Sinus Congestion
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Natural Sinus Congestion Remedies

Dec 07, 2016

Sinus Congestion Remedies

If you have sinus congestion and cannot breathe, you want relief right now! Natural remedies for sinus congestion are quite effective. You may have just what you need in your kitchen!

Instant Relief

Apple Cider Vinegar

Watch our video below on this particularly fast-acting acv remedy to clear sinus congestion!

Relieve Sinus Congestion in 10 Seconds

Black Peppercorns

To use black peppercorns to relieve your sinus congestion, take 4-5 peppercorns and slowly chew and swallow them. Relief is imminent.

Cayenne

You know that when you use cayenne pepper on your food you only use a bit because it is so powerful. The same goes for using it for medicine – a little goes a long way. Take a cotton bud and dip the tip of it into the cayenne pepper. Carefully insert the cotton bud into the nose and apply the cayenne pepper to the inside of your nose. Have your box of tissues handy because your nose is going to run like a faucet! Be warned – this remedy does burn initially but that feeling passes quickly and is worth the relief it brings.

Vapor Rub

Carefully apply a menthol salve or vapor rub to your face over your clogged sinuses. (Be careful not to get it into your eyes!)

Herbs

Herbs can be taken in food or tea. They take a little longer to work than the above methods and actually work well when combined with the above methods. These herbs work to support the immune system and reduce inflammation to bring long term relief.

Nettle

Nettle is highly nutritive and is especially helpful if your sinus congestion is caused by allergies. Several cups of nettle tea can be consumed daily. Alternately, take 4 nettle leaf capsules twice a day, with or without food.

Garlic

Garlic will fight infection, reduce inflammation and support your immune system. You can add garlic to your meals or buy a garlic supplement.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory king! Additionally, it fights infection. Turmeric can be taken in capsule form, thought traditionally it is added to milk. ¼ teaspoon to up to a teaspoon can be added to a glass of warm or cold milk. Because dairy products often make sinus congestion worse, try a non dairy milk like almond or rice milk.

Foods

If you like spicy foods, you will be happy to hear that they are effective at fighting sinus congestion.

Horseradish

Have you ever tried horseradish? It is very spicy and you can feel it up in your sinuses in seconds after it enters your mouth. You only need a pea sized amount on a cracker or piece of bread. You may need to repeat the remedy every hour or so.

Hot Sauce

Hot sauce can be added to your food, soups or even hot tea to get your sinuses opened.

Tomato Tea

Tomato tea also makes benefit of spicy foods to open up the sinuses. This recipe created and refined by Jean has helped many people find relief from their sinus congestion.

Lifestyle Remedies

Exercise

Light exercise can help relieve sinus congestion. Walk around the room or up and down the staircase a couple of times. A rebounder is especially helpful and will also get your lymph moving to facilitate long term healing.

Wear a Hat

Grandmothers told their children to wear a hat and scarf for a reason! You lose a lot of heat through your head. Keeping it warm retains your body heat and energy and has even helped some with sinus congestion. Wear a warm stocking cap around the house and even to bed, especially if you have a chilly bedroom.

Baking Soda Bath

A warm bath is relaxing and healing all at once.  At a cup of baking soda and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your bath water and soak as long as you like. The baking soda helps to alkalize your body and the eucalyptus oil will help to clear your nasal passages.

Do you have a natural remedy for sinus congestion? Please send us some feedback!



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Posted by KIM (MARINA DEL REY, CA) on 01/09/2008
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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
8oz water
microwaved for 2 1/2 minutes
in a coffe mug

Replied by Linny
St. Louis, Missouri
02/04/2011
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Warning

DEAR EARTH CLINIC, I WROTE REC. ABOUT MY BREATHING PROBLEMS.

READ ABOUT TAKING: 2 GARLIC CLOVES, 2 TEASPOONS OREGANO OIL, 2 TALBESPOONS ACV, DASH SEA SALT, 8 OZ. WATER, 2-1/2 MIN IN MICROWAVE IN A MUG.

DID THIS: ALMOST KILLED ME. 2 DROPS MAYBE OF OREGANO OIL. THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN DO 2 TEASPOONS. PLEASE, PLEASE REMOVE FROM EARTH CLINIC BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT. THANKS, LINNY

Replied by Cindy
Paradise, California, Usa
02/05/2011

First of all - it had to have been 2 drops because that is the way O of Oregano is normally recommended, by a drop at a time. Second, it has to be diluted by olive oil or another carrier oil if it was concentrated. That is very important. If you buy it at a store make sure if it is already diluted or if you need to dilute it. It works wonders for many things. I use 2 drops on my toothbrush and have saved myself hundreds of dollars at the dentist.

Replied by June
Pasadena, California
02/11/2011

Hi Linny,

I have taken large quantities of oregano oil when I've been sick and never had any side effects! I took 3-4 supercritical capsules at at time and up to 4 doses a day. I currently have oregano leaf herbal extract in my cupboard and just looked up the dosage on the bottle after reading your thread: it says 30-40 drops per dose. Not sure what kind of Oregano leaf oil you were taking but I think you'll be okay.

