Sinus Congestion
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Natural Sinus Congestion Remedies

| Modified on Dec 27, 2022
Posted by Robert (Palm Springs) on 12/27/2022
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Serrapeptase clears up my sinuses within hours it is pretty amazing stuff. Study shows that clears sinus and reduces inflammation, pain and mucous. After taking it for three to four days . When I read the reviews some people reported that it helped them clear the sinus within hours.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Sophiee (pdx) on 11/30/2022

GSE has changed some of its ingredients so just mindful of that if you are buying it

Posted by Clew (Stephenville, Texas) on 09/30/2022
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So I tried the cayenne pepper on a qtip with nasal solution and sprinkled cayenne onto the tip and then put in into my nostril and sniffed it. Yes it burned but that did not last too long and within 5 minutes my nose started to run and I felt drainage in the back if my throat. I will do this more often until I feel clear!!!! Thanks earth clinic and everyone here!!!

Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Leda (Menomonie, WI) on 12/13/2021

I had thought of putting Iodine in diffuser but questioned, would this damage diffuser or stain walls or any items around it.

Black Peppercorns, ACV + Cayenne
Posted by InnerGuidance (Arlington, VA) on 11/29/2021
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This morning I woke up and was pretty congested in both nostrils. I first tried out the peppercorn chewing. I chewed 5 and the less clogged nostril opened up completely. So, I decided to chew 4 more peppercorns and my left nostril became a bit better, but was not really open to breathe through sufficiently enough while pinching the right one closed. I decided then to give the ACV, honey and hot water concoction a try and low and behold - there now is just a bit congestion in the left nostril left. Both remedies were easy and very successful within less than 5-10 minutes each for me.

Thank you, Ted and all contributors for providing the world with such an extensive valuable website!

Pumpkin Oil
Posted by Mary (Lake Dallas, TX) on 07/02/2021

Do you drink the oil or oil pull with it? Either way how much do you use and how many times a day?

Peppermint Oil
Posted by Sabita (Orange City, Florida) on 04/25/2020
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I just got instant relief from hardly being able to breathe by inhaling 100 percent Peppermint Essential Oil on each side of nostril. I held bottle up to right side, plugged left side and inhaled. I then repeated for the left side. 10 minutes later completely unclogged. It wasn't clogged by mucus so much as maybe swollen (Inflammation?!) Hope this helps!

Posted by N. (Germany) on 01/16/2019
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I have a trick for stuffed nose, for when you have a flu. for example: Sleeping side/mewing: If your left nostril is stuffed, then you should sleep on the right side for 5 minutes, keeping the left nostril pointed upwards! You will hear a popping noise in your nostril. Also be aware of your tongue posture!!! Don't do mouthbreathing! Read about "mewing" Greetings!

Pumpkin Oil
Posted by Irina (New York, NY) on 01/14/2019
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Pumpkin Oil for sinus congestion:

Pumpkin oil is working great for my sinuses, which have been clogged for years now - it is actually finally clearing up! I can't believe it & am so glad after all this time to find relief! Pumpkin oil is an antifungal, so it makes sense it would clear sinus issues.

Smelling Black Pepper
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 01/10/2021 394 posts
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I used potato soup with lots of butter and lots and lots of black pepper to help finish off the sinus garbage. And I "sniffed" EVERYthing! The peppery soup, hydrogen peroxide, DMSO, ClO2 - basically just about everything I have. It was SOOOOO annoying and I just couldn't break it up. But the black pepper and soup seemed to do the trick.

Black pepper contains quite a bit of sulfur. As do potatoes - or, rather, they should but the soil is so depleted in the states that you have to amend the soil of your potato patch - if you grow your own.

Smelling Black Pepper
Posted by Hossein (Iran) on 01/09/2021
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Smelling black pepper helped my brother a lot for his sinusitis.

