Sinus Infection
Natural Remedies

Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

| Modified on Jan 20, 2023
Hydrogen Peroxide in Ears
Posted by Love Detox (Us) on 08/30/2017
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I've made so much progress in my detox and anti-aging. But one thing kept weighing me down: my sinuses. If I'm around anyone with a cold, I can feel it in my sinuses.

I don't get sick, but I feel stuffy.

Because I've been into heavy detox with h2o2, I've been researching it as a refresher.

I've read before that you can use diluted hydrogen peroxide in your ears to make a cold go away, especially at the beginning of the cold. No one understands how it works, but that it does.

First time I read that, it just seemed unbelievable.

Long time ago, I read that people who use earplugs have many more times the bacteria in their ears than those who don't. (I wear earplugs.)

Specialists know that ears, sinuses and throat are usually treated together.

I decided to try the cold cure, to see if the extra bacteria might be what's causing my sinuses to have issues.

Sure enough! I officially have NO MORE SINUS PROBLEMS! I've been on antibiotics as a child often for ear infections, then had a runny nose for my entire life

I'm not saying that bacteria in your ear canal can go into your sinuses. If it did, it would easily go into your brain.

What I am saying is: whatever way h2o2 cures a cold, it also cured my chronic sinus infection.

I'm not going to give you a dosage here, because you need to do your own research on how to dilute it. 30% food grade h2o2 will burn your skin! So it's plenty diluted to put in your ear.

This will speed up my detox even more, because no more energy is being used to fight infection!

What an amazing thing to happen for me!

Borax Solution in Neti Pot
Posted by Shelley (Indiana) on 05/08/2017
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I put 1-2 tsp Borax in my 16 oz nasal wash bottle along with 1/2 my regular tsp of salt/soda/xylitol mix (because borax has sodium in it and too much sodium can burn). On the 2nd day and for the first time, ever, my clogged side of my sinuses is open and my other side is not as open (which is normal for them to switch, in healthy sinuses, but mine never do). I noticed right away my sense of smell was so much better and can't wait to see more improvement over time! I suspect a fungal sinus infection which my doctors never cared to properly diagnose and being over-prescribed antibiotics which lets fungus grow in the body like crazy, so also taking a good probiotic. That's always a must!!!

Ayurvedic Method with Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Kiara (Los Angeles) on 06/10/2018
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Ancient Ayurvedic method for Sinus Infections

I did my 7 doctor rounds for my sinus infections no luck... So, I did research and cured my sinus infection naturally and so fast. I was amazed by it! I think the magic is in the tea tree and oregano oil.


Get 1 clean sterilized glass quart jar fill it with four cups ( 4 cups makes one quart) of distilled or filtered water. I boil the water for ten minutes to sterilize then you MUST let if cool down to room temperature.

Then add

  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • Then add only one drop of Oregano Oil and add one drop of Tea Tree oil. These two oils are strong so one drop of each is all you need.

Pour the cooled solution into neti pot. I used this solution a couple times during the day and then again right before bed.

Here is the key:

When I pour this solution into my sinuses using my neti pot, I stand over the sink and I tilt my head slightly downward in the sink and then I take a deep breath in using my nose while pouring the solution into my sinuses. Then I hung my head upside down for 15 minutes and moved my head side to side and back to get the solution deep into my sinuses. Keep a towel handy in case it begins spilling out.

After 15 minutes I release the solution into the sink and spray the sink with disinfectant. I truly hope this helps someone as much as it has me.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 11/24/2020
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Thank you for your post, Faye.

According to Dr. Ivker, fungal sinusitis is the most common cause of chronic sinusitis. In fact, Dr. Ivker has seen this in 92% of his patients over the last 20 years. “It's become quite common because of widespread use of antibiotics, and the S.A.D. diet (Standard American Diet), which fuels this fungal infection, ”.

A 2003 study examined tea tree oil as a treatment for the common yeast infection strain Candida albicans, including 14 drug-resistant derivatives. During lab testing, they found that the oil was effective against all strains.

A follow-up test on rats confirmed these results. The oil cleared drug-resistant infections in rats after three weeks of treatment. Untreated rats or those treated with common yeast infection drug (fluconazole) remained infected at the conclusion of the study.

