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Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Jan 22, 2015

Dental Care   3  0   

Posted by Lill (Portland, Maine) on 04/08/2007

[YEA]  My son suffered from one sinus infection after another, which set off his asthma. Winters were horrible until last winter when he had his wisdom teeth removed. He hasn't had a sinus infection since. We believe that the impacted teeth were putting pressure on his sinuses. Might be worth checking if nothing else works. Lill

Diatomaceous Earth   2  0   

Posted by Alaska Girl (Juneau, Alaska) on 10/19/2014

[YEA]  Diatomaceous Earth, food grade, is wonderful stuff. Use it with respect - you do not want to inhale it. I had a sinus infection, which developed following a cold, for several years. The doctors couldn't figure it out. I heard of DE, did copious amounts of research, and ordered some. I put about a teaspoon in a glass of apple juice for about 5 days. That was last winter. My sinus infection went away, and has yet to come back. Now, when I'm feeling crunky, I take some. Awesome stuff. Also use it in my garden to keep the slugs away. :)

Posted by Emily (Canberra) on 07/14/2013

[YEA]  Hi, try diatomaceous earth. Just drink in juice. Is a powerful detoxant and helps with joint pain.

Replied by Mortyscastle
Queen Creek As
It is helping out my father, he been using it do about a year.

Egg Whites   1  0   

Posted by Teresa (Waiuku, New Zealand) on 06/04/2008

[YEA]  For painful sinuses and the accompanying headache - beat 2 egg whites (stops them being slimy and difficult to handle). Spread out on a gauze (or cloth) and put over your face (avoiding eyes). Put another cloth over (optional). Lay down on your back and go to sleep. The heat/temperature will harden the gauze. Suggest you leave it on as long as you can. You will be pain free and as a bonus will get a facelift. I have used this remedy for migraines and hard to shift headaches and have always gained relief.

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   1  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.

Garlic, Oregano, Cayenne   0  0   

Posted by Christine (St. Petersburg, Fl) on 03/06/2013

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!

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Thissucksrd (Santo Domingo, Dn, Dr) on 08/10/2012

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!!

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.

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