Replied by Marta
Louisa, Va
03/19/2011

Linny, Thanks for the warning/correction. June - the 100% pure undiluted organo oil (origanum vulgare) is wayyyy strong. It's very different from pills or extract which is not as strong. Still great and useful, but the pure essential oil burns even on your skin if undiluted. The 1-2 drops of the oil is the safe way to do it (diluted in something else). Hope this is helpful, and thank you for the tips!

Replied by Kim
Marina Del Rey, Ca
05/04/2011

update: the Oregano oil I uesd was the cooking variety.

Replied by Sadie
Kapa'au, Hawaii
06/29/2011

The difference is Linny was using undiluted oregano essential oil which my Dr. says to put one drop on your tongue. It's something you'll never forget! Use at least a tablespoon of oil per drop to dilute, which makes the two teaspoons in the recipe a more reasonable dose.

Replied by Louise
Petawawa, On
04/04/2012

Please note that microwaving food kills any nutrient value in it - by heating the raw ACV you are killing the mother cultures and negating the trouble you went to to buy it. Raw ACV might be OK if heated gently, but high heat literally kills the living organisms that give it its healing properties.

Replied by Jb
Atlanta, Ga
08/03/2013

Thank You Louise! WHY, anyone interested in good health would entertain the idea of using a microwave for anything, including heating water is beyond me! I gave mine away about a decade ago. Felt guilty passing on the Death Machine. If one is interested in faster cooking times, invest in a convection oven. Much safer. Makes me crazy when I read heating/cooking directions on supposed organic/natural foods, when directions call for a microwave. PA-LEEEZ! Those foods are usually produced by the Big 4 Corporations & I doubt whether they are truly organic/quality products.

Replied by Gw_berge
South Florida
12/18/2013

If you are concerned about Microwave; Better to heat the water in microwave 1:45 - 2:00 minutes, then add to ingredients, Cover and let stand for a few minutes. That will gentle heat heat your ingredients without damaging it's integrity.

But microwave does not have nutrients, per say. ALL cooking destroys nutrients in foods. Microwave, using shorter cooking time & less water in cooking can be better than cooking/ boiling. Just like over cooking you can over microwave. Read the Instructions, use the proper power %. time, etc.

The anti microwave "movement" was started with the original, 1st microwaves that were said to give off harmful radiation. A facade. Now the movement is more of anti anything that is not organic/natural. Hippie mentality, I know, I lived it. Get ALL the facts.

Replied by Kevin
Victoria B.c.
11/13/2015

You may be mistaken on using two teaspoons of oregano oil. More like 2 drops is sufficient.

Replied by Brayden
Los Angeles
11/27/2015

Great idea on the mixture, but you screwed it up by putting it in the microwave. boil the water and then mix it.

Replied by Cynthia
Usa
01/03/2016

She used cooking oregano oil not oregano essential oil.

Replied by Nickie B
London
10/12/2016

Nothing wrong with natural, Gw_berge. And how long does it take to heat 8oz of water on the hob? Radiation or not, microwaves cost, take up valuable counter space and, used for cooking, deprive the chef of enticing aromas. Never been a Hippie but, as every lady knows, there's no substitute for time. As for essential oils, one test drop on skin or tongue should give a clue as to suitable strength.


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Posted by Johnathon (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 04/17/2008
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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
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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


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Posted by Jj (Old Bridge, Nj) on 11/11/2016
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Amazing! I tried taking it first and did not feel relieved. I'm so desperate to feel better. So I tried the other suggestion. I heated some of the ACV and then inhaled the fumes. That worked for me! TIP: close your eyes when you inhale the fumes. It stings. So happy I found this website!


Posted by Shulie (London) on 05/16/2016
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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
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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
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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
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Warning

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
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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.


Posted by Texascannas (Texas, US) on 09/16/2014
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Tried 5% Apple Cider Vinegar from Walmart; some local produced honey to taste and hot water. I felt congestion relieve in my sinuses within 10 minutes. Thanks for a great tip!

Replied by Sunny
Delhi, India
10/12/2014

Hi, does apple cider vinegar cure the problem permanently or is it effective on sinus attack?


Posted by Sarah (Us) on 05/29/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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
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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.

Replied by Jill
Orlando
06/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I just read on this site, mix equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar with alcohol. Drip a few drops into clogged ear, while laying on opposite ear. Allow to remain a few seconds then turn over to drain a little then lay back on unaffected ear so the liquid can keep working. My ear had been clogged from traveling on plane 24 hours prior! It was so frustrating! This totally cleared it-finally after taking a decongestant with no results, per the pharmacist!

Jill in Sunshine State

Replied by Sita
Ar
02/02/2016

When you say alcohol, is that rubbing alcohol or vodka-type alcohol?

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
02/02/2016

Rubbing alcohol is usually what is used in the ears with vinegar - equal parts of both.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Caroline
Norfolk, Uk
12/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Just tried this and within a minute a clear nose, hope it lasts and I can sleep tonight...I'm amazed as I was completely blocked up.

Replied by Larry K.
Fairfax, Va
12/07/2016

How was the ACV taken: Applied into ears or taken internally? If taken internally, what dilution w/water & how often drank? Thanks.


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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Jeddah
12/14/2013

Hi Sowm, The ACV u used in local made or imported one. Could you please provide me the name of the ACV u used. Thanks & Regards Mohammed, Hyderabad, India.


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.



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