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Coconut Oil - The Natural Sinus Infection Treatment

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Posted by Denise (California) on 10/06/2022
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My experience with using coconut oil in the nose and sinuses was Extremely difficult! I'm glad it helped some people but I would not do it again. It was like entering into a battle without knowing it!

I read a number of very encouraging posts about coconut oil in the nose & sinuses to clear up a sinus condition. I first tried it very gingerly by breaking a Q-tip in half and putting a little in each nostril, but not up beyond where the nose starts narrowing at the bridge. The next day my breathing was a little better. Then I did the same thing the next day but went up higher carefully with the Q-tip. The next day my breathing was even little better. The next day I melted some coconut oil and let it cool to warm, laid on my back and with my husband's help, driped maybe 1/8 tsp into the nose on each side, and turned my head side to side so the coconut oil could flow into the sinuses on the sides. The next day I was blowing my nose some and had a little sneezing. I thought, good it's cleaning some of that stuff out. I did the same thing a few days in a row but it didn't seem to make much difference. Then I used 2 or 3 times more and I hung my head upside-down so the oil could go into all sinuses, including on the forehead.

A couple days later I was blowing nose and sneezing like crazy. I had to constantly stuff kleenex up my nose and blow nose very often. The amount of sneezing and congestion was tiring, inescapable, miserable. But it got even worse, a couple days later I had thrush, a candida infection in the throat. I started gargling every day and painting the throat with a paste of baking soda and a bit of water. A few days after that both eyes especially one, had conjunctivitis and eyelids could not open very well. I kept one eye closed all the time because it was easier. I used various methods to treat the eyes. Salt water at times and boric acid other times, three or four times a day. Both were somewhat helpful, but the eyes took at least 3-4 months to mostly clear up. After a month or so I was only using the boric acid and salted water once or twice a day. One eyelid still did not open fully until about 9 months later. Sinus congestion, runny nose & sneezing went on in a Torrential way for about 3 weeks. Basically all I was doing was nursing all of my symptoms, sometimes looking on the internet for possible relief, Nothing else. After about 3 weeks it started easing up slowly but was still severe for several weeks more.

I now believe that I had a candida overgrowth in the sinuses (possibly especially bad in sinuses of the forehead). After using coconut oil I think that as candida was getting drained out of the sinuses some of it landed on my tongue and throat and created a thrush infection, and some traveled into the eye sockets creating eye infection.

Currently I am using a product called Xlear, spritzing 1 spray up each side of the nose twice a day. I think it's keeping the candida under control, but not diminishing it.


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Posted by Art (California) on 10/08/2022 1517 posts


One reason you might not be getting more benefit from Xlear Nasal Spray (XNS) is because your dose is low compared to dosing recommendations on the box and to the dosing used in the case series of Covid-19 patients who used XNS to good effect to reduce their symptoms and speed their recovery from Covid-19 as discussed here :

And here :

Here is a relevant quote about dosing form the case series :

' The patient was instructed to spray Xlear nasal spray twice per nostril four times a day every six hours for seven days, which was an adjunct to her self-medication.'

You reported that you are using :

' Currently I am using a product called Xlear, spritzing 1 spray up each side of the nose twice a day. '

That totals 4 sprays per day, a relatively small amount of active ingredients per day.

By comparison, the case series used a total of 16 sprays per day or roughly 4 times the amount of active ingredients that you are using per day. Indeed, Xlear recommends using 2 to 4 pumps in each nostril per use twice a day as a nasal spray alone. So that also totals as much as 16 sprays per day. That dose, of 16 sprays is the same as used in the case series except that the case series does it in 4 doses instead of 2 and I would expect that gives a more even antimicrobial affect compared to using two doses per day. It is also worth mentioning that GSE is beneficial against much more than Candida. It really is a potent antimicrobial and the Xylitol is additive and both help to breakdown biofilms.

Grapefruit Seed Extract and Xylitol are a potent antimicrobial pair against the tested strains of Candida, but it takes a minimum amount of active ingredients in order to have a beneficial effect. You report that you are seeing benefit at your current dose, but insufficient to clear you of the effects of the Candida and the Candida itself, assuming that it is Candida.

Here is a relevant quote from the study :

' GSE demonstrated a fungicidal effect against all tested Candida species, whereas miconazole demonstrated a fungicidal effect against only C. albicans. SEM images showed various cell damage patterns in GSE-treated Candida cells. Fluorescence microscopy revealed that almost all Candida cells were killed by GSE-treated. '

Dose can make the difference with any medicament between effective or not effective.


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Posted by D_lyv (Michigan) on 08/24/2014
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I brought coconut oil to include in my pre-workout stack to begin teaching my body to burn fat instead of sugar... Anyway, the drugstore has been out of Claritin-D and I have been fearing the onset of sinus headaches because I can feel the clogging and then after two days of using this coconut oil my sinuses are clearing out. I didn't know why so I googled coconut oil and sinuses came here and Bam!

