Tomato Tea for Sinus Issues: Our Famous Home Cure!

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Spicy Tomato Tea: The #1 Remedy To Cure Severe Sinus Congestion

7/16/2007: Jean Woolhiser (JeannieW[@] from Franklin, WI writes: "PLEASE, PLEASE. REPLACE ALL THE OLD TEXT about the tomato tea with the following text as its much more concise and has been refined. Thank you! :)

I first sent in this recipe in 2002, I think. I've been studying people's comments on it and have revised it accordingly. Email me at JeannieW[@] if you have questions. 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 or in the microwave. 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, 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. :)"

07/19/2008: JeanW ([email protected]) from Franklin, WI writes: "I've seen a number of nays on the tomato tea remedy where people say it helps for a while and then they get congested again. As one person mentioned, and its a very good point, you may have nasal polyps and the only thing that will help that is to have them removed.

However, I believe there are some other possibilities here. The nasal passages are fairly large. If you're becoming re-congested, it may be that its mucous moving down from another area of the nasal passages. Give it time, they will clear out.

Also, when your body is trying to get rid of an infection, it works extra hard at it. Its possible your body is creating more mucous to isolate the offending germs and push them out.

Some people think that one or a couple drinks will do the trick, and in many cases, that's been true as you can see from the testimonials. Others its taken a few hours or even days.

But think about it... the germs are running around all over your body, your immunity is down or you wouldn't have the infection in the first place. It may take some time... everyone is different. 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 FtWayne, Indiana writes: "I came across an article on Tomato Tea (particularly for sinus infection). It really does work ! We have been using a similiar 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.


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Posted by Sunds (Manila, Philippines) on 12/02/2012
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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 Lildsmom (Tampa, Fl ) on 09/29/2011
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Wow, I just tried this because both sides of my nostrils were completely clogged. I actually used progressive tomato soup as the base. It worked immediately. I have ridiculous allergies sometimes and the only medicine that works is claritin d but it makes me crazy sleepy. This worked even quicker without the sleepy side effect.

Posted by Cj (Leonia, Nj) on 04/25/2011
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My 8 y.o. Son had really serious allergy to dust, cat, etc. Before tomato tea he always sounds nasay & breathes thru his mouth day & night. My heart breaks seeing him like that. Bcz I remember suffering like that 1st 20 years of my life too - I had nasal polyps.

Anyway, thanks to EC, he's been on tomato tea for 4 months and finally this couple weeks we noticed that he is not clogged anymore. So many times we also give up then I would come back here to read other people's comments & trod on again. I also give him lots of Vit C, water & varieties of fruits.

Good luck! Don't give up looking for alternatives!

Replied by Cj
Leonia, Nj

Also I foud kiwi to be amazing at alleviating nasal congestion from dust allergy. We made our son eat slices of 2 kiwi fruits everyday. He gained almost 95% cure from his allergy symptoms!

Replied by Rob
Manhattan, Ny

I found that Rosa Mosqueta oil rubbed on my nose and under my eyes before bed helps considerably to open my nasal breathing. It also has numerous other cosmetic benefits... Buy organic. I too am a mouth breather prone to nasal alergies... Asthma. It also has other cosmetic benefits... (other rosehip oils may provide the same benefit but I haven't tried)

Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland

Hi Rob, could you maybe tell us what are the cosmetic benefits of Rosa Mosqueta?

Replied by Rob
Manhattan, Ny

Francisca, I will point you to a review thread to see what others say... This is about Rose hip oil... Of which Mosqueta is a particular species... (RoseHip could be the exact same or better, I will try this next & report)

Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland

Thanks Rob. Interesting site! Funny enough I went to have a look at the bottle of rose oil I have and in French it does say Rose Musquée, in the other languages it says Wild Rose oil. I tried it on my face a while ago but didn't see much difference so I will try again and I have already advised it to my husband who is at this moment suffering with a bad cold that disrupts our sleep badly. Let's see what happens tonight... But I am puzzled as to why rose oil with help opening the nasal passages! Anyway, no harm in trying, at best it will give us a peaceful night, at worst he will have a softer skin!

Posted by Tom (Bradenton, Fl) on 02/05/2010
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YEA - Tomato Tea

Wow, incredible results in a manner of minutes. I cannot believe how well this works. I have had 6 weeks of allergies and sinus medications and an addiction to Afrin and rebound effect. Cut the afrin today and had 100% blockage on right side. Did the tea and was 90% clear before I was half done with tea. I am completely blown away at results, hope it lasts. How often do you need to drink tea?

Posted by Smos22 (New Haven, CT) on 07/27/2009
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One morning I awoke with the symptoms of an allergy attack: runny nose, teary eyes, cough, fatigue, etc. I made the tomato tea remedy using one can of ____ [tomato] juice, 3 tsps chopped garlic, 2 Tbls lemon juice and 1 Tlbs honey and then I microwaved it for one minute. After 2-3 sips, I felt MUCH better. I'm amazed at how quickly it worked. Thank you so much for this site.


