Last Modified on Apr 16, 2014
Many individuals are more comfortable reaching for a factory-manufactured remedy for sinus infections and other common health conditions than they are using naturally-occurring treatments like hydrogen peroxide and sea salt. In reality, the exact opposite should be true. The combination of hydrogen peroxide and sea salt is a safe, effective nasal treatment and remedy.
The Issue with Antibiotics and Traditional Treatments
With the advancement of science and medicine, a wide variety of new remedies has also been identified. The problem is that these treatments don’t necessarily work naturally with the body and could have potential adverse effects. The more frequently people use antibiotic remedies for common conditions, the less effective these treatments are on any condition. Likewise, these treatments often cause additional issues within the body such as prolonged or recurring infection, dehydration, and other problems.
A Natural Solution - Hydrogen Peroxide and Sea Salt
Hydrogen peroxide and sea salt are both safe, natural alternatives to typical sinus infection treatments. These ingredients work together to cleanse the sinuses and relieve congestion safely and naturally.
How the remedy works:
The combination of hydrogen peroxide and sea salt function much in the same way as a traditional saline rinse with a few added benefits. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural disinfecting agent, so it works to eliminate infection that may be associated with the condition. The added salt helps restore osmotic balance in the mucous membranes as well as relieving congestion.
How to use hydrogen peroxide and sea salt:
To complete the treatment, mix six ounces of warm filtered water with 1/2 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Allow the salt to dissolve into the solution, and insert the solution into a nasal sprayer or neti pot. Leaning over the sink, spray the solution into the nose and allow it to drain through the mouth.
Potential Side Effects
While this combination is a natural remedy, there is always the potential for side effects associated with health treatments.
If used too frequently, the treatment may cause nasal drying and irritation.
While some individuals are uncomfortable about trying natural remedies, they are actually doing their bodies a disservice. Natural treatment options like hydrogen peroxide and sea salt are much safer, more effective options than over-the-counter and antibiotic treatments. Continue reading below for User Reviews from over 20 Earth Clinic contributors!
Tried this remedy? Let us know what you think!
[YEA] 06/05/2013: Joe from New York, Ny: "I use the hydrogen peroxide netti pot irrigation remedy for my sinus infections and it works great. I alternate with salt water to wash away any remaining hydrogen peroxide. I'm going to add the ACV as a supplement as well. My sinus infections won't go away with antibiotics but this does the trick. a few words of caution. It doesn't take much hydrogen peroxide. I use a small amount from a dropper and that is powerful enough once mixed in with a netti pot. Be careful over doing it because I think you can end up irritating the sinuses rather than healing them. Also you want to use filtered water as some parasites live in tap water and while tap water is safe to drink, these parasites can get into your body via the nasal passage. There are cases of this and those parasites are dangerous, even if rare."
[YEA] 12/24/2011: Katie from Westport, Ct: "Hydrogen peroxide and sea salt in a neti pot - A big YEA for me!!
This remedy is fantastic and gave me immediate relief! Thank you to all who posted their sinus infection remedies. After trying out a bunch of remedies without much luck, this one cured my sinus infection very quickly. I also took grapefruit seed extract as well and I think that helped as well.
A neti pot (or the plastic kind you find in the pharmacy, which is what I used) filled with:
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (3%)
and warm water
cured my sinus infection in a few hours. I did this twice a day and continue to do it at least once a day for my remaining sinus congestion.
I am grateful I didn't have to resort to antibiotics!!!"Replies
[YEA] 05/23/2012: Lecialee from Kingston, Jamaica replies: "This remedy is awesome...... I was tired of my sinuses been blocked and causing my stomach to undergo pressure when breathing so I went on the internet seeking home remedy for this situation and I saw this one which was stunning so I tried it and in a few seconds I was relief of my stuffiness."
[NAY] 07/30/2012: Gentle from Indy, Us replies: "Don't do it. I felt it irritated my nasal passages and throat. (I didn't use food grade or even very much of it (a few drops). I don't think it helped me at all and if anything was an irritant that actually made things worse. I will never do it again.
In fact, after this experience, I have changed my views in some ways. I am willing to eat different foods, for example, or try teas and vitamins, hot packs, hot baths, that sort of thing. Exercise, diet, and stress reduction are always good ways to aid with health issues of any kind, and I do believe that specifics here have validity.
But I came to offer feedback because it's important to honor the idea of doing yourself no harm.
