Sinus Congestion
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Natural Sinus Congestion Remedies

Honey and Cinnamon

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Posted by Merle (Hillsboro, Oregon) on 12/23/2007
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I have been struggling with a ongoing sinus congestion causing severe headaches on waking and thick drainage down the back of my throat for almost 3 months. I had been taking over the counter remedies but had resigned myself to a trip to the doctor for something stronger to knock out what I believed to be a low level sinus infection; it wasn't clearing up and today was worse than ever when I woke up. I remembered reading about honey and cinnamon remedy for "something" so thought I would look to see if there were something for sinus problems. On your site I found a remedy - 1/4t cinnamon with 1Tbl honey. Well, I tried it and within 15 minutes I could feel the pressure lightening, the drainage becoming thinner and less - I feel wonderful! I am not often moved to write a comment, but I just can't keep this one to myself - Thank you so much!

Replied by Tina
(Malvern, Pennsylvania)
12/18/2008
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I tried the tablespoon of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon to try to cure my sinus infection. It helped initially, but only for a few minutes. I don't believe this actually works.

Replied by Shorty
(Austin, Tx)
11/07/2011

Another thing that works for congestion is a spice called "anise", you boil the seeds and drink it with honey & lemon. my mom swore by it when we were younger & I used it for my infant kids since it was hard for them to cough up the mucus.

I need to use it myself for I have been suffering from nasal congestion/mucus & acid indigestion. That combination makes it hard to breathe freely, and sleep.. I wish you a speedy recovery.


Horseradish

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Posted by Natasha (Denver, CO) on 03/25/2009
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If you are suffering from cold and can not breathe- eat a bite of bread with a quarter of a tea spoon of horseradish. It works in seconds! But for a short time. So you will have to eat another bite in half an hour or so. But you will appretiate the life.

Replied by Still Stuffed...
(Mucus, Usa)
02/18/2011

My dad and I do this it helps for about an hour though... :P


Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Colleen (Greenwich, Ny) on 02/12/2011

I've been suffering with severe head congestion for almost two weeks now. Ironically enough, after I gave in and got antibiotics my congestion and ear infection started to get a lot worse. Can antibiotics make me sicker? Has anybody else had this happen or was I already so sick that coincidentally enough the day I started them I got worse?

Thanks so much for your sight!! Love it!! And PS. Hydrogen peroxide in a netti pot worked WONDERS for my congestion. It just doesn't last.

Replied by Nv
(Washington, D. C.)
04/10/2011

Yes! Antibiotics can make you sicker. They indiscriminately kill off bacteria of all kinds, many of which are your body's first line of defense. Additionally, antibiotics are of no use if your sickness is caused by a fungus, a virus, or a resistant bacterial strain.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Georgeiou (London) on 08/31/2010
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I had sinus problems for years and kept going to the doctor for all sorts of nasty medication with side effects. Until I discovered that by using cotton buds and adding a wrapping a little extra cotton to the bud so it can absorb more hydrogen peroxide and then inserting it inside your nose right up where it is congested within seconds it cleared my sinus problem. I them simply blew my nose and all the nasty mucus came out and I was able to breathe normally. Use the same technique on your ears one at a time and rinse after about 15 minutes. The fizzing sound you will hear is oxygenation taking place and the death of nasty bacteria. I used an empty small travel spray container, filled it with hydrogen peroxide and distilled water 50/50 ration spray and several times keep inside your mouth for about 10 to 15 minutes and rinse. Kills all nasty bacteria. I use all the above when I get a cold and it`s amazing how quick I recover. The solution of hydrogen peroxide I used was 9%. It really works. You can get 3, 6 and 9% Hydrogen peroxide from your local chemist. Cost less than a £1. Best wishes and a speedy recovery.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Anonymous (USA) on 06/28/2006
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Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with a 50/50 mixture of h202 and distilled water. This is great for colds and plugged sinuses. The peroxide will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into tissue. Warning -- it may sting for a minute or two!

Replied by Lori
(Topeka, Kansas)
09/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

This really DID work!!! I was suffering for day's and then I tried pouring the hydrogen peroxide into both nostrils. I even mixed equal parts of HP and water. It seemed to take the sting out of bit. Thank GOD I found this site. I can sleep tonight!!!

Replied by Ty
(Columbus, Ohio)
11/20/2008
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WORKED WELL, MADE ME SNEEZE A BUNCH. AND HURT LIKE HELL TOO


Hydrogen Peroxide, Sea Salt

Posted by Dwight (S. Florida, US) on 12/19/2014

I mixed sea salt and hydrogen peroxide and squirted in each nostril to try to relieve my stuffy sinuses. The solution is very uncomfortable and it remains in my sinuses until I repeat the process about 3 times.Only then will it start to come back out the same nostril and if I keep it up some will eventually come out the opposing nostril. It just seems to get soaked up there.


Kimchi

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Posted by Samantha (New York, Ny) on 07/30/2013
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Kimchi for sinus infections/congestion: I have just recently discovered after adding other fermented foods to my diet like fermented veggies & sauerkraut that KIMCHI works wonders at clearing up sinus congestion!! It's a must try!!


Replied by Sharon
(CA)
12/06/2020

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

Replied by Joncrowley
(MA)
12/06/2020
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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!

Replied by Christine
(Chantilly, VA)
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!!

Replied by MissM
(NY)
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!

Replied by Leda
(Menomonie, WI)
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.

Mewing

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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!


Multiple Remedies

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Posted by Brenda (Columbus, Ohio) on 09/30/2015
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Tried the 2 tbls coconut, vinegar (didn't have ACV) 2 tbls honey, dash of cayenne pepper, added quarter of raw onion and mug of hot H20 for sinus pain. Pain left quickly, w/in a few minutes. Woke up with sinus pain this AM. Not much mucus, pain was worrisome. Raw coconut Vinegar has 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, broad spectrum B vitamins and has nearly neutral ph. It works faster for me for acidic stomach or indigestion. I use it with water for first morning beverage often. I get it at health food store.


