May 16, 2016
What is Sinus Congestion?
Sinus Congestion (also referred to as Nasal Congestion) occurs when the membranes lining the nose get swollen from inflammed blood vessels. Home remedy treatments for sinus congestion can help! Home remedies to alleviate congestion, plus hundreds of others from our worldwide contributors as reported below, include food elimination, neti pot rinsing, and warm compresses on the face.
A stuffy nose can seriously ruin your day! All the nose blowing, the sneezing, the red and raw nose is just miserable. And if the cause is allergies, the flu, or a cold then this is only one of your symptoms. Sometimes, though, congestion seems to occur in the sinuses even without an obvious illness - but you still get that congested feeling, perhaps accompanied by a sinus headache and runny nose.
Home Remedies for Sinus Congestion
You want your home treatment for congestion to address the cause and symptoms from several directions. A neti pot or other cleansing option and antiviral foods or herbs can wash away the infectious or allergenic cause of congestion. Analgesics can relieve pain and headache. Aromatherapy can open up the sinus passages, and steam or spicy concoctions can help flush out the congested sinuses.
Also check out our page on Sinus Headache Relief from Folk Cures.
Remedies for Sinus Congestion
Jean's Famous Tomato Tea is so popular (197 YEA and counting), we put it on its on page! Read the considerable reader feedback on Tomato Tea here: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/tomato_tea.html, including Jean's updates.
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Posted by KIM (MARINA DEL REY, CA) on 01/09/2008
Over the holiday I took a bus trip and It seemed that the person on the side, back and front of me was coughing and sneezing. I had a turtle neck and a scarf to cover my mouth and nose but when I returned home I kept feeling like I was going to catch a cold for a week. When it finally manifested it was by way of my sinus cavity and throat with a dry cough. I took an over the counter med. and Motrin and was still miserable. I finally could not take it any more and typed in cures for sinus in my computers search engine and your site was at the top of the list. When I clicked on the site the testimonial page popped up first. In Los Angeles we have a store called Yummy.com that delivers organic groceries. On their website they didn't have the ACV but when I talked to the sales assoc. She checked the shelf and they not only had ACV but it was organic with "mothers veil." It has been 3 days and my cough is completely gone and my sinuses no longer drip. My mixture is:
2 garlic cloves
2tsps. oregano oil
2 tbs. organic ACV
dash sea salt
microwaved for 2 1/2 minutes
in a coffe mug
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Posted by Johnathon (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 04/17/2008
I tried the ajwain seeds a couple of times yesterday and didn't see any results, i followed the instructions to the T, didn't experince any of the sensations that i read from other peoples testamonials, so i then tried the spicy tomato tea and only got minor results. So i made another tea about three hours later and still only minor results, it did however help me sleep better, without having to take my any pills which i normally take to help me sleep.. I woke up without any pressure in my sinuses, and no headache, so this morning a dank another tomato tea, and a couple more througout the day. Along with drinking the tea i decided to steam with apple cyder vinager which really helped loosen up my stuffy sinuses, i added thyme and fenugreek to the cyder, not sure if that helps? im going to try a few more cures from your site, and continue with the tea and steam, and keep searching till i find what works best for me...
Posted by Mamta (Indiana) on 10/27/2006
i haven't taken any off the counter medicines for colds since 5 yrs !! and my condition was pretty bad when i came to the US. we got Ajwain seeds from an indian store or you will find it in the indian section of a chineses food store . Ajwain is indian oregano but very strong. everytime i get a cold and chest is congested...i take one tsp of ajwain and roast it on a flat pan. once it starts to smoke , quiclky put in a kitchen tissue and take deep inhalations, it makes you sneeze since all the nerve in the nose are raw from the cold....but in 5 minutes it all peaceful, no more colds. and RELIEF...esp. helpful in asthmatic attacks.....also have a strong concaction of ginger,black pepper, clove, basil and cinnamon...boil it in water for 5-10 min and after it cools a bit put a tsp of honey and have it hot. honey should not be heated. according to Ayurveda all these thing reduce phlegm in the body.... enjoy
Posted by Shulie (London) on 05/16/2016
I used the recipe on your site, 1/4 cup of ACV to 16 oz of water. My nose is already unblocked and I haven't even finished the drink!! Thank you.
Posted by Thrilled2pieces (Bella Vista, Ar) on 04/18/2016
I've been adding a splash of ACV and honey (I mix a cup of each, microwaved to blend, in a bottle) in every glass of water I drink. My husband cannot stand the smell, but I absolutely crave it. I almost always have a stuffy nose--one nostril or the other. I was considering going for the balloon sinuplasty since my eyes feel squinty and small all the time because of the congestion. I was reading about ACV as a nasal wash last night---thought it would burn like the dickens! I took one of those saline nasal-wash bottles--used distilled water and about a teaspoon ACV, plus I added a squirt of the coconut oil I keep in a spray bottle. No burn whatsoever---and voila! I can breathe through both nostrils! My eyes feel bright and wide---sounds incredible, but true.
