Sinusitis, Chronic
Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Chronic Sinusitis Relief

| Modified on May 04, 2024
Fermented Carrots
Posted by Rachel (Seattle, WA) on 08/19/2023

I have found that FERMENTED carrots cured my chronic sinus congestion. Start with just a little piece of carrot because you're not supposed to take too much of a fermented food all at once.

Air Purifier
Posted by Sharon (Utah) on 05/24/2023

Austin Air Purifier. They are the best.

Posted by stevez (Webster Groves, MO) on 05/21/2023

Andrographis paniculata has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries. The immune boosting properties of andrographis have been researched extensively in clinical studies. In seven double-blind controlled trials, andrographis was found to be a safe and effective botanical for supporting upper respiratory tract health.In a study of 158 patients, a standardized preparation of A. paniculata dried extract administered for five days significantly decreased throat irritations and aided in drying nasal secretions. The active ingredient, andrographolide, has been found to modulate inflammatory response by inhibiting NK-kappa B.

Open Nasal Passages Trick
Posted by Arn (Kenmore) on 05/05/2023 20 posts

I was completely unable to breathe normally through my nose for the first 40 years of my life. Many people are mouth breathers like I was, and it causes problems because our lungs do not get the filtered and humidified air that comes from nasal breathing. The docs told me it was allergies or maybe polyps, but, no. The good news is, I found an easy trick to open the nasal passages.

Everyone can flare their nostrils, and they can close the nasal passages when in the water. So we have some control of muscles in that area. The good news is that the muscles continue up into the sinuses, but we haven't learned to use them yet.

So here's the trick: Flare your nostrils, then visualize flaring them up a bit higher. Do this several times a day and you will begin to have control over those unused muscles. Every day you will be able to open the passages a bit higher up. It only took about a week before I was breathing freely through my nose. Try it.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Ranita (Kuala Lumpur) on 12/18/2022

May I know the percentage of lugols iodine you used? Is 2% okay, also how much of Apple Cider Vinegar and iodine as a spray? Thank you

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 12/12/2022

This is what I've been doing for my sinus issues... I've tried alot of different remedies listed here on EC but this one has worked the best so far...

An 80+ year old retired nurse told me that inhaling warm/hot moist steam has long been used as a remedy to sooth clogged sinuses. It can help relieve nasal irritation and swollen blood vessels, allowing you to breathe normally for a short period of time.

I started using a Vicks Personal Sinus Steam Inhaler I bought at wal-mart and pull 1 drop thieves oil blend into the water reservoir and it has made a big different. You have to do a steam treatment for 15-20 minutes 2-3x/daily and stick with it.

Use the TTO nose drops at night before bed. Plus, rubbing the diluted TTO or Eucalyptus or Rosemary mixed with castor oil over your face over the sinus membranes before bed will help alot too.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by mmsg (somewhere, europe) on 12/12/2022

Jerry, half a glass of hot water with a good squirt of h2o2 in it, breathe in the vapors. 2-3 times a day of this (new hot water and h2o2 each time) does wonders.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Jerry (Montana) on 12/09/2022

I'm at the end of my rope with this chronic sinus and polyps. Can't smell. Can't taste. Constantly blowing my nose and or sneezing. I've been trying the TTO in my sinus rinses twice a day and doing the TTO and castor oil drops. I've started throwing in rinses with a couple teaspoons of ACV. Been 3 weeks now, and I'm not feeling much progress.

Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (Crescent City, CA) on 09/12/2022

Hi Cheryl,

did you have to take dairy out of your diet, specifically, yogurt or maybe other dairy? I would so love to hear back from you as I have been suffering with post nasal drip with heavy mucus in throat 24 7, losing my voice for the first half of the day. I do netti pot with seasalt and can tell there is heavy congestion in my head mornings. Headaches when I wake up. So far I am only taking 500 mg of Magnesium Citrate 2 x per day, and Vitamin C powder 2 x per day and tumeric tsp 2 x per day.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Max (San Jose, Costa Rica) on 12/20/2008

