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Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

Last Modified on Sep 19, 2014

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!!!

Posted 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.
Posted 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.

Hemp Seeds   1  0   

Posted by Amanda (New York) on 11/28/2010

[YEA]  Hemp Seeds (about 2 tablespoons 3X a day) have helped my sinus congestion/allergic sinusitis TREMENDOUSLY!! Within minutes of taking them, I actually feel them halting my allergies and my sinuses becoming clearer!

Posted by Name
City, State
Try a laxative, or fresh horseradish or ginger, too.
Posted by Washington_cleveland_man
Cleveland, Ohio
Yes it works! I got a water bottle and the tip of a old dish liquid bottle. I poured a little peroxide barley enough to see at the bottom of the bottle. Added a little salt and then luke warm water. I then began to rinse my nose. I had a little discomfort. But just adjusted the water. After bottle empties do not! DO NOT! Add more salt or peroxide. Just refill with water. Shake bottle good, and repeat until you feel good. After 10 mins your nose will begin to loosen up and then you should blow nose repeatedly until you can blow no more.

Herbs   0  0   

Posted by Elvis (Marina, California,usa) on 07/30/2012

After nose surgery, I contacted sinus infection. After 2 years and six doctor specialist, no cure. Lost of sleep, waking up with mucus in my mouth. Hacking all the time, cause I could never clear my throat and sinus headaches all the time, just frustrated me. I sent for 3 herbal extracts (thyme, clove, cinimon)to cure my postnasal drip, I took a chance. I put six drops of each in a container and set it by my bed side. In one week I was healed.

Homemade Xylitol Nasal Spray   1  0   

Posted by Dave J (Taylor, Mi) on 07/28/2011

[YEA]  I just tried a xylitol nasal spray to head off a sinus infection, and I HIGHLY recommend this remedy. It's the first and ONLY thing I have EVER found that effectively prevented an infection from taking hold -- and that cleared up my symptoms this quickly and effectively!

I've suffered from sinus infections for the past 25 years. If I get a cold, I'm guaranteed to get a sinus infection, no matter what I try. I've tried lots of remedies, including drinking & steaming with Apple Cider Vinegar (which helps); Flip-Turn saline rinses (these help a lot, too); and steaming with Cinnamon, Clove, and Thyme oils (doesn't seem to help me that much). I've also always had to take antibiotics on top of these remedies to clear up any sinus infection I've had.

Last weekend I noticed I had all the symptoms of an occult sinus infection --just a bit of green/yellow mucus, mostly in the morning; not feeling completely sick, but I was feeling drained, unfocused, a bit under the weather, and just not myself. Things were also obviously heading from bad to worse, even though I was using the other remedies I listed in the previous paragraph.

I've heard of xylitol nasal rinses but have never tried them before. I had good success using a xylitol mouth wash to cure a chronic toothache I had (from a dental procedure I had over 18 months ago), so I decided it was time to try xylitol for my sinuses.

I got a recipe from, bought the ingredients from the local health food store for about $18, and mixed up a batch. (It would take about a year of regular use to use up everything I bought, btw. ) Ingredients include xylitol, salt, and a couple drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE), plus some baking soda to buffer the solution.

Two sprays in each nostril, and within 30 minutes I felt powerful results. I think my body went through a brief healing crisis, as I felt worse at first. I did 5 sprays in each nostril and added the flip-turn technique (which really helps get the spray in full contact with the ostea), and within another hour I felt significantly better. Got a good night's sleep, and the next day I felt about 90% cured.

After continuing to use the xylitol spray a couple times a day for the past 5 days, I feel FANTASTIC. I had enough energy to work a 14 hour day yesterday. And my nose has never felt this clear and free from post nasal drip since I developed sinus issues.

I believe if I had not used this spray, my entire week would have been shot. I'd have been bed-ridden for a couple days, unable to work, and taking yet another course of antibiotics. To say I'm pleased with the results of the xylitol spray would be a gross understatement!

I don't know yet how this remedy will work for me if I have a full-blown cold or sinus infection. However, I'll repeat that I have personally never found ANYTHING else that can stop a developing sinus infection in its tracks and clear it up this fast and this effectively. If you suffer from sinus issues, please give this a try.

Posted by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Thanks, Dave, for the xylitol nasal spray link. I heard xylitol was good for nasal/sinus congestion but never actually tried it. We've been using an ordinary sea salt/baking soda solution so this will be a nice change and I have all the ingredients. I'm off to mix up a batch. Cheers! Bess

Homeopathic Remedies   1  0   

Posted by Frank (Palm Beach, FL) on 04/11/2006

[YEA]  Chronic sinusitis is caused by aspergillis fungus, a plant and vegetation borne fungus.There are several variants but aspergillis niger is the most common.. When the immune system is overloaded, the fungus creates a bacterial infection. Clearing the bacterial infection does not clear the cause. Aspergillis nosodes are available from Dolisos Homeopathic. two doses of 8 pellets three days apart will normally clear the fungus and end sinus problems permanently. If aspergillis niger doesn't work, try the other four variants. Any health food store carrying dolisos products can get these for you. (about $5.00) note this will cure the cause of the infection, not the current bacterial infection. generally sticta pulmonaria 30x and or stannum mettalicum 30x ; 4 tablets ,3times day will clear the bacterial infection.

