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Steaming With H2O2 and Salt

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Posted by Liz (Fairfield, CT) on 03/02/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Steaming With Oregano

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Posted by Michelle (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/28/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Stubborn Sinus Infection Remedies

Posted by Susan (USA)


If antibiotics and/or the below-listed home remedies are not curing your sinus infection, you need to take a look at your diet and eliminate all mucus-forming/thickening foods or drinks. Milk, citrus, spicy foods, wheat, cheese, etc. are usually the culprits. Try eliminating them from your diet for a few days.

Then try all of the following:

* Grapefruit Seed Extract -- your sinus infection may disappear after a couple of days of grapefruit seed extract. We like the drops, but be forewarned -- they taste terrible!! Also, never take them on an empty stomach (especially first thing in the morning).

* Drink apple cider vinegar throughout the day in large glasses of water (ACV thins mucus).

* Let the water from a hot shower spray onto your face, especially the forehead and nose. While still in the shower, clear/blow out as much mucus from your sinuses as possible. Do this several times a day.

* Try Oil Pulling, a fabulous remedy from India which alleviates Sinus Congestion within about 10-15 minutes.


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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 07/17/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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~

Replied by Zee
(San Diego)

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.

Posted by DEB (Jacksonville, FL) on 04/12/2009


Replied by Kristin K
(Santa Barbara, Ca, USA)

Do Not Rush to Surgery! In 2007, I had a sinus infection for 7 months. I was on multiple types of antibiotics and saw 3 different ENTs. Two ENTs advised me to have surgery. Finally, a General Practioner, Dr. Meller, advised that I should try saline rinsing along with two weeks (not 1 week) of Augmentin. That infection was finally cleared up. I have kept the infections at bay by using my sinus rinse kit; sea salt and hot water.

When I feel one coming along, I have been successful using 2 or 3 Tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 TB of baking soda in with my 8oz of water to rinse my sinues. I would NOT advise using 50/50%.

I have found it is better to do rinsing 3 or 4 times a day and not using a high amount of Hydrogen Peroxide as it can be harmful to your ears and your sinus tissue.

I am going to try to Apple Cider Vinegar as well.

Thanks for this site!

In 2007, after months of pain, I asked the ENT that wanted to do surgery on me, "Can't I flush my sinues out?". He said "No. You can't."..

Well, Yes I can! And it has worked better than months on antibiotics. And I have yet to have surgery.

Tea Tree Oil

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Posted by Faye (North Texas) on 01/01/2018
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Rob
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for your post, Faye.

According to Dr. Ivker, fungal sinusitis is the most common cause of chronic sinusitis. In fact, Dr. Ivker has seen this in 92% of his patients over the last 20 years. “It's become quite common because of widespread use of antibiotics, and the S.A.D. diet (Standard American Diet), which fuels this fungal infection, ”.

A 2003 study examined tea tree oil as a treatment for the common yeast infection strain Candida albicans, including 14 drug-resistant derivatives. During lab testing, they found that the oil was effective against all strains.

A follow-up test on rats confirmed these results. The oil cleared drug-resistant infections in rats after three weeks of treatment. Untreated rats or those treated with common yeast infection drug (fluconazole) remained infected at the conclusion of the study.

The main benefit of using tea tree oil to relieve headache/fever/sinus symptoms caused by infection. An alternative to antibiotics and chemical treatments. Tea tree oil contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it an ideal remedy. Tea tree oil helps in sinus headaches by getting to the root of the problem—microbial infection. It also reduces the severity of inflammation of the sinuses so that the mucus can be drained more efficiently. The anti inflammatory property of tea tree oil reduces the inflammation which causes the pain of a migraine. Various studies show that tea tree oil is indeed a potent fighter of inflammation, helping in a wide array of inflammatory diseases [7, 8, 9].

When my sinus get ready bad, I use a nasal sprayer re-purposed for tea tree oil.

Here is a good recipe:

Material needed:

*Saline Nasal Squeeze Bottle (New with saline water inside purchase from any thrift store for $2)

*Tea tree oil

1. Remove nasal tip from Saline Nasal Squeeze Bottle with needle nose pliers and a piece of paper towel around the nasal tip to prevent scaring the tip.

2. Add 1 to 20 drops tea tree oil depending on your tolerance. (20 drops in 1.5oz saline solution = around 2.5% dilution)

3. Re-cap nasal tip to bottle. Shake bottle well every time because saline/water and oil don't really want to mix together and spray up each nostril at least 3-4x/daily.

4. If you are having chronic sinusitis issues, plan on doing this remedy for at least 3 weeks to fully resolve your problem.

Tea Tree Oil, Mucinex

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Posted by Sadie (Hamilton, Montana) on 10/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

After being on 8 antibiotics all summer for chronic sinus infections, it occured to me that the high dollar antibiotics were just not clearing up my problem. I continued having facial pain in my forehead, and yellow/green mucus that was stubborn to every single medication I was taking. My nasal passages felt closed off, and anything coming out was like glue.

I decided after reading about cilia and keeping mucus flowing, I immediately STOPPED all antihistimines, nasal sprays, and decongestants. They are drying and eventually dry the gunk up in layers in your head.

Neti pot and nasal washes were aggravating the problem furthers, so I halted that. Sometimes, too much of a good thing paralyzes the cilia. We want the cilia happy, so it can do it's job.

