Sinus Infection
Natural Remedies

Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

Posted by Sabrina (Denver, CO) on 09/24/2007
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Add 2 drops of Betadine (Povidone Iodine) to the NeilMed sinus rinse bottle along with the room temperature boiled water and salt packet. Betadine is an antiseptic. I tried this solution at the advice of a family physician, and it's the first thing that's ever worked. I did this rinse 4-6 times per day while I had the infection, and it got rid of it within one week. It's the first time I have kicked a sinus infection without antibiotics, and I usually get 4 sinus infections per year. I also added 1/4 tsp of hydrogen peroxide for good measure, but that's something I did, not the doctor's suggestion.

Ice Packs
Posted by Linda (St.Paul, MN) on 04/08/2007
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I rarely get sinus infections but have one as a result of a cold. I have been miserable for 4 days and the antibiotic has given me no relief. I have been using steam, hot compresses, saline nose flushes. My cheeks and teeth and whole face so inflamed and painful. Well since nothing worked I thought I would try the opposite and got a flexible ice pack I had in the freezer. I rested it in all different places on my face and eyes. I can't believe how much better I am feeling. My swelling went down and I am breathing well too. I think my sinuses were so inflamed that the ice was just the trick I needed. I am sooo happy now.

Posted by Cherry (Cayman Islands) on 10/20/2006
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Tried neti pot but that only facilitated the mucus to leave my sinuses. Tried acupuncture and that helped a lot, but when on a course of Phellostatin and that was my first real relief...along with one capsule of Cayenne pepper which took away the post nasal drip...this should not be taken too often as it moves the blood and really clears the system. Chronic sinusitis with digestive was felt by myself and my acupuncturist that fungus was my problem even though I had take Diflucan almost 2x a month. Acupuncture really helps me along with the Phellostatin and the Cayenne Pepper. Acupuncture assists the body to do the clearing and healing needed. Acupuncture was my final and last straw to try as I had tried most conventional medicine doctors and their treatments. Nasal sprays and prednisone. I do stay away from dairy products, but am now noticing that even if I have some I do not react with inflammation as I did before! I can eat cheese and not sneeze or get stuffy anymore. Wish I had gone this route from the beginning.

Fennel, Flaxseed and Fenugreek
Posted by Alexandra (London)
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Just commenting: no idea about the tomatoes for sinusitis but will pass it on. Always avoid dairy products when you have any sinus congestion of any kind. This helps--plus try a infusion of a mixture of these herbs, readily available fennel seeds, flaxseeds (aka linseeds) and fenugreek seeds. Allow it to steep for a few minutes, stir and drink copious amounts. Really does the trick for any congestion lung and sinus. Try it! Cheers!

Posted by Tiffany (Texas) on 05/29/2021
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Use Xlear. It works. It is a premixed combination of xylitol and grapefruit seed extract. If you have dogs, never cuddle them after using it because xylitol, while safe for humans, is toxic to dogs. It may take a few days, but it will work. Start three times a day then do once a day after you are healed.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Colloidal Silver
Posted by D Taylor (Mississippi) on 01/14/2018
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I have used Hydrogen Peroxide with Colloidal silver. I do a 50/50 mix and spray in the nose/nasal cavities.

Ionic Silver
Posted by Sin (Quebec ) on 01/06/2018
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I've been snorting colloidal, well ionized, silver as soon as I feel a sinus infection starting. I simply don't know what a normal cold or flu feels like as mine always turn straight into a sinus infection either mixed with pneumonia or bronchitis. The silver definitely helps but I have to take it for at least 2 weeks to make sure the virus/ bacteria is gone. I also take wild Mediterranean oregano oil which I'm very impressed with. I am concerned about the accumulation of silver in my body though so I try not to over do it. I'm guessing once a year is safe, harsh winters in Quebec.

Peppermint and Salt Solution
Posted by Willyfriar (Mary Esther, Florida) on 08/31/2017
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For sinus infection one can try adding one (at most two) drops of peppermint oil to a salt solution with a squeeze bottle, not the neti pot. One drop of peppermint oil can be added to saline sprays also for ongoing maintenance.

Posted by Suffering Sinus Yeast Infection 2 Years Plus (California) on 08/05/2017
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Better But With Side Effects

Turpentine Gum Spirits

Its one of the only two things that work well and one hundred percent of the time but it has a huge costly side effect of interfering with on or more of the CYP450 enzymes in the liver or the kidneys but I am unsure which one or both. This means drug interactions can happen.

Taking potassium sparing dieuretics with this natural solvent or others with similar properties causes massive drug buildups that nearly killed me. Stop taking any other meds you can before using this turpentine gum spirits.

This works fast and works in record time but you must be careful. They do not mix with some meds at all and heart meds are on that list.

Posted by Health Nut (Spring Texas) on 03/06/2017
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I had read that providone iodine is the go to product for before surgery clean up and clean out of the sinus passages. Well, go from there... why not use it to get rid of a sinus infection.. Just use a neti pot and put 4-5 drops of the iodine in the bottle with a salt saline packet. Use it 3-4 times a day. U will not need antibiotics. It works. I had thought of LUGOL's iodine but was not sure that was supposed to be used internally. Providone can. Buy it at the grocer or drug store. If you do not use the neti pot with saline solution... I doubt this will be effective.

Colloidal Silver, Oregano Oil
Posted by Kathryn4 (Maryland, Usa) on 09/18/2015
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Got a really bad sinus infection - had not had one in 10 years. Took Colloidal silver 2tsp (20ppm), twice a day for 2 weeks and Oregano Oil 2 caps 3 times a day for 2 weeks. Had to followup with nystatin due to annoying throat clearing. All was resolved.

Posted by Kayla (Pdx) on 08/27/2015
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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!

Baby Shampoo
Posted by Sam (Texas) on 09/29/2014
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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.

Lemon, Honey and Cinnamon Tea
Posted by Anna (Malta) on 02/08/2014
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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.

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 Marsh57 (Denver) on 05/16/2018

Thanks Michael, you're right on target. I used to suffer horribly from the same when staying at hotels/motels. After speaking with an Indoor Air Quality professional, he explained molds/bacteria/nasty stuff is being recirculated over and over. I now stay in home rentals (haven't caught an infection while on vacation since! ). After the segment on national tv showing the germs on bedspreads, blankets, carpet under black lights in hotels/motels, that did it for me. Disgusting, scary and creepy.

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