EC: According to one of our readers, this remedy is no longer widely available and needs to be special ordered.

Horseradish   1  0   

Posted by Laura (Westminster, Vermont) on 03/25/2007

[YEA]  I'm surprised that you have no mention of horseradish on your website. I used to take antibiotics at least once a year for sinus infections until 12 years ago when my naturopathic doctor recommended horseradish. Since then, I have had no problems if I eat a lot of horeradish (usually about a jar a day) at the first sign of infection. Until now, that is. I have developed a sinus infection and the horseradish I just brought home from the grocery store is not strong enough. So, I am going to try some of the other things listed here, at least until I can get my hands on some stronger horseradish.

Hot Shower   1  0   

Posted by Patrick (East Storudsburg, Pa) on 08/04/2011

[YEA]  Ok, I'm going to share this in hopes it helps somone, the hot shower for sinus infections is the key:

As hot as u can stand it on your face and forehead, then I suggest not blowing your nose at all, instead imediatly after getting of the shower take some toilet tissue or cotton and plug ur nasil passages. Wait around 10 to 20 min, by then your sinuses should be opened up, gently blow your nose and after replug your nasil passages again , wait an hr then repeat the shower and redo all above, my nasal passages where so inflamed I had blood coming out, after one day of this the sinus passages were now clear. This was the only thing that helped me. It sounds weird but it worked!!!!! I think the reason was that the hot steam got into the passages and by plugging the nasal area up it let the warm vapor open the swollen passages up, letting the mucus to lossen up. Be warned when you get ready to expell your sinuses youll be suprised at what is released, nasty!!!! Good luck

Hot Showers, Hot Tea, Chicken Soup   1  0   

Posted by Tatianna (Fort St John, Canada) on 08/27/2008

[YEA]  My sinus infection ruined my whole vacation!I kept annoying everybody in my class from me snorting.And i was stuck with it for 3 months.It was so bad that i kept having panic attacks and had realy hard troubles breathing so I couldnt lay down. But then having hot showers, drinking tea and eating chicken noodle soup makes a huge change!

Humidify   2  0   

Posted by Grayson ( Colorado Springs, Colorado ) on 06/17/2011

Is it possible that a very dry climate can lead/add to sinusitus? When I travel to humidity I feel 100% better.

Posted by Linda
Alpharetta, Ga
[YEA]   "Could be. Try out to put some oil in your nose with a Q-tip, for example Jojoba oil, esp. before you go to bed at night and when you leave the house. You might also try additionally Euphorbium Nasal spray = a homoeopathic nasal spray. Install a humidifier. Make sure that you are not allergic to something, like a pet or pollen.
Posted by Susan
Charlotte, Nc
Yes, I would agree that climate (and also smog) can affect sinus issues. I had nonstop sinus issues and allergies starting about a year after I moved to Southern California. After years of suffering from this, we moved to the humid South and I haven't had a sinus infection or serious allergy attack since then. Half of my friends who live in dry and polluted environments have terrible sinus issues.
Posted by Ruthie39
Houston, Tx
I have lived in the South all of my life. I have suffered from seasonal allegies and sinus infections for years.

Posted by Robert (Alpine, TX) on 02/09/2007

[YEA]  First of all, moisture in the air is very important. Many people get sinus infections during the winter months being cooped up in the house. I prefer the Vick's Vaporizer in my bedroom and I try to keep it boiling @ night. Servicing your heater filters regularly is important too, filters should be changed @ month. At the first sign of a sinus infection I snort a sea salt, baking soda, distilled water solution up my nose 2x's a day, That really helps. 1cup distilled water 1tsp. sea salt, 1/4 tsp soda, slightly heat in microwave, put in a baby bulb and snort it up your nose. I know it sounds gross and it is but it WORKS!

Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt and Baking Soda   2  0   

Posted by Kerstin (San Francisco, CA)

[YEA]  I can't tell you how grateful I am for coming across this web site!! Last night I mixed Peroxide / Salt / Baking Soda with water and in a dropper put it in my nose while hanging upside down with my head and for the first time I feel hope! Today for the first time in many many months I woke up WITHOUT being totally clogged up and it seems like the constant flow of gross, horrible smelling stuff dripping down the back of my mouth is gone!! I actually feel like a person again! I can't believe this!! The last 3 months have been absolutely miserable and I have had no success what so ever getting rid of my sinus infection.Amoxocillin does nothing neither does Augmentin 850. My sinus problems started about 15 years ago when I ended up with a deviated septum as a result of years of snorting drugs and I have had major major sinus problems ever since! I am going to repeat this wonder cure a couple of times just in case. Thanks again!

