I had a sinus infection for about 6 months and tried many things to get rid of it. What finally took it away was organic turpentine oil.....lightly rubbed on the outside of the sinus twice a day for about a week. I then tried it out on my nephew and it worked on him too. Since then when ever I get anything sinus happening I rub a little on .... like if I have a sinus headache from a cold. Good luck....
I had chronic sinus infection for three years. I saw three ENT and had sinus surgery which resulted in scar tissue and option of another surgery to remove scar tissue.
I can across a study on Serrapeptase. In a double blind study, 97.3% success rate in the serrapeptase group as compared to a 21.9% in the placebo group. That is pretty amazing results! Take serrapeptase religiously for two weeks to a month.
I took one three times a day on an empty stomach for a little over month. Cured!
Neti Pot With Saline and Apple Cider Vinegar
If you read the label on those "sodium"packs, it is actually baking soda and salt. Since we use "salt sense" genuine salt, but powdered (you will use less on food) combining this powdered salt with an equal amount of baking soda, duplicates the packets that come with Netty Pots.
I wondered about adding Apple Cider Vinegar or white vinegar to the netty pot solution, and you have confirmed for me that it is a good answer to a sinus infection.
In my early 20's I had chronic sinus infections. I took antibiotics a number of times over the years. The ENT said I had a deviated septum. I had surgery to correct it and the chronic sinus infections stopped. I have perhaps had one per decade since!
Unfortunately, it doesn't work for everyone.
My brother has been unable to breathe through his nose for decades. He had surgery to correct a deviated septum. He was about to breathe for about 24 hours and then his sinuses clogged back up. Apparently the deviated septum was only one of the causes of chronic sinus infections for him.
~Mama to Many~
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.
I had severe sinus infection for a couple years, so bad I could hardly open my eyes due to the pressure and all the horrible symptoms. I tried everything! I read something about probiotics and sinuses. I started taking acidophilus bifidus, high 10 billion CFU probiotics, and drinking kefir, and I put distilled water in neti pot and emptied the capsule of probiotics into the neti pot and I added some baking soda into the neti pot this get rid of any stinging sensation in the nose. I did this daily for seven days sinus infection finally gone!
Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt, Baking Soda
Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt, Baking Soda in Neti Pot for Sinus Infections
If it burns you are using too much H2O2. Don't forget to mix with salt and baking soda. The soda will help a lot. I suffered for years and this has cured me. No more pressure in the head which was driving me crazy. and best of all a bottle hardly costs anything. Also don't forget to do the flip and turn sinus rinse. This is the best method to get to the sinusus over the eyes.
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. :)
My allergist told me to use 1/4 tsp. baby shampoo in my squeeze bottle that holds 8 oz. with warm water to rinse my sinuses. I had forgotten that until reading these posts. Going to do that now as I feel a sinus infection coming on. Have been recovering from a cold for the last couple of weeks that just never seems to go away.
I have had really bad sinus pressure & pain for a couple days & knew it was a sinus infection. I have been reading all the sinus remedies & thought the baby shampoo sounded crazy, but I tried it anyway & it worked immediately! Since I'd been reading a lot ... I made my own concoction of 3 oz saline, 2 drops baby shampoo, a pinch of baking soda & 2 drops raw honey...shook it up & inhaled it. Within minutes the sinus pressure & pain started to give way & cleared out. I could function again. I just used it a 2nd time before bed to make sure I can breathe clear thru the night. No burning or negative affects. I thought I was going to the doctor for antibiotics & now I know that I am not. Thank you for this odd but effective bit of wisdom. I love earthclinic and all the kindred spirits here who take the time to share what works for them... and what doesn't.
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!
Lemon, Honey and Cinnamon Tea
I have been suffering with a sinus infection for over 2weeks and had post nasal drip so badly that I could not sleep at night from the coughing. I used the neti pot about 3 times a day and that helped but not enough. Out of desperation after trying all sorts of remedies I made a drink and sipped it all evening. I squeezed half a lemon in about 18 oz of water, added 2 teaspoons of pure honey and a cinnamon stick. It worked a treat as for the first time in 2 weeks I slept through the night with no fit of coughing. In the morning when I got up and blew my nose loads of mucus came out and my head felt clear And I don't have the feeling of the mucus going down the back of my throat. I have been drinking this all day and I feel tons better. Thought I would share this as nothing has ever worked so quickly.
