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Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Jun 30, 2015

Eucalyptus Oil   3  0   

Posted by Steven (Saint Petersburg, Florida) on 12/04/2007

[YEA]  I am prone to sinus infection as well as bronchitis, the florida weather had gotten a little cooler and I felt a sinus infection coming on and then an onset of bronchitis. So I brewed a .50 oz of eucalyptus ( like you do coffee or tea in a coffee pot (12 cup) and then I put some sugar in, (optional) and drank that one time, and i felt the difference overnight, I then continued to drink a cup for the next couple of days to make sure that everything was cleared up.. I still make a pot of Eucalyptus tea. its great for cool nights and days, or refreshing on hot days.

Replied by DG
Baltimore, MD
I have had some luck clearing my sinuses using Vick Vaporub as follows as described below (note it has some EUCALYPTUS OIL in it)

Caution: this mixture WILL bubble and splatter unless the Vicks is mixed in SLOWLY.

I heat a coffee cup of water to near boiling. Then slowly and carefully I dip a half teaspoon of Vicks into the cup just a little at a time while breathing the vapors into my nose. At first you have to go VERY SLOW or the mixing with bubble over and make a big mess. When I first did this there was some burning sensation, but it causes a lot of mucus to run and seems to open things up.

It has NOT been a cure all, but it is one thing I do and it might be a ready source of EUCALYPTUS OIL (at a low concentration) for those who want to try it without hunting around.

Posted by Simon (Dubbo, Australia) on 10/24/2007

[YEA]  After getting a heavy bout of sinus infection / congestion I was keen to try the apple cider vinegar (with 'mother' in it). On Day One I consumed about three tablespoons at once and followed it with a chaser of flavoured water. The sinus seemed to get somewhat better, but I felt close to vomiting for a couple of hours after, and also had a headache, which I am not sure was just coincidental. I continued this for three days, one shot a day, but could not find any obvious improvement in my conditions. I then tried the tomato tea which was pleasant to drink, but didn't have any obvious effect on my sinuses. I then started putting eucalyptus oil on a clean handkerchief and continued sniffing this on a regular basis (up to once every couple of minutes). I would reapply eucalyptus oil to the handkerchief about four times a day. This really dried up the nasal passage and reduced the pressure in my sinuses. Of an evening I put the handkerchief near my pillow so the fumes are constantly being drawn into my nostrils as I sleep. I now use it on an as required basis and sniff it once or twice an hour if I feel sinuses building up. Eucalyptus oils are not all the same strength. The stronger the better.

Posted by Marie (New Providence, NJ) on 11/27/2006

[YEA]  I used to get a sinus infection with every cold I got. then I would take an antibiotic and it would go away. for the last 3 years, I have taken 2 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus directly on my tongue at the first sign of a cold. As a result, I have not had the sore throat and stuffy nose that usually came with my colds AND they have not turned into an infection. I haven't had any antibiotics in 3 years. I recommended this to my sister in law who suffered from the same ailments and she swears by it too.

Fennel, Flaxseed and Fenugreek   1  0   

Posted by Alexandra (London)

[YEA]  Just commenting: no idea about the tomatoes for sinusitis but will pass it on. Always avoid dairy products when you have any sinus congestion of any kind. This helps--plus try a infusion of a mixture of these herbs, readily available fennel seeds, flaxseeds (aka linseeds) and fenugreek seeds. Allow it to steep for a few minutes, stir and drink copious amounts. Really does the trick for any congestion lung and sinus. Try it! Cheers!

Flip-Turn Sinus Rinse Method   2  0   

Posted by Flemmy1382 (New York, Ny) on 02/16/2013

[YEA]  What has worked best for me is the "flip-turn sinus rinse" method, outlined below. If you do it be careful not to get water in your ear/eustachian tube. If you get water in your ear use the "modified muncie technique" to get the water out.

I have been doing the flip-turn multiple times daily for two weeks and have seen definite improvement: my brain fog and fatigue are almost gone, and my sense of smell has improved. I have tried various additives in the sinus rinse, including apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and Xylitol, as I strongly suspect that my problem is a fungal sinus infection.

Replied by Jenny
[YEA]   Thank you for the flip turn information. I tried it and I finally was able to get the saline into the infected parts of my nose. I kept trying to put saline in my nose prior and I could not get it to the infected areas. Thank you so much I feel I working.

