Sinus Infection
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Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

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Posted by Elizabeth (Nashville, Tn) on 09/11/2009
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Nasal Fungal Infection? I have had nasal issues for the past couple of years since I have had septoplasty done. Since the surgery, I have had alot of post nasal drippage and a "smell" coming from my right nostril. Now, I am self treating for systemic candida so I am almost certain this is stemming from that. I have tried using 50/50 peroxide spray, tea tree oil spray, 50/50 ACV spray etc.. and have not had luck. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to get rid of this? My main complaints are stuffiness (like my nasal cavity is swollen and itchy) and nasal drip (which is stinky!!) and constantly blowing nose. Sorry, don't want to gross anyone out. I'm going crazy here!!!!

Posted by Christie (Thunder Bay, Canada) on 12/14/2007
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I was 4 months pregnant and got a sinus infection. I couldn't take medication for it, and after 5 weeks of not being able to TASTE, I heard that carrots (beta-carotene) would help. I ate one carrot per day for about three days, and on the 4th day my nasal passages started "letting go". I blew my nose for about a week straight! But it worked!!!

Posted by Beverly (Texas) on 01/04/2022

Antioxidants help sinus infections.

Bright colored vegetables and fruits such as berries, kiwi, pumpkin, papaya, sweet potatoes, and pineapple are all rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Pineapple also contains enzymes that break down the buildup on the sinuses and reduce inflammation.

Eucalyptus Oil
Posted by Simon (Dubbo, Australia) on 10/24/2007
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After getting a heavy bout of sinus infection / congestion I was keen to try the apple cider vinegar (with 'mother' in it). On Day One I consumed about three tablespoons at once and followed it with a chaser of flavoured water. The sinus seemed to get somewhat better, but I felt close to vomiting for a couple of hours after, and also had a headache, which I am not sure was just coincidental. I continued this for three days, one shot a day, but could not find any obvious improvement in my conditions. I then tried the tomato tea which was pleasant to drink, but didn't have any obvious effect on my sinuses. I then started putting eucalyptus oil on a clean handkerchief and continued sniffing this on a regular basis (up to once every couple of minutes). I would reapply eucalyptus oil to the handkerchief about four times a day. This really dried up the nasal passage and reduced the pressure in my sinuses. Of an evening I put the handkerchief near my pillow so the fumes are constantly being drawn into my nostrils as I sleep. I now use it on an as required basis and sniff it once or twice an hour if I feel sinuses building up. Eucalyptus oils are not all the same strength. The stronger the better.

Lemon or Lime Juice Snorted
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 08/14/2021
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Snorting lime or lemon juice to get rid of a sinus infection. Painful for a couple of minutes, but worked perfectly. Lemon/lime juice is anti-septic, anti-bacterial, fungal and viral. Some people use juice from the store in a bottle. I prefer fresh from citrus fruit.

It stings less when you dilute the lemon juice (or lime) with distilled water. But, most people say it works better full strength.

It's very simple to do. Squeeze out one teaspoon of lemon or lime juice into a spoon. Close off one nostril with your finger and snort up the juice in the spoon in the other nostril. Right after you do this you will have the feeling that you snorted a “blow-fish” up in your head. The pain only last a minute or two.

It worked for me. Cleared up the sinuses immediately.

Video: Cure sinus infection lime juice home remedy

Video: Sinus infection (lime juice)

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Posted by beverly (Texas) on 01/04/2022

Your "before" pretty much described my life. I asked a medical professional one time why don't doctor advise patients on diets when most of it is common knowledge today. I was told that most will not because they could be held liable. If they prescribe FDA-approved toxic crap then they have the backing of the industry if something goes wrong.

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Posted by Aj (Oregon) on 03/30/2020
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I suffered from sinus infections my whole life. I was fully vaccinated and suffered both in health, and learning curves. Diet was low fat and convenience foods, like cold cereal, pbj sandwich, and starchy white rice or pasta, (enriched foods lol). I was always on antibiotics for secondary infections, always in the doctor's office. I suffered from GERD, headaches, constipation, viruses...Secondary infections ranged from ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic cough caused by post nasal drip, and if I didn't have an accompanying fever, I at least had the body aches, and sore muscles that resulted from coughing. I became dependant on cough drops! I lived most of my life in Washington and Oregon, with a few years in Michigan, South Dakota, North Dakota, Texas, and Minnesota.