Read below, too.
[YEA] 07/25/2011: Decolia from Oklahoma City, Ok, USA: "I'm currently pregnant so I'm really limited in what I can take medication wise for any colds, allergies or infections. I recently tried the Peroxide, Salt, and saline wash method. So far it's the only thing that's really done much at all to help with my sinus pressure and pain. I am also drinking Apple Cider Vinegar at each meal. I feel that between the two it is really helping and there's nothing in either of these things that will adversely affect my baby. I love home remedies!"
[YEA] 05/23/2011: Nicole from Dallas, Texas: "I have been miserable with a sinus infection for about 8 days and found relief when I tried the Hydrogen Peroxide and Sea Salt steam. I hadn't been able to breathe through my nostrils and I had enough so I google home rememdies for sinus infections and came across this amazing website! I boiled a small pot of water and poured the water into a nice size bowl. I added 2 tbs of sea salt and hydrogen peroxide. I used a towel to cover my head to make sure none of the steam escaped. The first minute of holding my head in the steam I felt movement. My nose started dripping and my left nostril opened. I could breathe! I couldn't handle the steam for more than 10 minutes. I tried the steam again later in the day and my right nostril opened. I was able to breathe! Love love love love love this website! "Replies
05/24/2011: Larry from Fairfax, Va, Usa replies: "Very encouraging results! What were the specific amounts of sea salt and hydrogen peroxide added to bowl? Was the H2O2 a 3% solution; was it food grade? I'm looking forward to trying this steam therapy."
10/22/2012: Vj from Bangalore, India replies: "Hi Nicole, Doing this are you completely out of Sinus problem now. Bec I am going do this .."
[YEA] 02/08/2011: Sarah from Hill Afb, Utah: "Hi all,
I have had a cold, now sinus infection, for 3 weeks now(mainly in my left sinus passages). I NEVER write comments on sites where I find random remedies for myself/animals/husband/etc. but this site is amazing! I had tried the Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water(yuck! )and didnt really see/feel any immediate results but felt a little difference in my right nostril, I then put my head over a mix of 3 TBS peroxide and 3 TBS salt mixed with enough hot hot hot water to fill the bowl and put a towel over my head and inhaled for 15 mins, my right sinus was completely cleared but my left was still being stubborn. I had been using the AYR saline solution my doc had given and wasnt seeing any results (felt worse actually) so I tried the hydrogen peroxide and sea salt with water mix.... AMAZING!!! My left nostril cleared up almost completely for about 10 mins and then I went back an hour later and did it again, feeling so much better! I went straight to my laptop to write this! I cannot thank you enough, I have to go to work and school full time during the week and do not have time to be sick and get headaches every time I move my head :(.... Let alone do it all with a horrible sinus infection that put me right back into bed every morning for about 3 days. Yes, it does burn a bit, I am a huge sissy so I also teared up a little too, but it is totally worth it. I will be doing this once more in the morning and again tomorrow night and repeat until its gone.
I do have two notes though:
1. I have been on Amoxicillin for 2 days now (no results, felt worse) and I am not discontinuing the antibiotic bcz I do feel as though it will help keep my infection AWAY, but for immediate results, I felt this saline remedy is best.
2. DO NOT BLOW YOUR NOSE TOO HARD!!!! I have witnessed a friend do this and blow out her ear drum and then get an infection in her ear from blowing the infection into it(she was blowing VERY HARD haha). If you have too much sinus pressure/it hurts to blow your nose, only blow it VERY gently and dont put ur finger over the other nostril to just get the boogies out of one side, leave both nostrils completely open.
Thank you again so much for all your responses/advice and for providing such a wonderful site!! I will be back again when the next sickness comes my way!
PS I also am planning on trying the Tomato Spice Tea tomorrow, no tomato juice/V8 at the moment and I will update you as I (hopefully!! ) get better!!
[YEA] 04/02/2011: Matt from Richardson, Tx replies: "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."