I have faced chronic allergic rhinitis since more than 50 years now. Nothing worked (including 3 operations and plenty money wasted on all kind of especialized doctors, until I gave up and learned to live with the problem. On your site I found out abt H2O2. Curious enough decided to try my own drugstore formula reduced at 1% (2:1) in clear water. I started spraying twice every nostril, four times a day. At day #5 I started to show a mix o blood and yellowish mucus from my nose at morning time only (once). Quite an amount every day I must add. I was at first scared, yet decided to continue. It was the same cleaning routine (expelling out)for 7 days straight, then my nose came up with clean, clear mucus. No more yellowish or bloody outputs. I infer I have cleaned my sinuses completely from a fungus or bacteria that have been infecting me for decades. I have kept doing the spraying, but in leeseer frequency. I do carry my sprayer with me all day now and I think I will not stop from using it from here on. I believe it will keep me from getting sick again, no more flu, virus, rinitis, etc. I wake up now breathing freely, something I never thought possible. My snoring has been reduced or eliminated, and the only mucus I have known is clear like water. Still must keep cleaning my nostrils several times a day, but not as before and its clear. I thing if doctors are keeping this simple solution from us, they are all crooks. And I know how much money I have spent on all kind of expensive treatments, Xrays, poisons, etc. If I am doing something that may harm me, please let me know, but so far so good. I will keep going.

PS/ You may edit my poor English if you want to publish my experience.
Max from Costa Rica

Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate
Posted by Cheryl (Shawnee, KS) on 07/24/2022

I am a healthy 65 y/o female who HAD Chronic sinusitis for 30 years until I ordered Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate for inflammation. Never did I consider that it would help my sinuses. I took 2 tablets at bedtime and about an hour or so later my sinuses started draining and draining and draining. Best surprise of my life! That was about 4 months ago, and my sinuses are perfect as long as I take my magnesium pills every evening. I ordered Doctor's Best.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Tina (Ashburn VA) on 06/04/2022

Hello, can you tell me how many drops of coconut oil you used? What brand of oil did you use?


Air Purifier
Posted by Betty (CA) on 04/14/2022

Not sure if Austin Air has tabletop variety but we have the floor models in our house. Love them and are quiet.

Air Purifier
Posted by Diane (MN) on 04/14/2022

I realize this is a question for a very old post but worth trying. Several of you mention an air purifier but can someone tell me what kind? I have one that plugs in the wall but has a smell, I think it's some kind of ionizing purifier. What kind can you set on your nightstand?

Coconut Oil
Posted by sshz (annapolis, md) on 12/28/2021

I've been dealing with allergies and poor sinuses since 2005. The nasal dryness was as bad as it gets, I was miserable day in and out. I've seen numerous doctors, allergy specialists, ENT doctors and on and on. I was constantly latest MRI of my sinus cavities showed an infection deep down at the bottom of the sinuses, which was worse at night and while laying down.

About a week ago I was reading about the benefits of coconut oil and decided to take a few drops and put it deep into my nostrils. I also mix a bit in my netti pot with warm water.

So, I'm using steam, coconut oil drops and the netti pot with warm water and some oil. The improvement has been nothing short of amazing. I even cancelled a doctor appointment I had scheduled for tomorrow.

I'm a new guy of late, my mood is a lot better, and I'm not obsessing over my nasal issues any more. I strongly recommend everyone try this remedy, it's been nothing short of amazing.

Hydration With Salt
Posted by Lili (Warwickshire) on 12/20/2021

In response to Gregg (Statton, VT) on 02/20/2007:

"Just tried the tomato tea. I was really hoping this would work. Have not been able to breath for days and sleepless for past three nights. Unfortunately, it did not work.. So far Halls or Vicks has been the only help and that is not much."

I have found that things like Vicks and Halls dry out the mucus and seem to harden it up so it doesn't come out of the sinuses (I did this for many years, damaging my teeth in the process of sucking all those boiled “sweets”). Really really great hydration is vital to releasing the mucus.

If you've suffered from chronic sinus congestion there can be years of hardened build-up of mucus in the sinuses. If you consistently drink half your body weight in water with a pinch of good salt (Gros Sel de Guerande or Pink Himalayan) this will help loosen the hardened, thick gooey mucus, watering it down. (That is: if you weigh 100lbs, divide 100 by 2 = drink 50 fluid ounces of water each day - do this according to your own weight measurements in pounds and ounces).

Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 08/29/2021

Walter Last - the section under the common cold is very interesting on mucus:

Health-Science-Spirit - Summary of Specific Health problems

Cod Liver Oil
Posted by Kelly (Seattle, WA) on 08/27/2021

Personally, I wouldn't touch 'fermented' cod liver oil with a 100-foot pole. It's been associated with many deaths over the past 5-10 years, some amongst holistic practitioners who used to recommend it. A google search will turn up more info.

