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
01/10/2013: Sue M. from Worden, Il, Usa: "Hi John... I have been using the GSE for the past month... Mostly the 2 oz of distilled water with 3 to 4 drops of the GSE solution for nose drops. First thing of a morning, I use about 1/3 dropperful for each nostril. After..."
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|
08/10/2012: Thissucksrd from Santo Domingo, Dn, Dr: "Hello, I recently took antibiotics for a Granular Pharyngitis along with anti-allergy medicine. A week later, I started feeling pressure in my sinuses and cheekbones, sometimes difficulty swallowing. I'm also having postnasal drip and ear pressure buildup, no pain. My mucus is clear, I have a stuffy nose but not runny, my throat doesn't hurt, and my neck lymph nodes swell up and down throughout the day. Is this indicative of Sinus problem only or a more serious problem such as Cancer. The ENT who checked me out for my Granular PHaryngitis said no cancer but I still want a second opinion just in case. I am 30 years old, I smoke, drink beer and coffee regularly. Thanks!!"
07/28/2012: Justgrits1 from Central, Sc: "I have always been advised that a sinus infection is not contagious. Always, in the past, my doctors have told me that is not contagious and is an old wives tale. So what makes them contagious? I usually only get a sinus infection when I've been exposed to some sort of poorly ventilated smokey area, or some strong bleach or chemical smell. Those get me nearly every time. Having lived in a household of people with chronic sinusitus growing up and never having suffered with it until recently, I just find it puzzling as to how and at what point it becomes contagious."
01/25/2012: Melissa from Emeryville, Ca: "A thought on the relationship between sinus/allergy remedies and sinus infections:
I am a voice actor who needs to have clear nasal passages in order to work. Several days ago, I was having allergies, so started taking sudafed in order to dry up my sinuses so I could get my work done. I took Sudafed for 3 days and it worked well, but by the 4th day I started to have painful sinus on the right side and once the sudafed wore off the mucous was thick and yellow."
[YEA] 08/26/2006: Beth from Roseville, MN: "For sinus problems use goldenseal power mixed with water to make a paste. Put it up your nose with Q-tip. Repeat until symptoms disappear. I have tried EVERYTHING else and THIS WORKS!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Kim from Milwaukee: "When I feel an attack coming on (due to allergies or weather change) I start taking Goldenseal tablets. If you catch the attack in the early stages, the goldenseal will stop an infection and clear up congestion. The mix of Echinacea and goldenseal didn't work for me. Once the infection has a foothold however, the goldenseal didn't help much."Replies
[YEA] 12/03/2010: Lisa from Flemington, Nj, Usa replies: "I put goldenseal tea in the neti pot & rinse my sinuses with it. 2 teabags in 12 oz. of warm water. It stings, but it's a natural antibiotic, and the neti pot gets the antibiotics directly to the site of the infection. The best part is that the worse the infection seems, the more immediate & dramatic the cure! This cure was give to me by a homeopath, & I've used it many many times. In fact I'm off to the health food store right now to get another box of tea bags."
Grapefruit Seed Extract Treatment for Sinus Infections
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Grapefruit Seed Extract - 4 Drops
- Sea Salt - 1/4 Teaspoon
- Warm Filtered Water - 8 Ounces
Add 4 drops of grapefruit seed extract and a quarter tsp of sea salt to 8oz of warm water. Use this to carefully irrigate your nose (nasal cavities) using a neti pot or a clean nasal spray bottle.
[YEA] 10/31/2012: Randall from Sioux City, Iowa: "FOUR MONTHS OF SINUSITIS! TOTALLY MISERABLE! Two rounds(10 days each) of amoxicillin. Nothing. Still having one nostril closed off almost 24/7 and the other half open. Sleep was almost impossible and I was just miserable. I started to Google to find any other way to help. Warm compresses, hot showers, and more antibiotics.
Then I saw GSE. Ordered it and that was the miracle that I was looking for. Took a 2 ounce nasal spray bottle left over(couldn't live without the over the counter spray that at the end only kept my nose open for less than a hour)cleaned it out and put 2 ounces of saline solution and 3 drops of GSE in it. DAY ONE: Took eight ounces of orange juice with 15 drops of GSE concentrate three time a day(45 drops a day total). I then sprayed my homemade GSE nasal mix in my nose 4 times a day with 2 sprays in each nostril each time. By morning two I stared to blow my nose and sorry this may sound gross but the green/yellow mucus was thinning and turning clear. I could not believe it! I woke up with only a small headache for the first time in months and I could breath a little better.