[YEA] 01/26/2008: Cathy from Pittsburgh, PA: "The H20 Peroxide rinse cleared my sinuses! I can't believe it! Hang your head back, let it drip in..IT BURNS!!!!!! But it is well worth it, believe me! You blow your nose like crazy, sneeze like crazy, then you can breathe, and pressure and pain is SO much better! Thank you so much for this website!!!!!"Replies
02/14/2010: Kellie from Frisco, Tx replies: "I've had horrible sinus infections for the past two years, since moving to TX. I've been all all sorts of prescription drugs. But I started to have heart palpitations from the steroids in the nose sprays and all the allergy med's. I didn't want to go on permanent antibiotics! Whenever I take antibiotics they only work for a few weeks, then the infection is back. This Jan I had a horrible infection and found the Earth Clinic site. I am very excited to say I'm 99% better! I've been using the Hydrogen Peroxide/Salt/Baking Soda recipe, plus Apple Cider Vinegar, plus Oregano Oil, plus NAC, daily for 20 days, and supplements. I'm so happy with the results! Here's my recipe:
50 ml (aprox 1 teaspoon) warm water
pinch baking soda
2-5ml of hydrogen peroxide
I multiply by 5 and mix it all in a cup. I got a syringe from the pharmacy. It is the type that you attach a needle to (no needle of course). They give them away for dosing children's medicine.
I lean over my sink and put my forehead on the back of the sink, then shoot it up one nostril. I blow my nose and repeat with the other side. If it burns too much, decrease the peroxide.
I did this as often as needed, but no less than 3x a day. I was getting all colors from my nose, including blood. My infections are very severe.
I also take 2TB Unfiltered Unpasteurized Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with water before meals and before bed. Remember to rinse your mouth well with plain water!! (This cures all sorts of issues, and I use it mainly for curing my allergies)
I take 4 drops of Wild Oregano Oil under my tongue and then rinse with water 3x's a day. (it is an antibiotic)
I also take NAC (600mg) with 1500mg of Vit C 2 times a day, and Primal Defense 1x day. Both are to help boost my immune system and fix my system after so much antibiotics.
Nothing happened for 5 days, then there was a bit of improvement. Now I'm at 20 days, and I no longer get any color from my nose. I still have my allergies, but they go away as soon as I take the vinegar. I plan to start sipping the vinegar all day, rather than chugging it 3x's a day."
[YEA] 03/10/2010: Kellie from Frisco, Tx, Usa replies: "I wanted to give an update. I am now totally sinus infection free! As of 10 days ago I have not had any sign of an infection. I'm working to use less of each of the remedies, but so far, I find I do take everything in the morning with 2 more doses of vinegar throughout the day. I've also found that instead of 2TB ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) 3x's a day, if I mix 3TB in a large glass and sip it all day long I get much better results. I feel great! If I skip a day of ACV, I do notice I start to sniffle and my nose runs a bit. I think the ACV is a great solution and I'll keep using it! Thanks to everyone for the great advice!"
EC: Thanks for updating us!
[YEA] 05/18/2010: Cheryl from Lynnwood, Wa replies: "I tried this and it worked great. I had a sinus infection for 4 weeks and even was taking antibiotics. Then I saw this post, I have done it twice in one day and feel great! Thanks!"
[YEA] 08/02/2010: Ben from Los Angeles, California replies: "All you need is:
It took three days doing this 2-3 times daily to get rid of the sinus infection. I mixed the following in 1 cup of water microwaved at 30 sec (use reverse Osmosis or purified water or boil the water), if boiling the water you must let the water cool to touch. I use RO water and microwave for 30 seconds:
2ml Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
1/2 tsp of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
Mix well, use low pressure sinus rinse bottle. Start with the nasal passage that you feel has the most sinus pressure (empty 1/3 of the bottle into this passage) then use the rest of the fluid to flush the other nasal passage."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/21/2011: Xlntmommy from Palm Beach County, Fl, Usa replies: "I see people writing about a sinus infection "for 6 months" or "the past year".. Whereas I hav had sinus pressure/problems for over ~20~ years. I tried the antibiotics that dry out the nasal passages, I hav been prescribed the daily "allergy" pill(s), I regularly put a cold soda/can from the fridge each morning to alleviate the swelling and headache I hav for several hours after I wake up.. I even drink copius amounts of (any) drink filled to the top with ice as the coldness would also help my constantly-swollen throat, because of the drip-that-never-ends. It has been years and years and I hav even had procedures done, and noticed a gradual improvement (which took months to notice) but was minimal and didn't last. I had resigned myself to just having to put up with this, until I happened upon this site.
