Last Modified on Jan 28, 2015
Grapefruit Seed Extract is a natural remedy that is particularly effective in relieving nasal congestion and treating sinus infections. Pressure, pain and nasal congestion are all common side effects of a sinus infection -- effects that are difficult to live with and even harder to get rid of. This one remedy is often the best option for safely and naturally relieving nasal issues -- whatever the cause.
Why Use Grapefruit Seed Extract for Sinus Infections?
Grapefruit Seed Extract, or GSE, is a safe, natural treatment. The extract is a natural antibiotic that eliminates infection as well as bacteria and fungus. As such, it is especially effective against sinus infection.
This natural cure is particularly versatile as well as gentle enough to use every hour. The most effective treatment involves irrigating the nasal passages with the spray; however, it is also possible to take capsules or drink the extract mixed with water or another liquid. Unlike other treatments which have uncomfortable drying effects, this option will not dehydrate the body. It simply works to naturally relieve congestion and eliminate inflammation.
The 7 Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract
In essence, Grapefruit Seed Extract is a generally effective alternative treatment option because it relieves the cause of nasal congestion. However, the treatment has a number of other benefits as well. The benefits of grapefruit seed extract as a sinus infection treatment include:
1. Safe, natural relief
2. Natural antiseptic properties
3. Stabilizing effect on the body's pH
4. Added nutritional benefits
5. Easy to use treatment options
7. No chemicals or irritants that are harmful to the body
How and why it works:
Grapefruit Seed Extract is derived from the seeds, pulp and white membranes of the grapefruit. This valuable liquid functions as an antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial agent, making it a helpful natural remedy. When used as a sinus infection treatment, the citrus extract delivers vitamin C and a number of other nutrients to the body to eliminate infection. It also functions to relieve the sinuses and reduce inflammation.
How to Use Grapefruit Seed Extract Treatment to Treat Sinus Infections
Add 4 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 8 ounces of warm water. Allow the salt to dissolve in the water. Use the solution to irrigate the nasal cavities using a neti pot or nasal spray bottle. Grapefruit Seed Extract is safe for individuals of all ages. It naturally clears the sinuses and prevents further infection, making it a particularly effective remedy.
Where to Buy Grapefruit Seed Extract and Other Ingredients
We've discovered the following items can all be bought quite inexpensively on Amazon. Health food stores in your area will also typically carry GFSE and neti pots.
Grapefruit Seed Extract Treatment for Sinus Infections
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Grapefruit Seed Extract - 4 Drops
- Sea Salt - 1/4 Teaspoon
- Warm Filtered Water - 8 Ounces
Add 4 drops of grapefruit seed extract and a quarter tsp of sea salt to 8oz of warm water. Use this to carefully irrigate your nose (nasal cavities) using a neti pot or a clean nasal spray bottle.
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[YEA] Yep, grapefruit seed extract is my go to remedy for sinus infections. I've tried in my neti pot, but it's too strong. I usually take GFSE drops internally (about 10 drops 3 times a day) but also use sea salt and peroxide in my neti pot to irrigate the sinuses.
Does one take the GSE orally or by nose or both?
Replied by Sue M.
Worden, Il, Usa
01/10/2013Posted by Randall (Sioux City, Iowa) on 10/31/2012
[YEA] FOUR MONTHS OF SINUSITIS! TOTALLY MISERABLE! Two rounds(10 days each) of amoxicillin. Nothing. Still having one nostril closed off almost 24/7 and the other half open. Sleep was almost impossible and I was just miserable. I started to Google to find any other way to help. Warm compresses, hot showers, and more antibiotics.
Then I saw GSE. Ordered it and that was the miracle that I was looking for. Took a 2 ounce nasal spray bottle left over(couldn't live without the over the counter spray that at the end only kept my nose open for less than a hour)cleaned it out and put 2 ounces of saline solution and 3 drops of GSE in it. DAY ONE: Took eight ounces of orange juice with 15 drops of GSE concentrate three time a day(45 drops a day total). I then sprayed my homemade GSE nasal mix in my nose 4 times a day with 2 sprays in each nostril each time. By morning two I stared to blow my nose and sorry this may sound gross but the green/yellow mucus was thinning and turning clear. I could not believe it! I woke up with only a small headache for the first time in months and I could breath a little better.
