Tomato Tea Remedy for Sinus Infections and Congestion

| Modified: Nov 15, 2017
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July 16th, 2007

Jean Woolhiser from Franklin, WI writes: "I first sent in this recipe to Earth Clinic in 2002, I think. I've been studying people's comments on it and have revised it accordingly. Thank you to everyone who has posted their comments. It really makes my day (and makes me cry! :) when I read how this recipe is helping others!

It works fast (in most cases) and tastes great! These ingredients are well-known serious herbals for their medicinal properties... Used together they do wonders for sinus/ear infections, colds, coughing and sore throat. We've even found it to kill flu germs and strep throat (with no antibiotics).

2 cups V8 Juice
2-3 cloves Garlic crushed (use more if you can)
2 T Lemon Juice
Hot Sauce (the more the better, so as much as you can handle)

Mix and heat in a pan. Sip slowly and re-warm as needed to get the full effects of the fumes. Let it sit in the back of your throat to bathe it. Suck the fumes through your sinuses and also down into your lungs. Its all natural and healthy, so drink as much of it as you want or need until you are SURE the infection is gone. This is past the time when you "feel better."

This appears to be the best recipe, but from the comments below, people often don't have the right ingredients. Don't let that hold you back. Use whatever you have available. Below are some substitutes that may not work as well or as fast, but will still help. I've listed them by their likely effectiveness:

V8 Juice - tomato juice, vegetable juice, canned or fresh tomatoes crushed, tomato soup (if really desperate, try another kind of fruit juice, vegetable soup or even chicken soup. You're aiming for high Vit C content)
Garlic - garlic in olive oil, dehydrated garlic, garlic salt (aiming for the strong anti-bacterial/fungal effects)
Lemon Juice - Fresh lemons, bottled juice, limes, lime juice, oranges, frozen lemonade
Hot Sauce - ANY kind of hot sauce works, fresh hot peppers, cayenne pepper, dried pepper flakes (if really desperate, try horseradish, black pepper or even mustard. You're aiming for the highly anti-bacterial/fungal properties of capsaicin which is found in hot peppers, and its effectiveness at clearing out the sinuses.)

1. Capsaicin (found in hot peppers) is actually soothing to the stomach. In addition, it's a pain killer (good for sore throats), and is also one of the main ingredients used in herbal recipes for killing fungal infections like Candida, which is closely related to all kinds of physical problems we have, including allergies.

2. You can add Worcestershire sauce and celery salt to make it taste just like a bloody mary mix.

3. Drink it just because it tastes good, and you probably won't get an infection in the first place. :)"

This remedy will build up your immune system, and in most cases, deals with the symptoms in a very short time. There is no limit to the amount you can have in a day... this isn't a pharmaceutical drug. These are natural ingredients... drink as much as you want as often as you want!"

6/21/2007: Wendi from Ft. Wayne, Indiana writes: "I came across an article on Tomato Tea (particularly for sinus infection). It really does work ! We have been using a similar recipe for 20 years. The recipe we have always used is as follows:

1 can/jug of V8
2 cloves of GARLIC
2 LEMONS juiced
2 tbsp HONEY
pinch of CAYENNE

Tips :
* African Cayenne if you can find it
* Fresh Lemons
* Put the clove of garlic under a wide knife and smash it-this seems to release the properties better than chopping
* V8 or Tomato juice- we always used V8 because it has more flavor
* Keep the concoction simmering on low and drink through out the day
* Alter amounts of ingredients as you see fit.

Tomato Tea User Reviews

Posted by Sarah (Asheville) on 11/15/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Wow!! My mom used to make us a similar soup when I was a child when we were sick, but I don't think she added hot sauce! It DOES WORK. I CRAVE tomato sauce and garlic whenever my immune system is fighting a bug, so I am not surprised to read it helped so many people. Can't wait to make this hot sauce version of it..

Posted by Marilyn Jones (Wisconsin) on 11/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I made the tomato tea when I caught a cold a few days ago and it definitely helped the general feeling of weakness and also cleared my sinuses really fast. Yummy and medicinal.

Posted by Armadillo17 (Chicago, Il) on 01/28/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Jean thanks so much for this tea! I waited until just before serving to add the lemon because I read somewhere that vitamin C is destroyed by cooking. It relieved my symptoms almost immediately! Fantastic!