Lugol's Iodine
Posted by MissM (NY) on 12/08/2020

This is what I have done. Covid affected my nose and I had horrible congestion. Ayr saline nasal spray and add 2 drops of 5 per cent lugol's iodine to bottle. This will clear your nose. You will have to blow your nose but it works!

Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Christine (Chantilly, VA) on 12/06/2020

I tried Lugol's and it burned the dickens outta my nasal area. Now I'm too scared to try it again!!

Posted by Jonathan (Franklin, MA) on 12/06/2020
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Lloyd's remedy below of steaming with equal parts ACV and water that has come to the initial simmer/boil with a towel over my head is now my go-to method for onset of colds; change of weather that affects sinuses; and seasonal allergic responses.

I had come to have a chronic sinusitis which was triggered often and predictably.

The ACV steaming not only has an immediate relieving effect but I believe it has rid me of the root chronic condition, removing old infected mucus. I am soo grateful to finding this method on EC and I tell everyone about it.

The other method I use is to put 3-5 drops of either ACV (any more will burn), 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide, or Lugol's 2% Iodine into my neti pot or a refillable nasal mist sprayer combined with the warm saline solution. I'll rotate all of these methods during seasonal changes when my sinuses are more sensitive. Just fantastic!

Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Joncrowley (MA) on 12/06/2020 3 posts
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This is a great idea. I'm wondering if the Iodine needs to be refreshed occasionally? I understand that Iodine evaporates quickly.

I add 3-5 drops of Lugols 2% Iodine (7.5-12.5 mg) into my neti pot or refillable nasal mist sprayer's saline solution, and this seems to immediately remove any old, infected, clogging mucus and kill any sinus infection for immediate relief. I do this on a maintenance level during seasonal transitions and peak allergy times. Life changer!

Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Sharon (CA) on 12/06/2020

I am definitely going to try this - I have sinus issues.. this just resonates with me!! Thanks for sharing.

Eucalyptus Oil
Posted by Tanith G. (EC's Facebook Page) on 11/09/2020
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If you have a very stuffed up nose and have difficulty breathing especially when you want to sleep, try this!

Twist a piece of tissue paper or kitchen roll into a wick shape and dip into olive oil and let it soak for a second. Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil then use as you would a Vick's nasal stick. It soothes your nose and unblocks it really fast and is all natural ingredients.

I been using Bronner eucalyptus oil for years for winter germs.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nina (Philippines) on 09/08/2020
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Hi to all our EC readers from the Philippines!

It's nearly 12 midnight and I can't sleep due to sinusitis and the dreaded headache that accompanies it. So, I went to this site and read through.

I decided, steam inhalation is the best coz it can go to places no one has ever gone before! Hihihi

1/4cup ACV ( braggs wd the mother.)
1cup water

Heated it up in the microwave two min.

Tilted my head over the bowl wd the mixture, got a clean dishtowel n covered my head including the bowl, so the steam will just concentrate on the area I want and not scatter all over the place.( I hope you get the picture) tried my best to breathe through my clogged nose. After a while it slowly cleared. Made sure to breathe deep and while doing that I did those facial sinus massages they do on You Tube.

I did spit a lot of clogged stuff while my sinuses were draining. After about 10 minutes of that, I'd gargle ACV wd warm water n a pinch of cayenne. That got all the mucous in my throat out. What a relief!

Walked a bit to allow gravity to drain away more clogging. I felt my headache just saying goodbye not wanting to come back to me. Good riddance!

I did the whole cycle two times.and after about
30 minutes, my sinuses were drained no headache, happy me!

I can't thank you enough for sharing this!

Elderflower Juice
Posted by Idot13 (Co. Dublin) on 07/15/2020
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In reply to Christine on the acupressure page under myopia:

Posted by Christine (Virginia Beach, Virgnia) on 02/01/2009: "Modern day Chinese people have overcome myopia through the usage of acupressure massage techniques. Some of them are listed in the eBook you have mentioned. Today I started doing them. While it is too early to tell whether they will overcome myopia or not, I can tell you that my eyes already feel more relaxed, and my sinuses are draining better. Perhaps these exercises will help sinus trouble in addition to the myopia that plagues our nation."

