Sinus Congestion
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Steaming

12 User Reviews
5 star (10) 
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4 star (1) 
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1 star (1) 
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Posted by Lauren (Austin, Texas) on 02/17/2011
5 out of 5 stars

To relieve sinus pressure temporarily I heat up a large bowl of water for about 2 minutes on high in the microwave then add a 4 drops of lavender oil and place my head over it with a towel draped over my head. Blow your nose when needed to get rid of some of the excess mucus. Repeat multiple times a day. I was sceptical at first but the lavender truly makes a huge difference.


Replied by Jonathan
(Franklin, MA)
12/06/2020
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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Posted by Rosa (Orlando , FL) on 07/28/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I was miserable last thursday night, I could not breath through my nose, my throat was so irritated and swallen I could hardly breath, I tried the nasal sprays and did nothing at all. without sleep and desperate for an immediate solution, I jumped on the internet and here I found the perfect remedy, I drank the ACV and it felt like burning at first but it sure cleared up my throat. I heated some water in the microwave with at a bit more than a third of ACV and very carefully inhaled the vapors, I felt such relief right away, This is the best remedy ever!


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Posted by Monique (Mansfield, OH) on 12/24/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar - Steam works like a charm! I've had sinus congestion and headaches for 4 months. Antibiotics didn't work - this works to clear the congestion. Jury still out on weather this will cure the problem, but I'm hopeful.


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Posted by Millie (New York, NY) on 11/25/2006
5 out of 5 stars

i have been suffering from a cold/sinus infection this entire week. it put a damper on my 4-day thanksgiving weekend. i cannot take over the counter cold remedies because they make my heart race, so i've been overdosing on vitamin c and echinacea, but to no avail. finally today, after not being able to breathe and having a bowling ball headache for four days, i went online to seek out a natural remedy and found your site and talk about acv. i had forgotten about it and actually pulled out a book i have from years ago and started reading. i was feeling so awful today that i had no intentions of walking out the door, still in my pajamas and looking sick, so i called my local health food store and begged them to deliver me a bottle of acv. i drank an acv/water mixture and also tried boiling a mixture in a pot and breathing in the stream. i can't believe that i've been breathing now for over an hour (i sure hope it lasts). i had to write because this is really terrific. thanks for reminding me of the benefits of acv. now that i dusted off the book, it's staying out where i can keep on reading.


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Posted by Hana (Bayonne) on 07/25/2005
5 out of 5 stars

Remedy #2: Steaming Hot Towels: IS A BLESSING! THANKS TO WHO EVER WROTE THAT!


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Posted by Lisa (Plaistow) on 03/23/2005
5 out of 5 stars

I find that it works well to take a hot shower and let the bathroom steam up. Just relax and take deep breaths and be sure to blows your nose right away when down before everything hardens up again! also drink a warm cup of tee w/ some honey.

Replied by Rosa
(Monterey, Ca)
08/25/2011
4 out of 5 stars

After reading this, I took a long, hot shower and I can already feel the difference. I am a Soldier so NOT going to work is NOT an option. I've been trying for 3 days to find relief from this severe congestion. Thanks!


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Posted by Ray (New York City)
5 out of 5 stars

When I get sinus pains and stuffiness in my nose I usually fill my sink halfway with hot tap water and i make sure its steaming. Then I drop a small towel in it for about a minute and then I put the towel on my face until it gets cool. I put it over my forehead, eyes, cheeks and mouth. I breathe in the hot vapors through the nose. I usually put the hot towel on my face around 5 or six times in one sitting. Usually twice a day, one in the morning and one at night. After about a day or 2 the pains are gone. All that disgusting stuff drips out.


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Posted by Lloyd (Tulsa)
5 out of 5 stars

I have found that bringing an equal amount of Apple Cider Vinegar and water to boil, then inhaling the fumes as it starts to boil, quickly relieves sinus conjestion/infections. Just a warning though, close your eyes and mouth when doing this...the vapors are hard to deal with.

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Posted by Angel (USA)
5 out of 5 stars

I found that just taking a HOT cup of coffee, tea, water, etc.. And puting a towel over your head and breathing the hot vapour in through your nose and out through your mouth. Relieves Breathing difficulties as well as a stuffy or runny nose


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Posted by Molly (Madison, USA)
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

Be very careful about inhaling steam in the bathroom.

So many people have turned down the temperature on their water heaters to save on energy, that it can be very dangerous because the water is not hot enough to kill various bacteria. For instance, Legionellosis can occurred when individuals inhale aerosols contaminated with the bacteria, but evidentally doesn't happen if the water is super HOT-hot in the water heater.