I didn't try the ACV remedy. I tried the H202, baking soda and salt irrigation. I lighten my hair sometimes so used a smaller, pointy-tipped bottle from that. I also did not mix the h202 in a 50/50 ration, but instead used:
one cap-ful of h202
2 pinches of baking soda
1 pinch salt
in about 4-6 oz. of warm tap water. I hav a worse hedache after doing this, hence I only hav done it once/day, in the AM. I get no "flooding" but do hav a drip still at the back of my throat, but it is different now, and the biggest thing is that I can breathe! For the first time in decades I can inhale and exhale almost completely, through my nose. I hav only done this "irrigation" for about 4 days now, but again, I notice more of difference than ANY of the things I hav tried for over 2 decades. The H202 "burns" a little, and I don't get "blood". My right nostril was clear after the second day, and I am continuing until my left nostril (the worst one) is clear. I plan on doing this in intervals whenever I feel a "flare up". I am sure this is the answer for my problem and I am SO GRATEFUL for this site.
~MOMMY, Palm Beach County, FLORIDA"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 02/20/2012: Cat from Elko, Nevada replies: "A little burn is hardly the phrase I would use to describe the insane burning and pain when you use the baking soda, H202 and salt! So be prepared, with that said, I used it a few minutes ago and after a hot bath to soothe the pain in my head and facial cavities, I am breathing much better. Maybe no pain, no gain applies here."
[YEA] 05/03/2007: Bob from Miami, Florida: "I've been flooding my sinuses with Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda and Kosher Salt for over five years. It has totally healed my nasal membranes and I no longer get sinus infections, and I very seldom have to do any type of sinus flooding anymore. My sinuses feel great! I first started documenting my discovery on the Internet in 2003 and I've developed full documentation about "Upside Down Sinus Flooding" at http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-upsidedown
The documentation contains warnings about the risk, to the Eustachian Tubes and Middle Ears, from flooding the nasal passages with any liquid. Those wishing to try a sinus flooding with Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda and Kosher Salt should first check with their doctor."
[YEA] 12/09/2009: Cindy from Cochrane, Wi replies: "i wanted to respond to this posting from several years ago. i just tried it as EVERY other remedy seemed to make congestion of a cold worse. as i write this i have relief and can breath much better.i plan to continue with this remedy. i did also add acv to the mixture. as a side note of my own i accidentally found i got short term relief from having my hands in hot water, would open sinuses.after looking at a reflexology book there are sinus points on each finger, maybe that's why. thank you earth clinic."
[YEA] 02/21/2007: Richie from Newport, NC: "I have been taking pain killers for four(4) months now, have noticed mucus was becoming very thick and amber in color. being a person who pays attention to what comes out of my body, I became alarmed. I do not not like the idea of taking prescriptions, but at the time this was my option. Anyway, long story short; found your site, agree with most of your cures, but I also know that one size does not fit all. I tried most of your sinus remedies, paid attention to what ingredients were working, and found a simple technique to drain sinuses early morning w/little prep work. Turn on hot water, grab coffee cup, put 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp H202, small amount of hot water( enough to make paste out of sea salt) take q-tip, dip in solution until saturated, put in nostril , tilt head back and inhale deep. This will make you cry, but your sinuses will drain immediately. I suppose, just based on my own exp. that when taking meds, the binders in the meds that can't or don't get broke down find something else to bind to in your body. For me, it has been my mucus. Which also lends me to believe that the cure is worst then the disease, because we don't know how long these things can stay in our system or what else they are attaching them selves to that can become problematic over the course of your life."
[YEA] 02/08/2007: Shannon from San Diego, CA: "The Hydrogen Peroxide and Salt remedy mentioned really helped! As a vegan, I rarely get sick more than once a year (I agree with the feedback on the site that links dairy and preservatives to a number of ailments). I was born asthmatic and never given any help other than rescue inhalers. Which means that I have very weak lungs; and in turn that every sickness I get goes straight to my lungs. This season I had already had two sinus infections which resulted in both massive chest congestion and my first ever eye infection. When I woke up 2 days ago with that familiar sinus pressure and lung congestion I was definitely frustrated. My last sinus infection was so severe that I went to the doctor and got antibiotics (something I haven't done in years). I was determined not to have to do that this time. I stumbled upon your site and found a remedy that I could make from items I already had in my home. After combining the hydrogen peroxide and salt with boiling water and sticking a towel over my head for 15 mins to breathe in the steam, one sinus completely cleared. I repeated the process but didn't get the same result on the other side. However, when I woke up this morning, I could breathe out of both nostrils with a very minimal amount of congestion! I'm very excited! In addition, I'm going to try oil pulling with sesame oil today to see if it helps clear some of the mucous from my lungs. I look forward to further success!"
