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
01/30/2013: J D from La Canada, California: "I came across your website and thought I would get some advice on how to use colloidal silver for a sinus problem. Eight weeks ago, somehow a sinus pressure behind the eyes, forehead, radiating to the temples began. It seemed kind of sudden, like 1 hour..."
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
|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|
[NAY] 02/19/2009: Megan from Cedar Falls, IA, USA: "I tried snorting cayenne pepper to relieve my sinus headache. I used roughly 1/32 of a teaspoon in my most obstructed nostril. Though my sinuses were cleared temporarily, the burning was hardly worth it. The left half of my face was inflamed, my eyes were running, and blowing my nose hurt like sin. I used my neti pot after, to try and quell the pain, with less than optimal results. Half an hour later, the burning has stopped and my congestion is back. Maybe I did something wrong, but I would not recommend this remedy."Replies
[WARNING!] 04/16/2012: Anti-cayenne from Omaha, Nebraska replies: "This is a ***WARNING*** about cayenne pepper snorting. I did this a handful of times to cure a cold and the last time I did so, I did it with particularly hot cayenne (according to the rating). There may be nothing more that I regret doing in my life. I really, really wish I'd never seen this website and gotten this idea into my head because after this time, my nose started running all the time. I thought I was just getting cold after cold, or that my hayfever was persisting into the winter months, but that didn't make any sense to me so I started eliminating foods to see if it was intolerance issues. Finally I found the most simplistic of elimination diets, one that got rid of practically every type of potential allergen including odd foods that contain salicylates, glutamates, histamine-containing foods, etc. It was an incredibly bland diet and I thought it was a good starting place to add foods back in and see what I react to.
Turns out I react to almost everything now, because cayenne contains lots of salicylates or phenols and these are substances in everything you eat to varying degrees. I find that I can now only eat things that are very low in salicylates and phenols - these are very, very bland foods. Otherwise, my nose runs, my eyes get puffy and red, I get this brain dead feeling, and basically can't function. Never used to be this way. I can't enjoy almost any of my favorite foods anymore, like spices, coffee, dairy, most fruits and vegetables, nuts, fermented foods like alcohol and vinegar, etc. Pretty much all plant foods are out if I want to be 100% well because I'm convinced the cayenne pepper activated something that made me sensitive to plant chemicals.
Anyway, this will sound dramatic but as someone who's found food to be a source of joy and creativity on various levels - nutritionally, gustatorily, socially, etc. - this has been the biggest blow to my wellbeing in many, many years. Sometimes I've found myself profoundly depressed about it, and there's not a day that goes by that I don't regret have done something so apparently dangerous. If anyone has an "earth cure" about how to get rid of "allergies to everything" caused by cayenne pepper, I'd be unbelievably happy. Sigh.
In short: please don't snort cayenne pepper, ever."
[YEA] 02/03/2009: Amy from Ocala, FL: "This has now become my favorite natural remedy for sinus infections!! My sinus infections are always so terribly painful that my teeth hurt...I woke up and knew I'd have to get on antibiotics if I didn't do something drastic so I snorted (as best as you can with both nasal passages clogged) cayenne pepper - not a huge amount, less than 1/8 teaspoon on the tip of my pinkie...it burns, yes, but I noticed almost immediate relief with breathing and pressure. Ten min. later and the burning sensation has dissipated (now it has a menthol type feeling) but the pressure/pain is completely gone. WORTH IT!!!!!"
[YEA] 01/07/2009: Gary from Altamont, TN, USA: "Cayenne: I just found your site and am responding to a message from 2006 about cayenne for the sinus. I have chronic sinus problems, it got so bad once that I was desperate. I usually put 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a large glass of warm water and snuff it up my nose. Well, I added a pinch of cayenne to the saline. I snuffed it up my nose, and it burned for about two seconds, then the burning quickly subsided. Yes, it stopped what I suppose was a sinus infection. Any way I felt better for a long time. Gary"Replies
03/07/2009: Kristi from Lebanon, Oregon replies: "I already take Apple Cider Vinegar 2 Tbs in in my water bottle all day long. I also have taken Cayenne pepper also, but I was wondering if any one has put a little cayenne pepper in their netti pot with the saline solution for sinus infection. I am tempted I might do before you get back to me, but please respond.
[YEA] 05/23/2009: Rob from Anchorage, Alaska replies: "I use cayenne in a neti pot. I use the point of of a knife to measure the pepper, add warm water and use half a pot on each side. I use a very small amount, none the less it can produce rapid results that last the day."
