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Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

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Posted by Mary (Chesapeake, VA) on 02/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

This has been the most effective cure for congestion and sinus infection I have found to date.

Use a saline wash (Neti Pot) with 1/4 teaspoom of non-idodized salt + 1/8 teaspoon of powdered grapefruit seed extract (found in vitamin/health store).

Chew two cloves of garlic twice daily. It helps to drain the sinuses. Garlic contains Allicin, a broad spectrum antibiotic. It's antiviral and antibacterial, as well as anti-microbial.

Drink mugs of steaming hot chicken soup. It's comforting and hydrating and helps to loosen mucous.

Take a teaspoonful of honey before bed to soothe sore throat and reduce coughing. This is amazing--something that tastes great and really works!

Eat two-three oranges or tangerines daily.

Keep up your circulation by walking lightly daily (20 minutes) at the tail end of your cold. Increased circulation boosts the immune system and stimulates the lymph nodes to produce the killer white blood cells.

Drink a healthful smoothie of pineapple juice, strawberries and blueberries to strengthen your immune system.

DO NOT eat anything fatty or fried foods that could plug up your digestive system. If you cramp up and get constipated you slow down your recovery from a cold or sinus infection.


Replied by M
(Oz, KS, US)
01/24/2009

You might want to read about WILD OREGANO OIL, found at v____cost.com 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

WISHING YOU WELL!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by D. (Atl, GA) on 07/19/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I think the ACV is great for thinning mucous of a sinus infection,but it hasn't worked well for an infection that has been going on for a number of days. I just got back from an 8 day trip and the plane (going and coming) reaked havoc on my congested sinus passages. While I was out of town, I stopped by a Whole Foods and got some acv to take. I kept my pH alkaline by sipping some acv in a water bottle every 5-10 minutes. It certainly made my nose run! I also squirted 3% hydrogen peroxide from a nasal spray bottle up each nostril... just one squirt. It burned like crazy for a minute, but definitely helped. When things got stirred up again after flying home, I decided to up my water intake (One glass of water every 2 hours), take oregano oil (to fight the infection), and one turmeric capsule (to reduce inflammation). The wild oregano oil turned my thick yellow mucous to clear in about an hour. I will continue all of this (lots of water, turmeric, oregano oil, acv) until the infection is gone. Lot of hard work to clobber the infection, but better than antibiotics. Which isn't to say I would refuse antibiotics if I really needed them! But if I don't have to, I don't.

Replied by D.
(Atl, GA)
07/21/2008

Update to my post: The remedies worked in less than 24 hours! My sinus infection is completely gone. I am guessing the Oregano Oil killed off the infection, but all the water that I drank helped keep the mucous flowing, rather than stuck in the back of my sinus passages causing increasing pain.


Nasal Spray With Salt, Oregano Oil and ACV

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Posted by Dianna (Las Vegas, Nv) on 04/07/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for this web site. I found a great treatment for recurrent sinus infection. I emptied a little nasal spray bottle to put my own concoction. I filled it about 1/3 of the way with water-added about 1/8 tsp. salt, one drop of oil of oregano, and one drop of Apple Cider Vinegar. I spray this up my nose several times a day. In two days, my sinuses and cleared up!


Neti Pot With Saline and Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Anne (California) on 02/21/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I've had chronic sinus problems since I was a teenager (now 30 years old). I've had sinus inflammation for a few years that has been difficult to manage. A month ago, it progressed into a raging sinus infection. The past week has been horrible. I've had a ton of sinus pressure, headache, dizzy/foggy head, congested ears, and the wonderful yellow/green mucus. I cannot take antibiotics due to other health issues, but I've tried just about everything I could think of including OTC remedies and many natural remedies.

I just came across this Apple Cider Vinegar rinse and thought I'd try. I've been irrigating with salt water, but have not added the ACV. Last night, I added ACV to my rinse. I use the NeilMed Sinus Rinse bottle. WHOA! The amount of green crud that left my face was incredible. And I could actually breathe again. Got clogged again overnight, so did it again in the morning. Same story. Tons of green junk left my nose. There is a definite improvement, and I will continue doing this.

Bonus... the chronic ear pain I've had for two years straight is greatly reduced since doing the ACV rinse. We will see what the future holds for this! So far I'm impressed.

Replied by Julie
(Elliott City, Md)
04/16/2016

How much ACV did you add to your rinse?

Replied by P
(Calif)
05/29/2017

It's great that it worked for you. Could you be so kind as to say how much Apple Cider Vinegar you use with your rinse. I added ACV to my rinse


Neti Pot With Saline and Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Macy (Chaparral, Nm) on 02/11/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I am an asthmatic and an allergy sufferer. My allergies trigger my asthma. Usually after a cold I ALWAYS get bronchitis. It just never fails. I could never get rid of a cold because the mucus would build up into a sinus infection. After I start using organic ACV I started noticing that it helped me breathe better.