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Posted by Hippocrates (Odin, Missouri, U.s.a.) on 04/28/2012 9 posts

Hello all, I have suffered from sinus problems my whole life. This often leads to headaches caused by the sinuses being inflamed. I love to sleep with a fan for the sound, but this causes them often, so I must not. Drinking milk before bed does the same, so I must not. As does certain times of year, temperature too low in the house, humidity changes, smoke, etc, etc.

One thing I found helps lessen the pain is the "nose bullets" as I call them. Tubes you stick in your nose and inhale the vapors. They contain Camphor/Menthol. They do not "cure" a sinus headache, but lessen the pain. Heating up some "chest rub" in a jar does the same, but it is not as portable. Also, rubbing the "chest rub" onto your forehead helps soften the pain. I use Neti pots but add 1 teaspoon or less of Xylitol and several drops of hydrogen peroxide per each pot full to the standard salt/baking soda powder that is out there.

I post these not as medical advise, but something that has worked for me to make living with sinuses more bearable.


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Posted by Rosie (Glendale, Az) on 08/18/2009

TERRIFYING CONGESTION

I USED THE ACV DRINK (I USE IT FOR NAUSEA ALL THE TIME - ICE COLD, SIPPING IT...IT WORKS GREAT! ALSO, MY FATHER LOST 20 POUNDS WITHIN TWO MONTHS JUST DRINKING IT ABOUT FIVE OR SIX TIMES A DAY - BUT HE OVERDID EVERYTHING...)

IT GAVE "SOME" RELIEF, BUT i WAS IN A PANIC ATTACK FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO BREATHE. THEN I USED THE TOMATO TEA....SHIVER!!! BUT I DRANK MOST OF IT AND IT ALSO HELPED...BUT WHEN I WENT TO LIE DOWN, I WAS STUFFED UP AGAIN WITHIN A FEW MINUTES!

THEN I USED THE COMBINATIN OF BAKING SODA, SALT AND WARM WATER IN A NETI POT (SMALL TEA POTS WORK, TOO)

AND NOW I FINALLY CAN BREATHE. BUT IT HAS BEEN ONLY ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES. LONGEST YET. ALSO, I USED THE ENTIRE CUP OF WARM WATER....

I HAVE ALL OF THE RECIPES COPIED, EACH ON A POST-IT SHEET, LINED UP ACROSS THE EDGE OF MY STOVE VENT-TOP....IF THIS ONE LETS ME DOWN, I AM ON TO THE NEXT ONE.

AT LEAST I HAVE SOMETHING TO KEEP MY PANIC ATTACKS BACK. I REALLY BEGIN TO PANIC BECAUSE I ALREADY HAVE ASTHMA AND A HEART CONDITION...SO WHEN I PANIC, IT STARTS IT ALL UP... AND I GET VERY FRIGHTENED. SO IF I HAVE TO GO DOWN THE LINE, I WILL. I AM WILLING TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT AND 'REMEDY' MYSELF.

IF THIS ONE IS THE 'WINNER' I WILL CERTAINLY RETURN WITH MY VERDICT.

I THANK GOD FOR THIS SITE. HE CAN GIVE ME RELIEF DIRECTLY, BUT HE ALSO USES PEOPLE....AND I THINK HE DID JUST THAT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU!
ROSIE IN PHOENIX


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Posted by Lei (Atlanta, Ga) on 11/14/2007
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re: sinus infection/sinus pressure --
hot shower, breathe the steam
-hot packs placed on your fore head and back of neck
-vicks vapor steamer! this thing rocks! just add water and pinch of salt!
-inhale and exhale up each nostril salt water, it dries your nostrils
-antibiotics, just eat lots of yogurt after to replace the good cells

i suffer from chronic sinus issues all year long and these are some of my remedies. hope it helps you!


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Posted by Ange (Houston)
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Having suffered with persistent sinus congestion and allergies, here's what has helped me tremendously.
1) Stopped eating dairy.
2) Take at least 2000 mg Omega 3 oil daily.
3) Take turmeric supplements daily (amount varies.)
4) Strong multi-vitamin and mineral daily.
5) Chinese medicine: Jade Screen and Xanthium during my worst allergy season (spring)
6) Acupuncture: 2 times weekly during spring, once every two weeks the rest of the year.
7) Homeopathic tablets for times when I have brief allergic symptoms: Allium cepa for runny nose, Euphrasia officinalis for itchy eyes. I use all the above and it has eliminated my allergies except for one or two bad days in the spring. As a side benefit, stopping dairy also cleared up the joint pain I was having in my fingers.

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)
01/05/2013

Check your dental health. My mom had heavy, severe sinus congestion for months and months, actually it went on for a year and a half before doctors found out what was the problem: she had an infected tooth under her gum that was seeping into her sinus area. Once the tooth infection was treated, her sinuses cleared in the space of a week.


Nac

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Posted by Robert (Manhattan, New York) on 01/23/2009
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I occasionally take NAC, (n-acetylcysteine) which is an amino acid that helps flush out mucus by turning it into fluid. I take 500 mgs once a day, on & off and noticed my sense of smell is a little better with the ability to breath through my nose which is usually stuffed.


Neti Pot Remedy

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Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 09/25/2012

My Neti pot disappeared. I loved my Neti but didn't want to buy another one. I have a water bottle with a cap that reseals. The nozzle is just the right size for the nose. So, I use that. A lot less that the $15.00 for a Neti pot.



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