[YEA] 02/21/2010: Daren from Trenton, Mi, Us replies: "Dear EC, I too have used organic Cayenne pepper in my neti pot. My kind is actually the kind you squeeze not tilt your head and pour. My sinuses have been acting up like always. Along with my sinus cleanse saline solution (sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride (the little packets you can buy)) I added approximately 1/32 of a TEASPOON NOT TABLESPOON (1/8 of a 1/4 teaspoon). It was actually 1 dash of cayenne. But the holes on my container are a little bigger than typical so I did a light dash. I experienced great results! It cleared me up right away. It is intense for the first time so beginners may want to use EVEN LESS for their first try.
These ingredients were mixed with 8oz or 1 CUP of room temperature water. I have done it twice now in the past 18 hours and I am hacking out green stuff so I know it's working. I would advise not doing it more than 2 or 3 times in 24 hours and not more than a few days a week in time of need. But that is just my opinion.
I am curious if turmeric would be helpful in this application also has anyone tried it?
Thank you, and love you FOREVER EC!!!!!!"
[YEA] 12/27/2008: Angie from New Bern, NC: "Well I was hesitant to try pepper. I am now a believer in this natural remedy. i just tried it and I am not in pain anymore. It does burn and I sneezed alot and my eyes watered, but it was worth it to not feel the pressure anymore.WOWWWWW!"
[YEA] 12/23/2008: Sunday from Chicago, IL: "Cayenne Pepper: Yes, this truly works!!!! I have chronic sinus problems. I tried the pepper, by snorting it, and within minutes it worked. I then put a 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper in my green tea, and I was amazed the power of pepper! I didnt have to go to the doctor. We need to put this in cans. it works!"
[YEA] 11/20/2008: Veronica from San Antonio, Texas: "I recently got a sinus infection and I tried many of the remedies on this site with mixed results. My mother gave me a bottle of Sinus Buster- a natural pepper spray- and I tried it.It stings some, but does it open up your sinuses. The sinus infection was gone in two days. I have since had another sinus infection and got the same results the second time I used it. It took about 1 spray in each nostril, 1x a day for 2-3 days."
[YEA] 03/20/2008: Adeleine from Portland, Oregon: "cayenne snorting: This crap works! Immediate relief. Lots of blowing the nose after, particularly if you don't manage to sneeze. Huge globs of infection came out after I tried this. However, I think I used too much cayenne. I would suggest using 2 lines, each one just one quarter to one sixth the size of your pinky fingernail (width and length). Anyway, great remedy if you have eyes you can't even move around anymore because there is so much pressure behind them causing pain."
[YEA] 02/13/2008: Tanya from Northglenn, Colorado: "Alright Ive got a funny yet true story...my sister and I cought a cold. (And shes the type thats pron to sinus infections) So I was tryin to find any kind of remedies for her(cuz she doesnt have med.insurance). N I came across this page and read what Greg from TN did for his sinus infection. Sniffing CAYENNE PEPPER...So with my sister yellin about how she do anything to get the elephant off her head(sinus pressure), I started cutting the Cayenne Pepper into lines. After cutting 2 lines(one for each side) I watched and by far it was the most entertainingly/hilarious thing Ive ever seen! She jumped around and kept saying "it burns, it burns". Secs after snorting up those 2 lines, the pressure was gone! Greg, your right...IT WORKS!"Replies
12/21/2009: Rebecca from Wichita, Ks replies: "since i awakened this morning, i suspected i had a sinus infection. determined NOT to see a doc nor be prescribed antibiotics, i turned to natural remedies. i started with an airborne mixed with apple cider vinegar. then moved on to snorting cayenne. and have had another airborne with acv. i also used a neti which felt weird! i am going to rinse with my neti again before bed and will add cayenne to the rinse. it is true, the cayenne is powerful. the neti rinse too, is SO soothing. i hope by xmas eve, i will feel better."
[YEA] 10/31/2007: Greg from Nashville, TN: "I was reading your cures for sinus infections. I had the worst one ever. I read that people were using cayenne, so I decided that mine was so bad I would just snort it. Well, yes it burns quite a bit, but the effects were immediate!!!! My headache went away and the pressure in my eyes quit also. Just wait a couple of minutes, sneeze and blow your nose. It's a pretty good rush and you will sweat, but it worked for me. I keep it in my medicine cabinet now."Replies
07/24/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Not exactly snorting, but I got rid of my last two sinus infections with spicy food. VERY spicy food. The best one was my experience at an Indian restaurant having a chicken fal. Fal is spicier than both vindaloo and tindaloo. Bottled hot sauces won't work as well, best options are non-irradiated spices put in food or made as tea with hot water, or fresh chopped hot peppers added to food. The other time was a real spicy szechuan (sichuan) chinese food experience. Get your hands on some ultra spicy food, the hottest you can think of standing it, and then some. These spices are cleansing, simple as that. Have some rice, bread, or mango/strawberry lassi handy to assist, and some tissues. You will sweat out many toxins in addition to your nose running."