Having said that, no doubt regular, real cod liver oil should be helpful, at least to some degree.

Posted by Kelly (Seattle, WA) on 08/27/2021

I've been taking 10,000 - 20,000 mcgs of biotin for several years and still have sinus issues. I'm guessing that something else -- in addition to the biotin -- helped Dara, the previous reviewer from 2017.

Posted by Kelly (Seattle) on 08/27/2021

With all due sincere respect to Nina, bromelain does not have 'zero side effects'. It can increase the risk of bleeding, so much so that one is required to stop it for 2 weeks before any sort of surgery.

Also, while it's a good idea to minimize processed foods, it's not necessary to cut out all sugar, flour, starch, fruit. In fact doing so can affect the mucosal barrier, which depends on glycoproteins (which come from sugars).

Argan Oil
Posted by Joule (Bali, Indonesia) on 07/28/2021


Can you tell me how to use argan oil for sinusitis infection.. Cause I've got sinusitis infection for about 8 years now. Thanks

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 07/23/2021

Gumagamit ako ng Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar halos araw-araw. Maaari kang bumili ng Braggs ACV sa anumang SM mall, Robinson's mall o Gaisano mall sa Pilipinas. Ang Braggs ACV ay ipinagbibili kahit saan. Hindi ito mahal. Huwag bumili ng ACV sa Mercury drug o Watsons - masyadong mahal!!

(I use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar almost everyday. You can buy Braggs ACV at any SM mall, Robinson's mall or Gaisano mall in the Philippines. Braggs ACV is sold everywhere. It's not expensive. Don't buy ACV at Mercury drug or Watsons -- too expensive!! )

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by juan (philippines) on 07/22/2021

Day'maraming acv sa supermarket or mercury drug store..

Cod Liver Oil
Posted by Kathy (Ft Laud, FL) on 06/04/2021

I had chronic sinusitis for years and barely could sleep because it blocked my breathing (OBSTRUCTIVE APNEA) a homeopathic Dr recommended Cod Liver Oil (Fermented Cod Liver Oil -Non-Gelatin) and after taking two capsules a day for about 6 weeks, I am no longer having such extreme sinus and respiratory issues. I can breathe and sleep much better. I am no longer drowning in mucus. I hope this can help others.

Glyco-Thymoline (aka Listerine)
Posted by Rob (Kentucky ) on 03/22/2021

Instructional Video – Glyco-Thymoline; More than a mouthwash

Cayce Remedy; Glyco-Thymoline, find out what Edgar Cayce had to say about this oil, and how it is used.

Glyco-Thymoline (aka Listerine)
Posted by Rob (Kentucky ) on 03/17/2021

Glyco-Thymoline (aka Listerine) for Sinusitis

This paper is based upon the study of 193 Edgar Cayce readings (1901-1944) wherein Glyco-Thymoline (aka Listerine) was prescribed in one or more ways.

Glycol-Thymoline dates back to the late 1800's, when it was advertised as: An alkaline, antiseptic, non-irritating, cleaning solution for the treatment of diseased mucous membrane, especially nasal catarrh.

Listerine is a common item found in almost every drugstore and supermarket. It has many of the same ingredients as Glyco-Thymoline (see below). Listerine, named for Dr. Joseph Lister, was invented it as a surgical antiseptic and disinfectant in 1879, and has been used as a treatment for gonorrhea, post surgical wounds and even as a floor cleaner, among others. Despite its long and varied history, it didn't become known exclusively as a mouthwash until the 1970s.

Both products were cutting edge technology in their day. Glyco-Thymoline can be purchased thru Amazon.

A medical paper entitled “Chronic Nasal Catarrh and what the General Practitioner Can Do for it, ” presented in May, 1893, mentioned that Kress introduced Glyco-Thymoline to the medical profession around that time.

Over the years, advertisements for Glyco-Thymoline focused primarily on treatment of the nose and throat. One, from December 1899, included this quote from the March 1898 issue of the Chicago Medical Recorder.

In acute and chronic rhinitis and post-nasal catarrh it will be found specially effacious, diluted in from one to three parts of water, and slightly warmed before using. As a gargle in diphtheritic inflammations and other forms of pharyngitis, its bland and non-irritating properties render it most soothing and curative to the inflamed membrane.