My husband complains of allergies all the time and has had tinitus for 45 years. He is NOT Mr. Natural--what a shame. I gave up dairy, soda pop and alcohol. I just cannot believe how alert I feel. Go ACV!
Posted by Chloespeaks (Nyc) on 11/08/2015
I came home last night with a serious bout of sneezes after walking the dog through windy fall leafy weather. Immediate massive congestion accompanied by runny nose. I neti'ed immediately which helped the sneezing but everything else still present. I even took a Zyrtec, which again, helped but still massively congested after 3 hours.
Drank a warm glass of 8oz water, 2 Tablespoons honey, 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar and it immediately cleared one nostril. Felt like 50% better but my sense of smell was still gone for about one hour. Then I took another, milder dose, 1 Tablespoon each of honey/ACV. I got less noticeable relief but went to bed and slept soundly (snoring though which only happens with congestion). Woke this morning with one side still congested, but now 2 hours later completely 90% clear with sense of smell back.
Posted by Carolyn (Idaho) on 04/10/2015
Do not use 2Tbls. Vinegar in a cup of water for the sinus wash as the introduction suggests...it will badly burn your sinuses, throat and nasal passages! I think an appropriate amount would be closer to 1/2 - 1 tsp in a full cup of water. The first use of the 2 Tbs dose in a sinus irrigator burned badly but went away quickly, the second sent my husband into severe pain (burning, awful headache) for several hours. I doubt I'll ever get him to try the lesser amount. He's very tough...put the cayenne in the sinus wash earlier this week...that burned, but not like this! It did get his mucous really running though.
Posted by Paula (Mississauga, Canada) on 02/13/2015
Just got back from vacation in Hawaii and I got really sick 3rd last day. Head and sinus congestion. My eye sockets hurt as well as my teeth. Every bone was sore and I was so stopped up I thought my head would explode. Developed a sore throat than a cough and my ears were plugged. Lots of sneezing, nose blowing And very weak.
I have often taken Apple Cider Vinegar as a health supplement and have taken it on faith it does me lots of good but never noticed anything different. Well, after landing at the airport and 2 air planes later, my voice sounded like it was inside me. The congestion was as bad as I have never experienced. I made myself an Apple Cider Vinegar drink. About 3 tablespoons added to warm water and a little cayenne, a couple of light shakes.
Approx. 1/2 to 3/4 hour later lying in bed, my left stopped up ear was making a sound than all of a sudden it popped clear open. Than all else, other ear, runny nose and phlegm in throat all stopped and I could totally breath again after 4 days of misery. Never had I experienced this before. I always wished I could be one of those people who claimed after consuming Apple Cider Vinegar had a reversal or a miraculous Turn around.
I can now claim such an experience And timing couldn't have been more perfect. I was really suffering.
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Posted by Sarah (Us) on 05/29/2014
I get really bad allergies a couple of times a year and I'm usually just resigned to suffering through swollen sinuses and copious amounts of mucus, but it's really wearing thin. I just tried apple cider vinegar and much to my surprise, it actually helped. I'm still congested but the throbbing itchy feeling in my sinuses has finally subsided, and the congestion has lessened. Sitting here with eucalyptus oil in my burner now and hoping that will help with the remainder, but at least I have something I can take to make sleeping easier (that isn't a benadryl - that stuff really wrecks me). Thanks for sharing this.
Posted by Acvworks! (Atlanta, Ga) on 08/10/2013
Wow... 4 days of being completely 100% stuffed up. I had been drinking tea with ACV and honey.. But obviously not ENOUGH. Measure it out... 2 TBS of ACV and 1-2 TBS of honey and 6 oz of water. Within a couple minutes BOTH nostrils completely clear... Ahhhhh! :) Now.. what to do for earaches that came from being stuffed for 4 days.
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Posted by Sowm (Bangalore, India) on 07/07/2013
I have been having sinus congestion for the past 2 months. None of the medications worked, neti pot gave relief for an hour or so. I tried 2tsp Apple Cider Vinegar with honey and hot water and within 30 min the nose was clear. I was able to breathe freely. I still have have lots more to clear up. Thanks a lot to all the people for sharing their experiences.
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Posted by Suntater (Danville, In) on 05/26/2013
Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Congestion: Just a side note, my grandfather drank a glass of apple cider vinegar and honey every day as a daily preventative. I remember him staying home from work for only one day with a cold when I was a kid, and I even lived with him for awhile.
Posted by Sandi M (El Dorado Hills, Ca) on 05/23/2013
I'm so disappointed. I've had nasal congestion for 3 days now and have tried a few OTC and natural remedies, but everything only temporarily helped. Then I came across this site and gave ACV a try. I've now sniffed it, gave myself a facial steam with it and drank it with a mixture of honey and hot water.... Nothing. Well, maybe not nothing; on a scale of 1-10 (10 being able to breath clearly without obstruction and 1 being completely blocked) I'm about a 3. I can sort of still breath through my nose, but it's only mildly better. Bummer. I was really hoping this would work. :-(
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