DAY THREE: UNBELIEVABLE! I could breath out of both nostrils! Not completely but well over 50% better! Pressure and pain was less than half. All the antibiotics and hot showers for the last 4 months had done nothing close to the 2 full days of GSE. To make my story short and happy within 6 days of continuing the GSE treatment I was cured! YES CURED! People say that GSE only works because it has some synthetic stuff in it. Why do I care. IT WORKS and no side effects! And the cost is crazy! CHEAP! CHEAP! CHEAP! I will never be without it. I will always keep in touch with my Dr. But GSE will almost always be my first course of action for any cold or sinus problems! You have to try it. IT WORKS MIRACLES!"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 09/18/2012: Rachel W from San Francisco, Ca, Usa: "I get severe sinus infections at least once a year, either from seasonal changes or developing it when I catch a mild cold from someone.
This time I had a small cough that lasted a week before the infection progressed to my nose (just in time for work on Monday, ugh).
I've previously used saline solution with my neti pot with some success, but only if I do it early enough. When my sinuses get worse it only irritates it even more and causes more swelling. Even Apple Cider Vinegar has only temporary effects on me.
A friend recommended GSE in my netipot and voila! Instant results with just a couple drops of it in the water. It completely drained my nose! It was expensive but very well worth it. It's my first day using it but I plan on doing it every day until it goes away. I'm also adding it to my water to drink. I did notice that my sense of smell/taste were completely gone, which I'm hoping is only temorary until my sinuses are normal again. However, I'd much rather try this than any over the counter colored chemicals that make me drowsy!"
[YEA] 06/27/2012: Sarah from Lebanon, Nh: "I was diagnosed with nasal polyps a month ago. I had chronic sinusitis (not a runny nose, just often stuffed up and a poor sense of smell) which never really bothered me until one of my nostrils became constatntly plugged. First let me say that there is a lot of scary stuff on the internet when you're looking for health information. Sure this condition is annoying, but life is still pretty good!
I went to the ENT, was diagnosed, and he gave me 2 weeks of prednisone, and an antibiotic. Steroids are terrible for you, but they also shrunk the polyp and brought back my breathing, and sense of smell! All the while I wondered what would happen to my nose once I was off the steroids.
By the time I was done with prednisone my nose was not 100%, but it was much improved. My constantly plugged nostril was now open 60% of the time. I then started a steroid nose spray (which supposedly have fewer side effects) to keep things open.
Things seemed pretty stable for a week, and I decided to try some of the homeopathic remedies to see what effects they had. I got really brave, and put two little drops of GSE into my neti pot.
I did my third GSE neti wash tonight, and it seems to be making a difference! My "bad" nostril is open almost all of the time now, and still seems to be on the upswing. I will say this - the GSE certainly isn't hurting anything, and I distinctly feel that it is improving my condition.
I'll write more if anything drastically changes. I got an allergy test which came back totally negative, so what's causing the inflammation in my nose is sort of a mystery. I guess the theory with GSE is that if I have a low level fungal infection, or perhaps an over reaction to normal fungus in the air, the GSE and its potent antifungal properties helps reduce my inflammation. Hmm. as of now, I think I buy it."
[YEA] 03/24/2012: Sarah from London, England: "Grapefruit seed extract for chronic sinus infection: Cannot recommend it enough! Knocked out the 3 month sinus infection that nearly killed me (docs threw useless rounds of antibiotics at it) and reduces the incidence of viruses! I have not had a single sinus infection since I started taking it a year ago and my colds etc arent as bad: 12 drops in a glass of water 3 times a day (Ive cut it down to twice a day now and Im still just fine) Tastes nasty but MAGIC STUFF!
Taking more does no harm and you are meant to take it on an empty stomach, You should also take it at a different time to some meds such as magnesium, fexofenadine antihistamine and monoamine inhibitors (antidepressants I think) or it reduces their effectiveness - grapefruit actually interacts with a few meds so do your research!
As for me, I have TERRIBLE sinus issues from a life of severe allergies (hayfever) that left me with regular infections for all of my young life (I suppose thatd be all my life as im only 24) but since I started GSE I havent had another sinus infection since and it more or less saved my life It also reduces viruses :) (Oil of Oregano is good for this too)"
03/25/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Sarah, I have had good results w/ Liquid Grapefruitseed Extract Concentrate mixed w/ vegetable oil for fungal infection, but nothing noted for viral. As for the interactions, did you mean Grapefruitseed or Grapefruit??? because there appears to be very little or no Naringin in the seed as compared to the fruit. There is a discussion on this somewhere on E.C."
[YEA] 01/28/2011: Robin from Westhampton, Ny, Usa: "I've had a sinus headache for over 2 months with no nasal congestion and no mucus (It actually took me 2 months to figure out it was even a sinus problem at all). Wanting to avoid antibiotics, I tried the Neti pot for the first time ever, using a mixture of salt and colloidal silver. After 5 days of this at 2-3 rinses per day, I had few/no results and not even a runny nose. I still had severe headaches and facial pain in my cheeks and upper jaw.