[YEA] 10/25/2006: Mike from Newton, NJ: "After suffering for three days with my twice/yr sinus infection and not getting any sleep, I wandered into the computer room @ 2am and did a search for a homemade remedy. I grew up visiting a grandmother who NEVER had a medicine in her house. It was always a 'concoction' that usually tasted horrible, but worked like a charm (ie. fresh cracked pepper in a shot of brandy before bedtime when you had a head cold. Tell that one to child services, but it put you out and you woke up without any symptoms! 100% better than Nyquil) Anyhow.....since it was so early in the morning and I couldn't find a eye dropper without waking the rest of the clan, I improvised with placing 3 TBS of peroxide, 3 TBS of salt in a bowl (don't use stainless steel, trust me!) and added boiling water. With a towel over my head for 15 minute, it work wonders, enough to let me go to sleep....until 6am, when WHAM! I awoke to the cool rush of air that hit my now clear sinuses!!!! I actually felt the pop and the rush it was so intense. I will never suffer through a sinus infection, that usually went into my chest for a few weeks, again!
God bless everyone who posts these remedies and I look forward to seeing if my recent BP reading of 150/102 will decrease with a little apple cider vinegar! Can't go wrong with Mother Nature."Replies
06/05/2009: Sandra from Walnut Cove, North Carolina USA replies: "I read your remedy for sinus infection. I NEED HELP!!I have had a severe sinus infection since Dec.08, believe it!! I have gone to the doctor every 2 week for months. They have put me on everything. There is nothing else they can try. I have had a CT and I have seen a Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. He said that I have a deviated nasal septum and bone spurs. He also gave me medication that I have been taking for 2 months. He said that I need surgery. I have just had 5 major spine surgery's and I can't handle any more pain. I feel I having trouble breathing and the drainage is so bad I get sick on my stomach and I am using tooth ache and ear ache medication all day. The dentist said that I don't have a tooth in my head that hurts. I know have an ear infection in both ears. If you have any more advice that would be helpful please let me know. I am going to try this remedy right now. Give a little prayer. You don't know of a doctor that can repair nerve damage. I now have an implanted pain pump just to keep the use of my legs from nerve damage where the disc in my lower back went out. I have plates in my back from my neck to my tail bone. If you have a remedy for back and leg pain let me know or anyone that you may have come in contact with that has the same problem.email me please. Thank you for the information. Sandra firstname.lastname@example.org"
06/05/2009: Tavora from Brooklyn, NY replies: "Sandra - have you considered oil pulling for the sinus infection? A lot of people say ACV works. My aunt has terrible sinuses and since childhood has had to breathe thru her mouth in order to take in air. Her sinuses are so poorly congested. About three mths ago - I introduced her to oil pulling and almost like magic!....she's like a completely different woman! She can breathe through her nose!! Who knew such a simple treatment could be so effective??!
In the meantime for the nerve pain - DRINK A GALLON OF WATER A DAY! I'm not a heavy water drinker but water acts as an electrical conductor and aids greatly in smoother neural communication. I would also recommend a high quality fish oil supplement - liquid is better than gel capsule to support your brain and spinal cord......take 1 Tablespoon/day of lecithin granules (to help restore the myelin sheathing around your nerves and "pull" any toxins out of your system - since you have a lot of metals placed in you already - see Ted's response on LG)......take magnesium (eat kale, spinach or pumpkin seeds - they are HIGH in magnesium/calcium - this also helps with pain reduction and healthy nerve communication) and last - flaxseed oil - this will help in lubricating your nerve cells so you have better synaptic functioning. I have tried them all (except the granules - tooks capsules instead but am switching over) in addition to oil pulling and have had significant results in both managing and diminishing the pain/nerve shocks and pinching. Please let me know if any of this helps. If you have any questions - feel free to email me. God Bless You! :0)"
06/05/2009: Rena from Mineral Bluff, Georgia replies: "Hi Sandra from Walnut Cove,
I suffered with a sinus infection for nearly as long as you, mine was for 14 months. I tried many remedies on this site that would help, but it was always still there. Yes I would get temporary relief but the only thing that finally made it go away is when I listened to Ted from Bangkok. Take the high doses of vitamin C, it really worked to get rid of my infection.
