Sinus Infection
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Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

Vitamins C and B
Posted by Psja (Mission, Tx) on 01/14/2018
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Sinus infection

Yes, I have a burning nose problem too. I have been taking 3 Vitamin C pills and 3 Vitamin B100 pills daily. I always remember Jack LaLane, and he was surely right about advocating exercise and vitamins. Now I am experimenting with nasal lavage, and I found that cold solutions introduced into the nasal cavity can cause a bad reaction. I put my nose squirter in hot water to warm up the solution, and it seemed like it worked better, and less burning too!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Manuka Honey, H2O2
Posted by Andrewfer (Uk, Scotland) on 07/20/2018
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I need to try this tonight... I have a neilmed rinse bottle... Will try with half a tsp of ACV and half a tsp of manuka honey and one of the sodium sachets that came with the neilmed bottle... I hope this works because I have been suffering for such a long time, I was born with a bad deviated septum and had sinusitis all my life, until I recently got it corrected. I had a full rhinoplasty, septoplasty and turbanate reduction...the surgeon messed up and while cosmetically it looks great, the procedure itself and the "recovery" was traumatizing, This was nearly 8 years ago and I never recovered, only got so much worse, lost all sense of smell and taste, have constant pain, pressure and PND. I also suffer from bad reflux which makes it 10x worse... I will try the rinse with ACV and Honey and also drink some too in hope that it might help with the reflux.

Thank you.

Buteyku Breathing Exercises
Posted by Nancy (Wisconsin) on 06/07/2017

I am glad you are feeling better but the notion of hyperventilation and oxygen starvation etc is non-sense and not physiologically sound. If you chronically "hyperventilated" you would pass out from low carbon dioxide levels. Think panic attack and breathing in a paper bag.

Buteyku Breathing Exercises
Posted by Kate (Florida) on 08/27/2020

Several years ago I was researching the anaerobic nature of cancer and breathing which led me to the concept that modern breathing is too frequent (too many breaths per minute) and I came across this valuable resource.

I had forgotten how much of Dr. Buteyku's work was referenced here and was grateful to be directed back to it by this conversation; so, thank you!

Sea Salt and Honey Solution
Posted by Katherine (Mobile, Al) on 09/13/2016
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I should be getting my hydrogen peroxide delivered today... but I use sea salt and Raw unfiltered honey in distilled water in a nasal mister I bought on Amazon ... was very very ill last week when I took my doctor recommended OTC Delsym (never again) all day in bed.... in the evening I mixed my Raw Honey and sea salt and started using it and my sinuses started draining all the gunk out next morning I felt much better... and by that evening incredibly better. My sinuses are still draining junk as I continue to use my sprayer.. going to give the HP a shot today...

Posted by Zee (San Diego) on 07/23/2022

The Ear, Nose Throat doctor's are not into looking into causes. ENT'S typically do a scan prescribe steroids to get the inflammation down and throw antibiotics at it. If it doesn't work they will begin working on selling the patient an expensive surgeries, Alternative medicine doctors look deeper at food or environmental allergies, even laptops can cause sinus issue from EMS people. I think in the future we will see sinus infections done rarely.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt, Baking Soda
Posted by Julian (Huddersfield, England) on 12/19/2014
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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.

General Feedback
Posted by Jholl (Louisville, Kentucky) on 02/10/2013 28 posts

Okay, I think this is key, everything EC is saying about the GSE, ACV and the oil pulling is great. I would add oil of oregano too. I think GSE and oil of oregano work equally well. So, for those who can't handle the GSE, try the oregano and vice-versa. I would like to add be sure and take Vitamin D. I personally take 5,000 units a day and more on cloudy days in the winter. I also believe many, many people are battling low grade fungal infections. This may be from not changing air conditioner filters at home or air filters in cars. Also, vacuuming to get rid of dust.