My health insurance rates went up this year so I decided to try and find cures for ailments without running to the doctor, so I decided to try what I read on here, an ACV sinus wash/rinse. the first time I tried pouring 1/4 tsp into the netty pot with 8 oz sterile water and a salt packet from the drug store, I went a little too much on the ACV. I accidentally dropped quite a splash in there, didn't really know how much went in. Well, it BURNED and I was so desperate for relief I just toughed it out. Well, it cleaned me completely out. That night I slept great and within 2 days I was clear. I did it 2 nights in a row, just before bed.

Then I got sick again, but this time I poured some ACV into a cup, the scooped out 1/4 tsp into my sterile salted water and it was not painful at all, didn't clear it up as quickly as it did when I used more ACV, but as long as I do it in the morning and at night, it keeps me feeling better, until I clear up on my own.

I also use a cotton swab and dip it in the ACV and clean my ears, because usually I get an ear infection along with my sinus infection. I just dip the swab in the vinegar and make sure it is completely drenched because I really want the ACV to get in my ear and travel up some, maybe even put a drop or two in there if possible.

This is not really a miracle cure (though for me it seems like it), but it makes life easier so that you can function while giving your body time to heal itself without the need of antibiotics.


Neti Pot With Saline and Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Eric (Spring, Texas) on 01/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Theresa
(Augusta, Ga)
06/24/2010

You mentioned to try the solution from the neti pot on yourself first because sometimes it can sting. The only reason it would ever sting is if you have too much salt and then it will steer you away FOREVER. The best advice and porportions are to never use more than exactly 1/2 teaspoon of salt to 2 cups (16 oz.) of the purest water you can get (distilled, boiled tap, purified) and use 1/2 tsp total of soda. That way it will never ever burn or sting. Hope this helpd too. The Neti pot has been a well hidden secret for far too long.

Replied by Laurelp52
(Tampa, Fl)
07/28/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Thank you.


Olbas Oil

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Posted by SuSu (Sacramento, CA) on 02/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Olbas oil prevents sinus infections. I used to get sinus infections all the time due to perfumes in the office I work in but since using the inhalant, I haven't had one. It's made up of essential oils of peppermint, eucalyptus, cajeput, wintergreen, juniper and clove.

Replied by Valeria
(Berkeley Springs, WV)
04/23/2013

How many drops of each oil do you use and what is the carrier oil used?

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
04/23/2013

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


Olive Leaf

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Posted by Linda Redmond (Asheville, North Carolina) on 10/22/2007
5 out of 5 stars

The best and only cure that worked for my lifelong, formerly constant, miserable, life-controlling and debilitating sinus infections is inexpensive Olive Leaf. I make tea from it (boil about a shotglass-full or less of dried leaves in 2 cups water for 20 minutes - it makes one cup of tea). It is also available at health stores in powder, capsule, tincture and supercritical gel cap form. I find tea the most effective, but have had great results with any decent, reputable brand. Olive leaf is known as a wide-spectrum godsend for many, many illnesses and infections from mild to severe to dangerous. I have always found it easy to look up on the web. It is an ancient tried-and-true herb with a fascinating history, reported to give no side effects except a slight lowering of blood pressure and a non-stimulant mild increase in energy (probably due to its elimination of infectious forces in the body). Take it slow at first if you are highly and chronically infected, so you don't get a big healing crisis/die-off reaction. Dosages are available in books and websites, but you can take it every day (I usually do), and it is reported to be impossible to overdose on it -- I feel lightheaded if I take more than 4-6 cups in a day (a very large amount which I'd only use if severely ill) and I am a small individual. It seems to be a best-kept secret, so spread the word and many blessings!


Onion and Carrot Juice

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Posted by Shirley (Inverness, Scotland) on 04/28/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have has the worst sinus infection since january, had antibiotics 4 times, tried every cure under the sun, i had read about onion juice and another said carrot juice so thought, well i will give them both a try together. i cannot believe within an hour of drinking them the pressure had gone, the onion juice i got by boiling a heap of onions until soft mash them then sieve them, i bought carrot juice but now juice my own, am still drinking it and i think i will have at least one cup of this a day for ever , it actually tasted quite nice which surprised me, i also add tomato juice just for a bit of flavour, and sometimes when boiling the onions i put in a couple of cloves of garlic, next stop for me was the hospital, but what i believe is, there are a lot of cures and only one will work for you, but which one?