I found that the ascorbic acid really upset my stomach at high doses, but not as long as I don't go over 4,000 MG, but 4,000 MG was not enough. So I combined it with another vitamin C called Reacta-C, and took another 4,000 MG for a total of 8,000 MG spread through out the day (I Did Not Take All At Once). I am a 48 year old woman, and weigh about 155 LBS, and this is the limit I found for me. It took me about 3 days to be able to open up and breath through the night. I continued to take this high dose until I felt the infection gone, and did the high dose for an additional 3 more days to be sure it was gone.
One of the best remedies for bone pain that I have found is cod liver oil, again in the beginning I went with high doses until I felt the pain subside, then I went at the recommended doses. To me, high doses was about 2 Tbls in the morning.
You asked for prayers, you got it, Peace, Rena."
06/07/2009: Kelly from Nashville , TN replies: "Sandra,
Many times sinus infections are the result of fungus. You can try 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of tea tree essential oils in a mug of steaming water. Use a towel as a tent and breathe in until there is no more steam or you can no longer smell the oils. Make sure that you use 100% pure, high quality oils.
There is also an easy remedy for ear infections using garlic mullein oil. If you would like to email me I will give you the name and number of a clinical aromatherapist in Greensboro, NC that can help you with both infections. I would rather she explain the ear infection procedure as I am not as familiar with it as she is."
07/16/2010: Healthier from West Coast, Usa replies: "Sandra, many of us hope you are much better now. We found EC surfing cures for hubby's many yrs sinus infection/GERD, he has GREAT relief in neti pot-even on tired days just using warm water. His bad reaction phobics are from years of aggressive flu-rx's, longterm braces/oral metalwork, 18 months accutane during puberty, 14 yrs air travel blended in-flight air, working on computers in dusty, musty bldg closets, working behind dirty wall/floor/ceiling panels. Sounds like surgery needles and meds introduced many metals into you (immunities diminished). Cleansing before building up is best. As stated at page top, doctors say no cure known. These posts attest otherwise. Prayers."
[NAY] 07/13/2012: Skip from Vancouver, Wa Usa replies: "I read these remedies and was excited to try to Purified water, hydro peroxide, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, baking soda which I used through my neti bot. It was a terrible experience. My jaw hurt so bad I could not close it, could not talk, I was in terrible pain, It took me to the floor. I called the dentist trying to talk with mouth open he said it was the sinus infection. I had sinus surgery for deviated septum years ago and this has helped a lot to lessen these infections and migraines, but this one's lasted a month, finally tried Sudafed and that's helping. Maybe my infection was just so bad it placed me in undue torture. I am scared to try this remedy again. Skip from Vancouver WA. 7-13-2012"
[YEA] 08/07/2006: Hardy from Inverness, FL: "Hi Everybody, my name is Hardy and i was suffering from an off and on sinus infection for about a year now! First i uses Flonase for about 6month, it helped and gave me relief but did not cure anything, and that at the price of about $90.00 a bottle! Then i went to a specialist who gave me a checkup and recommended Neil Med Sinus Rinse, also very good and helped BUT again did not cure anything!He recommended a CAT scan next and since i have to pay for it cash i waited . So far i spend about $1000.00 on my sinus problem and still have it. then i found THIS WEBSITE, and after reading all he recommendations i decided to go to the grocery store and fix my self a solution of the mentioned items. So here is what i did and it had an UNBELIVABLE POSITIVE EFFECT! at the cost of less then $1.00 !!!
1 Cup of boiled (Purified) water,
1-1/2 Tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide,
1-1/2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar,
1-1/2 TBS Sea Salt,
1-1/2 TBS Baking soda
i stirred the whole thing until it was dissolved and did as somebody else on this board recommended: Head upside down with a Dripper into my nose so that gravity can do its job and it can flow into the sinus cavities, and BINGO! It stings a little but you can really feel that there is some action going on in the sinuses :) as soon as i stood up i had to all kinds of mucus running out my nose. I repeated it again before i went to bed and when i woke up this morning i was thrilled about how good i felled! Needless to say i did it again and plan on using my solution a few more days to make sure that what ever Bacteria or Fungus is in my sinuses is DEAD. This mixture works miracles and although all the ingredients have cost about $6.00 the amount needed is about $0.25 worth and not $1000.00 like i already spend. beside the financial part, this is the first thing that actually helped to cure my sinus infection. Please try it you will be VERY HAPPY you did! Hardy"Replies
[YEA] 04/19/2009: MBW from Boston, MA replies: "I Just tried this about two hours ago, and immediately the pressure in my face and head got extremely better. My nasal passages, ears and everything else effected became around 80% better. I did it once again about 20 minutes after that and plan to do it before bed, but so far i can breath so much more easily and i'm far more comfortable than i was before i tried it. I suffer from sinus infections far too often for up to two to three weeks. I did this remedy a day or two in and it worked! It does sting/burn but only for up to 10 seconds."