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Justgrits1 (Central, Sc) on 07/28/2012

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.

Posted by Melissa (Emeryville, Ca) on 01/25/2012

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.

Goldenseal   2  0   

Posted by Beth (Roseville, MN) on 08/26/2006

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Kim (Milwaukee)

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Replied by Lisa
Flemington, Nj, Usa
[YEA]   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, ACV, Echinacea   1  0   

Posted by New Natural Believer (Idaho) on 02/11/2014

[YEA]  Thank you all. I have suffered from sinus infections for my entire life, now in my 30's. Previously, I have always just gone to the doctor for antibiotics if salt water nasal irrigations did not clear it up. A recent gnarly infection that would not clear up, even after a round of azithromycin (zithromax), had me searching for natural remedies. I hit it with the triple attack of apple cider vinegar, grapefruit seed extract (4 drops to my salt water irrigations, 3x day) and some echinacea drops with the acv. Amazingly, the sinus infection cleared up in 2.5 days. I did feel better after first irrigation. I would imagine neti pot achieves similar result, I've just always used the baby squirt bulbs.

I'm a convert, can't believe how great the grapefruit seed extract worked! Thanks again for everyone's testimonials, otherwise I would have never tried it. Paying it forward.

To clarify, for natural remedy rookies like myself that may read this:

- grapefruit seed extract (gse), 4 drops added to your nasal irrigation salt water...make sure not too much salt or it will irritate your nose. I use about 8 oz. water, enough salt to taste it but not strong, 4 drops gse. Stir and squirt into each nostril three times each day until symptoms gone.

- apple cidar vinegar taken orally with 8 oz water, 1 table spoon acv.

-echinacea taken orally mixed in water, 2 droppers of .5 ml, twice a day

Hope this helps other sinusitis / sinus infection sufferers as much as it did me!

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oil Pulling   1  0   

Posted by Amy (Denver, CO) on 06/01/2009

[YEA]  I'd been suffering for a week from a sinus infection and was not interested in my doctor's advised treatment of 10 days on harsh antibiotics (which incidentally had never cured a sinus infection for me in the 3 times in the past that they'd prescribed it.) So, I google'd "holistic sinus infection cure" and found this site. After reading a few dozen posts on the "sinus infection" page, I found a couple of things to try; here are my results:

1. ACV: while I'd read that this works best at the first signs of a cold and I was already five days in, I tried it anyway. About 1-2 Tbs in hot water with a dash of lemon juice and some agave syrup to sweeten it and I drank it like a tea. Very pleasant with the agave and I started to feel some relief soon after drinking (I also inhaled the steam after mixing and felt some relief from that too.) Since it didn't provide as much instant relief as I was hoping for, and WAS providing some canker sores in my mouth, I limited this to just the first day or two and then stopped.

2. Oil Pulling: I started this at the same time as the other remedies so I'm not certain what the effect has been on curing my sinus infection, but I can attest that I feel better, my skin looks amazing, my breath has significantly improved and I no longer see a white film on the surface of my tongue. This is after just 3-4 days of use. I'm using 1 Tbs of organic sesame oil, swished around for 15-20 minutes every morning right upon waking, then spit out, of course.

3. Grapefruit Seed Extract: I think this was the magic bullet for me. I've been using 2-5 drops (teeny, tiny drops) in with my saline sinus irrigation twice a day for the last 4 days and I am almost 100% better. This (and the oil pulling) I've been doing consistently. While I didn't feel immediate relief after my first irrigation with the GSE, every time since then I feel the pressure release from behind my face and my cheekbones stop aching. Now my symptoms are almost completely gone; I cannot believe it. On the first couple of days I was using more drops (4-5) and now I'm down to 2 drops. It doesn't taste the best when it runs down your throat and there is a funny sensation that it creates that is kind of like burning but not painful, but all in all it's really easy; not much different than just plain saline.

I have to say I'm totally blown away at how much better I feel and without aid of antibiotics. I did continue to take ibuprofin in limited amounts (no more than once a day) when the pain was more than I could take), but other than that I've been cured by these holistic remedies. I'm so grateful for this website and all of the people who have posted their success stories on here! I never would have known to try these things had it not been for finding this resource. Thank you!!