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 03/16/2016

It sounds to me like he is talking about drops of essential oils placed at the bedside. We have seen essential oils placed on a cotton ball near the head to help a cough quite a bit. (You would not want to take 6 drops of any essential oil internally.)

Though, if you do not have those essential oils this could be an expensive fix. Saline solution in the nose may work as well and would be very inexpensive.

Chronic Sinus Infections may have some helpful solutions for you, too.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by P (Calif) on 05/29/2017

The herbs below as a mixer or separate and how much for each, did you add water, did you take it oral or as nose drops?

please when posting something please give all direction

I sent for 3 herbal extracts (thyme, clove, cinimon)(is this cinnamon ) to cure my postnasal drip, I took a chance. I put six drops of each in a container and set it by my bed side. In one week I was healed

Tomato Tea
Posted by Jennifer (Sunrise, Fl, Usa) on 05/07/2012
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I had the great results with Tomato Tea. Kicked my nasty sinus infection in record time! However, it's important to continue to take it when symptoms return to prevent your sinus congestion from coming back. I had to make about 4 or 5 over a course of 3 days (and I took the ACV too over a course of 5 days) before I was fully cured. Hope this helps! Jennifer

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Fuzzysmooth8 (San Francisco, Ca, Usa) on 11/15/2011
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5 days ago I woke up with a sinus infection. No warning. Possible root causes: heating in house being turned on after many months off (build-up of dust/mold/etc), helping boyfriend move (lots of dust/dust-mites stirred up), the dryness of the heating in the house (I now close the vent of the heater before I go to sleep at night.)

ACV has helped me through my current sinus infection. My first few days of being sick I drank 2 T ACV, 1-2 T local honey, sometimes a pinch of cayenne, and hot water. I drank this 3 times a day. 5 days in I'm drinking it once a day. It helps in the moment- clears up my nasal passages, helps me breathe. I don't think it's helped me heal faster- but it makes me feel better when I'm drinking it.

The highly unexpected benefit is that I've lost a couple pounds since drinking it daily! The scale shows a 2 lb drop- which is significant at 5'1, in 5 days, without changing any eating or exercise habits. I have also been starting to use it as a toner on my face- I have bags under my eyes, and I am hoping a routine of ACV followed by VCO will help. My skin is looking pretty good AND the VCO has helped keep my nose from chapping, even with my constant nose blowing. Usually when I get sick, my nose and upper lip area peels from the tissue abuse. Not this time!

Meanwhile for my sinus infection, I've also been taking collodial silver( 1 t 3x daily), vitamin-c (1000mg daily), fresh fruit and veggie juices (8oz 2x daily), stopped eating dairy, lots of herbal teas, green tea, bathing in extra hot water with salt/baking soda daily, taking hot/cold alternating showers (I feel great when doing them, my sinuses clear, and stay clear for a little while), getting extra sleep each night, sunshine therapy (closing my eyes and looking at the sun, soaking it in for 2 min daily), meditation, kundalini yoga, cayenne pepper on my food at meals, gently massaging my lymph nodes while bathing, garlic, soup, and prayer. I also went out and bought a warm moisture humidifier, which has been great! I add a drop of Eucalyptus essential oil and am breathing easy (and blowing the nose easy) in no time.

My family wonders why I don't take Western meds for it- but why would I do that? I know that my body is clearing out toxins it doesn't need- old things and things that aren't mine- taking meds to mask the symptoms would only prolong this clearing process. I would like to be healed by now - but I also respect that my body is doing its thing in its own time. I'll keep supporting myself through hopefully the only illness I'll have this season.

