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Natural Sinus Congestion Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, Baking Soda  

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Posted by Doddie (Georgia, Usa) on 03/14/2014
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2T ACV, 2T Olive Oil, 1/4t baking soda in 8 oz warm water, was the only ingredients I did have. Been suffering from chest congestion and hacking up phlegm for 6 days. Relief from the coughing, congestion, within the hour! My nose drained and 2 hr later it is still working. Unbelievable! The worst thing I have ever had to drink down in my life (and I am good at drinking horrible tasting stuff for medicinal purposes) . I had use the last of my honey before I got sick. This really does work, and I did manage to drink it down. I will try the ACV, honey, baking soda, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice the next time. The coughing stopped almost immediately. I had to post because it worked so well!!


Apple Cider Vinegar, Oregano Oil  

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Posted by Jennifer (Vancouver, Canada) on 02/07/2009
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Oil of Oregano and Apple Cider Vinegar cured my sinus congestion in minutes.

The idea popped into my head after trying various other remedies with minimum results. I took roughly 5 drops of Oil of Oregano and 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, and my sinus congestion cleared in about 5 minutes. I now have my taste back!! :) I take my OoO by taking a large sip of water in my mouth, then dropping it in on top. As for the ACV, I take it straight with cold water. It shocked me how quickly and efficiently it worked!

Dosage: 5 drops Oil of Oregano
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Replied by Jennifer
Vancouver, Canada
02/07/2009

Hello, I forgot to add in my post that I used a Neti Pot before taking the Oil of Oregano and Apple Cider Vinegar for my sinus congestion. The Neti Pot alone didn't leave my sinuses clear; but the combination of the Neti Pot, followed by 5 drops of OoO, and 2 tablespoons of ACV kept my sinuses clear for half the day. I also had my sense of taste back.

I've used this combination a second time now, and it is just as effective as the first time. This one's a keeper!


Apple Cider Vinegar, Tomato Tea  

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Posted by Diane (St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.) on 11/26/2008
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Yesterday I went to the internet in search of a natural remedy for my terrible sinus congestion. Usually irrigating my sinuses with the neti pot (warm water, salt, baking soda) does the trick, but this virus seemed to be getting the upper hand. I tried the apple cider remedy (hot water--about a cup--2 T natural honey, 2 T organic apple cider vinegar) and the tomato tea. I had two cups of both. Within a half hour my sinuses started to clear. I could breath through my nose all night long and here I am--next morning--breathing easily. I don't know which did the trick--maybe both. No matter. I'm very happy. Thank you!

EC: Receipe for tomato tea is here.


Apples  

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Posted by Kera (Washington DC) on 04/18/2006
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I have IBS and when I'm really stressed it flares up. So, lately I've been eating apples for regular fiber intake. In the last 4 days I've had...8 apples. After my second apple today I noticed that my sinuses were draining. In the 8 hours between my second and third apple the drainage diminished. But after eating apple #3 my sinuses began draining again and I had a sort of itchy feeling in the back of my mouth from the drainage. Is it possible that I've had a similar reaction to just eating apples rather than drinking the Apple Cider Vinegar?


Black Peppercorns  

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Posted by Kathy (Vancouver, Canada) on 09/23/2011
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I suffered for years in my childhood with sinus problems - had them drained, antibiotics, Sudafed, drops, etc. Now I am in my sixties and have been doing more home remedies. After many years I again got sinusitis and found this treatment on an Ayurveda website. It worked INSTANTLY and my nose stayed clear throughout the day. Just chew 4-5 peppercorns and wash it down with water. Amazing! Nothing else needed. Ayurveda has been my choice of naturapathic medicine for 8 years - and I have never been healthier!

Replied by Spring
Israel
02/22/2016
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Thank you Kathy, it worked fantastically.

My nose was totally stuffed. Air didn't get in.

After chewing the black peppercorns for a few minutes, air was flowing freely.

I was amazed.


Black Seed Oil  

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Posted by Myway (Delaware) on 01/14/2015
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Black Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa) - hands down has completely kept my nasal passages clear and mucous free for over a week. Since it reduces the histamine response, my asthma symptoms, allergies are almost completely gone. The cat's sleep next to my face - and I wake up with a clear nose. Overall, reduces systemic inflammation in the body with a natural oil! I will be taking this for life! 1 tsp in am, 1 tsp in pm. That's it. Sure, it is bitter but the benefits are wonderful.

Here is a youtubevideo from Dr. John Gray - I can't imagine him talking about his sinus condition - but this is what he uses. A simple, but complete explanation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mnMk9BZbxo

MyWay, :D


Cayenne  

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Posted by Amanda (Des Moines) on 09/08/2016
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Cayenne for nasal congestion. This worked for me. I snorted a very small amount. I proceeded to use some saline spray afterwards. I am pregnant and tend to use nasal spray daily.


Posted by Suzanne (Colorado Springs, Colorado ) on 02/21/2016
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I dipped the 2 end of q-tips in cayanne pepper and sniffed it into my nose.. I could feel my nose fast became swollen and the burning sensation; however, I was draining from nose I blew my nose several times. I put Vaseline on the edge of my nose then after 20 minute I took a hot steamy shower and I felt a huge relief. I could breathe and smell better. The next day I did once more time and then it was gone. I've suffered from allergies and congestion for a long while but mostly Spring season. I have tried sudefed, mucinex and others but didn't help at all only made it worse.