The main benefit of using tea tree oil to relieve headache/fever/sinus symptoms caused by infection. An alternative to antibiotics and chemical treatments. Tea tree oil contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it an ideal remedy. Tea tree oil helps in sinus headaches by getting to the root of the problem—microbial infection. It also reduces the severity of inflammation of the sinuses so that the mucus can be drained more efficiently. The anti inflammatory property of tea tree oil reduces the inflammation which causes the pain of a migraine. Various studies show that tea tree oil is indeed a potent fighter of inflammation, helping in a wide array of inflammatory diseases [7, 8, 9].

When my sinus get ready bad, I use a nasal sprayer re-purposed for tea tree oil.

Here is a good recipe:

Material needed:

*Saline Nasal Squeeze Bottle (New with saline water inside purchase from any thrift store for $2)

*Tea tree oil

1. Remove nasal tip from Saline Nasal Squeeze Bottle with needle nose pliers and a piece of paper towel around the nasal tip to prevent scaring the tip.

2. Add 1 to 20 drops tea tree oil depending on your tolerance. (20 drops in 1.5oz saline solution = around 2.5% dilution)

3. Re-cap nasal tip to bottle. Shake bottle well every time because saline/water and oil don't really want to mix together and spray up each nostril at least 3-4x/daily.

4. If you are having chronic sinusitis issues, plan on doing this remedy for at least 3 weeks to fully resolve your problem.

Posted by Daniel K. (Freeport, Ny) on 04/18/2018
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Sinusitis: Russians snort liquid iodine into their nasal cavities when they are sick, and also Germans put 10 drops of liquid iodine into their coffee or tea as a cure-all.

I tried it in my coffee and swear it cut my cold in half, I just don't have the guts to snort 7% iodine!!


Posted by Daisy (Jacksonville, Florida) on 03/28/2012 9 posts
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Oh, wow. The povodine idoine post might be the best tip on the whole site.

I have been using salt/baking soda sinus rinse for years, but never with the "miraculous" success others reported. There was even a couple of times when I felt like the rinse helped push the infection further up and further in. To combat this I have at separate times added either tincture of iodine or Lugol's in it -- very, very little because it has a nuclear sting -- which seemed to work and has helped in severe infections, but still nothing spectacular.

Over the last two or three days I have been building up to a full-blown sinus infection and came here to study the recommendations again when I came across this tip and realized that even though I have tried iodine, I have never tried *povidone* iodine, which is much less irritating to tissue and widely used in wound healing preparations.

I don't actually have any Betadine on hand except for some prepackaged surgical wipes a friend gave me (like wet wipes for your hands, but with betadine instead) but since I'd only need a few drops to try I figured that was enough. I knew the very first snort would tell me all I needed to know. So today when praparing the rinse I was going to do anyway, I tipped a few drops of water into the wipe packet, and then tipped the diluted betadine from the wipe packet into my sinus rinse bottle, added the water and salt/baking soda mix as usual, and had at it.

Oh. My. Gosh. It didn't sting a bit. And what's more, the building inflammation and congestion I'd had when I started was entirely gone by the time I mixed the second rinse only minutes later. (I usually do two rinses at a time. ) When I did the second rinse, instead of meeting the usual resistance from all the inflammation, the water ran out as fast as it ran in! And now, twenty minutes later, the relief is lasting just fine.

This is definitely a keeper, and not just because of povidone iodine's ease on the tissues and nasal mucosa. I have long had troubles with yeastiness, and am convinced that a lot of my sinus troubles are due to yeast... And as it happens, povidone iodine is active against fungi as well as bacteria. (I don't know about viruses, sorry. ) And if I had to place a bet, I'd say the near miraculous relief I got today was because it hit the yeast as well as whatever bacteria was trying to get a hold up in there.

Thank you so much for posting this little tip. The only thing I would add is that whoever tries it needs to make sure that they are using POVIDONE iodine (Betadine solution or its generic equivalent) and not tincture of iodine, or even a Betadine lotion/cream/cleanser/scrub, because it's not the same thing and there are a lot of products labeled Betadine. The ingredients in Betadine Solution are Povidone-Iodine 10%, Pareth 25-9, Purified Water, and Sodium Hydroxide, and that's it. If you put some other form of iodine in your nasal rinse, I'm going to bet that you come away sincerely wishing you hadn't, because I've tried them all and never found one that didn't sting like a mother until this.

Thank you again for posting this!!!