Hot Shower
Posted by Patrick (East Storudsburg, Pa) on 08/04/2011
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Ok, I'm going to share this in hopes it helps somone, the hot shower for sinus infections is the key:

As hot as u can stand it on your face and forehead, then I suggest not blowing your nose at all, instead imediatly after getting of the shower take some toilet tissue or cotton and plug ur nasil passages. Wait around 10 to 20 min, by then your sinuses should be opened up, gently blow your nose and after replug your nasil passages again , wait an hr then repeat the shower and redo all above, my nasal passages where so inflamed I had blood coming out, after one day of this the sinus passages were now clear. This was the only thing that helped me. It sounds weird but it worked!!!!! I think the reason was that the hot steam got into the passages and by plugging the nasal area up it let the warm vapor open the swollen passages up, letting the mucus to lossen up. Be warned when you get ready to expell your sinuses youll be suprised at what is released, nasty!!!! Good luck

Posted by Susan (Charlotte, Nc) on 06/19/2011

Yes, I would agree that climate (and also smog) can affect sinus issues. I had nonstop sinus issues and allergies starting about a year after I moved to Southern California. After years of suffering from this, we moved to the humid South and I haven't had a sinus infection or serious allergy attack since then. Half of my friends who live in dry and polluted environments have terrible sinus issues.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Sea Salt
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tenn.) on 01/23/2011

I have been spraying my nostrils for the last 3 years with a concoction of sea salt, baking soda and GSE that I make myself. Take 1/3 glass of warm water, Add 1 tsp of sea salt, 1 tsp of baking soda and 8 drops of GSE. Stir , allow to cool and pour the clear portion into your sprayer. This keeps my nostrils open, but it has not dried up my sinus, which I guess is a good thing. If you look at any animal they all have nasal drainage. It seems that is just natural. What you don't want is for your sinus to dry up with no flow.

Hemp Seeds
Posted by Amanda (New York) on 11/28/2010
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Hemp Seeds (about 2 tablespoons 3X a day) have helped my sinus congestion/allergic sinusitis TREMENDOUSLY!! Within minutes of taking them, I actually feel them halting my allergies and my sinuses becoming clearer!

Steaming With Oregano
Posted by Michelle (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/28/2009
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Sinus Infection Help: I am sure this is related to the use of oil of oregano, but after using my neti pot, I put two tablespoons of Italian seasoning into a pot or my veggie steamer, and then steam myself for 10-15 minutes. It works wonders for my sinus infections. I know the oil of thyme is used in things like mouthwash, so it might be as effective as the oregano, and the other herbs in it also have medicinal value. I use an organic herb mix.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Sea Salt
Posted by P (Calif) on 05/29/2017

Your post above which is good but concerning the 3% hydrogen peroxide it would be a great idea when you post something you would put the amount of the 3% hydrogen peroxide as well if you add water to it and how much water (no tap of course )

I'm doing a nasal flush with about 3% hydrogen peroxide and drinking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and I feel much better looks like I'm finally on to something. I love being able to find help and reading about other people having similar issues to help each other. and drinking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and I feel much better looks like I'm finally on to something. I love being able to find help and reading about other people having similar issues to help each other.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Sea Salt
Posted by Janie (Hood River, Oregon) on 11/10/2017

Yes, I have also had laryngitis with my sinus infection. In fact, like you, my voice completely left me two weeks ago and has yet to return completely- thus the reason for visiting this site. I am a music teacher and this is disastrous. I added 1 tsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar to my saline solution (1 tsp Kosher salt/baking soda), tonight, and am anxious to see if my voice improves. I have had 3 courses of antibiotics (Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, and Doxycycline- the latter accompanied by Prednisone), and know there has to be a better, more effective way! This site is awesome!!

Lactose Intolerance
Posted by PS (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/18/2009
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Sinus congestion after dairy consumption is not too unusual. I have experienced and read about dairy and its tendency to cause sinus congestion. For this reason I do not eat dairy on a regular basis. I can definitely feel a difference after a few days of eating yogurt, milk, or cottage cheese. My sinus are full and drain down be back of my throat. I have often thought this is also why my sister is constantly blowing her nose and coughing up mucus. She drinks more than her fair share (even organic) of milk.