Replied by Lisa
Moultrie, Ga, Usa
I am suffering from a very painful sinus infection that I cannot get rid of. I have had this for the past two weeks and I am about at the end of my wits from pain. I have been using the neil-med sinus rinse but it feels like the saline solution is just getting into my sinuses right above my teeth and behind my cheeks and staying there. I would like to try the Grapefruit Seed Extract but I dont know how much saline rinse to GSE. Any recommendations would be helpful.
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tenn.
Lisa, I have been spraying my nostrils for the last 3 years with a concoction of sea salt, baking soda and GSE that I make myself. Take 1/3 glass of warm water, Add 1 tsp of sea salt, 1 tsp of baking soda and 8 drops of GSE. Stir , allow to cool and pour the clear portion into your sprayer. This keeps my nostrils open, but it has not dried up my sinus, which I guess is a good thing. If you look at any animal they all have nasal drainage. It seems that is just natural. What you don't want is for your sinus to dry up with no flow.
Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi Lisa - With sinus issues, I found that adding about 1/2 teaspoon of 3% hydogen peroxide to my neti pot mix helped a lot. My mix is 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. I fill my neti pot with warmish water, add the salt/baking soda mixture, stir until it dissolves and then I add the 1/2 teaspoon 3% HP right before I use it. It seems to be the only thing that helps when I get sinus problems. Hope it works for you.
Replied by Wendy
Ontario, Canada
Bess: WOW! Not sure how big your neti pot is but this mix (1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp 3% peroxide) in my neti pot burned worse then straight 3% hydrogen peroxide sprayed up my nose! OMG! I poured some out and diluted it! Feels much better but I'm just at the beginning of a cold stage.

I have already taken probably 20 ______ vitamin c over the last few days, GSE at 15 drops 3x a day, extra strength oil of oregano 6 drops 2x a day, 6 oregamax capsules, 12 cloves of garlic, 3 - 1/2 tsp of baking soda, the tomato tea on the cold page, spraying my throat and nose with 3% peroxide and now using the neti.

I felt the greatest AFTER 2 tablespoons ACV in an 8 ounce glass of water- just chugged it back. I don't find it too bad. I felt great all day - until I ate! It was only qunioa pilaf but I should not have ate... I should have stayed fasting! On to the oil pulling! LOL

Replied by Charlotte
Essex, Clacton, England
Hi there, I am new to this site, nice to meet you all. I have had sinus problems for years on and off and had an operation on my nose months ago supposedly to sort it, yet now it is even worse.

My nose is always bunged up as though someone is holding it shut with their fingers, I have a lot of headaches. After my option (to remove linings in the nose, take some bone out and remove polyps) my ears got full and I could hardly hear, I also felt very confused and my memory was affected. The doctor was going to put me on more anti biotics etc. If I take the nose sprays I end up with bleeding in the nose and bad cramps in my feet and legs at night. I have since found you can change this if you take magnesium because the nose sprays use it up.

Anyway I don't want to keep having operations and taking these medicines so did a lot of research. I started to take garlic capsules, 5000 mg one a day. Also a multi vitamin mineral, selenium 200 mg a day. After a bit I was better but the garlic was making me more confused/lack of memory and headaches and I was losing a lot of energy, feeling awfully tired, very irritable, very depressed and unable to work. Then I found that garlic can cause under active thyroid of which these are the symptoms. So trying again but with kale as it is a natural source of iodine which cures under active thyroid.

TODAY I started to take tincture of grapefruit seed extract also olive leaf extract, organic, regularly too.

If have read a lot of postings here today and am getting organic cider vinegar. Have also ordered mullein, eyebright, goldenseal and licorice tincture as have read a lot about how this can help a lot with sinus etc problems. If you want to try this it is 2 of goldenseal, 3 eyebright, 2 mullein and 1 licorice 3 times a day but I'm sure that more is ok and might help more.