Posted by B14a3w3 (Stewartstown, Pa) on 03/20/2011
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For 2 years I have been using a capful of peroxide, premeasured NeilMed salt, 1 cup of warm water and 3 drops of Betadine once a day to prevent allergy sinus infections. I use a NeilMed squirt bottle to shoot the solution into one nasal passage and it comes out the other... Like a netipot would do. Instead of 2-3 infections a year, I have none. It has also prevented cracked skin over the cartilidge on the inside of my nose from post nasal drip irritation. My doctor said it was safe and to keep doing it since it helps. I have had infections for at least 20 years prior to trying this solution.

Cinnamon, Clove and Oregano Oils
Posted by Albellha (Stonewall, MS) on 04/26/2009
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I have been sick with allergies for 3 weeks, it went into bronchitis, clogged head and raw throat. I took antibiotics and other assorted medicine, the latest to help calm down my cough. Nothing seemed to work.

I did a search on Earth Clinic and found your letter. I only had the oregano essential oil, but I had powdered cinnamon and a bottle of cloves. I put in a tablespoon of cinnamon, about 20 cloves and one drop of Oregano Essential oil. I boiled it on the stove until it blended and then inhaled it for a few minutes.

My cough stopped almost immediately. When it came back I went and inhaled more. Cough left again. This works 100 times better than the cough medicine my physician gave me. Thanks so much.

Baby Shampoo
Posted by Alex (Los Angeles, CA) on 06/01/2008
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I got a nasty sinus infection during the first week of January 2008. I went to my doctor a couple of weeks later and over the next few months I was given a variety of antibiotics, nasal sprays, singular, Claritin and a neti pot. I tried the silver spray and even used grape seed oil, oil pulling and apple cider vinegar but nothing worked until last week when my doctor gave me this simple advice.

She said: "Add two drops of BABY SHAMPOO to your saline nasal spray twice a day." I started that three days ago and I feel a thousand times better!!!!!!!! I am sending her a thank you note next week. Spread the word, use 2 DROPS OF BABY SHAMPOO IN YOUR NASAL SPRAY!

Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt and Baking Soda
Posted by Kerstin (San Francisco, CA)
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I can't tell you how grateful I am for coming across this web site!! Last night I mixed Peroxide / Salt / Baking Soda with water and in a dropper put it in my nose while hanging upside down with my head and for the first time I feel hope! Today for the first time in many many months I woke up WITHOUT being totally clogged up and it seems like the constant flow of gross, horrible smelling stuff dripping down the back of my mouth is gone!! I actually feel like a person again! I can't believe this!! The last 3 months have been absolutely miserable and I have had no success what so ever getting rid of my sinus infection.Amoxocillin does nothing neither does Augmentin 850. My sinus problems started about 15 years ago when I ended up with a deviated septum as a result of years of snorting drugs and I have had major major sinus problems ever since! I am going to repeat this wonder cure a couple of times just in case. Thanks again!

Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt and Baking Soda
Posted by Kristin (Pdx) on 05/26/2015
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Saw six ENT doctors, not cured. I was looking for fast, effective natural sinus cure. I spoke to an well know health expert who told me, "Nothing can survive in hydrogen peroxide after 20 minutes" An idea was born! This is fastest, easiest natural way that cured my bad sinus infection. I put sterilized water in neti pot, with a one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, some sea salt, and little bit of baking soda. I flooded my sinuses with this solution and then I hang upside down on my inversion board, for 20 minutes this is the key. I move my head from side to side to get the solution deep into my sinuses, I keep a cotton towel close by. I did this everyday for few days and I was cured. If you don't have an inversion board you can hang off the side of the couch. There is correct way of using neti pot so you get the solution into your maxillary sinuses. Please research it. I did.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, ACV, Echinacea
Posted by New Natural Believer (Idaho) on 02/11/2014
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Thank you all. I have suffered from sinus infections for my entire life, now in my 30's. Previously, I have always just gone to the doctor for antibiotics if salt water nasal irrigations did not clear it up. A recent gnarly infection that would not clear up, even after a round of azithromycin (zithromax), had me searching for natural remedies. I hit it with the triple attack of apple cider vinegar, grapefruit seed extract (4 drops to my salt water irrigations, 3x day) and some echinacea drops with the acv. Amazingly, the sinus infection cleared up in 2.5 days. I did feel better after first irrigation. I would imagine neti pot achieves similar result, I've just always used the baby squirt bulbs.