Posted by Jen (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) on 08/17/2008
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I have been taking ACV for my seasonal allergies for a couple of weeks and it has worked wonders. Unfortunately, today I had to clean out our rental property that was filthy with cigarette smoke, dust, pet hair ect... A few hours after I finished, my allergies started acting up and the ACV didn't quite cut it. I can't breath from my nose, and my sinus' are very congested. I tried irrigating, but it didn't really work. I just tried the tomato tea without the lemon because I don't have any in the house and the stores are closed. It really helped while I was drinking it, but as soon as I finished it the congestion came back. I am going to drink some more before I try to go back to sleep. I can't wait to try it with the lemon. I'm going to drink it all day tomorrow. By the way I love the taste! I use raw garlic and cayenne all of the time to fight infections. I've grown accustom to the taste. Thank God for such inexpensive natural remedies!

Replied by Lori
Walden, NY

I think it's important to say here, that since this user cleaned out a nasty apartment, it most likely triggered the allergies again...I'd say this is a special exception to this remedy.

Replied by Jesse

I think it's important to say here, that Jen only drank one glass, so I would caution anyone about drawing any generalized conclusions of any kind...

Posted by Janie (Palmdale, California)
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I have suffered with severe sinus and allergy attacks for many years. I read about tomato juice, garlic, and lemon juice on Earth Clinic yesterday. I tried it this morning. My head is completely clear now. I also started drinking the ACV yesterday. I will let you know the results as soon as I see a difference.


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Posted by Philip (Dearing, GA) on 06/26/2009
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The Tomato Tea receipe from Jean in Franklin,WI is truely amazing. For about the last 10 years around February, my wife will get a very nasty respiratory infection. The medical doctors always diagnose her with sinusitis and bronchitis every year. She gets nagging dry coughs that keep her up all night and sound forceful enough to blow out a lung. They always give her antibiotics,cough supressants,and decongestion medications. It takes weeks for these medicines to work and sometimes she never gets completely over it for about a month. So this February when she got sick again,I immediately started her on Jeans Tomato Tea. This cold really jumps all over her almost overnight and she was so congested she could not smell or taste the garlic for the first 24 hours or so. After sipping the Tomatoe Tea for about 5 days, she was completely clear and free and for the first time in ten years. She DID NOT go to a doctor nor did she have to take any pharmaceutical medications.

Posted by Jennifer (Mentor, Ohio) on 05/04/2008
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All I can say is "thank you" for this recipe.' I've been sick for 3 days with acute bronchitis.' I haven't been able to sleep well, but tonight was the worst. I've been up all night coughing, sneezing, and in pain. I found this recipe with some reservation, as I've taken just about everything you can buy over the counter, but half an hour later I am here to tell you I'm not coughing. I'm not saying I'm "better", but I will be able to go to sleep now. My sinuses quit draining and my chest doesn't even hurt as much. Thanks for the info.

Posted by Debi (MoVal, CA) on 06/11/2007
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I have been obsessed with this web site since I found it last week. I have a case of bronchitis, usually so bad that it lasts for at least a week, but I'm almost over it now, I believe thaks to EVCO, ACV, and tomato tea. Yesterday I read about the tomato tea. Last night I started coughing and had nasal congestion upon going to bed. I finally got up and did the "pre-made" tomato drink with ACV and tobasco. FINALLY slept! Today though I will add the garlic. Great for soothing the cough as well.


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Posted by Niknok (Columbia, South Carolina) on 03/14/2015

It's the first time I have heard of tomato tea to treat colds, allergic rhinitis, and nasal congestion. I've recently started using ACV for colds but have not seen that much improvement yet. Maybe this tomato tea recipe could help me.

Thanks for providing the alternatives for the original ingredients.

Posted by Candance (Nebraska) on 09/07/2013
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 (Nashville, Tn, Usa) on 02/05/2012 3 posts
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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
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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!

Posted by Jorana83 (Nashville, Tn, United States ) on 11/07/2011
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What a Godsend! This tomato tea (made with mostly organic ingredients) cleared my cold out in a record 2 days! The only side effect? It makes me sweat. I would assume it's the hot sauce and the heat of the "soup" but I take it as a good sign. I assume my body is sweating out toxins which should continue to help! Thanks so much!

Replied by Doug
Calgary, Alberta
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I am 56 and have had 3 months of night time congestion where I wake up several times a night trying to breathe. Otc nasal spray worked great but had to quit that stuff after 3 days (read that it could cause long term problems). Have been doing the neti pot thing every day for a couple of weeks now but with not much night time relief. Found your recipe yesterday and juiced a couple cups worth of home grown tomato juice, 4 garlic cloves, and 1 large whole lemon - added approx. 2 tbl spoons of cayenne hot sauce and 2 cups extra spicy clamato for flavour. Had a hot cup midday and another a couple hours before bed and finally slept good with no congestion all night. I will be drinking tons of this stuff for awhile. Thank you Jean!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

The "tomatoless" tea worked for my fever and sore throat. I found it on this site: honey, lemon, garlic, tiny pinch cayenne, tiny pinch celtic salt. All in hot water. It worked pretty fast too, thank G-d.

Posted by Jack (Minneapolis, Mn ) on 10/08/2011
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I came home from work early today due to a bad cold. The sinus pressure, congestion and constant drip made me miserable as can be. I found this site while searching for home remedies and tried this recipe for Tomato Tea immediately. I kid you not, after a few sips the congestion is gone and the pressure is much less! I still have half of the tea to drink and am thoroughly enjoying it! For hot sauce, I used Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce and just used a big clove of garlic that I ran through a garlic press. The celery salt is a great touch. My gratitude to Jean!