Posted by Bev (Long Beach, CA) on 04/26/2009
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Iodine for Sinus Pain:

Wonderful information on this site.

In Nov 08, I caught a cold and had terrible sinus. The cold cleared up but periodically my right sinus cavity would close and cause horrible pain. This area was on the right side of my nose about an inch down from my eye. I started using nasal irrigation and peroxide and water spray directly in my nose. This helped but I never seemed to be completely cured. The pain would start on the side of my nose, go around my eye, down my cheek to my teeth then into my neck and around the back of my neck. It rendered me useless. The addition of my favorite beverage, Chardonnay, would bring it on until I stopped having any. In searching this site, I read about Iodine (clear from Rite Aid) and painting it on certain areas of the body so I tried it on the side of my nose. I started doing this several times a day and last night was the test. I had my wine without any pain. I will continue to use Iodine until I'm sure it has cleared up. Who would have thought this would cure me. Thank you very much to everyone for your additions to this wonderful site.

Steaming With H2O2 and Salt
Posted by Liz (Fairfield, CT) on 03/02/2009
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hydrogen peroxide/water/salt steambath....Yeah, baby! There's always a guy with a BIG RED NOSE doing this in cartoons....but it WORKS! My sinus problem is WAY back, deep inside my head. This really got back there and started draining the sinus cavity. I got a free facial out of it, too! BONUS!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by M (Oz, KS, US) on 01/24/2009

You might want to read about WILD OREGANO OIL, found at it's antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal.

This book may be helpful: The Cure Is in the Cupboard: How to Use Wild Oregano for Better Health by Cass Ingram


Neti Pot With Saline and Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Eric (Spring, Texas) on 01/01/2009
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My son (7yrs old) had a really bad sinus infection that was causing a fever really bad snoring and over all discomfort. Had this 2 days. Over the counter meds would not work. He has had this before in the past and the doctor would prescribe anti bionics. Doctors have there place, but I'm sick and tired of the meds they push. We decided to take the natural route this time around. I searched the net, found this site. Ill keep this short, but I performed a sinus rinse on my son. I took a "Netti Pot" with a little over 8oz of warm distilled water. added 1 packet of the sodium stuff and 1 tbl spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. His fever broke the same night and it appeared to knock his infection out. He sleeps much better now. I also have my son drink ACV...1 TBS with warm water and honey like a tea. Keep in mind, anytime you do a sinus rinse, use distilled water. If your child has sinus, allergy or asthma issues, I highly recommend a sinus rinse at least 3 days a week even if they are fine. Never use more that 1 tbl on a child for a rinse. Stings! I always test on myself before application for temp of water and sting factor of ACV. Add more water if you feel the sting is a bit much for your child.

After doing this, we were able to get globs of bacteria ridden snot out of my child's nose. I know most of you will have hell doing a rinse on a child. My son is an avid swimmer. He also accompanies me when I spearfish in the salt waters of Baja Mexico. He's use to salt water, in and out of his nose. But I encourage you to keep trying. It does work. It is truly amazing to see something so common and available work so quickly. I was so impressed with the results, I had to post hoping this remedy can help others. If you have never used a Netti Pot. please follow the instructions thoroughly. Try it on yourself first to get the technique own. Most pots can be brought at a local convience store with a pharmacy section.Pots come with packets of sodium that I used. I also added the ACV for more potency. Based on my observation, the ACV was the key factor in the rinse. The sodium alone didn't have as dramatic an effect.

Hot Showers, Hot Tea, Chicken Soup
Posted by Tatianna (Fort St John, Canada) on 08/27/2008
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My sinus infection ruined my whole vacation!I kept annoying everybody in my class from me snorting.And i was stuck with it for 3 months.It was so bad that i kept having panic attacks and had realy hard troubles breathing so I couldnt lay down. But then having hot showers, drinking tea and eating chicken noodle soup makes a huge change!