After reading this site, I tried Grapefruit Seed Extract. Dose 1 opened up the flood gates! I feel THAT strongly about it that I didn't want to wait until tomorrow for Dose 2 to write about it here. I used 7 drops in the saline solution but diluted it half way through because it was too strong to handle."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 12/20/2011: Emersmask from Media, Pa, Usa replies: "I have had a very strong and rather unfortunate reaction to the GSE. I have used it before with some success, and after a chronic season of sinusitis, I attempted another go today. While it is not the most comfortable, soothing remedy in the world, I was not prepared for the extent of the irritation and pain I experienced this time around. Pain--awful--burning that persists four hours later, and the chronic inflammation has gotten much worse.
6 hours later--the problems persist.
The worst part is that I have absolutely NO sense of smell. I'm praying that this in particular resolves very soon.
Either I used too much, or developed a sensitivity. I followed the instructions very closely, diluting a few drops in 8 oz of water, but it is possible I mis-counted.
In any event, this can be effective but I highly suggest you start with a very small dose--2 drops or less--and work your way up to where it does not burn.
And if anyone has this same experience or any insight as to if/when my smell sense will return, please share!"
12/21/2011: Francisca from Zug, Zug, Switzerland replies: "Hi, you must have a different kind of GSE than we have here in Europe! I have tried two brands so far but none of them burns or anything of the kind. Usually I take 15 drops in a glass of water 3 times a day and I have never noticed any side effects. Both times I have taken it I take a bottle and then stop for a few months. I have to say that I don't notice any major changes other than once, when I had a bad cold and my nose was running the whole time the cold was gone within a couple of hours."
12/21/2011: P from Middle Of, Fl replies: "I use the grapefruit seed extract tablets with great success, I've taken up to 3 at a time no problem, but then later on noticed heart burn so I needed to reduce again and no heartburn!
However I've tried sea salt for a cold one day because I waited too long to attend myself and needed a quick fix, and the minute it hit my belly I felt the difference...my nose stop running, stop coughing & fever went away thus aches & pain!
The reason why I mentioned this is because I felt my sinuses declogging, I even heard it making noise, so perhaps it may work for you!
This is what I did:
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 glass of water
and really try to drink it down! Yuk, but worth it!
Thanks to the good people of EC I read the water cure websites and they claim 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt dissolved on your tongue and drink a glass of water and dont babysit the glass of water may do the trick; but keep in mind its less salt therfor you ought to do it more times!
Also half your weight of water in ounces divided into six times a day will do the trick among other tricks!
example; if you weigh 200 pounds drink 100 ounces of water daily! But not all at once! Its like drinking 8-9 bottles of 24oz of water a day will keep you disease free!"
12/29/2011: Nathan from San Rafael, California replies: "I found that GSE as a nasal spray has little effect. A nasal rinse works best Then drink a 10 oz glass of orange juice with at least 15 drops of GSE 3 times a day. The orange juice takes away the bitterness of the GSE. I am presently taking 30 drops in my OJ 4 times a day. I'm finding this to have better results than the antibiotics prescribed by my doctor. I take GSE where ever I travel. It kills parasites, viruses, bacteria and fungus. If I feel a cold or flu coming on. 30 drops immediatly usually does the trick."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/31/2012: Elizabeth from Oceanside, Ca replies: "I agree with Emersmask from Media, Pa, Usa. I had the same reaction when I used the GSE in the neti pot as well as ACV in the neti pot (different occasions). Severe symptoms: pain, sneezing, increased inflammation. This went on for hours."
12/02/2012: Kristin from Albuquerque, New Mexico/USA replies: "After fighting a sinus infection for a full year with 5 rounds of antibiotics I finally sought out a natural cure. Resigned to being constantly stuffy and 'nasal' sounding, I was skeptical about these treatments.
After reading this and other sites I put myself on a strict regime of the following:
- Apple cider vinegar (2 Tbls. Mixed in water or juice)- NOT tasty; 3 times a day
- 1000 mg Vit C a day
- Oregano oil (tablets) as directed
- Saline nasal rinse (I use Neil Med bottle/mix) with warm water and 10 drops Grapefruit seed extract; 2 times a day (I started at 5 drops and worked up to 10 to avoid potential burning others described)
My results were not as immediate, however I'm now on day three and for the first time in months my sinus pressure is down, I have drainage (it's finally breaking up in there!), and that stuffy feeling is going away!
After a year of infection built up, I'm not suprised it's taking more time but I believe it's working."