Posted by Ken (Sunderland, Ontario) on 12/16/2012

hi, would like some feedback on anyone with sinus problems, I heard Cayenne really helps, just started taking the pills one day ago, will share my results after xmas if any tks


Posted by Veejay25 (Seattle, Wa) on 12/13/2010
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WOW! After reading all these reviews on sniffing cayenne for sinus congestion, it may come across as too good to be true; but I tried it and all I can say it WOW!! It really does work ladies and gentlemen. I took about a (half of a rice size) amount of cayenne, placed one amount on my pinky finger (for one nostril) and the second amount on a small spoon (for the other nostril), and simultaneously sniffed each amount. Instantly, I did feel burning and I breathed and recalled a scripture "when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I", and then I could tolerate the 30 secs on burning. I felt a menthol sensation and a throbbing of the blood vessels in my nose (it wasnt scary or anything). Then the mucous began to ran down my nose. I blew my nose and SO much mucous came out! Before the treatment, nothing came out. After blowing my nose, my pressure and clogged ears was instantly relieved! Praise God for cayenne.

Replied by Diane
Berkeley, Ca
12/13/2010

This seems rather drastic. The same thing happens to me when I cook (very spicy) authentic Thai and Indian food. And it's a lot more pleasurable. I love the chile high, and the nose-clearing goodness of those thai chiles. Eating spicy food on a regular basis is great for the body.

Replied by Tanya
Hailey, Id, Usa
12/13/2010

Wow! I'll have to remember this! Thank you for sharing! :D

Replied by Nathan
Pittsburgh, Pa, Usa
10/30/2011

To relieve lingering sinus congestion due to allergies, I tried the method of snorting small rice sized amounts of cayenne powder.

Like Veejay25 said, there is about 30 seconds of fairly intense burning. For me, however, the burning continued for approximately 30 minutes after taking the powder. After the intense first few minutes, it gradually lessened. The pain is nothing that an average person could not tolerate. There was also about 6 to 7 minutes of intense sneezing, watering eyes, and nose blowing. If you plan to try this, make sure you have about 10 or 15 minutes to recover.

My sinuses cleared slightly, though not completely. I should stress that I did not have a severe sinus condition, so better results could probably be achieved during treatment of a worse condition.

One question to consider is the potential for cayenne to damage the nasal cavity if used chronically. Of course we should all realize it would never be recommended to use many (not all) of the remedies on this site for extended periods due to the lack of scientific research on long term side effects.


Posted by Devon (Scottsdale, AZ) on 12/26/2006
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This is a very good temporary solution. Some people claim that it helps with sore throats but I'm still testing this theory. I found these steps to be particularly effective. 1. Heat about one cup of water to steaming and add about 2 tablespoons of red (cayenne) peppers. Stir for approximately one minute and press the peppers with a spoon as you would a teabag for added heat. (Easy Tip: The peppers do not have to be fresh and I actually used the bottled kind that people sprinkle on pizza) 2. Strain. (You may chose not to do this if you like chunky water.... EWWW!) 3. Try not to burn your mouth! Blow on the mixture for a little bit (just like you would tea!) and gargle for at least 20 seconds at least three or four times. (It helps to swallow a bit of the mixture) 4. Blow your nose until it's ALL outta there and you're not getting the post-nasal drip! (THIS IS KEY) Repeat every 15 minutes as necessary. My personal experience may differ from yours. Today I was diagnosed with a sinus infection and I commonly have these (about every 3 months) so I figured why not try something new. I would also recommend a saline nasal spray to bathe the sinuses morning and night. This has a similar effect and disinfects your nose. It works! I find that the more you use these methods the more effective they are.


Posted by Devon on 12/26/2006
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Just a quick amendment to what I said earlier.

USE ONLY ONE TABLESPOON OF PEPPER IF NOT A LITTLE BIT LESS. One tablespoon per cup was pretty hot. And if you use that recipe it's a fairly big batch so you can save what you don't use and reheat the mixture in the microwave if you need it later. If you are using the stuff I used (the kind of red pepper sprinkled on pizza instead of whole peppers) I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND STRAINING and possibly even use a cheese cloth. If the stuff gets in the back of your throat it can really tickle.


Posted by Jen (Toronto, Ontario) on 10/04/2006
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I drank a mixture of lemon water cayenne pepper and syrup within a few hours not only was my sinus clear but so was my chest and I could breath much better.


Chamomile  

Posted by Kathie (Houston, Texas/usa) on 05/28/2011

I do not think I would sniff Chamomile tea up my nose... It is too potent in that form and being from the ragweed family.

Chamomile essential oil, on the other hand, sounds reasonable. Because the essential oil is so pure, most all allergens are removed during the production. I could see putting a drop or two in a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda and a 1/2 cup salt (use canning salt b/c it does not have additives that prevent it from clumping). Use 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon to a cup of warm water for nasal washes.


Chamomile Essential Oil  

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Posted by L. T. (Wilkesboro, N. C) on 12/09/2007
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Chamomile is a very good antihistimine. I use the essential oil on each side of my nose whenever I begin to feel sinus pressure, congestion, burning, etc. Works immediately. Added bonus, very healthy for skin and complexion.



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