Posted by Solomon (Whitefield, Bury, England) on 01/02/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Works Really Well - My Dad tried it and it had instant effects (unblocked nose, clearing of headache), when we got home he had another cup, but this time, blended, it was SO STRONG he started to SWEAT! After his third cup he felt better then ever. BTW it tasted better, and was easier to drink (less spicy) when it was raw, and not blended, to do this, he squashed the garlic with hands and squashed the tomato with a bended spoon and knife.

To be honest, he didn't think it work at first, but he proved himself wrong after one sip.

Posted by Stanster (Wilmington, Nc- USA) on 12/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

In addition to the tomato tea, I would also recommend the Sore Throat gargle recipe:

To a coffee cup of very warm, purified water, add

1 tsp ACV (natural, unfiltered apple cider vinegar)

squeeze a lemon slice, tsp of local honey,

1/4 tsp powdered cayenne pepper. Take a sip, lean head back and gargle in throat for 10 secs and then swallow. Do this 3 times a day, esp in morning and before bed. I did and my sore throat pain went away for 5 hours at a time. The second day it went away forever. This site is a blessing!

Posted by Jengels (Encinitas, Ca) on 11/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have a vitamix & used FRESH tomatoes to make my tomatoe tea. I was surpised that it tastes good. First time trying it but my throat feels better already!

Posted by Michelle (Pampa, Texas) on 10/29/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I've suffered for the past week with an allergy attack that has now evolved into a sinus infection. Dry, nasty coughing fits that makes people think I'm about to puke; Sore throat; nasal congestion; major sinus pressure; headaches.

I've little to no sleep the past few nights despite using some OTC Sinus med. I refuse to go to the Dr and be put on another antibiotic.

I can across this site early this morning and found the Tomato Tea recipe. Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand.

After sipping about 6 oz of the tea, I can breathe! I can still feel some pressure in the cavity but this is a MAJOR improvement in a very short time.

I will continue with the Tomato Tea, ACV, probiotics and tons of fluids.

You now have a faithful new follower!!

Posted by Candance (Nebraska) on 09/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I get a cold at least once a year and when I do it always goes to my lungs and takes about a month to go away.

So when I got a cold last week I tried Jean's Tomato Tea. And within a day my head had cleared up. I drank the tea three times a day for three days and now my cold is basically gone. I always dreaded it when I got a cold. Now I have a way to knock it right out. Thank you!!

I might add, I had just canned tomatoes so instead of using V8. I opened up a jar of tomatoes and put them in the blender with some fresh jalapenos, garlic (I used more than the recipe called for) squirt of lemon juice and some seasonings.

Posted by Julie (Los Angeles, Ca) on 03/14/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the tomato tea for cold/sinus issues and I am singing hallelujah over here!!!! I had total congestion/sinus pain and only half way through the tea did I begin to experience relief! It's tasty (like a bloody mary) and super simple to make. I've been steaming with and ingesting ACV, as well as mega-doses of Vitamin C (1000-2000 mg/day), and all of those work, but not quite as powerfully or immediately as the tea. I'm a total fan~ will keep this on my regular go-to for anything related to congestion! THANK YOU!

Posted by Carol (Yarmouth, Maine) on 02/27/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I live in Maine and have been suffering from a sinus infection for over a month. I'm on my second antibiotic and have had no relief. I saw this recipe and decided to try it. I used canned tomatoes, chopped garlic from a jar, lemon juice from a plastic lemon, and Tabasco sauce. Since I don't like anything "hot" I used as much as I could. Within 10 minutes of finishing a mug, I am blowing my nose and feel my sinuses crackling. This is amazing. I am very thankful for all the sharing and comments that convinced me to try this!!

Replied by Nell
Greenville, Tenn.

Have not tried, but thinking about it. have tried hot tea and boiling water, still extremely clogged but some relief.

Posted by Sunds (Manila, Philippines) on 12/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I owe it to Jean to give my feedback and all of you who shared their experiences as well.

It's an astounding 'YES' it worked.

I have allergic rhinitis for about 8 years now. I've always taken synthetic drugs, at first the drowsy antihistamines, then steroid sprays and recently Montelukast. They somehow helped one way or another but it's either I got sleepy or they can't be used for a long term period as maintainance med.

Last month I decided to go natural. It's safer and as effective I thought. I tried a herbal supplement with cinnamon, spanish needles and acerola cherry as main ingredients. It wonderfully worked but unfortunately my body hyper-reacted to it, possibly to cinnamon or to silicon dioxide (preservative), and I got itches and rashes and had to stop.