I can confirm that it doesn't matter the climate, or geology, if you have allergies, illnesses, damp air, dry air, warm weather, cold weather, you will suffer. My allergies are year round. Mold in the cold months, pollen in the warm months, dust all year, perfume, laundry detergent, wood smoke, cigarette smoke, traffic congestion, factory smells, dryer sheets, high or low humidity, indoors or outdoors, you must be diligent in treatment. You can't live in a bubble. You can't avoid them. I have used hepa-filters on vacuum cleaners, air filtration systems, dusted and cleaned until I made myself ragged! I still couldn't avoid the headaches, congestion, exhaustion, and a generally unwell feeling. Nearly 4 1/2 years ago, my family returned to Oregon to live.

We are on the coastal range, about 45 minutes from the beach, in a rural area. Regular trips to breathe sea air doesn't help, (when we lived in Washington, I was always near the Puget Sound, Seattle or Olympia), and when I lived in Oregon years ago, was in Portland and surrounding area, always in rural or suburban communities, with lots of evergreens and low air pollution.

So what does work? For starters, to avoid the effects of feeling unwell, it takes both internal and external care. Keep in mind that the biggest organ to the body is skin. Do not wash hair or body with chemically made soaps and shampoos. Do not wash or soften clothes with commercial products. What does that leave? Apple cider vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and soap nuts! You can make your own.

Fun fact: the brain is a fatty organ, and relies on fat and omega 3 fatty acids! Learning and health are dependant on fats and whole foods. Drink plenty of filtered water and herbal teas for hydration. Use coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter to moisturize skin. Contrary to popular belief, sun exposure is good for you! Sunscreens not only cause cancer, but prevent the body's natural ability to create vitamin D3, also known as the feel good hormone, which is imperative to health. Babies with jaundice are sent home with parents with instructions to get at least 45 minutes of sunlight every day! So why block what keeps us healthy? Its only when we are in excess of natural UV rays that we become at risk of sunburn, which does cause cancer.

What we eat directly impacts our health. Non-GMO produce in season, whole grains, nuts and seeds, wild game, and wild caught fish with scales should be our primary source of food, farm fresh eggs, and non-homogenized dairy products without the fat removed. Why? Because that is real, unaltered food! Stop listening to all the [experts], (I use that term loosely!) They want to keep us sick so they can make money on all our illnesses and diseases! Its a fact that vaccines are not safe and effective, and that they scare the masses into mandates to control them. (Its usually when they are lobbying bills that informed people wouldn't otherwise agree to, and during election years, that they attempt to dupe even the most intelligent people into giving up "We the People" power.

Did you know that vaccine ingredients are chock full of aborted babies and disease causing toxins? Don't take my word for it, read the vaccine inserts! When we get sick, it is our body's response, both to environment, and to our ability to fight what we are exposed to. We must be exposed to wild strains to both boost the immune system, and to keep from catching the illness again.

Vaccines, (what the medical community calls clinical immunity) do not last. Now we are dealing with COVID-19. People are under quarantine, (something China didn't mandate and the whole country is over it!) scientists racing for a cure or vaccine, (for a virus milder than the flu, overall causing far less deaths), the majority recover, (extremely low death rate per million), healthy people and children not experiencing symptoms, (or extremely mild ones). COVID-19, because it is a respiratory infection, can cause sinusitis, and people are quarantined and afraid to go to get medical treatment. The quickest way to get over any virus, is to have a well supplied body of nutrients, in conjunction with the following:

Not everyone has a netti-pot. I sure don't, and we don't vaccinate. We don't go to doctors anymore, which has made us healthier. We take probiotics daily. We use peroxide in the ears twice a day at onset, and on cotton swabs in the sinuses three times a day. We get enough sun or take D3 supplements, eat a holistic diet, consume various combinations of chilis, cayenne, onion, garlic, oregano, turmeric or curry, and other spices and vegetables in our dinner every day, with a whole grain. We don't add salt unless its pink Hemalayan salt, and only a little.

We use herbs and citrus juices, (lemon juice for example) to flavor our meals. Breakfast is oatmeal, cinnamon or nutmeg, raw honey, fruit, nuts or seeds, pure extracts, raw, unprocessed sugar cane, and kefir or butter. It holds us until dinner. If we snack, its on fruits and vegetables, Greek yoghurt, and homemade granola, popcorn with real butter.

We use essential oils to clean, to use as medicine, on our bodies and clothing. For sinusitis, I have had best results with both peroxide swabs during the day, and at bedtime I swab with tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil. We don't sniffle, we blow.

