I mixed sea salt and hydrogen peroxide and squirted in each nostril to try to relieve my stuffy sinuses. The solution is very uncomfortable and it remains in my sinuses until I repeat the process about 3 times.Only then will it start to come back out the same nostril and if I keep it up some will eventually come out the opposing nostril. It just seems to get soaked up there.
[YEA] Kimchi for sinus infections/congestion: I have just recently discovered after adding other fermented foods to my diet like fermented veggies & sauerkraut that KIMCHI works wonders at clearing up sinus congestion!! It's a must try!!
Hello all, I have suffered from sinus problems my whole life. This often leads to headaches caused by the sinuses being inflamed. I love to sleep with a fan for the sound, but this causes them often, so I must not. Drinking milk before bed does the same, so I must not. As does certain times of year, temperature too low in the house, humidity changes, smoke, etc, etc.
One thing I found helps lessen the pain is the "nose bullets" as I call them. Tubes you stick in your nose and inhale the vapors. They contain Camphor/Menthol. They do not "cure" a sinus headache, but lessen the pain. Heating up some "chest rub" in a jar does the same, but it is not as portable. Also, rubbing the "chest rub" onto your forehead helps soften the pain. I use Neti pots but add 1 teaspoon or less of Xylitol and several drops of hydrogen peroxide per each pot full to the standard salt/baking soda powder that is out there.
I post these not as medical advise, but something that has worked for me to make living with sinuses more bearable.
I USED THE ACV DRINK (I USE IT FOR NAUSEA ALL THE TIME - ICE COLD, SIPPING IT...IT WORKS GREAT! ALSO, MY FATHER LOST 20 POUNDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS JUST DRINKING IT ABOUT FIVE OR SIX TIMES A DAY - BUT HE OVERDID EVERYTHING...)
IT GAVE "SOME" RELIEF, BUT i WAS IN A PANIC ATTACK FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO BREATHE. THEN I USED THE TOMATO TEA....SHIVER!!! BUT I DRANK MOST OF IT AND IT ALSO HELPED...BUT WHEN I WENT TO LIE DOWN, I WAS STUFFED UP AGAIN WITHIN A FEW MINUTES!
THEN I USED THE COMBINATIN OF BAKING SODA, SALT AND WARM WATER IN A NETI POT (SMALL TEA POTS WORK, TOO)
AND NOW I FINALLY CAN BREATHE. BUT IT HAS BEEN ONLY ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES. LONGEST YET. ALSO, I USED THE ENTIRE CUP OF WARM WATER....
I HAVE ALL OF THE RECIPES COPIED, EACH ON A POST-IT SHEET, LINED UP ACROSS THE EDGE OF MY STOVE VENT-TOP....IF THIS ONE LETS ME DOWN, I AM ON TO THE NEXT ONE.
AT LEAST I HAVE SOMETHING TO KEEP MY PANIC ATTACKS BACK. I REALLY BEGIN TO PANIC BECAUSE I ALREADY HAVE ASTHMA AND A HEART CONDITION...SO WHEN I PANIC, IT STARTS IT ALL UP... AND I GET VERY FRIGHTENED. SO IF I HAVE TO GO DOWN THE LINE, I WILL. I AM WILLING TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT AND 'REMEDY' MYSELF.
IF THIS ONE IS THE 'WINNER' I WILL CERTAINLY RETURN WITH MY VERDICT.
I THANK GOD FOR THIS SITE. HE CAN GIVE ME RELIEF DIRECTLY, BUT HE ALSO USES PEOPLE....AND I THINK HE DID JUST THAT THIS TIME.
ROSIE IN PHOENIX
[YEA] re: sinus infection/sinus pressure --
hot shower, breathe the steam
-hot packs placed on your fore head and back of neck
-vicks vapor steamer! this thing rocks! just add water and pinch of salt!
-inhale and exhale up each nostril salt water, it dries your nostrils
-antibiotics, just eat lots of yogurt after to replace the good cells
i suffer from chronic sinus issues all year long and these are some of my remedies. hope it helps you!
[YEA] Having suffered with persistent sinus congestion and allergies, here's what has helped me tremendously.
1) Stopped eating dairy.
2) Take at least 2000 mg Omega 3 oil daily.
3) Take turmeric supplements daily (amount varies.)
4) Strong multi-vitamin and mineral daily.
5) Chinese medicine: Jade Screen and Xanthium during my worst allergy season (spring)
6) Acupuncture: 2 times weekly during spring, once every two weeks the rest of the year.
7) Homeopathic tablets for times when I have brief allergic symptoms: Allium cepa for runny nose, Euphrasia officinalis for itchy eyes. I use all the above and it has eliminated my allergies except for one or two bad days in the spring. As a side benefit, stopping dairy also cleared up the joint pain I was having in my fingers.
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Approval Ratings BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100% Posted by Robert (Manhattan, New York) on 01/23/2009
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I occasionally take NAC, (n-acetylcysteine) which is an amino acid that helps flush out mucus by turning it into fluid. I take 500 mgs once a day, on & off and noticed my sense of smell is a little better with the ability to breath through my nose which is usually stuffed.