I'm a convert, can't believe how great the grapefruit seed extract worked! Thanks again for everyone's testimonials, otherwise I would have never tried it. Paying it forward.

To clarify, for natural remedy rookies like myself that may read this:

- grapefruit seed extract (gse), 4 drops added to your nasal irrigation salt water...make sure not too much salt or it will irritate your nose. I use about 8 oz. water, enough salt to taste it but not strong, 4 drops gse. Stir and squirt into each nostril three times each day until symptoms gone.

- apple cidar vinegar taken orally with 8 oz water, 1 table spoon acv.

-echinacea taken orally mixed in water, 2 droppers of .5 ml, twice a day

Hope this helps other sinusitis / sinus infection sufferers as much as it did me!

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Alaska Girl (Juneau, Alaska) on 10/19/2014
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Diatomaceous Earth, food grade, is wonderful stuff. Use it with respect - you do not want to inhale it. I had a sinus infection, which developed following a cold, for several years. The doctors couldn't figure it out. I heard of DE, did copious amounts of research, and ordered some. I put about a teaspoon in a glass of apple juice for about 5 days. That was last winter. My sinus infection went away, and has yet to come back. Now, when I'm feeling crunky, I take some. Awesome stuff. Also use it in my garden to keep the slugs away. :)

Dental Care
Posted by Bill (Winston Salem, Nc) on 01/21/2012

I remember having a sinis infection and toothache at the same time. My tooth was killing me I told the denist to pull that sucker. He said wait let's do an x ray. What happened was my tooth's root went through my sinus canal and with a sinus infection that's the reason my tooth was killing me. Thank God I had a good dentist because it was one of my lower jaw teeth which I used a lot chewing my food. I got rid of my sinus infection and bam no toothache.

The best thing I ever did to stop my sinus infections and a lot of other problems was when I bought a machine called IONCLEANSE. Living on a horse farm for over 50 years my body was full of toxins. That machine is a God send. It detoxed my body and along with it all my health and pain problems. I even had asthma and after about 10 treatments I have never had asthma agian and no more sinus problems either. It's been over 4 years problem free.

Baby Shampoo
Posted by Ria (Seattle, Wa--usa) on 02/22/2017
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I'm in shock. I'm so glad I found this thread. I've had the most stubborn flu this year. I'm a regular sinus rinser...I use NeilMed's packets and squeeze bottle. After my first round of flu taking 11 days to heal, a friend (I could kill him! ) kissed me without permission when he was just starting to get sick...and I got sick again. It was settled into my sinuses for another week, so I start looking for ideas.

Using the 1/4 tsp baby shampoo to 1 c. warm water recipe worked for me immediately! Wish I'd sought more knowledge sooner, but grateful to know this now!

Cod Liver Oil
Posted by Sue (Chesapeake)
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Take one Cod Liver Oil softgel everyday. I have been doing this since September 1998 and have only had one sinus infection since then. I use to get one every spring and one every fall. This works for me.

Povidone Iodine
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 04/14/2021
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Povidone Iodine “the Silver Bullet” Nasal Irrigation for Chronic Sinus Infection

Great, I started off the 2021 spring season with a horrendous sinus infection when the tree's started to pollen. I've been struggling with my sinuses for a few months. I'm normally ahead of the season drinking gallons of nettle tea to help cope with the pollen but got off to a late start and the season came early.

I ended up with blood coming out in my snot. Pain around my eye orbits and cheeks, top of my teeth hurt, drainage in the back of my throat, both ears had fluid, etc... There was no way the antibiotic was going to work fast enuff to heal my sinus infection. It would have cost a small fortune and the doctors in my area are dumda$$'s. So, here is what I did.

I bought a bottle of Povidone Iodine 10% (PVP-I) and started using it as a nasal flush, but not as a neti-pot flush like most people including me are taught to do.

The nasal cavities in your head are very vast with pockets where infection and polyps can grow. Here is a video to show you.

Tour of the Nasal Passages 3D

How to make the PVP-I solution:

- Add 1 1/2 ounces of distilled saline water to a clean cup.

- Add 1 teaspoon Povidone Iodine 10% (If you want a stronger solution to deal with candida infection simply add more PVP-I but never more than 1:1 ratio, see chart below)

- Stir mixture is ready to use. It won't take much solution to do one treatment.