Oregano

Posted by Joyce (Dallas, Tx) on 09/24/2011

Hi everyone, I SWEAR BY THIS METHOD... Six years ago I came to Earth Clinic looking for a cure for my recurring Sinus infections that constantly left me with a feeling of phlegm being trapped at the back of my throat... I read a posting from someone and this was the remedy he posted on Earth Clinic... It has worked for me for the past 6 years and I do not have that phlegm or recurring sinuses anymore! Here is the remedy:

1. Go to Kroger, buy a nasal spray, empty nasal spray bottle and clean it out with water and soap.

2. Add a little water to nasal spray bottle

3. Add a little pinch of sea salt to water in bottle

4. Add a half capful of Oregano Juice

5. Stick nasal spray in nostril and inhale it, while you spray at the same time. Breathe in hard so that it reaches the Sinus or Nasal Cavity, where all the congestion is. (This is going to burn and your eyes will water, your nose will run instantly so get some tissue to wipe your nose and eyes! )

If it burns too much then it might be too strong. Try putting less Oregano Juice or add more water. You also don't want it to be too weak! The Burning is good, it works and it really burns the infection or bugs, whatever! I have used this for the past 6 years, I have told all my friends about it. I use it on my daughter whenever she comes down with a sinus infection... No more doctors office, no more antibiotics!

Also if it is a serious sinus infection that develops into a Bronchial or chest infection, then chopped up Garlic cloves in a glass of water will help clear up the Bronchial Phlegm or Garlic capsules, which will be less potent. But you will also need to take the oregano spray to take care of the Nasal congestion... In addition, if there is a suspected Ear infection or Drainage as well, you will need to put Hydrogen Peroxide drops in the ear and that will address the ears... All these things, to address the infected and congested Ears, Nose and Throat or Chest! If it gets that far...


Organic Tomato Juice

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Posted by Jacob (United Arab Emirates) on 10/18/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Organic tomato juice cures sinus and nose infection. I USED TO HAVE A CHRONIC SINUS AND HIGH NOSE BLOCKAGE DURING THE NIGHT. AFTER USING TOMATO JUICE WITH GARLIC AND LIME, I FEEL VERY GOOD AND ALSO WHILE SLEEPING. I USED TO CLEAN MY NOISE WITH SALT WITH WATER. NOW AFTER A COUPLE OF WEEKS -- NO MORE SINUS.. THANK GOD


Peppermint and Salt Solution

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Posted by Willyfriar (Mary Esther, Florida) on 08/31/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Povidone Iodine

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Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 04/14/2021
5 out of 5 stars

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5vDsPUpOGg

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: https://www.dmrpublications.com/2018/01/natural-sinus-infection-remedy/

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: http://hbnshow.com/moreinfo/swine_flu_treatments.pdf 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

ORGANISMS (NO. of STRAINS)

RANGE OF PVP-I IN ppm AVAILABLE IODINE

CONTACT OF KILL TIME IN SECONDS

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)

10,000

2 - 5 Hours

Trichomomonas (5)

400 - 2500

30 - 60

Enterobacter (4)

1000 - 2500

60

Klebsiella (4)

500 - 2500

60

Clostridium (4)

1000

30 - 60

Shigella (3)

1000 - 2500

60

Corynebacterium (3)

2500

60

Diplococcus (3)

1000 - 2500

60

Mycobacterium (3)

1000 - 2500

60 - 120

Bacillus (3)

7.5 - 2500

10 - 30

Sarcina (2)

500 - 2500

60

Trichophyton (2)

1000

60

Aspergillus (2)

1000

30

Mima (1)

2500

60

Herella (1)

2500

60

Edwardsiella (1)

2500

60

Citrobacter (1)

2500

60

Providencia (1)

1000

60

Acienetobacter (1)

3.75

10

Epidermophyton (1)

1000

60

Microsporum (1)

1000

60

Pencillium (1)

1000

30

Nocardia (1)

2500

60



Probiotic Drink

Posted by Mickey (Canberra, Act Australia) on 11/22/2010

I have just had my first sinus infection. Painful and the smell was like a dead kangaroo rotting in the sun. I went to a stupid doctor and asked for something to help but asked him to ensure it was something that would not cause anxiety as antibiotics (and all pharmaceuticals) very often can. He prescribed something that could cause palpitations, nervousness and depression (and you know how pharmaceutical companies disguise the worst of it). No thanks.

Out of desperation I drank Yakult (a probiotic drink in tiny little bottles). When I gargled it and put some in my nose, there was an exponential improvement almost immediately. The bacteria obviously eat the infection. You have to be very careful with your nose obviously but I just gently let a bit drip into my nose from my hand. No fair dinkum it's awesome. Tomorrow I'm going to try the apple cider vinegar as well and hopefully that will help to completely knock it on the head. Gosh isn't sinus infection horrible!!!


Probiotics

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Posted by Laurel (Garberville, CA) on 04/19/2008
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I've had a sinus infection for 1 1/2 months now and took 2 rounds of antibiotics and tried all kinds of remedies but the only thing that seemed to finially work was taking Probiotic Supplements ( acidophilus pills). If youve taken 1 or more rounds of antibiotics and they don't cure the sinus infection it usually means that the infection is fungal, not bacterial.When you take antibiotics they kill all the benificial baceria in your stomach and intestines which the Probiotics replenish. I started taking Probiotics and started feeling better the first day.



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