Approval Ratings YEA (8) 100% Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 09/25/2012
My Neti pot disappeared. I loved my Neti but didn't want to buy another one. I have a water bottle with a cap that reseals. The nozzle is just the right size for the nose. So, I use that. A lot less that the $15.00 for a Neti pot.Posted by Desigirl (Oakland Gardens, Ny) on 04/17/2012
Jalneti or neti done with jal (water) from the Indian Ayurveda is a process of gently cleansing the ENT (eyes) canal which could be done once a month or so.
About 4 Oz. Of saline-warm-filtered water is poured through each nostril followed by pranayam (preferably Bhastrika pranayam) for at least 5 minutes. This is like blowing into the bellows to dry up the leftover water moisture in the ENT canal.
The fast and deep breathing is done for drying the ENT and not cleansing the nose etc. As pointed out by another commentator. * If this drying of ENT is not done one may develop Pneumonia as water may seep through to the lungs causing infection.
The problem happens when half knowledge is passed on by these so called specialists leading to more danger to the patient than when he first started out.Posted by Jennifer (Dallas, Tx) on 11/16/2009
[YEA] Nasal Irrigation/Neti Pot for Sinus Congestion
I developed a terrible cold over the weekend. Sore throat, drainage, etc. As the cold cleared up I developed a terrible sinus headache due to congestions behind my left eye. I am very prone to these type of headaches. I was already doing cayenne & ACV for the sore throat, but my head was still killing. My mom has used a neti pot in the past and suggested that I try that. Not having a neti pot on hand, I tried nasal irrigation using a bulb syringe. My headache was gone immediately. Will definitely be doing this every time I feel a sinus headache coming on.
I used a mixture of 1/4 ts salt in 2 c luke warm water. Fill the syringe as completely as you can. Lean slightly forward, insert the tip of the syringe approx. 1 in into nostril, and angle tip towards outside of eye. Squeeze syringe to flush saline mixture. Allow the saline mixture to drain back out (may drain through other nostril or back of throat). Repeat twice on each side.Posted by Jennie (Stony Brook, New York) on 06/14/2008
[YEA] I have had a terrible cold with sinus congestion, and couldn't get any sleep last night. I had always found the idea of nasal irrigation a little "icky," but out of desperation I decided to try it. I mixed 1 teaspoon of salt in a large coffee mug (sorry I don't know the ounces!). I don't have a neti pot, so I used a drinking straw to pick up the solution and drop it in my nostrils. It took me a couple tries to figure out how to get it to come out my other nostril instead of going down my throat (spit it out when this happens), but I got it. The result is amazing! I can breathe clearly, and I just wish I had tried this last night when I couldn't sleep!Posted by Linda (Studio City, CA) on 03/25/2008
[YEA] Try using the Neti pot with warm salt water. It flushes out your sinuses like nobodies business and it's safe and effective. You can use it everyday. Whole Foods sells them or you can get them off the internet. This and the Cayanne pepper drink saved me last night. My sore throat went away and now my PND is getting better. You guys are great.Posted by Shellie Cohagan (Quilcene, wa) on 02/15/2008
[YEA] I had a stuffy nose and I am going out to dinner tonight and didnt want to be sniffy all night. I wanted to try the neti pot rememdy but didnt have one so I used a teapot with 1/4 tsp Sea sat, 1 tsp baking soda and 1 C warm water. I am sitting here breathing throu my nose, still amzed how much it worked.Posted by Carla (Syracuse, NY) on 05/19/2007
[YEA] My ears were plugged solid due to a head cold. I happened to watch 'Oprah' that day and saw a Dr using a 'sinus wash' to clear out sinus. He used a 'nose biday (sp?)' with warm salt water. I found in my house a sippy cup with a straw attatched. Stand over the sing. Tip your head sideways and pour the warm mixture in & up that nostril...until it starts coming out the other nostril. I found it helpful to push the back of my tongue up against the back of my throat so it wouldn't come down my throat. When the mixture starts coming out of the opposite nostil, stop. Do the other side. The blow the hell out of your nose. IT WORKS! OMG I was so happy to HEAR again after a week!!Posted by A.C. (Atlanta, GA) on 01/07/2007
[YEA] I had a cold for about a week and a half. It finally developed into one of the worst sinus infections I have ever had---to top it off, I am 6 months pregnant. After 2 days of pure misery, I went to the doctor. He gave me an rx for an antiobiotic. After 2 days of taking it and pseudoephedrine round the clock, I was still miserable. My head pounded, my nose was totally clogged on both sides, and my head felt like it was going to explode. Desperate to try anything, I went to Walgreens and purchased "SinuCleanse"--a product complete with a neti pot and saline packets. I used it every 2 hours for the first day, along with drinking the ACV/water mixture 2x's/day, and by the second day, I had relief. I could breathe and could tell my head was starting to clear up! By far the best thing that I had tried! Thanks for your website! It has helped tremendously!Replied by Cindee