How to use it:

A web tutorial by DMRPub gave me the idea but my sinus issues mainly were pain in the forehead and behind/between the eyes with fever and a lot of nasal congestion and nasal swelling. His technique was not helping me.

DMRPub sources:

A “neti-pot” sinus rinse will never get into the Frontal Sinus Cavities (located behind the eyebrows) or the Sphenoid or the Ethmoid Sinus Cavities (located between the eyes). The main reason is because your head is tilted to the side. Water flows in the direction of gravity. Saline from a neti-pot will go in one nostril, make a turn downward with gravity around the nasal cavities turbinates and out the other nostril. It never makes it into the frontal and sphenoid cavities. If your infection resides in those cavities, this technique will NEVER WORK.

A new technique to ensure that you reach these cavities plus the nasal larynx area is to stand in front of the kitchen sink and look up at the ceiling and inject the PVP-I diluted solution into each nostril using a “Kids Oral Medicine Dropper for Kids/Toddlers 5ml”.

While keeping my head tilted up, repeat injecting the solution into each nostril at least 2-3x til the solution comes pouring out of my nostrils. This will ensure that the disinfectant will reach all the cavities and pockets in your sinuses. This also reaches the back of the nasal larynx where infection causes chronic sinus drainage.

Once my sinus cavities are filled up. I roll my head to the left and right to ensure the liquid reaches all the cavities in my cheekbones. Then lean my head forward over the sink and allow the PVP-I liquid to drain out naturally. Blowing my nose to get any thick mucus out. Then I repeat again until all the PVP-I solution in the cup is all gone. I repeat this 2 to 3x a day.

I am now into day 5 and I have no fever in my forehead. Breathing thru my nasal passages are clearer. A little bit of drainage but on a scale of 1-10 I would say I'm at about 8. I will continue this for another 5 days to completely clear up my sinuses since this was the worst I've ever had it and I now know how to fix them. I've never been a big fan of oral antibiotic since every time I taken them. My digestive tract will be screwed-up for a month afterward, and I always develop candida infection from antibiotic use.

The money I saved for a doctor visit for people without insurance cost between $50-$200 or more. No insurance allergy shot cost $100. No insurance for antibiotics cost $30 for amoxicillin or $150 for doxycycline.

Cost of Povidone Iodine 4oz $4. Kids oral syringe $2. Distilled water $1. Sea salt and baking soda to make saline water free (already had).

Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) is a broad-spectrum antiseptic with activity against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It has been previously used in both intranasal preparations against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) as well as oral preparations in in-vitro studies of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), influenza H1N1, and rotavirus with good efficacy. This study will evaluate the efficacy of PVP-I as prophylaxis in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19)-negative front-line health care workers and hospital patients.

Iodine is a deadly enemy of single cell microorganisms thus it can be our best friend in our fight against the most dangerous pathogens. Nature and evolution have given us an important mechanism to control pathogenic life forms and we should use it and trust it to protect us in ways that antibiotics can't.

Source: page 14.

Iodine is able to penetrate quickly through the cell walls of microorganisms.

Table 4: Microbiological Efficacy Activity of PVP-Iodine versus Bacteria, Yeasts and Molds, Actinomycetes and Rickettsia




Proteus (41)

100 - 2500

15 - 180

Staphylococcus (36)

66 - 2500

15 - 80

Pseudomonas (36)

25 - 2500

15 - 900

Streptococcus (25)

200 - 2500

15 - 30

Escherichia (23)

200 - 2500

30 - 120

Salmonells (9)

1000 - 2500

15 - 60

Candida (8)

3.75 - 2500

10 - 120

Serratia (6)

200 - 2500

60 - 120

Spores-Baccillus; Clostridium (6)


2 - 5 Hours

Trichomomonas (5)

400 - 2500

30 - 60

Enterobacter (4)

1000 - 2500


Klebsiella (4)

500 - 2500


Clostridium (4)


30 - 60

Shigella (3)

1000 - 2500


Corynebacterium (3)



Diplococcus (3)

1000 - 2500


Mycobacterium (3)

1000 - 2500

60 - 120

Bacillus (3)

7.5 - 2500

10 - 30

Sarcina (2)

500 - 2500


Trichophyton (2)



Aspergillus (2)



Mima (1)



Herella (1)



Edwardsiella (1)



Citrobacter (1)



Providencia (1)



Acienetobacter (1)



Epidermophyton (1)



Microsporum (1)



Pencillium (1)



Nocardia (1)