We dont use cough drops, but use raw honey and elderberry extract in herbal tea. We alternate our herbs in teas and foods, fruit, veggies, ect...we use coconut oil to fry meat and eggs. Most importantly, we don't get sick anymore, and don't go to doctors, because we don't need them! It is my hope that this comment blessed you with healthful and informative advice. Be well!

Quercetin, Bromelain
Posted by Maria L. (UK) on 01/19/2018
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I agree, the Quercetin with Bromelain combo helped me with my sinus infection, it was not until I decided to take this combination that my sinus infection started to finally go away, I had a very nasty infection that was hurting my ears as well, my head felt like an Air Balloon and had dizzy spells, loud tinnitus and vertigo. I recommend this along with ACV and Honey (I would drink 2 tablespoons, lukewarm water and also would do some gargles as well) also add Oil of Oregano if you can which is anti viral and gives extra punch to the Quercetin. The Quercetin/Bromelain really reduced the inflammation, I used a formula which has both plus vitamin C and other stuff, it is a bit expensive like 18 bucks but worth it in my opinion. In less than 2 days I was basically cured.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Faye (North Texas) on 01/01/2018
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I also use Tea Tree Oil to clear up my sinus infections. I made up a nasal spray of distilled water and tea tree oil. I use it 3-4 times daily whenever I begin feeling nasal pressure, works every time. THANK THE LORD!!! As I was sick of antibiotics, ACV was too hard on my tummy and saline rinses seemed to make things worse.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt and Baking Soda
Posted by Linda (Florida) on 10/17/2016
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This absolutely worked like magic for me. Thank you for sharing the idea.

Mold and Sinus Infections
Posted by Anonymous (Olympia, Wa) on 08/12/2013

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.

Air Conditioners and Sinus Infections
Posted by Michael (San Jose, Ca) on 02/15/2013

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.

Colloidal Silver, Ascorbic Acid, Black Elderberry Syrup
Posted by Linda (Blue River, Wi) on 12/08/2012
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i had sinus infections that would last months & went thru month long treatments from the doctors with antibiotics, to no avail. I thought I was resigned to live with it the rest of my life.... My brother in law gave me a bottle of angstrom silver 600ppm (angstrom is like collidal, but smaller particles, with no fillers, etc. ), and a bottle of ascorbic acid & a bottle of black elderberry syrup. I treated myself with a spoonful of each, several times a day, for 2 days & by the 3rd day, I could breathe & quit coughing. Have been sinusitus free since. Now I just take a shot or two a day of the silver & feeling fine. Thanks brett!!

Boiled Onion, Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mommabetty (Cape Cod, Ma) on 01/08/2012
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Sinus Infections: My grandfather was an herbalist during the early 1900's. His remedy, which I've always found effective, was to boil a large sliced onion with a tablespoon of coarse salt and enough ACV to cover. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer got 20-30 minutes. Breathing these vapors will sting a bit but is helpful. After cooking you can use 1-2 Tbs of this in warm water to drink or simple sip the straight concoction once cooled. It keeps well for a few weeks when refrigerated. Onion juice contains a natural antibiotic which compliments the mucolytic effect of the vinegar.

Quercetin, Bromelain
Posted by Lilianne (Corona, California) on 08/14/2011
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Just had to let people know about this supplement. I've had a chronic sinus infection for 3 weeks now. First I went to the doctor and got the usual antibiotics and was told to take zyrtec-d. After 10 days I felt no relief. My head, cheeks and jaw were pounding from the pressure. I started doing sinus rinses, acv, and purchased nature's rite sinus relief. After 5 days, I felt some relief but I still had pressure and lots of mucous coming out. I bought quercetin-bromelain from the vitamin shoppe for $25 because the worker said it worked really well so I figured why not? Omg, within the first half hour, I started breathing through my nose, my sense of smell was coming back, no mucous was coming out and absolutely no pressure. I was in heaven. Gonna take this on a daily basis. Did some research and it looks like this stuff is good for a whole bunch of other stuff. I can finally sleep at night!!

Hypersonic Saline Rinse
Posted by Matt (Richardson, Tx) on 04/02/2011
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Hypersonic saline nasal irrigation was recommended by my sinus surgeon and allergist.

The benefits: 1) When you irrigate, the hypertonic saline acts as a solvent and washes the mucus crusts and other debris from your nose. 2) The higher salt concentration pulls fluid out of the swollen membranes and shrinks them. This decongests and improves the air flow into your nose. The sinus passages begin to open. 3) Studies have also shown that high concentration salt water improves cell function (ciliary beat pattern).

