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Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

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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!

Replied by Name
City, State
Try a laxative, or fresh horseradish or ginger, too.
Replied 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.

Replied 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.

Replied by Jaysey
A JAR ???

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.

Replied 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.
Replied 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.
Replied 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!

Replied by DEB
Jacksonville, FL
Replied by Kristin K
Santa Barbara, Ca, USA
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.

Replied by Kristin K
Santa Barbara, Ca, Usa
[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.

Hypersonic Saline Rinse   1  0   

Posted by Matt (Richardson, Tx) on 04/02/2011

[YEA]  Hypersonic saline nasal irrigation was recommended by my sinus surgeon and allergist.

The benefits: 1) When you irrigate, the hypertonic saline acts as a solvent and washes the mucus crusts and other debris from your nose. 2) The higher salt concentration pulls fluid out of the swollen membranes and shrinks them. This decongests and improves the air flow into your nose. The sinus passages begin to open. 3) Studies have also shown that high concentration salt water improves cell function (ciliary beat pattern).

The recipe: 1) Choose a one-quart glass jar that is thoroughly cleansed. 2) Fill with bottled water. 3) Add 2-3 heaping tablespoons of pickling/canning salt, NOT table salt as it contains a large number of additives. Sea salt may also be used. 4) Add 1 teaspoon Arm & Hammer baking soda (pure bicarbonite). 5) Mix ingredients together and store at room temperature. Discard after one week. If you find the solution too strong, you may decrease the amount of salt to 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons. With children it is often better to start with a milder solution and advance slowly.

The instructions: 1) You should plan to irrigate your nose with hypersonic saline 2-3 times per day. 2) You may use a small glass cup like a shot glass. 3) Pour a small amount into the shot glass or small cup. DO NOT contaminate the quart solution. Many people prefer to warm the solution slightly in the microwave but be sure the solution is NOT HOT. 4) Stand over a sink, close the left nostral with the left thumb and hold the small glass container under the right nostral. 5) Tilt your head back slightly so that you can slowly inhale the solution. The solution will start flowing into your throat. Close the right nostral with the left index finger to trap the saline inside the nostrals as you remove the small glass cup. 6) Keep the nostrals closed and tilt your head forward into the sink to allow the solution to enter the upper sinus cavities for several seconds while breathing through your mouth. 7) Open your nostrals & mouth to allow the saline to flow out. 8) Gentle blow your nose into the sink being careful not to force the saline into the ear canal. 9) Repeat for the left nostral. 10) Repeat for each nostral until clear. 11) For younger children, you may want to place the solution into a pump spray container such as Ocean Spray, clean bulb/ear syringe, large medical syringe (30cc) or water pick with irrigation tip. DO NOT FORCE your child to lay down. It is much easier to do in a sitting or standing position.

Hydrogen peroxide can be added to the solution in small amounts increasing to the 50/50 ratio recommended for mouth rinse as directed on the bottle.

Guaifenesin (Mucinex or other brand) is an expectorant that also assists loosening phlegm & thinning bronchial secretions.

Hypersonic saline nasal irrigation along with Guaifenesin at the first signs of congestion have kept my sinuses infection free and avoided antibiotics for years.

Here's to your good health.

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.

Improve Air Quality, Nasal Irrigation   1  0   

Posted by Eww (Laurel, Md) on 02/05/2010


Iodine   1  0   

Posted by Bev (Long Beach, CA) on 04/26/2009

[YEA]  Iodine for Sinus Pain:

Wonderful information on this site.

In Nov 08, I caught a cold and had terrible sinus. The cold cleared up but periodically my right sinus cavity would close and cause horrible pain. This area was on the right side of my nose about an inch down from my eye. I started using nasal irrigation and peroxide and water spray directly in my nose. This helped but I never seemed to be completely cured. The pain would start on the side of my nose, go around my eye, down my cheek to my teeth then into my neck and around the back of my neck. It rendered me useless. The addition of my favorite beverage, Chardonnay, would bring it on until I stopped having any. In searching this site, I read about Iodine (clear from Rite Aid) and painting it on certain areas of the body so I tried it on the side of my nose. I started doing this several times a day and last night was the test. I had my wine without any pain. I will continue to use Iodine until I'm sure it has cleared up. Who would have thought this would cure me. Thank you very much to everyone for your additions to this wonderful site.