Many early advertisements promoted the use of Glyco-Thymoline in concert with a nasal applicator called the Birmingham Douche. (A precursor to today's Neti Pot?) Their 1899 advertisement printed in the American Journal of Surgery and Gynecology was one that promoted them together under a single process. The application of Glycolic-Thymoline (Kress) to the nasal passages with our Birmingham Douche, obviates the danger of drawing Muco-Pus into the Eustachian tube.

Edgar Cayce readings about Glyco's use as a pack and nasal spray for sinusitis, and inflammation of the air cavities (sinuses) in the skull that open into the nasal cavities. For frequent sufferers, this ailment is painful experience: congestion, headaches, pain when touching the forehead and cheeks—even toothaches, fever, or chills are often part of the uncomfortable symptoms. A person may also feel sick in general if the infection has spread beyond the sinuses.

Sinusitis is caused either by an allergy or by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. During a cold, the mucous membrane of the nasal cavity will swell, blocking the sinus openings. Then air from the sinuses is absorbed into the bloodstream, decreasing the pressure inside the sinuses and resulting in a painful negative pressure. The vacuum created by this condition provides a breeding ground for micro-organism's. As white blood cells and more fluid enter the area to fight the microbes, pressure increases, creating more pain.

Glyco-Thymoline, according to Cayce readings, it can be used as a treatment for mucosity (abnormal excessive mucous secretion) and for several other types of internal and external application. Glyco-Thymoline, can be used as a nasal spray, nasal douche (neti-pot) or as a gargle, acts to detach and help remove sticky, mucous accumulations from nasal and throat passages. Also suggested as a soothing, cleansing, non-irritating solution for feminine hygiene, oral hygiene, babies' simple skin irritations, minor burns, poison ivy, sunburn, and chapping.

Glyco-Thymoline contains all natural ingredients. Its previous label stated “Treatment for Mucosity, ” but its present label denotes it as a “Mouthwash and Gargle.” Most often it is used in small amounts or in diluted form (equal parts with water or one part Glyco-Thymoline to two parts water) when used in cavities of the body. For oral hygiene, for example, it can be used full strength. The manufacturer reports that, though the label was redesigned to conform to Food and Drug Administration regulations, the formula has not changed since Cayce's day. A number of directions for its use as given in the Cayce readings closely coincides with the manufacturer's recommendations.

Glyco-Thymoline Ingredients. Water, Glycerin, Alcohol (3.27%), Sodium Borate (Borax), Sodium Benzoate (widely used food pickling agent), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Carmine (natural red 4), Sodium Salicylate (is a sodium salt of salicylic acid), Oils of Menthol (Peppermint), Eucalyptol (Eucalyptus), Abies Sibirica (Fir Needle) Oil, Thymol (Thyme), Methyl Salicylate (Wintergreen).

Listerine Active Ingredients: Eucalyptol (Eucalyptus) 0.092%, Menthol (Peppermint) 0.042%, Methyl salicylate (Wintergreen) 0.060%, Thymol (Thyme) 0.064%

Inactive Ingredients:

Water, Alcohol (26.9%), Helps to dissolve the oils in mouthwashes

Benzoic acid, Prevents microbial growth and helps adjust pH in the product

Poloxamer 407, Helps mix the oils and water and helps remove food particles

Sodium benzoate, Provides sweetness to enhance the flavor

Caramel, coloring agent

Note: Dollar Tree discount store has a spearmint mouthwash with similar ingredients to Listerine but at 21% alcohol level. This is what I use.

Preparation and Use of Packs

According to Edgar Cayce reading and the preparing of Glyco-Thymoline pack, these general suggestions were included with the reading:

“Use 2 to 3 thicknesses of cotton cloth well saturated with the commercial strength Glyco-Thymoline and apply over affected areas, or areas specified for your particular case. An electric pad may be used to keep the pack warm. A piece of oil cloth (or plastic) may be put over the pack, after it is placed on body, to prevent soiling linens, etc. Apply for 20 to 30 minutes, to an hour at the time. In cold weather, place the bottle of Glyco-Thymoline in a pan of hot water to take the chill off before using it for the pack” (Cayce)

Length of time for the packs and their frequency of use varied as people's individual physical conditions warranted. Depending upon one's health needs, Glyco packs could also be placed along the spine before osteopathic treatments were administered to “relax the area to be adjusted” (Cayce)—across the sacral area “to aid in eliminating the accumulations there, through assisting the system to absorb poisons” (Cayce), and over the abdomen for a variety of intestinal and bladder ailments.

