARPLY. This helped with the exhaling because the urning sensation is BAD. lol.
After 5 minutes the burning started to dissipate and well, my sinuses started draining alot and its been 30 minutes, and my sinuses are not clogged. Bottom line: only snort cayenne if you are desperate, lol. BUT IT DOES HELP."
[YEA] 04/08/2009: Katherine from Springfield, OHIO: "Sniffing CAYENNE PEPPER WORKS! It takes a few to get over the initial shock of the burn but just try to stay calm, use ice pack for your nose and pray no one video tapes you. LOL its crazy but it works!"