[YEA] 03/08/2007: Amy from Dayton, Ohio: "I've used chlorophyll with some good results. I dilute chlorophyll with distilled water in a bottle that has a dropper with it. I use the mixture three, sometimes four times a day. Make sure you keep it refrigerated. here is a link for more information about chlorophyll: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,764228,00.html
I also stay away from dairy, wheat and soy products. In fact I'm completely eliminating soy from my diet."
Cinnamon, Clove and Oregano Oils
[YEA] 01/07/2009: Ellen from Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Currently livin: "Essential Oil Inhalation cure for Bronchitis, Sinus Infections, Pneumonia
I regularly get sinus infections due to a deformity in one of my sinuses. Until a few years ago when I found this cure I had regular bronchitis and lastly in 2005 I had serious pneumonia. I opted out of health insurance years ago so I had to take responsibility for my own health.
I got onto one of those $39.95 sites with the magical cure but this one WORKED! So here it is for all of you.
The following essential oils are 89% antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal. Cinnamon, Clove and Oregano. First, get the best quality you can.
These oils work magic together BUT, you can use just one or a combo of two if that is all you can get. Put 2-3 drops of each oil in a steamer or a steaming pan of water. BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET THE OILS ON YOUR SKIN...They burn. Cinnamon and Clove burn. (Cinnamon Oil is the main ingredient of all those lip plumpers :-) Now, inhale the steam with your eyes closed and take it in as deeply as you possibly can, breathing through the nose and the mouth alternately. When I did this with my pneumonia, I felt a kind of crack in my lungs after three or four breaths and everything started to come loose. I coughed up all the guck and was completely well in 5 days. I was so sick that I had bruised my ribs from the coughing and I was very, very weak. Now at the first sign of anything respiratory, I do this. I have never had a reoccurence of bronchitis or pneumonia and very seldom get any sinus trouble anymore. How happy I am that we can all share these wonderful old rememdies with each other! Thanks to this site and all of you."
[YEA] 04/26/2009: Albellha from Stonewall, MS replies: "I have been sick with allergies for 3 weeks, it went into bronchitis, clogged head and raw throat. I took antibiotics and other assorted medicine, the latest to help calm down my cough. Nothing seemed to work.
I did a search on Earth Clinic and found your letter. I only had the oregano essential oil, but I had powdered cinnamon and a bottle of cloves. I put in a tablespoon of cinnamon, about 20 cloves and one drop of Oregano Essential oil. I boiled it on the stove until it blended and then inhaled it for a few minutes.
My cough stopped almost immediately. When it came back I went and inhaled more. Cough left again. This works 100 times better than the cough medicine my physician gave me. Thanks so much for your input."
[YEA] 09/26/2011: Kim from Calgary, Ab, Canada: "I was reading your blog on coconut oil because I had just purchased some and because I found out it was very health promoting. I was going to use it primarily for cooking.
I was currently on antibiotics for a possible sinus infection. I had sinus pain before but nothing like this my eye ached, cheek and forehead on my right side ached and after 5 days of antibiotics I was still suffering from pain... and on codeine and psudoephedrine for pain which only helped for about an our or so.
As I read the blog I noticed somebody posted of relief with sinus pain. I was desparate and I went and took 2 tbs. of the coconut oil. I kid you NOT the pain was completely gone in less than a 1/2 hour. I was in shock... it's been 5 hours now and NO PAIN!!!! I am a believer in coconut oil and will take it everyday of my life."
[YEA] 10/02/2008: Diana from Grain Valley, MO: "I began 5 days ago taking 3 Tbsp. of coconut oil by spoon (1 Tbsp. before each of my meals). I had recently had a sinus infection and had already finished my round of antibiotics, but was still having a lot of drainage I could feel down the back of my throat.
Last night, not feeling well, I went to bed early. I woke about 2 hours later and sniffed/coughed up a whole lot of very thick mucus several times. I immediately felt SO much better and the drainage down the back of my throat was gone. I have read several things through various websites of what coconut oil is good for and am anxious to see how it effects me through future use."
[YEA] 11/27/2009: Ladster from Bel Air, Md replies: "Just swallowing 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil daily seems to have cleared my sinuses better than anything else (and believe me, I've tried EVERYTHING else out there for the last 5 years). I needed to take 2-6 capsules of Olive Leaf Extract daily just to fight off constant sinus infections. Now I breathe so much easier and can resist colds better too. I would have never believed it if I didn't try it for myself. I am also now trying a little directly in the nostrils too."
Cod Liver Oil
[YEA] Sue from Chesapeake: "Take one Cod Liver Oil softgel everyday. I have been doing this since September 1998 and have only had one sinus infection since then. I use to get one every spring and one every fall. This works for me."