I searched for other natural alternatives and found garlic, which eventually led me here. I tried it today 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the afternoon. I noticed the clearing effect in my sinus around 30mins after I finished the whole cup. My sinus felt lighter. From 1-10, 1 being the lowest effect (clearing of sinus) and 10 the highest, I'd rate it 9.5). Same results when I drank in the morning and in the afternoon. Indeed my voice sounded better too when I sang!

I used tomato juice, freshly extracted from the wonderful vegetable simmering 7 pcs of them in 2 glasses of water. I have allergy to orange and lemons so I used Calamansi about 6 pcs (about 2-3 Tbsp). I used 2 red hot chilli peppers instead of hot sauce (although I feel I could bear adding a couple more- this for a person who dislikes spicy). Then 2 Tbsp of honey and 2pinches of salt for flavor (I'm still curious about the Worcestershire sauce).

I was at home today, Sunday. I'm bringing 2 glasses tomorrow at the office, where my allergic rhinitis is usually worse. I hope to give you feedback on what happens tomorrow and the following days.

Thank you very much Jean for sharing this and to all for sharing your experiences as well. This is a great blessing indeed.

Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 02/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Another Yea for tomato tea: I made this up (not at all measuring ingredients) for my daughter last night, and this morning her dry cough has turned productive, thank G-d!! Thank you Jean and EC!

Posted by Sarah (Kalamazoo, Michigan) on 02/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a sore throat and cough for a week, and 3-4 days ago it turned into a sinus infection. I always feel stomach sick if I take OTC cold medication (Nyquil/Dayquil) so I decided to search for a home remedy. I found the recipe for this tomato soup and decided to try it. Just 5 minutes after starting to drink it, I feel a lot better. My sinuses have already relaxed and can get rid of some of my mucus! My throat feels nice.

I have tried the non-tomato tea recipe before (lemon, ceyenne, etc) with no effect except a burnt throat. I'm very happy to have this recipe!

I made my tomato tea with tomato paste because we don't have juice - I just added 2-3 tsp to a cup of hot water, and added everything else as recommended. It works great, I'll have another cup this afternoon!

Posted by Mia (North Central, Indiana Usa) on 02/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! This worked so very well!

I've been suffering from an influenza like illness for a few days here and was desperate for some congestion relief. I also wanted to use my neti pot, but that requires being able to breathe somewhat through both nares.

I decided to try this Tomato Tea and wow, it's awesome! Within a few sips I could breathe. Not only did it help my congestion, but I had also lost my voice completely and after about a cup of this mix my voice is improving. Still far from stellar, but I can talk better now too.

Thank you so much for this. I am a nurse and will be recommending this to people. There's good science behind why this works.

And it honestly doesn't taste half bad!

(I did use a little worstershire sauce as well as some seasoning salt with the V8, lemon juice, 4 cloves of garlic & as much hot sauce as I could stand.)

Posted by Julie (Nashville, Tn, Usa) on 02/05/2012 4 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Recently, I came down with a bad cold and very sore throat that I think was brought on by stress - I literally "worried myself sick". I woke up with it on a Wednesday before I was to start a new job the following Monday. This was bad news - I rarely get sick, but when I do get a cold, it's usually miserable and protracted. I turned to Jean's spicy tomato tea, drinking approximately a large coffee-mug-full two to three times a day. (One caveat: I like very spicy foods, and I use a lot more garlic and hot sauce than the recipe calls for! ) I started feeling better right away; my symptoms turned out to be not nearly as miserable as they usually are when I've had a cold; and best of all, by Monday morning I was about 98% recovered and feeling ready to tackle my first day of my new job. It cut my recovery time in half and really eased the symptoms. And this was a month ago and I did not have a relapse - this tea killed the cold virus! :)

I especially appreciate this remedy because I have a highly reactive immune system and have had allergic reactions to at least a couple of OTC cold medications - the upshot of which is that, rather than risk an adverse reaction, I don't take anything other than pain reliever when I'm sick, and just rely on the old methods of rest, lots of fluids, etc. - and spicy tomato tea! My heartfelt thanks for Jean for coming up with this comforting, nutritious and healing concoction.

Replied by Julie
Nashville, Tn, Usa
4 posts

I'm a big fan of Jean's spicy tomato tea, and I just wanted to share this idea. As I like to play around with spices, I recently decided to add some turmeric to this recipe just for the heck of it. Turmeric, among its numerous studied health benefits, has anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties - which fits the whole purpose of the tomato tea. Taste-wise, I think it works well, too. Blessings!