[YEA] 05/21/2009: Marie from Clawson, Michigan replies: "WOW!!!! Yes it clears your sinus cavities right up. I tried it without the baking soda, not recommended. The burning was strong, I beleive the baking soda stabilizes the vinigar. BUT IT DID WORK RIGHT AWAY!! .... ;o)"
[WARNING!] 09/02/2009: Emily from Denver, Co replies: "BAD NEWS!!!! This was horrible!!! WARNING, STAY AWAY!!! I have used sea salt rinses for my sinuses many a time with my netty pot, and I love those, but I started getting a wicked sinus infection and thought I'd look up some other remedies to knock it out before it became full-blown. I had a root canal and then was in LA (all the smoke from those fires really killed me), and knew it would be a humdinger! Looking at this recipe, I thought maybe they meant teaspoons instead of tablespoons, because tablespoons seem really excessive. I'm glad I used teaspoons, because I might have passed out had I not. I followed the directions, let the mixture cool to room temperature and filled my netty pot and poured into my right nostril very slowly. Instantly I felt horrible pain in my sinuses, chest, throat and ear. I thought my ear was bleeding! I really did. I started jumping up and down and running cold water on my head because I was in so much pain. My dog and boyfriend came running to my aid, but I couldn't even find my words to tell him what was wrong. The worst part is the ear pain lasted for a full five minutes, my throat hurts worse, my ear still feels achy, and my sinuses feel just as bad as they did before!! I say stay far, far away from this deadly concoction. I'll stick to hot tea and 1c water to 1tsp sea salt in my netty pot from now on. That was the worst!"
[YEA] 01/11/2011: Matt from Edison, Nj replies: "I've been using the NeilMed Sinus Rinse for a while now on the recommendation of a friend who is a pharmacist. I'm a sufferer of chronic sinus infections, and I found that while the rinse itself does a good job of relieving the discomfort of a sinus infection once one set in I almost always had to go to the doctor and get on antibiotics to knock it out.
I found this site and tried the Hydrogen peroxide mixture and it worked wonders! All I did was add 2 capfuls of H2O2 to the regular NeilMed mix of warm water and the saline packet. A little stinging but nothing I couldn't handle. Thanks!!"
[NAY] 06/25/2006: Ash from Zurich, Switzerland: "I tried the sinus infection cure using water, salt, and hydrogen peroxide. It felt great just after I was upside-down, but within ten minutes I was stuffed to the max again. May try it again tomorrow, but wonder how many times/day I can do it without hurting my sinuses."Replies
[NAY] 09/06/2012: Anna from New York, NY replies: "I tried this because I have a severe post nasal drip and throughout the day 1 of my nostrils closes up. I put 2 tsp into 8 oz cup and at first it was okay, then all of a sudden lots and lots of mucus started pouring out of my nose thick/whitish/slimy then both my nosdrils clogged up. Before I did this I could breathe through at least 1 of my nosdrils, but now both are clogged with more and more mucus coming out. I won't be doing this again. Hopefully my sinuses will clear up. I can't believe that I did this, after weeks and weeks of trouble, I finally managed to open my sinuses with just a neti pot & solutions that comes with the neti pot, now I'm back to square one. Don't do it! It seems to have irritated my nose and more antihistamines got activated causing the nose to swell. VERY UPSET. :((( "
[YEA] 04/18/2006: Deirdre from Port Chester, NY: "though not prone to chronic sinus infections like many others posting here, I have had a couple of doozies and know what they feel like and how bad they can get and how long they can drag on, and I know the signs of the beginning of the onslaught. Over the past weekend seasonal allergies seemed to have kicked another one into full swing, I had a headache for three days, so bad that my TEETH had started to really hurt, and the mucus coming out when I blew my nose was dark green to brown; it was NOT headed in a good direction. I sensed a trip to the doctor sometime this week (IF I could even get an appointment), and with no health insurance, that just wasn't in the budget. But I knew this wasn't going to clear up on its own, so I found this site online, decided to try something home-based to see if I could nip it in the bud, as I prefer to avoid antibiotics whenever possible. Wasn't sure about the ratios/portions in some of these listings, so here's what I tried, winging it on my own. It POSITIVELY WORKED!!! Within less than a half hour, my headache was gone, the sinus pressure was gone, I was breathing through my nose, I ended up with a good night's sleep for the first time in almost a week, and my teeth no longer hurt! The discomfort level of the solution was minimal (it is uncomfortable to put liquid up your nose, for sure, and it DOES sting/burn just a little bit), the ease of procuring the ingredients and making it was amazing!
