Sinus Congestion
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Natural Sinus Congestion Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Marcia (Jamaica, NY) on 10/17/2006
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When I was pregnant I had severe sinus congestion. I could not breathe and suffered for one month with no cure in sight. My doctor refused to reccomend anything, she claimed that it would eventually clear up, I begged her for something and when she finally did and I read the ingredients and side effects and I decided not to take it. Finally I remembered the old ACV and took it with one clove of garlic in warm water. My sinuses cleared. I continued to take it throughout my pregnancy every night and never experienced another cold or sinus infection the whole duration. What is more I was high risk, plus overweight and never experienced complications. ACV is surely for the healing of nations.


Posted by Mark (Troutdale, Oregon) on 10/04/2006
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I have forgotten as I have not had the sinus condition for over 15 years, that apple cider vinegar has many great properties. It clears up many infectious disorders in the internal system, digestive tract disorders, not to mention the least. It should come as no surprise to all who write these great letters of response that we are our own worst enemies and fund millions to the health care systems when in fact we can learn to take care of ourselves with a little common sense and healthy diet.

Replied by Hector
SSF, CA
03/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My sinus symptoms are gone! I can breathe through my nose now. Thank you all so much. I used 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of ACV, and about 6 ounces of hot water.


Posted by Michelle (Slippery Rock, PA) on 10/03/2006
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Thank you so much!! For the last few days I've been dealing with the worst sinus congestion I can ever remember having. I did an internet search hoping to find something to help, I came upon your website and although I was skeptical I tried mixing 1/4 C ACV with 16 oz of water and downed it all at once. That was only 20 minutes ago and I can feel a difference all ready, my sinuses are draining and my ears are starting to clear. I wish I would have known about this sooner! Thanks again!


Posted by Jacalyn (Round Rock, TX) on 09/10/2006
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i had lived with what i thought was a migraine for four days, on day five--my sinuses were rock hard. i thought i would go to urgent care, but decided to go online to see if there were any natural cures. i tried the 1/2 cup acv and 1/2 cup water; and also the acv steaming and i put colloidal silver in my nasal spray. the nasal spray and the acv steam made my sinuses burn for 45 minutes--but about an hour later--i got relief. i decided to do the cure 3 times today. here i sit 9 hours later--yet to do my last treatment--and i feel absolutely normal. my husband just said--"hey, where's your ice pack?" I've had one on my head, face and neck for five days! I am so thankful for this website and I encourage anyone with a sinus problem to give this a try. Just drinking the acv mixture didn't do the trick for me--but using the acv steam and nasal treatment with the acv drink surely has proven to be the answer for me. thanks!


Posted by Deborah (thunder bay, ontario, canada) on 05/15/2006
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oh wow! tried the ACV remedies 10 minutes ago. already i feel better. i was desperate to try anything at this point. i have high blood pressure and i am severely limited in what i can take for sinus problems. i tried a few ounces in a glass of water and also did the half and half steam thing about 10 minutes ago and i'm feeling better already! i actually think i will be able to sleep through the night! thankyou !thankyou! thankyou!


Posted by Lynne (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
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I suffered from bad throat and cough, blocked nose especially at night. It was so bad that as if I could not breathe, so I have to get up so often night causing sleeping problems. It was so bad that doctors thought I had asthma. Whenever I eat spicy food, I tend to get choked easily and it was so embarrassing. Sought help from ENTs (Ear Nose & Throat Doctors) but no avail and to extent they recommended surgeries. It was a friend who recommended me and literally forced to drink a mug at her apartment. In fact, it was almost instant remedy on road to recovery. I mix a tablespoon with a mug of water and drink in the morning. After about a month, it sort of cleared the irritants in my throat and I hardly have any bad throat problems, blocked nose problems at night and I hardly cough like I used to have like a monthly occurence. Apple cider really helps on sinuses. No need to go to doctors! Now I can sleep so soundly.


Posted by Angi (Los Angeles)
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After an illness that compromised my immune system about 4 years ago, I was plagued with such severe allergies that I practically could never breath out of my nose! I couldn't even think about going anywhere without kleenex and allergy medicine. About 5 months ago I read about the benefits of ACV and started taking it twice a day. It took a couple of months but now my allergies are almost complete gone! I never take medicine and rarely blow my nose! I can't believe it! I thought I would have to deal with this the rest of my life. Thank god for ACV!


Posted by Louise (West Australia)
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I've been taking acv for 18mths now, but ran out a week ago & didnt buy my bottle right away.In the week that it took me to replenish my acv, I have developed sinusitus & tonight, after taking my first dose, got relief from the pain almost immediately. ACV definately works for sinuses & your site confirms that its not just me it works for. I was looking for clues & found this site.

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Posted by Kin (Auckland, New Zealand) on 07/31/2007
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Hi all, just to tell you guys that I pour ACV on a paper towel and sniff it to clear block nose, this method helps me especially during night times woke up with a block nose. I started ACV for just couple of weeks, I will post again few months later on how I struggle with ill health and how this website helps me when my recovery is more concrete. Thanks for keeping this website free for everyone. (It meant so much to me). I am sure your good spirits will be rewarded.

Replied by Franklin B.
Summerville, South Carolina
03/08/2013
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Poured a little on a paper towel, sniffed it a a dozen or so times and my sinuses started clearing up quickly. This is the first time I've done it, so I'll keep my fingers crossed!


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Posted by Blueskies (Uk) on 09/08/2016
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Acv+salt for blocked sinus - magic!!! this is the 3rd time I have used acv and it always works like magic for blocked sinuses!

First time I suffered for a whole year - did steam but didn't work. I was offered twice to do surgery but was reluctant. It paid off.