For cure of sinuses the best cure is elderflower juice.

How to make:

  • Take one lemon and put into a pint of boiling water and let it get soft. Then put in about forty heads of elder flower and let it simmer for about twenty minutes.
  • Then let it cool or strain anď squeeze all juice out.
  • Put back into saucepan and heat up with half a bag of sugar and leave it heating until it melts the sugar.
  • Let it cool and bottle it.
  • Take about two teaspoons of juice every day.

You should be fine for winter plus summer, but it must be taken every day.

Enjoy yourself. May God bless.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne
Posted by Katie (Wisconsin) on 10/03/2018
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Yesterday at 3pm, my head felt like it was in an aquarium. Ears clogged, headache, completely stuffed up. I took 2 TBSP of ACV (with the mother) in a mug of hot water with a few shakes of cayenne pepper. My sinuses did ease up a bit within 30 minutes, going from a cement wall to a moist sponge, but that was about it. This morning, I took the same thing again. It's 2pm and– compared to yesterday at this time –I'd say I've improved 70%. I can breathe through my nose easily and taste things. No headache, no clogged ears. Vast improvement.

***Important to note though: make sure you're downing tons of water and liquids in addition to this ACV tea. Also, be sure that the ACV is shaken up and has brown sediment floating in it, aka the "mother"; you don't want the clear, clean stuff.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lisa D. (Hartford, SD) on 04/20/2018
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Sinus pressure:

A very saturated ACV onto a q-tip and roll inside your nostril sniff back and pressure is gone. Great stuff.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Terri (Ardmore, Ok) on 02/17/2018
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I have had chronic sinusitus all my life. I use coconut oil for many different things but had gotten out of the habit of oil pulling. I recently have had such a problem with my allergies that I resorted to using nasal spray only to have the rebound effect worsen my symptoms. I though of coconut oil and just put some up my nostrils with a little relief. Then I found the reviews on here and tried oil pulling. Can I just say amazing!!!! Within 30 seconds of having it in my mouth my congestion opened and I was able to breathe! It lasted about 15 minutes so then I tried the qtip with coconut oil on in up my nostril and it worked as well! I will keep with this regimen as often as needed to get through this rebound from the nasal spray!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lakesha (St. Louis, Mo) on 12/03/2017
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This remedy worked immediately for me. I've known about it forever but just didn't think to do it. So this site reminded me. I immediately drank 2tblsp of vinegar in 1 cup of filtered water then followed that with snorting 1tsp in 1 cup of warm filtered water. I was so stopped up I couldn't even snort it at first. So I used a small bottle cap to pour it in as I held my head back. That cleared it enough that I could blow it out. And for the first time in a week it was looser and more clear. So I snorted when I could and it keeps coming out loose and clear!!! I can breathe!!! It only took a minute of my time. I wish I had done this a week ago SMH

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Amazed (Rochester, Ny) on 09/12/2017
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ACV + Honey + Hot Water for Congestion

WOW. I did NOT believe this would work. Not that I'm against natural cures, but this really, really shocked me. I'm not that sick, just a head cold, but tonight my runny nose turned into a congested one within a matter of hours. So full I had to start mouth breathing. I found the ACV-HONEY-HOT WATER remedy and gave it a try. I also added in a few sprinkles of freshly ground black pepper and cayenne pepper. BAM. Within 30 seconds (NOT KIDDING! ) I was starting to feel open. Within 5 minutes I'm COMPLETELY clear. I went ranting and raving to my husband (who's also sick but with throat stuff not nose-yet). I dont know how long it will last but I will continue drinking it for health. I actually really love the taste of ACV and honey so this will be a treat. TO EVERYONE'S GOOD HEALTH!

*note, the honey and ACV I used were raw/organic.