I am just desperate to feel better. At the moment cannot work, concentrate or get on with anything. Hope this helps some of you.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Sea Salt   1  0   

Posted by Katie (Camano Island, WA) on 06/16/2009

[YEA]  I have had two severe sinus infection flare ups over the last two months. The post nasal drip from this infection has caused me to have SEVERE laringitis, so severe that i could not talk at all. As if my vocal cords were completely gone. I could only use sign language and even whispering hurt my throat and head. Has anyone ever had this problem? I have looked everywhere on the internet and have not found one story of laringitis caused by a sinus infection. I am using 13 drops of GSE and 1/8 tsp. of sea salt mixed in 3/4 cup warm water. i use a full eye dropper, tilt my head back and squirt it up both nostrils. Then i quickly plug my nose and put my head down between my legs. I plug one nostril and gently breath in through the other. Doing the same with the other nostril and back and forth for about 1 minute. When i first started doing this, the pressure in my sinus was almost unbearable. But now on my 5th day of doing this about 3-5 times a day, the pressure is gone. I still have laringitis but it is not lasting as long as my first bout with this infection. I am also starting the ACV drink. If anyone has had this Laringitis trouble, please let me know. I was completely mute for 3 days!!!

Replied by Veronica
El Paso, Texas
I am having sinus infection right now, and laringitis. I have been without voice for two days already. I just tried cayenne pepper for laringitis, it seems that it helped. Unfortunately I didn't have much of it in the house to retake it. I will do the nasal washing with saline water. I am teaching tomorrow, and I need my voice back.
Replied by Karen
Denver, Co
Yes...laryngitis is common. Look into if you have a vocal cord dysfunction. The sinus drainage can irritate your cords and cause them to not open/close appropriately. It can give feelings of shortness of breath. There are some simple things that can be done to prevent it. A trained speech therapist can help.

Guaifenesin   2  0   

Posted by Judith (Hawkesbury, Canada) on 08/25/2007

[YEA]  Guaifenesin - it's tree resin... It's from the guaiacum tree - a tropical evergreen. Homeopathic is guaiacum.

Posted by Judy (Hawkesbury, Canada)

[YEA]  using sinus or allergy medication - makes it worse in the long run. Pain diary sounds like I could have written it. Add guaifenesin to the must-use. It's the active ingredient in Robitussin. No dextromethorphan or other fancies - just the plain stuff. Or get capsules. It tastes awful. I noticed pseudoephidrine in the diary. I use it when I can't handle the pain when I have a head cold. I also use Claritin (allergy medication) which also dries things up. It has consequences that don't seem to be listed any where that make things worse for people like us. Your face fills up with dried up mucous - layer after layer. And it won't come out. This impacts the trigeminal nerve. I couldn't even touch my cheek just beside my nose for YEARS - and my tooth ached constantly - but it is already a root canal. And the pressure on the nerve precipitates the attacks and makes migraines worse. So do swollen glands. Clean out the dried up mucous with guaifenesin (active ingredient in Robitussin). Might take awhile, but it's worth it. Also steam and massage. You'll never believe how much gunk is tucked away in your face! Makes you really sick because all the stuff that you dried up is loose again and floating around, but it's coming out - fast and easy.

H2O2, GSE, Sea Salt Rinse   1  0   

Posted by Llball (Belmont, Ma) on 02/13/2010

[YEA]  Remedy for Sinus Infection - WOW, FAST!

After reading through several pages of posts about remedies for sinus infection (which I have had for at least 10 days now...sinus/face pain, headaches, fatigue, achiness, etc) I decided to combine a few suggestions into a solution that was miraculous for me. I made the following mixture for my netti pot (which is actually a ceramic child's tea pot from my daughter's old tea set, sterilized of course :):

10oz of water
1 T. regular 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
5 drops grapefruit seed extract liquid concentrate
little less than 1/2 tspn. sea salt

I tried to run the solution through my nose, but it was too blocked, so I just poured some up in my nostril and then put my head down between knees to hold it in and let gravity work it up into my sinuses. Let is remain in there about 30 seconds or so...very slight burning/tingling. Then put my head over the sink and blew my nose, then repeated on the other side. Did this a couple of times each side, each time releasing a little more mucous. Then I waited a few hours. Within 2 hours, the right nostril ejected a large ball of mucous tinged with a little blood and pus (gross!..I know) and the right nostril was clear. The left side discharged a little more mucous but did not clear. I repeated the process focusing on the left side and on the second rinse, the left side also gave up a large blob of mucous also slightly tinged with a little blood and yellow pus. After then, my sinuses let go more mucous (no more blood and pus, just really thick mucous)than I have ever seen coming out of one person's nose. I could breathe clearly for the first time in over a week and the pressure and pain were greatly relieved. I can tell that I am not fully back to normal yet, but to have this much recovery in a matter of hours is WONDERFUL!! I feel so much better and wanted to pass this remedy along right away.

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