Lactose Intolerance   1  0   

Posted by Gloria (Toronto, Canada) on 06/30/2008

[YEA]  Sinus Infections and Ice cream: I do not know about the various brands of ice creams and their contents. However, my body is lactose intolerant and whenever I give in to consuming ice cream [of the homemade variety,no less], in a few minutes,I feel the nasal clogging. Has anyone been tested for lactose intolerance? Sugar and other foods that do not agree with my system affect my sinuses adversely.

Replied by Stephen
Dallas, TX
That doesn't sound like Lactose intolerance, that sounds like a milk allergy. There is a difference. I am a milk allergy sufferer and if I eat anything that contains milk, I get congested and alot of times end up with a sinus infection. Most people I know with lactose intolerance have no problems eating ice cream.
Replied by Debbie
Malvik, South Trondelag, Norway
I have a tendency to disagree here. Lactose could be only a part of your problem. Sounds like you have a problem with all sorts of sugar, not only milk sugar (lactose) Candida Albicans springs to mind, with all it's complications. Have the same problem myself, stuffy nose whenever I go anywhere near sugar!
Replied by PS
Atlanta, Ga
Sinus congestion after dairy consumption is not too unusual. I have experienced and read about dairy and its tendency to cause sinus congestion. For this reason I do not eat dairy on a regular basis. I can definitely feel a difference after a few days of eating yogurt, milk, or cottage cheese. My sinus are full and drain down be back of my throat. I have often thought this is also why my sister is constantly blowing her nose and coughing up mucus. She drinks more than her fair share (even organic) of milk.
Replied by T
Maryland, USA
My son used to have chronic sinus problems. We went through the mill for several years with ignorant doctors and needless medications blindly prescribed because the fact was they hadn't a clue (they insisted he had asthma, then seasonal allergies, then sinus infection, etc. etc.). I didn't feel he had any of those; they just didn't fit. When I finally cut milk from his diet, voila! No more sinus problems. In his case it IS the dairy. Other sugars don't cause him any problems.
Replied by Healthy248
Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada
I can tell you with 100% certanty that milk and dairy products most certainly do have a negative effect on people most just do not realize it, after all the FDA or milk conglomerates would not feed us anything that was not good for us... Right! .... Truth is we are the only mammal on the planet that has been convinced that drinking another animals milk is good for us... Fact is the only time in our lives that milk is either essential or good for us is as breast feeding babies, after that time... Not only do we not need it... It no longer has the benefits it had as breast milk, seems our bodies no longer produce the enzyme required to metabolize milk, couple that with the fact that we arn't even drinking human milk anymore, but cows milk (with growth hormones ) and the fact that we can gain nothing from it because we can't metabolize milk any longer, makes me wonder why are we doing it, oh yeah they say it gives us calcium for strong bones..... If we can't metabolize milk any more how can it get into our bones...

If you want calcium you need to ingest it in a form that we can use, from vegetables, chi, flax, things like that, I have spent the past 55 years drinking and eating dairy products, always had ear problems, difficulty with bad hearing issues, infections well into my adult years, the infections distroyed my inner ear bones, had them replaced only to lose them again, due to more infections, ... Ending up with type II diabetes, HB-Pressure, high cholesterol, etc, etc, etc. Well I did the drug regimen for two whole years with no positive change to anything that was ailing me, then I found Earth Clinic started research here, stopped for the most part all consumption of dairy, lo and behold less than six months later, no more infections (unless I use dairy crap), so-called diabetes gone, cholesterol back to normal blood work back to normal whatever normal is.... Draw your own conclusions from this.... I did... Godd health to all

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