Last Modified on Oct 22, 2014
Garlic is one of the most potent and important medicinal herbs and superfoods, used worldwide for a wide variety of ailments. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, well over 2,000 years ago, doctors and scientists have been using and studying the healing qualities of garlic, including its powerful antibacterial properties.
Sinus infections manifest as inflammation in the sinus cavity that restricts the flow of mucus. Foreign irritants, allergens or other infection in the sinuses cause tremendous pain, feelings of pressure and headache. While a number of effective home treatments are available, garlic is one of the most valuable and potent natural remedies.
Garlic – A Pungent Home Remedy
While best known for its use in the kitchen, garlic's most valuable use may actually be as an effective medicinal treatment. While particularly effective for relieving sinus infection, this powerful antibacterial is often used for immune system support, preventing cancer, protecting the liver and the heart and lowering cholesterol.
How garlic works:
Garlic contains a number of unique sulfur compounds including allicin that make garlic an effective antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. When used as a home treatment, garlic naturally relieves swelling in the nasal passages, thus maximizing the flow of mucus in the sinus cavity and eliminating infection. Recent studies have shown the ability of diallyl trisulfide, a component in garlic oil, to protect the heart during and after cardiac surgery. Another garlic compound, diallyl sulfide, was found to be over 100 times more effective against the Campylobacter bacterium than two popular antibiotics. This bacterium is one of the most frequent causes of infections in the intestines. Garlic's effectiveness against this bacterium could have tremendous disease-reducing benefits to the food supply and the environment.
How to use garlic:
Garlic can be used as an effective health remedy in a variety of ways. One of the most effective and functional treatment options involves crushing the garlic and using it as a spread. To do so, chop or mince the garlic, allow it to rest for a short period. Mix the garlic with honey and take as a paste or spread it on a piece of toast.
Potential Side Effects
While garlic is an effective treatment option, it does possess some limited side effects because of its potency. Care must be taken when using the treatment to prevent such issues. It is generally considered safe when eaten, although a limited number of people may experience some gastrointestinal issues. Overuse may also cause some to experience excessive sweating or lightheadedness.
While the remedy is best known for its pungent flavor and aroma, it is also an effective home health remedy. Garlic can be used to treat congestion and inflamed nasal passages, alleviating the pressure associated with sinus infection.
The two articles below review some of the multitude of studies done on garlic.
1. Khalid Rahman and Gordon M. Lowe, Garlic and Cardiovascular Disease: A Critical Review, J. Nutr. March 2006, Vol. 136, no. 3 736S-740S
2. S. V. Rana, R. Pal, K. Vaiphei, Sanjeev K. Sharma and R. P. Ola (2011). Garlic in health and disease. Nutrition Research Reviews, 24, pp 60-71. doi:10.1017/S0954422410000338.
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[YEA] Just wanted to share my experience with garlic and my first sinus infection which included dental/jaw pain and headache on one side of my face. For two days I crushed a clove or two of non irradiated garlic (there's a green sprout inside) every two hours and mixed it with some honey for swallowing. I chased that with a glass of water with a couple drops of peppermint oil - this not only helps with flavor, but settles the stomach. I felt much better by day 3 and continued the garlic three times a day. I am on day 5 and still taking the garlic 3x/day. My symptoms are gone. I am still blowing out some yellow on that side and will continue the garlic until it's clear.
[YEA] I underwent 3 sinus operations for a continuous sinus infection. Antibiotics for almost 6 months, finally my ENT recommended I use Pulmicort in my sinus wash, which opened everything up but my sinuses continued to generate large amounts of gunk on a daily basis. In desperation, after reading the remedies on this website I tried crushing a fresh garlic, adding hot water and washing my sinuses with the solution. Very uncomfortable, but within 4 days the daily flood of sinus gunk stopped. 18 months later I developed a head cold, and the sinus problems started again. I had continued with the daily saline sinus washes in the interim, but started the garlic routine again and within 4 days my sinuses cleared.