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Natural Sinus Congestion Remedies

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Posted by Gladys (Las Vegas) on 01/29/2007
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When I first tried ACV, it worked very well. It cleared my stuffed nose for the first time in ten years. I've beem using ACV for a while now and I find that the ACV is no longer working on my sinuses. If anything, it upsets my stomache and my nose is still stuffed. So I'm online again looking for something that works

Replied by Tim
Strawn, Il
12/21/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

Hi Gladys. Read your piece about ACV. I tried it, worked at first, then it didnt. I was wondering if you found something that works for night sinus pressure? Thanks Tim

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
12/22/2009
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Hello Tim from Strawn,

The first thing anyone with sinus problems should do is eliminate all things that might be keeping your sinuses constantly irritated, such as perfumes, smoking, after shave lotions, hair spray, cosmetics, paint fumes, etc. Always beware of anything you can see or smell in the air you breathe is my motto.

That said, now I'll tell you about my 73 year old brother with a longstanding history of sinus problems, who relates a long history of frequent visits to doctors (including the specialists called ENT doctors) with no lasting relief. After listening to his complaints I told him about swabbing my own nose out with hydrogen peroxide (H202) when the congestion or clogging would get so bad and suggested that he might try a 1:1 H202/water solution to spray in his nose to see if it would clear it up and explained that the H202 alone did sting. Well, he one-upped me. A couple of nights ago he called to tell me that he had started spraying the straight H202 up his nose a couple of months ago, that yes it did sting but he could put up with the sting for the good it was doing. The first thing he mentioned was that bleeding from one side of the nose that he had been having (for a year or more) had stopped. The second thing he mentioned was the nasty yellow gook was clearing up. He also said that just minutes after spraying it in his nose he could feel it breaking loose and running down his throat. At this point, I happily told him that it must be improving his hearing as I hadn't had to yell over the phone & keep repeating what I said several times as usual tonight. Another thing that helps to keep the nasal passages open is flushing with normal saline, which is rather pricey when purchased from the pharmacy. However you should be able to find how much NaCl (table salt) to add a pint of boiling water to make your own at home. You should also be able to skip the boiling part if you add it to distilled water.

For those curious enough to do the math, to realize how pricey it is from the pharmaceutical company, go price the small bottle of normal saline nasal spray, making a note of the cc or ounces in the bottle. Go home, grab a pencil & paper (or do it the easy way and grab your calculator) and knowing that 30cc=1 ounce, start multiplying 30cc x 16oz (l pint) x 8 (pints per gallon) will quickly tell you how much it would cost you per gallon. It won't make you any happier the next time you fill up your gas tank, but at least you'll know that you are paying less for the gas than you would for the gallon of normal saline (NS). After all the pharmaceutical doesn't have to pay a high price per barrel of oil and then refine. All they have to invest in is a gallon of distilled (or boil their tap water) water and add a few teaspoonfuls of table salt to it & bottle it up to make a big profit.

They make a little Neti pot especially for flushing your nose, but a small ear syringe or a 3 to 5cc hypodermic syringe purchased from the medicine section of your local farmer's co-op should work just as well, if not better. If it comes with a needle attached, please remove the needle before using it to flush your nose.

Replied by Juju
Atlanta, Ga
12/27/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've been suffering from a really bad cold, I have a horrible stuffy nose and I haven't slept for two days. I tried the hot water, honey, cayenne pepper and Apple Cider Vinegar recipe and it seems to work! I took about 3 sips and my nose cleared up! Let's hope it stays unstuffed through the night!


Posted by Jenny (Las Vegas, NV) on 12/23/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I'VE BEEN SICK WITH A REALLY BAD COLD NOW FOR 4 DAYS. I DEVELOPED REALLY BAD NASAL CONGESTION AND WAS HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE BREATHING AND SWALLOWING BECAUSE OF ALL THE MUCOUS. I TEND TO GET A LITTLE FREAKED OUT ABOUT THINGS SO I FREAKED OUT!! I CAME ONLINE TO TRY TO FIND A HOME REMEDY THAT I CAN USE AND I READ ABOUT THE WONDERS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SO I LITERALLY RAN ACROSS THE STREET AND BOUGHT MYSELF A BOTTLE OF HEINZ APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND TRIED A COUPLE OF TBL SPOONS OF THE VINEGAR W/WATER AND IT CLEARED IT RIGHT AWAY. I'M GLAD I FOUND THIS BECAUSE I'M 1 MONTH PREGNANT AND I DIDN'T WANNA TAKE ANY MEDICATIONS. I HAVE A QUESTION THOUGH, I'M NOT A DOCTOR SO I DON'T ACTUALY KNOW IF THIS WOUD BE BAD FOR MY BABY. WOULD IT?

Replied by Baruch
Memphis, Tn
04/18/2010

TO: Jenny from Las Vegas, NV Please go to a good health food store purchase a copy of Dr. Paul _____s book on the many, many SAFE uses of ACV. He in now deceased. Just to add a bit of info for his credibility >> He passed away in a hospital at the age of 93 or so from pneumonia. The skeptic would say that there are a lot of people that live to be 93 or so. However, Dr. Paul _____ was in the hospital due to an accident. The skeptic says, "so what". The accident that put Dr. _____ in the hospital was a SURFING accident!!! He was surfing at 93!! He got pneumonia while in the hospital! You will be blessed indeed with all the information in his book. I do ACV regularly.

Be well, Baruch


Posted by Marcia (Jamaica, NY) on 10/17/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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)
5 out of 5 stars

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)
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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?


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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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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!



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