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
[YEA] 07/07/2013: Dale from Durban, South Africa: "I underwent 3 sinus operations for a continuous sinus infection. Antibiotics for almost 6 months, finally my ENT recommended I use Pulmicort in my sinus wash, which opened everything up but my sinuses continued to generate large amounts of gunk on a daily basis. In desperation, after reading the remedies on this website I tried crushing a fresh garlic, adding hot water and washing my sinuses with the solution. Very uncomfortable, but within 4 days the daily flood of sinus gunk stopped. 18 months later I developed a head cold, and the sinus problems started again. I had continued with the daily saline sinus washes in the interim, but started the garlic routine again and within 4 days my sinuses cleared."Replies
[YEA] 08/15/2013: Glenn from Perth Australia replies: "I combined a mixture of garlic, tumeric powder, cayenne powder, onions and ginger and chillies, lightly cooked in coconut oil and within 2-3 I could breathe normally after 6 weeks of trying nearly every other home remedy: colloidial silver, Apple Cider Vinegar, tea tree oil, nasil wash hydrogen peroxide, they nearly all totally blocked my sinuses. But this combination has been a godsend for me, hopefully my 25 years of suffering sinus has come to an end"
[YEA] 04/29/2013: Eventgal from Gladewater, Tx: "Was blowing out bloody, yellow yucky stuff for a full week. I used garlic in my neti pot from instructions I found on YouTube. Chop up a few garlic cloves and LET THEM SIT FOR 15 MIN. Pour boiling water OVER the cloves, and then dispose of the garlic. Add sea salt (I use the packets). Use this mixture in the neti pot once it cools. My sinuses were so irritated that the first treatment was... Uh, exhilerating... Almost painful. The second was much better. I did three treatments (no more than 2 a day) and I was 100% cured. Really could have stopped after the second treatment because I felt SO MUCH BETTER. From experience, the garlic worked for me.
At the same time, I had a painful earache. A few drops of oil of oregano cleared that right up. No doctor or antibiotics necessary!"Replies
11/12/2013: Sunny from Ca replies: "Do you drop the oregano oil right on the ear?"
11/12/2013: Sunny from Ca replies: "Can I just boil the garlic instead?? Thanks!"
11/13/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Sunny,
Straight oregano oil should not be put in the ear. It is very, very strong. I have used 1 drop of oregano oil, diluted with 3 drops of olive oil, on a cotton ball, placed in the opening of the ear for ear infection. Many will use oregano oil on the bottom of the feet for its antibiotic properties. I have done this for my children, but still diluted, 1 part oregano oil, 3 parts olive oil. It is generally recommended that you not put any essential oils into the ear.
~Mama to Many~"
[YEA] 04/05/2012: Udarg from Boise, Idaho: "I make a home preparation of a garlic solution by mashing 8 to 10 cloves of garlic and pouring just enough hot water over the top to cover and allow to stand for 2 days. I then strain out the garlic and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful of table salt to the mix and put the garlic-salt water into a small, clean vessel with a well fitted lid. When an infection is present I dip a Q-tip into the solution and carefully insert it into the affected sides nostril. I leave it in place until the person cannot stand it any longer. Once I remove the garlic saturated Q-tip I have them blow their nose. It doesn't take more than a few of these treatments to clear up a sinus infection. You will know it is clearing because the nasal mucus will begin losing the yellow or green color and begin to turn clear again.
This can be a rather irritating treatment, but it works and works fast, without any long term side effects. During treatment, it may be some what uncomfortable and there will be a tendency for some people to sneeze. But the Q-tip must be left for as long as the person being treated can actually tolerate it. Usually, even with bad infections, it only takes about five or six treatments to end the sinus infection completely."Replies
[YEA] 07/31/2013: Trigirl from Denver, Co replies: "Udargs method from Boise worked great! I chopped up a clove of garlic and added a few tablespoons of water. After letting the mixture sit for 10 minutes, I soaked some Q-tips in the solution. I stuck one Q - tip up each nostril as far as it was comfortable. I tried to go 2 minutes each session. The first session got my nose dripping. The second and third sessions included lots of sneezing. I was able to blow out lots of green and yellow mucous after these sessions. The fourth time didn't result in any sneezing and most of what I blew out was clear. I will try this again in a few hours. Lots of immediate relief, worth smelling like garlic!"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 11/25/2009: Junior from Bronx, New York: "I'm new to all of this, I came here hoping to get some info, I had a recent possible sinus infection and how do I know, it has a foul smell and it clogs the left size of my nose every night, I drink alot of teas sometimes garlic with green tea or Orange Juice, or I buy some halls vitamin c defense, it helps for a short time but then later on it comes back. Whats the best thing for me to do? I have vinegar in the house I can try that and see what happens."
[YEA] 01/09/2007: Michelle from Albuquerque, NW: "Fresh Garlic cured my Bronchitis and Sinus Infection. 1 finely diced clove (not the entire bulb) 3x's daily with any complimentary food that has been cooled almost to room temp (eg. diced tomatoes, avocado, chicken noodle soup, spaghetti sauce, pizza, or even apple pie.) Garlic is a natural antibiotic and antifungal. Within an hour or so, easier to breather and think, in 4 days cleared up symptoms. Took for 7 days to eliminate any chance of becoming ill again. Drawbacks: odiferous breath, and the odor also emanates from the pores of the skin. Use strong breath mints/cologne/essential oils to your liking."