I found I wasn't sure how much of each thing I needed, so I ended up with way too much, but here's the recipe I used, you can figure out how to scale it down:
1 cup boiling filtered water (tap water run through my Brita filter)
3 Tablespoons Natural Sea Salt
3 Tablespoons 3% solution Hydrogen Peroxide
I boiled a kettle of water to make sure I killed off anything in there that might get me a WORSE infection, poured out 1 Cup into a measuring cup, stirred in the sea salt until it dissolved, then added the Peroxide, stirred it up, let it cool down to just warm. I sterilized a child's medicine dropper (holds 1 tablespoon of liquid) with rubbing alcohol, and then used that to suck the solution up from measuring cup. I then leaned over the arm of my couch with a towel under my chin and on the floor (this IS a little messy), so that my head was hanging upside down, and then gently squirted a full dropper into each nostril, one at a time, gently shaking my head to move it around, held it as long as I could, then sat up, let it finish dripping out, and GENTLY blew my nose. My left nostril was the real culprit this time, so I did the procedure on it twice. The whole thing took less than 15 minutes to prepare, cool solution and administer, and I felt almost instant relief. Within a half hour, after GENTLY blowing my nose several times, I felt 100% better! I was still a little skeptical, but when I woke up this morning, I felt great! I don't know what it is that makes this solution work, but it does! It probably didn't hurt that I also made sure to take some vitamins, drank a half a gallon of grape juice and had chicken soup for dinner - liquids and vitamins in your system surely help your body combat something like this. It's also important to note that I was very careful to make sure that everything I used to prepare this remedy and put it into my sinus cavity was STERILIZED. The morning after I still have some slight congestion and have had to blow my nose a few times, but the mucus is almost clear, I can actually GET IT OUT, and there is no headache or toothache - AT ALL. Hope this helps someone else, I feel SO much better, and I had been looking at what I knew was another week to ten days of worse misery."
[YEA] Penny from Fresno: "Clean out a medicine bottle with an eye dropper. Put one eye dropper of 3% hydrogen peroxide, one pinch salt, one pinch baking soda, and purified water. Shake well. More hydrogen peroxide can be added if a little discomfort is not felt (some is normal). Next, get down on knees putting head on floor and put a little in each nostril and keep in there awhile, making faces to move it around, move head, etc. to move it around. This has stopped a severe sinus infection I had dead in its tracks AT ONCE. I learned it online by a man who does a much more severe version of this, so you can make it stronger at will, but start weak like I mention. Just a normal medicine bottle. Never put the straight peroxide into the nose! It must be very diluted, so one eye dropper per bottle. It should sting just a little bit. Some say a TEEEEEENNY bit of cayenne in the formula works wonders too."
[YEA] Dani from Savannah, GA: "I have had a sore throat due to my sinus congestion/drainage for 4 days now. I assume it is due to allergies. I never had this problem until a few years ago, and it happens several times a year. I always end up at the doctor with a sinus infection and bronchitis. I'm tired of taking antibiotics, so I found this website and thought I'd give it a try. I tried 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp hydrogen peroxide mixed in about a cup of warm water. I layed on the couch and used a bulb syringe to squirt up my nose. I won't lie-when it flushed my sinuses and ran down my throat it did burn. Immediately after, I could breathe from both nostrils. It took a few minutes to quit burning, but it works. My nose began draining lots of mucus that was trapped in my sinuses. I gargled with milk and that soothed it. I also did the gargle recommended on this site for a sore throat-10 oz warm water and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper and drank a shot of it also. This also immediately soothed my sore throat. I'm really amazed and relieved after days of feeling terrible. This really works and I'm very grateful to everyone who posted these remedies !"