My sister (bless her) told me about the site. I hate the smell of ACV. So it too time for me... out of desperation (I felt ill at least twice a week). I filled a kettle with ACV... added salt... turned the kettle on... and as soon as the steam started... switched off... and inhaled the steam mainly via the blocked nose. (even though it feels it is not going in) I did so on and off for a few minutes. Took a half hour break... repeated... and it was gone completely!

That was six years ago. Two weeks ago... it happened again.. it just didn't go away till I did this treatment! A couple of times in the evening. I woke up in the morning like a new person. It works like magic every time! Thank you! Thank you GOD for the medicine that can be found abundantly and naturally! DO NOT HESITATE TO DO IT! I hope to get positive feedback.

The beauty of it.. no need to DRINK it!! And it does a light descaling of the kettle. (you will need much more to descale properly).


Posted by Beck (Tuskawilla, Florida) on 01/02/2010
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I found home remedies with acv and thought it worked great. For those who can't handle the taste try steam inhaling to clear the congestion. For a simple and quick session, I filled a small pan with half water and half acv and boil on the stove. Once it comes to a full boil turn off the stove and just breathe in the steam. My husband thought I just worked a miracle on him with this simple procedure. Good luck!!


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Posted by Tuffy Sourdough (Newell, S.D.) on 03/18/2009
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sinus congestion relief: Mix 2 or 3 teaspoons of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar. Tastes great and relieves congestion. Even better: add 1/4 cup raisins and boil, then allow to cool.

Replied by Isabel
Tampa, Fl USA
03/18/2009

I would like to know what do you use to boil the cup of raisins?


Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne  

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Posted by Put some good ideas together (Toronto, Ontario) on 05/15/2009
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Sinus Congestion with Sore Throat:

I've always taken a dash of Cayenne Pepper (I'd say a teaspoon, but it's really as much as you can comfortably handle as an individual) with 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice and 2 tablespoons of Honey in a mug of boiling water for a sore throat.

Great relief and tastes great too.

After reading other posts and some experimentation I am now changing my recipe to..

1 dash Cayenne Pepper
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tablespoons Honey
1 Mug boiling water

Same great taste, but better sinus relief as well as sore throat.

Replied by Rae
Norwich, Norfolk, England, Uk
10/23/2009
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ACV and cayenne pepper in hot water cured sinus congestion.

This simple remedy really works! My head was stuffed up for a few days and getting worse. Yesterday afternoon I took 1 tablespoon raw ACV in a mug of hot water with a big pinch of cayenne pepper. My nasal passages started to clear even as I was sipping and within an hour my head felt a lot clearer. I did this 3 times altogether, taking the last mug before bed and woke up this morning with a clear head!

I've used this remedy on two occasions now and with almost immediate results. I think it helps if you breathe in the vapours also.

Thankyou, Earthclinic! Love this site.

Replied by Nicole
Tempe, Az
03/01/2011
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Hello there! I want to thank you for this recipe my nose is instantly draining. My eyes were watering. Sweating a little bit. I added a little cinnamon to I guess cut the heat:). Thanks much. Idk if the cinnamon helped but for some reason I always have to modify things. LOL Thanks again!


Posted by Bob (Somerset, Ohio) on 12/27/2007
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After suffering from sinus congestion and the associated pressure on the head behind the eyes for about three days I decided to google and came to this site. First was a quarter cup of ACV with cold water and down the hatch. Moments later I felt drippy, I kept reading on. I decided to put a few dashes of ground cayenne pepper in a steaming cup of water, stir in some more ACV and quickly sipped it all. As I type this, mucous and phlegm are breaking up and even if this is only temporary, it is still relief. Thanks to all the folks for their input and to the people who operate this site.

Replied by Dee
Los Angeles, Ca
12/27/2010
5 out of 5 stars

WOW-- unbelievably quick relief! I have had a sinus infection for the past 5 days-- unable to breathe through either nostril, with ears popping, impaired hearing, and sore throat nightly after breathing through my mouth constantly. I tried everything-- at least six over-the-counter nasal sprays (both traditional and herbal remedies) as well as a neti pot/saline solution. Nothing seemed to do the trick and I was at wit's end. I just came across this site, immediately mixed up some ACV and water, and downed it. Less than 15 minutes later I am breathing clearly for the first time in almost a week! I would never have believed it was so good for this chronic problem-- I will keep this trick up my sleeve for future use! Many thanks for the tip...


Posted by Tina (Helena, AL) on 12/15/2006
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Hi There. I ran across this website the other night as I was searching the internet in search of a natural approach to cure a sore throat that was so advanced that my tonsils were red and looked blistery and I could hardly swallow. It was very painful. I ran across the recommendation for the Cayenne pepper gargle but then saw that if I added ACV to this that I could drink it and it would cure my sinuses also which I have had a problem with for years and had a discharge of muscous every morning that was almost a reddish-brown color and tons of pressure in my head and had been taken Advil cold and sinus for it. I began drinking it yesterday morning and still did the Cayenne pepper and water gargle last night. My throat is already cleared up and I believe my sinuses are beginning but I am not sure what is happening with my sinuses. It seems to me like I am coughing up alot of stuff that has probably been there for while and I noticed that my mucous is now a light yellow color. My nose is also stuffy and I feel like I am literally coughing up stuff out of my chest that I didnt even know was there (lol). I am still drinking this little mixture today and will continue to as I believe that what is happening is that I am healing and that all of this that has been there is beginning to come out and I can tell because although my mucous is not clear yet and is very light yellowish, it is not brown/reddish which says something (lol). Despite all of this (The stuffy nose and coughing up mucous) I seem to feel great with a very high energy level and no pressure in the head causing it to ache. So I will let you know the final result and am very greatful for this remedy and this wonderful website and will be consulting it regularly for my health concerns and my clients



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