And there is a recent news article about a DANGEROUS bacteria which is a "cousin" of tuberculosis being found in many people who have serious sinus infections.

Here's the url to the news article:

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6046064

The germ is called atypical mycobacterium, a first cousin of the tuberculosis germ, which isn't killed by the chlorine used for tap water by water treatment plants. They advise people to only use sterile water for nasal rinsing.

I've read online that ONLY distilled water is free from ALL bacteria, so MAYBE boiling tap water is not enough to ensure it is safe for nasal rinses. I don't know, I haven't researched this enough yet....


Sugar Water

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5 star (1) 
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Posted by Vanessa (Brisbane, Queensland Australia) on 09/24/2009

sugar water, sinus

Try a teaspoon of sugar in half a coffee cup of water, a few drops in the nostrils at a time works. Would someone please comment on whether this is good to do or not. I do know that it works rather quickly and seems far less harmful than medication all the time.

EC: Is this a remedy for sinus congestion, sinusitus, or sinus infections? Please clarify for us!  Thanks.

Replied by Kathy
(Dubois, Pa)
09/24/2009

If this remedy works, it has nothing to do with the sugar, and everything to do with the coffee. Coffee contains a form of theophyllin, which is an anti-histamine.

EC: No coffee used in Vanessa's remedy, just a coffee cup filled with water!

Replied by Kathy
(Dubois, Pa)
09/24/2009

Oooops...sorry for the mis-read! You can't see it, but I'm blushing with embarrasment :0

Replied by Iris
(Nyc, Ny)
06/09/2011
5 out of 5 stars

well sugar water helps with my bronchitis attacks better than any cough syrup I've ever used and my boyfriend has severley clogged sinuses and right now the only thing helping, oddly enough, is drinking soda. I believe the sugar is somehow unclogging them, or maybe the carbonation?


Tea, Garlic, Cayenne, Ginseng, Royal Jelly

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Posted by Ken (Arlington, VA) on 02/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Simple remedy that is working for me to assist in ridding your body of sinus issues and assisting in the reduction of sore throat is just this.... 1 cup of litely presweetened tea, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 vile of ginseng and royal jelly. Heat in the cup for about 2 minutes, let set for another couple of minutes and slowly drink. You will start to feel the sore throat go away while your sinuses drainage. It also appears to help me relax. Always remember to discard of any excess mucus in order to get rid of the bacteria that has collected in your sinus cavities during the time of mucus build up. Good luck to everyone.


Things to Avoid

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Posted by Anon (Anon) on 04/29/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have been suffering from stuffy sinuses for years! I thought it was my cat! I finally figured out that it was the moisturizer I was using on my face that caused it! Just one day is all it took to cure the problem. ONE DAY!!!! Argh. I used a big name natural oatmeal kind even. No moisturizer, no stuffy sinuses.

I also discovered that the big name conditioner I was using has been causing me fibromyalgia-type symptoms in my neck and shoulders and arms. I wash with dish soap and feel much better! Crazy world. I have waist length hair. I discovered I actually don't really need conditioner even. I just brush my hair once it has dried. A little spritz of vinegar keeps the static away. If the ends are too dry I put a tiny bit of hand lotion on them.

On a side note, I have been using Borax for washing for a while. The other day I washed my face with the rag dampened with Borax solution and my face looked sunburned afterward. Other bar soaps seemed to do the same thing sometimes. Dunno if it was the Borax, but a word of caution just in case.

Awesome site :)


Tobasco Sauce

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Posted by Pat (Hoschton, Ga) on 08/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have been a chronic sinus sufferer for years. when I get bad and have to clear up in a hurry. I find a shot of tobasco sause opens sinuses as soon as you drink it. but I wouldnt advise it if you have an stomach ulcer. works every time for me.


Tomato Tea

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Posted by Holly (Fresno, Ca) on 04/15/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I honestly can't believe this WORKED! I have had a terrible cold with a sore throat and the worst sinus congestion for four days straight. Fearing a sinus infection, I was preparing to head to the Dr. in another day. I had tried everything I could think of, Sudafed, Dayquil, and even Nasal Spray (which only worked for a couple of hours, not 12 like the label promised). Desperate, I went online to try a "natural" remedy. I was willing to try just about anything. And what do you know? It WORKED. Within 20 minutes my congestion felt less "throbbing" and one more cup and 2 hours later - my sinuses are TOTALLY CLEAR! My throat is starting to feel better too! I am definately going to use this remedy again if I ever feel a cold coming on. One thing, I added a little honey and I crushed my garlic with a garlic press. It seems to have helped get the garlic to juice out a bit more. THANK YOU so much for this amazing recipe!



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