Except for a few instances in which the person specifically was told not to use heat, Glyco-Thymoline was to be applied as a warm compress across the face, covering the forehead, nose, and upper cheeks, under which the sinus cavities rest. According to one reading, “…the heat causes the certain oils in the elements to loosen themselves, so as to enter into the cavities of the nasal passages and into those areas so distressed at times” (Cayce). This fifty-four-year-old woman had a chronic sinus condition and was advised to use a nasal spray as well as a pack two to three times a day. In several other cases osteopathic adjustments were to be undertaken in conjunction with the packs. Cotton cloth or gauze was the recommended material.

Preparation and Use of Nasal Spray

Add 1:1 ratio Glyco Thymoline to distilled saline water mixed with baking soda into 1 oz nasal spray bottle. Spray each nostril several times daily til infection is gone.


Posted by Nina (Australia ) on 02/11/2021

I suffered sinus inflammation for the last year. I started to take Bromelain in capsules, 2 per day, for the last 4 weeks and yes, it really helps at last.

Zero side effects so continue for another 2 or 3 months in the hope I can stop the inflammation. But it's important to change the diet completely. Zero sugar, flour and so on. No starchy foods, no fruit at all. And a good Cider vinegar daily + 2 stalks of fresh celery.

Pumpkin Oil
Posted by Amanda (Manhattan ) on 08/17/2019

Taking 1/4 tsp every day of organic, cold pressed pumpkin oil (keep refrigerated) cleared up my sinusitis after over a decade of suffering from stuffiness on 1 side. I think pumpkin oil helps to clear up fungal issues/yeast.

Cinnamon and Honey
Posted by Arlene (Philippines) on 01/06/2019

I've been suffering with rhinitis for more than 30 years. I was able to solve it by drinking 1TBSP HONEY AND A PINCH OF CINNAMON POWDER IN WARM WATER if possible 3x a day. I also take 1cap of vit c (sodium ascorbate) daily =. 😇😇😇

Onion Poultice
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 11/23/2020

Onion Poultice

I have used this remedy many times to resolve sinus issues and migraines. I first heard of it thru Romanian and Appalachian Folk Remedies. It can also be used for fever, headaches, sinus infections (especially the frontal sinus cavities located just behind your eyes in the brow region).

Onions are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, relieves congestion in the body, help immune system function, detoxify the body, People use onion juice in their ear for earache and rubbed onion juice on their forehead for fever. Onions contains active phytochemical that can reduce the effect of fever, relieve pain and prevent cold. Onion poultice can be used to draw out congestion from the lungs, lymph nodes or anywhere on the body and facilitate healing instead of running to the doctor for meds.


For those persons who suffer a lot from the common cold or chest congestion, they would do well to drink a cup of hot onion/garlic tea several times each day. The tea assists in loosening up stopped sinuses and unplugging the bronchial system. This same dosage of tea will clean out any bladder/liver/kidneys problems too. When applied externally, fresh onion juice prevents bacterial and fungal infections.

How to Make an Onion Poultice:


  • Paper towel
  • 1 onion (red, white, yellow your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder sprinkled over it, (optional)
  • Roller pin or coffee mug to crush onion


  • Slice off 2 slices off the onion about ¼ inch thick. Chop the onion slices into little bits. The onion bits should be as small is you can get them.
  • Place the chopped onions in the middle of the paper towel, (sprinkle ginger powder over it optional) and wrap it “burrito style”, that is, fold the longer sides over the onions first and then fold the ends.
  • Now used a rolling pin or similar device (I use the flat edge of the knife and press), roll over the onions to crush them releasing their juices so it is absorbed into the paper towel cloth.

The onion poultice is now ready to place on the forehead of the person suffering from head pain. You can secure it in place with saran wrap and ace bandage.

Leave the onion poultice in place for 20 minutes (I leave it on for 2 hours with no problems). It can be gently reheated in the microwave and reused as necessary throughout the day. It is best to make a fresh onion poultice every 24 hours or so.

I also suggest drinking onion/garlic/ginger/honey tea 2 – 3 times daily til sinus/head pain issue is resolved.