Posted by DEB
Jacksonville, FL
Posted by Kristin K
Santa Barbara, Ca, USA
3 Posts
Do Not Rush to Surgery! In 2007, I had a sinus infection for 7 months. I was on multiple types of antibiotics and saw 3 different ENTs. Two ENTs advised me to have surgery. Finally, a General Practioner, Dr. Meller, advised that I should try saline rinsing along with two weeks (not 1 week) of Augmentin. That infection was finally cleared up. I have kept the infections at bay by using my sinus rinse kit; sea salt and hot water.

When I feel one coming along, I have been successful using 2 or 3 Tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 TB of baking soda in with my 8oz of water to rinse my sinues. I would NOT advise using 50/50%.

I have found it is better to do rinsing 3 or 4 times a day and not using a high amount of Hydrogen Peroxide as it can be harmful to your ears and your sinus tissue.

I am going to try to Apple Cider Vinegar as well.

Thanks for this site!

In 2007, after months of pain, I asked the ENT that wanted to do surgery on me, "Can't I flush my sinues out?". He said "No. You can't."..

Well, Yes I can! And it has worked better than months on antibiotics. And I have yet to have surgery.

Posted by Kristin K
Santa Barbara, Ca, Usa
3 Posts
[YEA]   "Yea! This really works! From a 46 year old with over 10 years of fighting Sinus Infections: I am sold on the effects of Saline Rinse, Baking Soda and followed up with Apple Cider Vinegar and Zinc.

After over a decade of dealing with sinus issues (two years of using sinus irrigation), I have found that the combination of frequent Saline Rinses including Baking Soda and following up with nasal sprays of Apple Cider Vinegar and Zinc, really worked for me in fighting a bacterial sinus infections!

This is what I did:

Twice yesterday, I rinsed with 2TB baking soda, 1TB Hydrogen peroxide with 1TB sea Salt in my usual 8oz sinus bottle.

Approximately 3 hours after the last rinse, I began using Apple Cider vinegar as well: I took an empty nasal dispenser (Zycam or Afrin will do). I washed the dispenser thoroughly in very hot water. Then I filled the clean dispenser with equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and filtered water. I pumped the ACV/water solution in each of my sinuses 5 or 6 times and for a few pumps I put my head upside down in the sink so the solution could reach the top of my sinuses. Although it stung slightly, it did not burn like the HP does.

I also sprayed my throat with Zinc Spray mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar. I then gargled with sea salt and baking soda mixed with warm water. I had realized the bacteria was beginning to infect my throat. I had developed pain on one side of the throat and signs of blood in the mucus when I coughed from my throat.

After following the program above, I was delightfully surprised this morning. I did not have a head full of mucus nor any sinus pain or pressure; only minor congestion. When I did a regular saline rinse this morning, a very thick brown clump of drying mucus/puss tinged with brown blood flew straight out of my right sinus after the first rinse. I did another rinse and only minor and regular looking mucus came out. My hope is that the combination I used last night (as listed above) finally killed off the bacteria infection in my sinus and what emerged was the remnants of that infection. This is very promising as in a persistent bacterial sinus infection, it often takes me four full sinus rinses to clean out the puss from the bacteria. Plus, I have had no pain or congestion all day today after 4 days of pain with lots of pussy mucus .

A note on Hydrogen Peroxide: Even just 3Tb of Hydrogen Peroxide in my 8OZ sinus rinse, has caused irritation to my sinuses in the past. A side effect of using Hydrogen Peroxide, is an hour later I usually end up with more mucus and stuffiness. I imagine this is due to the irritation to the sinus tissue. (as the member from Hawaii noted from his experience)

Another thing I have learned that is is risky to tilt my head to the side when doing any sinus rinse especially if it has HP in it. I think it is better to hang your head upside down as the solution is able to penetrate your whole sinus. Head upside down reduces the exposure of your Eustachian tubes to collecting fluid as can occur when you tilt your head.

Good luck! and take it from a veteran of this. Be patient, be consistent and if you are trying a remedy for the first time, reduce the ingredients to prevent from ill effects. YOu can always add a little more of an ingredient next time.

It is your body you are taking care of; use care and compassion toward yourself. Dealing with Sinus Infections can be a long process but it is better to be conservative than to damage your ears or your sinus tissue in trying new cures.

Carpe Diem! and Bien Salud.

Ice Packs   1  0   

Posted by Linda (St.Paul, MN) on 04/08/2007

[YEA]  I rarely get sinus infections but have one as a result of a cold. I have been miserable for 4 days and the antibiotic has given me no relief. I have been using steam, hot compresses, saline nose flushes. My cheeks and teeth and whole face so inflamed and painful. Well since nothing worked I thought I would try the opposite and got a flexible ice pack I had in the freezer. I rested it in all different places on my face and eyes. I can't believe how much better I am feeling. My swelling went down and I am breathing well too. I think my sinuses were so inflamed that the ice was just the trick I needed. I am sooo happy now.

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