DAY THREE: UNBELIEVABLE! I could breath out of both nostrils! Not completely but well over 50% better! Pressure and pain was less than half. All the antibiotics and hot showers for the last 4 months had done nothing close to the 2 full days of GSE. To make my story short and happy within 6 days of continuing the GSE treatment I was cured! YES CURED! People say that GSE only works because it has some synthetic stuff in it. Why do I care. IT WORKS and no side effects! And the cost is crazy! CHEAP! CHEAP! CHEAP! I will never be without it. I will always keep in touch with my Dr. But GSE will almost always be my first course of action for any cold or sinus problems! You have to try it. IT WORKS MIRACLES!Posted by Rachel W (San Francisco, Ca, Usa) on 09/18/2012
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] I get severe sinus infections at least once a year, either from seasonal changes or developing it when I catch a mild cold from someone.
This time I had a small cough that lasted a week before the infection progressed to my nose (just in time for work on Monday, ugh).
I've previously used saline solution with my neti pot with some success, but only if I do it early enough. When my sinuses get worse it only irritates it even more and causes more swelling. Even Apple Cider Vinegar has only temporary effects on me.
A friend recommended GSE in my netipot and voila! Instant results with just a couple drops of it in the water. It completely drained my nose! It was expensive but very well worth it. It's my first day using it but I plan on doing it every day until it goes away. I'm also adding it to my water to drink. I did notice that my sense of smell/taste were completely gone, which I'm hoping is only temorary until my sinuses are normal again. However, I'd much rather try this than any over the counter colored chemicals that make me drowsy!Posted by Sarah (Lebanon, Nh) on 06/27/2012
[YEA] I was diagnosed with nasal polyps a month ago. I had chronic sinusitis (not a runny nose, just often stuffed up and a poor sense of smell) which never really bothered me until one of my nostrils became constatntly plugged. First let me say that there is a lot of scary stuff on the internet when you're looking for health information. Sure this condition is annoying, but life is still pretty good!
I went to the ENT, was diagnosed, and he gave me 2 weeks of prednisone, and an antibiotic. Steroids are terrible for you, but they also shrunk the polyp and brought back my breathing, and sense of smell! All the while I wondered what would happen to my nose once I was off the steroids.
By the time I was done with prednisone my nose was not 100%, but it was much improved. My constantly plugged nostril was now open 60% of the time. I then started a steroid nose spray (which supposedly have fewer side effects) to keep things open.
Things seemed pretty stable for a week, and I decided to try some of the homeopathic remedies to see what effects they had. I got really brave, and put two little drops of GSE into my neti pot.
I did my third GSE neti wash tonight, and it seems to be making a difference! My "bad" nostril is open almost all of the time now, and still seems to be on the upswing. I will say this - the GSE certainly isn't hurting anything, and I distinctly feel that it is improving my condition.
I'll write more if anything drastically changes. I got an allergy test which came back totally negative, so what's causing the inflammation in my nose is sort of a mystery. I guess the theory with GSE is that if I have a low level fungal infection, or perhaps an over reaction to normal fungus in the air, the GSE and its potent antifungal properties helps reduce my inflammation. Hmm. as of now, I think I buy it.Replied by Faith
11/13/2014Posted by Sarah (London, England) on 03/24/2012
[YEA] Grapefruit seed extract for chronic sinus infection: Cannot recommend it enough! Knocked out the 3 month sinus infection that nearly killed me (docs threw useless rounds of antibiotics at it) and reduces the incidence of viruses! I have not had a single sinus infection since I started taking it a year ago and my colds etc arent as bad: 12 drops in a glass of water 3 times a day (Ive cut it down to twice a day now and Im still just fine) Tastes nasty but MAGIC STUFF!
Taking more does no harm and you are meant to take it on an empty stomach, You should also take it at a different time to some meds such as magnesium, fexofenadine antihistamine and monoamine inhibitors (antidepressants I think) or it reduces their effectiveness - grapefruit actually interacts with a few meds so do your research!
As for me, I have TERRIBLE sinus issues from a life of severe allergies (hayfever) that left me with regular infections for all of my young life (I suppose thatd be all my life as im only 24) but since I started GSE I havent had another sinus infection since and it more or less saved my life It also reduces viruses :) (Oil of Oregano is good for this too)Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
03/25/2012Posted by Robin (Westhampton, Ny, Usa) on 01/28/2011
[YEA] I've had a sinus headache for over 2 months with no nasal congestion and no mucus (It actually took me 2 months to figure out it was even a sinus problem at all). Wanting to avoid antibiotics, I tried the Neti pot for the first time ever, using a mixture of salt and colloidal silver. After 5 days of this at 2-3 rinses per day, I had few/no results and not even a runny nose. I still had severe headaches and facial pain in my cheeks and upper jaw.
After reading this site, I tried Grapefruit Seed Extract. Dose 1 opened up the flood gates! I feel THAT strongly about it that I didn't want to wait until tomorrow for Dose 2 to write about it here. I used 7 drops in the saline solution but diluted it half way through because it was too strong to handle.Replied by Emersmask
Media, Pa, Usa