The recipe: 1) Choose a one-quart glass jar that is thoroughly cleansed. 2) Fill with bottled water. 3) Add 2-3 heaping tablespoons of pickling/canning salt, NOT table salt as it contains a large number of additives. Sea salt may also be used. 4) Add 1 teaspoon Arm & Hammer baking soda (pure bicarbonite). 5) Mix ingredients together and store at room temperature. Discard after one week. If you find the solution too strong, you may decrease the amount of salt to 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons. With children it is often better to start with a milder solution and advance slowly.

The instructions: 1) You should plan to irrigate your nose with hypersonic saline 2-3 times per day. 2) You may use a small glass cup like a shot glass. 3) Pour a small amount into the shot glass or small cup. DO NOT contaminate the quart solution. Many people prefer to warm the solution slightly in the microwave but be sure the solution is NOT HOT. 4) Stand over a sink, close the left nostral with the left thumb and hold the small glass container under the right nostral. 5) Tilt your head back slightly so that you can slowly inhale the solution. The solution will start flowing into your throat. Close the right nostral with the left index finger to trap the saline inside the nostrals as you remove the small glass cup. 6) Keep the nostrals closed and tilt your head forward into the sink to allow the solution to enter the upper sinus cavities for several seconds while breathing through your mouth. 7) Open your nostrals & mouth to allow the saline to flow out. 8) Gentle blow your nose into the sink being careful not to force the saline into the ear canal. 9) Repeat for the left nostral. 10) Repeat for each nostral until clear. 11) For younger children, you may want to place the solution into a pump spray container such as Ocean Spray, clean bulb/ear syringe, large medical syringe (30cc) or water pick with irrigation tip. DO NOT FORCE your child to lay down. It is much easier to do in a sitting or standing position.

Hydrogen peroxide can be added to the solution in small amounts increasing to the 50/50 ratio recommended for mouth rinse as directed on the bottle.

Guaifenesin (Mucinex or other brand) is an expectorant that also assists loosening phlegm & thinning bronchial secretions.

Hypersonic saline nasal irrigation along with Guaifenesin at the first signs of congestion have kept my sinuses infection free and avoided antibiotics for years.

Here's to your good health.

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Posted by Andrew (Seattle, Wa, United States) on 03/29/2011
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I want to say thank you to Earth Clinic for supplying with the rememdies to cure my sinus infection. My sinus infection was providing me with one of the worst headaches I have ever experienced and I had an extreme amount of throbbing, sharp pain in my left cheak. I didnt want to go get antibiotics so I turned to google for questions which led me to Earth Clinic.

I used a bombardment of remedies and totally cured my sinus infection in about 5 days. I ate only fruit and vegetables for 3 days, dranks 2tbs of apple cider vinegar dilluted in juice or water 3 times a day, took oregano oil twice a day, took grapefruit seed extract pills, did oil pulling with organic unrefined sesame oil (which I think was one of the most effective of the remedies), ate a lot of lemon, put cayenne pepper on my vegetables, and drank hot lemon and cayenne pepper tea(a half to a whole lemon sqeezed into hot water with a little cayenne pepper sprinkled in). It's a lot but I had an extreme case. If you don't want to go to the doctor these remedies do work and in a less extreme case you could probably take care of your infection with one or two of the remedies.

Baking Soda and Salt Water
Posted by Enigma_aubrey (Portland, Oregon, United States) on 02/10/2011
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I recently had a sinus infection, whhile feeling bloated. I was going to do a bit of a detoxing cleanse, and after I drank up the first glass of warm sea-salt and baking soda water my noses started running and I could breathe through my nose again. The entire infection cleared up soon afterwards. The only downside is that the salty water can give people an upset stomach.

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Posted by Doris (Oc, Ca) on 07/16/2010

Mom-in-law had nose-sinus fix-alteration as young woman early-1960's. Ever since, she suffered migraines, spent most her children's formative yrs on the sofa in excruciating pain. No dr could 'find a fix'. Now nearly 50 yrs later, retired out-of-state (still suffering), went for routine ear exam, dr took a fast ear exam, said something's in there. He did an in-office extraction of a bone chip the first dr left in. She is totally different. No one can believe the change in her. Just a regular ear-light/magnifier exam. Dr said he saw it easy, just pulled it right out with a tweeze.

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