07/12/2010: Stefiec from San Diego, Ca, Usa: "Does anyone know or have you tried putting GSE in a sinus irrigation solution for fungal infections?"Replies
[YEA] 02/19/2011: Libby from Riverside , Florida replies: "I frequently use gse during the winter months as a general precaution against several infections , but especially from sinus problems. Every year in January to March my sinuses give me problems. I am 54, female and hate sniffling as it embarrasses me and probably aggravates anyone near me. I also worry about spreading it.
The gse keeps me healthy IF I remember to begin it about two weeks prior to mid-December.
It is bitter, yes, but that it a minor consideration compared to spreading infection to others just because I could and feel lazy. That is plainly evil to spread disease just because I don't feel like placing a few drops into my daily water supply everyday. And so I use it and so my health is stronger in winter than it was when I was younger and careless."
[YEA] 05/21/2010: Elizabeth from Springfield, Pa, Usa: "After reading your website,I have tried the Grapefruit Seed Extract (5 drops) in my neti pot along with the normal saline. I was on my 3rd round of antibiotics (I'm allergic to many)for sinus infection. I've had headaches for 2-3 months...every day. The crown of my head, base of my skull, but the worst was when I bent over. I thought my forehead would burst.
After the 1st round of the neti/GSE my nose ran for hours and I just kept sneezing. After about 3 hours, I noticed the left side was opened up. It took awhile longer for the right side, and, I'm still waiting for my right ear to pop. I just finished my 3rd neti(which I've always done daily, so, I know it was the GSE that helped) and I can't believe the difference in 24 hrs. This AM was the first morning in MONTHS that I woke up with no headache. I didn't even have to take 1 aspirin! Everything from my nose was clear...just huge amounts. I can't thank everyone enough."Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/24/2010: Mike from Belgrade, Serbia replies: "When I made my grapefruit seed extract rinse with water and salt I got a severe headache and sinus pressure, there was a lot of mucus and my sinuses congested even more. Should I continue to do this?"
05/30/2010: Elizabeth from Springfield, Pa replies: "I had the same reaction, however, after approximately 5-6 hours, I noticed the release of pressure. Perhaps you put too many drops in (I know I did...didn't have glasses on) and that's why the sudden headache etc. I've continued once a day with 4 drops plus saline in the neti pot. Blow my nose and all is well! I hope this helps."
[YEA] 04/18/2012: Kayla from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I went to the dentist because I thought I had a cavity, because my tooth felt hot/cold sensitive. The dentist said it was not a cavity but a sinus infection that had caused the root of my tooth to become swollen we looked at the xIrays and I was stunned, at how stuffy my sinus appeared on the x-ray. I had no headache, no pressure, no was I stuffy a slight runny nose, really nothing except the tooth issue. I have suffered from dry eyes, red itchy eyes and crazy itchy tear ducts. So I used a neti pot with purifed water, three drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract and sea salt. My nose and eyes began clearing up within hours and I found the itchy eyes and the itchy tear ducts stopped immediately."
[YEA] 02/06/2010: Ray-ray from East Northport, New York: "I tried using Grapfuit Seed Extract for a sinus infection. 3 drops in 5 oz. of warm water. Eye Dropper full with head back, then tilt head forward, between legs. Adding a couple shakes of Sea Salt takes away the intense pain of water introduced to the sinus cavity by 98%."Replies
04/27/2010: Ana from New York, New York replies: "Hi, I've had a sinus infection (so I think),as I only feel pressure but no mucus, and I've been to 2 doctors a this point and both have been prescribing antibiotics for sinus infection.
Anyway, figured I'd try the grapefruit seed extract to try to relieve some pressure to get some relief. I mixed 4 drops in 8oz of water with 1/2 tsp of salt and put into neti pot. As soon as the mixture hit my nasal passages, I felt a strong burning /stinging feeling and immediate pain in my face & head, as if the pressure was getting worse. I tried a couple more times and felt the same thing, so I stopped and wanted to get feedback first before I continue. Is this normal, the burning/sting? Does it feel worse better it gets better (regarding the pressure)? Thanks."
04/02/2011: Jane from Andover, Ma replies: "You are supposed to use 1/4 tsp fine salt in a Neti Pot... Not 1/2 tsp. Maybe that us why you felt burning? Salt in a wound? Try less salt, and body temp warm water. I hope it's better."
[YEA] 12/23/2009: Rjforshort from Dover, Oh, United States: "Grapefruit seed extract nasal wash cured sinus infection
On sign of a sinus infection, I did a 2 cup nasal cleanse (with the nasal syringe) using 2 cups of water, 1/2 tsp salt and 8 drops grapefruit seed extract. I experienced an immediate 'stuffing up' but by morning was symptom free. I repeated cleanse before I went to work and have had no problems since! Worked great!"