I have lived in the South all of my life. I have suffered from seasonal allegies and sinus infections for years.
2 drops of Lugols 2% in 8oz. water in a Sinus Rinse bottle (neti pot) cures sinus infection within 24 hours.
Air Conditioners and Sinus Infections
For those of you who don't believe the A/C is the cause of the sinusitis, have you considered what lives inside your ductwork? It's not necessarily the air conditioner causing the problem, it's the mold, dust, and bacteria living in the ducts. These are easily cleaned. In my region, I call a local carpet cleaning company who also cleans ductwork with their steam equipment. Works beautifully to clean them.
Mold and Sinus Infections
I was deathly ill for 16 mths and I had really bad sinus infection this was caused by our new 2 year old house had mold. We found that water was quietly leaking behind the wall into the insulation which cracked the sheet rock! The mold specialist were called apparently spores can be coming through the walls or even tiles and since spores are invisible, well it is easily overlooked, yet mold can be fatal.
Finally my sinus infection was cured the ND told me to fill up my neti pot with sterlized water, 1/4 baking soda , 1/4 tsp sea salt and 4 drops Lugols Iodine then I was instructed to hold one nostril closed and breathe in the water with the other nostril and tilt head slightly and keep inhaling the water, the water should come out to the back of throat just spit it out and repeat the process several times, alternate to the other nostril this pushed the water deep into the sinuses cavity.
Yes- acupuncture is VERY helpful. I'm a chronic sinus sufferer and to some extent just have to live with it. BUT when it gets really bad, I see my acupuncturist 2 or 3 times over a week and the problem is much alleviated. There are good and bad acupuncturists so get a recommendation....
Hi Valeria - Since that was an old post (2007), the person may not respond. Olbas actually has an inhalant that you can get at any health food store that sells Olbas oil. It's very similar in style to the Vicks inhalant (it's a little tube with an opening that you put up one nostril and breathe deeply) - except Olbas has a different blend of oils (more natural). If you can't find it, you can also put a couple of drops of Olbas oil on a piece of tissue, cup it around your nose and breathe deeply (I do this sometimes when I fly to avoid congestion). Good luck! Bess
How many drops of each oil do you use and what is the carrier oil used?
Air Conditioners and Sinus Infections
The Air Conditioner (AC) theory is completely correct. I work in the HVAC industry and can tell you I learned a lot about health during my training. For example on the west coast we use large heat exchangers called cooling towers. The work by running water down a veined surface and pass air over it to evaporate water like a giant air humidifier. At the bottom of the tower is a large (500-1000 gal.) basin of water. Anytime you have a large pool of stagnant water exposed to atmosphere and moving air, bacteria, mold, and viruses will accumulate. And one species begets the other. Mold carry bacteria, bacteria carry viruses. So on occasion these tanks must be cleaned. It's is emptied of all water and refilled with a biocide of extreme toxicity. The reason being if anyone catches a breathe of the dried mold, you WILL get Legionnaires Disease. Care must be taken when designing the air duct system for the building to keep the air intake vents away from the cooling tower. Otherwise the entire building could be infected. Which has happened, btw. Conditioned air also is very dry. Most buildings rehummidify the air to a relative humidity of 40-50%. I always run a cool mist humidifier in my home with my AC during the summer. During winter, the air will naturally be dry. Cold air is denser. Think of squeezing a sponge. There just isn't room for the moisture. Then when the air is heated again and pumped into your home, is is even dryer. There is room for the moisture, and it is going to get it one way or another. It will pull it right thru your skin. So run a warm mist humidifier in the winter with your heater. Be careful not to over do it. That can cause mold issues. If you see condensate on your windows, it's time to turn off the humidifier.