[YEA] 02/22/2006: Barbara from Chickasha, OK: "I just inhaled some Hydrogen Peroxide and I am sitting here with my feet slathered in Vick's Sauve. I drank some Tomato Tea and now I'm sipping on ACV and honey. I also did my Russian Garlic Cure (see recipe below). Something is kicking in that's for sure! For two weeks I have had much congestion and coughing..very aggravating to say the least. So I am happy to report that things are calming down! All ideas people post on here are worth trying and I am one of those people who will try most 'home remedies' before I will go to a doctor. The poor things don't have a clue about stuff like this.. bless them. Most 'cures' are in our kitchen's anyway. One that I have had success with is one the Russians use. (Now I see why they are so ticked off..lol).
Chop up two or three cloves of garlic (very finely) put in small cup or whatever and cover with about 40 drops of water ,let it stand (10-15) min's so the water can absorb the oils from the garlic. The recipe calls for an eye dropper to drop 20 drops of garlic water in each of your nostrils. My suggestion is to drop a drop or two in one nostril at a time, to see how much you can stand because, if you have an infection there will be intense/immense pain! But please don't let that stop you from using the recipe until you have used it all! I nearly died when I did this the first time WOW I ain't kidding ya -- the pain was severe. But hey it worked great!! And you will notice there is no garlic smell while it is fighting the infection. Since I now know what this feels like I take it slowly.. I won't stop trying this because it works very fast."Replies
[YEA] 02/18/2009: Rena from Mineral Bluff, Georgia replies: "I want to thank Barbara from Chickasha OK about her Russian Garlic Cure recipe. OMG does it clear out the congestion in the sinuses. I know she had written this just about 2 years ago, so I hope she sees it.
I have been battling this sinus infection for nearly a year now, and tried so many things on this site that helped a little, but nothing blasted away the congestion like the Russian Garlic Cure. I diced up the garlic, and let it set in water just as Barbara instructed, strained it so I only had the garlic water, Then I hung my head over the bed and dropped several drops into each nostril (I couldn't see to count the drops). The pain was pretty intense but it was well worth it. I swear, if I had a marker, I could draw exactly where my sinuses are, because the pain directed me every square inch of where my sinuses were.
I wish I could report that the infection is gone, but some of it still remains. I am doing the Russian Garlic Cure daily to see if it will go away completely but at least I can breath again, and sleep most of the night clog free. Thank you again Barbara, and thank you Earth Clinic for having the best natural health site on the web.
02/05/2010: Debra from Kansas City, Mo replies: "I have a variation on the Russian Garlic cure. I crush one clove of garlic and let it sit for about a minute. Then drop it into a neti pot and swish it around until it smells strong of garlic. Then add a packet of salt such as Sinucleanse and stir in. Then rinse one side of the nose out, blow nose. Repeat with new solution on the other side. This hurts so bad but it works very well. You may have to use less garlic at first because it will have you about in tears if you use full strength."
[YEA] Norma from Catoosa, OK: "Sinus infections have been a life long problem for me. A few years ago I started using fresh garlic for blood pressure. I peel off a bit of the bulb and cut it into small enough pieces to swallow. Chase with water and dinner. Well after several weeks which include the time frame that I always get a sinus infection, I suddenly noticed I did not get my usual problem. The next few seasons came and went and I came to the realization that the garlic had cured my chronic sinus problem. Now when I feel sinus problems coming on, I have a extra bit of garlic and 'NO MORE SINUS PROBLEMS'. That was proof for me."
EC: The juice of garlic has a most beneficial effect on the entire system as it helps dissolve an accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities, bronchial tubes and the lungs.
Garlic, Oregano, Cayenne
03/06/2013: Christine from St. Petersburg, Fl: "I have been suffering with a migraine from a terrible sinus infection, plus kidney pain and flu-like symptoms yesterday. I went to the acupuncturist and the nausea and migraine got worse. A 9 on a scale of 1-10. I finally took advil but it only diminished some. Enough to sleep. I have been eating nothing but cold apples, they are soothing somehow. I have taken garlic chopped up (1 clove) every 3-4 hours for over 24 hours. No relief, which usually kicks anything out of my system in a day or two. I also got some chinese herbs from the acupuncturist. No relief. I tried the ACV this morning. No relief. Tried the cayenne in warm water with honey, it seemed to work at first, but then it seemed to not work after only an hour and another dose. I am chicken about snorting the cayenne and dropping the garlic liquid with a dropper up my nose.
I tried chopping the garlic up (3 cloves) with fresh oregano about 2 tablespoons chopped. I poured just enough boiling water over it to cover, then I put a tiny pinch of cayenne in the mixture and let it sit for about 20 mins to a half hour. I put q-tips in the watery mixture and laid down and put the q-tips up my nose. I sneezed a few times and although it burned a little, it was actually relieving to the pain of the sinus infection and migraine I have been feeling. I have relief for the first time I almost 48 hours! Thank you so much earthclinic! I hope this helps someone else. I did it 3 consecutive times and I will do it several times before I go to bed tonight. I went from feeling 95% crappy to feeling 35% crappy after the q-tips. Huge difference!"
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.
01/10/2013: John from Leesburg, Va Usa: "Does one take the GSE orally or by nose or both?"Replies
01/10/2013: Sue M. from Worden, Il, Usa replies: "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 slightly tilting my head back for this (naturally.. lol), I hold my nose and then bend from the waist and have my head down by my knees. Then I shift to the right and then the left and do this about 3 times. When I come back up, I sniff a couple of times (not hard) and then blow my nose. Surpringing what can come out... :( This helps to keep my head clear all day and on a prevention measure during this flu/sinus season, I take 10 drops in about 4c. of water and drink during the day.
The directions on my bottle say to mix 10 drops into 5oz of water or juice 1 to 3 times daily, with or without meals."