My next step was to find a way to fight the infection, which I grew to understand that it had to be fungal, since antibiotics were not clearing this up. My second step was to find a way to thin out the mucus and keep it flowing without burning my head out with sprays and irrigations.

Here's how I cleared up my sinuses:

I took a Q tip, and swabbed it in pure tea tree oil. Enough to get a bit of oil on it, not dripping. I carefully swabbed some up in my nasal passage and inside of my nose on each side. There is a momentary sting. Within about 5 - 10 minutes, the blocked mucus begins to move down, either out of the nose or back of the throat. I coughed it out, and it was yellow gunk trapped up in the sinuses. I only apply this 3 x a day when very congested. After a couple of days, I only needed to apply the tea tree morning, and night.

My next action was to thin this mucus without the decongestants that were making me jittery and my heart race.
I began a regimen of taking regular Mucinex, 2 tablets morning, and late at night. Drink ALOT of fluids with this, so it can do it's job.

After going to the doctor and spending hundreds of dollars all summer long, it took these two simple things to clear the infection.

After day 3 on this regimen, the mucus that is coming out is becoming clearer, with less yellow/green mixed in.

I hope this helps someone out there, end their suffering today.

Tomato Tea

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Posted by Sue (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 05/07/2012
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I started reading this site this afternoon after a month of awful sinus problems, following a nasty cold. I've taken Prednisone, pseudoephadrile (?) and anitbiotics, some days felt better and some days worse. Would think it was getting better and then the next, like today, wake up with the right hand side of my face puffed out and unable to go to work due to the pressure in my head and face.

Well thank you Earth Clinic and all your writers. I went and got some ingredients this afternoon, made tomato tea and the apple cider vinegar mix. The relief was instant!! I was able to de-dust the entire house this evening, vacuum under beds etc etc. I wasn't able to get off the sette this morning. It's 6 hours since I took the first batch of tea and ACV, can just feel the headache coming back, so having more ACV before bed. I am 'looking forward' to trying the oil pulling in the morning and crossing my fingers that the misery may be over soon!

Tomato Tea
Posted by Jennifer (Sunrise, Fl, Usa) on 05/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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

Tomato Tea
Posted by Pillowofwinds (East Islip, Ny) on 04/29/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I can only tell you that this worked for me. I had 3 painful sinus infections within a six month period, all treated with antibiotics. Sometimes the pains in my head were so painful I actually cried. When I got the fourth infection, I started to read about natural cures, that is how I found this wonderful site. As soon as I felt the infection coming on, I took 2 cloves of garlic and chopped them up. I added that to a coffee cup full of tomato juice and added some fresh squeezed lemon and cayenne pepper. I repeated this twice the first day, once after breakfast and once later in the evening. The next day I only had to do it in the morning. It may not be appetizing, but you can drink it down quickly. It was like an instant cure. I have not gotten another sinus infection since. (I started getting them when I began working in an office full time that used to be a gym...I believe there was mold there.) Every time I have felt something sinus/throat related coming on, I use fresh garlic, usually on a slice of pizza to make it appetizing, and I don't get sick.

Tomato Tea
Posted by Andrew (Edina, MN) on 05/16/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I was extremely skeptical about this since I have been suffering from a chronic sinus infection for over 2 months. I had in the past taken multiple doses of antibiotics with only moderate results. My health plan recently changed, so I figured I would give this a try before paying much more to go to the doctors. I picked up the ingredients, and tried Tabasco sauce as the hot sauce. I warmed it in the microwave for 1 minute. It smelled absolutely terrible, and the taste was not great. I could stomach it, but it was like taking shots of alcohol... you had to take a deep breath and slam as much as possible and hold it down. I didn't even finish the whole thing, but I finished 80% of it. Within an hour, and still, hours later, my sinuses are clearing up! My throat is sore from all the draining, but this cure definitely worked! I will try a second round tonight. Despite the terrible smell, and slightly less terrible taste, it was well worth it to finally get this cleared up, and for only $8 worth of ingredients! Thanks for the recipe!


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Posted by Santhosh (Kanhangad, Kerala, India) on 02/16/2012

Add 1 teaspoon turmeric in 1 cup of hot water. Take twice in a day for complete wash out of sinus infection. This is unbelievable results.

Posted by Angela (Oakland, California Usa) on 07/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

YES! YES! YES! Turmeric tea worked for me! Thank you so much. I just added one teaspoon of turmeric to a cup of hot water and I drink that 2 to 3 times a day and I drink water with apple cider vinegar and I am getting better fast! Thank you guys so much!

Posted by Brooke (Eugene, Or) on 02/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Tumeric for Sinus Infection: I am a big fan of turmeric and take it daily for my Crohn's Disease. I've recently had a cold that turned into a sinus infection. I try really hard to stay away from antibiotics because it kills the good bacteria in the gut. I put 1-2 tsp of turmeric in a bowl and poured almost boiling water over in. I then set the bowl in my lap and put a towel over my head. Breath (over the bowl with the towel over my head) in through my nose and out through my mouth for 10-15 minutes 6 times during through out the day. The next morning I woke up blowing the infection out of my nose. It was super gross. I continued the same thing the following day. I also drank lots of fluids and got plenty of rest.


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Posted by Suffering Sinus Yeast Infection 2 Years Plus (California) on 08/05/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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