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Posted by Ric (London) on 05/12/2018

I don't think you should microwave the coconut oil, better to boil water and let the container holding the coconut oil sit in a hot water bowl/cup till it liquifies.

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Posted by Ladster (Bel Air, Md) on 11/27/2009
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Just swallowing 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil daily seems to have cleared my sinuses better than anything else (and believe me, I've tried EVERYTHING else out there for the last 5 years). I needed to take 2-6 capsules of Olive Leaf Extract daily just to fight off constant sinus infections. Now I breathe so much easier and can resist colds better too. I would have never believed it if I didn't try it for myself. I am also now trying a little directly in the nostrils too.

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Posted by Jay (Vero Beach FL) on 03/19/2022

Hi Peter & Sara, sorry for your suffering. I can relate to what you went thru; I got rid of a severe fungal sinus infection back in 2018 by putting coconut oil in my sinus rinse. Coconut oil is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Just add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of unrefined virgin coconut oil to your 8 ounce nasal rinse. Also, there is a product called Sinus-Serum that sells medical grade coconut oil for your sinus rinse that I use now and it works great. I like it because it was designed by medical people so I know it's safe & sterile. You can just google Sinus-Serum.

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Posted by Lisa (Austin, Tx) on 01/21/2015
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I was thinking it was my imagination, but happy to see others experience the same results. It's cedar season in central Texas and I am highly allergic. I've been sniffing and sneezing all week, constantly congested. Tonight I made some biscuits using coconut oil ... the coconut oil really came through in the biscuits, for me too strong (I'm not a fan of coconut), however 10 minutes after eating the biscuits I noticed that I could breathe again! I kid you not! Hello coconut oil, my new friend - I'll be adding you to my coffee in the morning!

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Posted by Starhawk (Houston Tx) on 12/05/2015

Please do not ever liquefy coconut oil in the microwave, I burned my mouth horribly (I warmed it up to do oil pulling) this way and my whole mouth turned white with burns; it was a very painful and scary experience and I had to take pain killers etc.

I will add another additional note: I also put just a slight amount (what seemed like a few drops but could have been one short squirt from the bottle) of grapefruit seed extract in liquid form added to a tablespoon of coconut oil for oil pulling. It could have been the grapefruit seed extract that burned me or the warm coconut oil but I burned my mouth badly, so please be careful what you add to coconut oil and also never liquefy it in a microwave, please be safe.

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Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 05/14/2018

It's very easy to melt coconut oil. Just fill a saucepan with HOT tap water. Place the entire glass jar of coconut oil in the water. The coconut oil will start to melt and after @10 minutes will become mostly liquid. Then you can either pour the melted coconut oil straight from the jar, or dip a spoon into it to get the amount you need.

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Posted by C (London U.k. ) on 12/16/2016

Thanks - Just tried it too after days of feeling awful - Went to Doc who said to try Sudafed nasal spray. Which worked for while, but did not solve my issue. So in desperation I found this conversation. I already had coconut oil which I use regularly but not for sinusitis, so gave it a go, and my gosh after 5 mins all the gunk is gone and I can breath so much easier! Thumbs up to you.

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Posted by Juanita (Kansas City, Ks.) on 01/28/2017

I am so excited about this remedy.. I suffer with sinus infections year round. I really suffer at night. I have plenty of coconut oil. Thank You Jesus!

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Posted by Jessica (Los Angeles,ca) on 08/12/2013
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Yes!! Also try adding Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in a neti pot! Agreed that you should make sure the coconut oil is in liquid form before you put it up your nose! You can just put it into a plastic cup and run the cup under hot water before adding it to purified water and salt (and/or baking soda). It works wonders!

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Posted by Monika (Surrey BC) on 12/29/2022
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I am glad I read this comment by Denise. I also tried oil pulling through my nose 2 days ago and now my daughter and I both have eye infections. I am crying with pain and it's breaking my heart to see my daughter in pain because of this.

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Posted by Autum (NH, US) on 12/22/2014
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It's about 9:57 am and I had just finished a slice of bread with half a tsp of coconut oil. My sinus activity seemed to have settled down and my nose isn't as runny and am not coughing as much. Can feel an improvement though it's only been a few minutes. Also throat is feeling less itchy.

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Posted by Joshua James (Detroit) on 12/10/2015

Try leaving it out on a warm room. Also you could use a syringe. You can get them at a drug store. Many time they give them out free. Haven't tried this yet. But I am going to. I have also heard that many sinus problems are caused by fungus. From what I have read; antibiotics have cause fungus to run rapid.

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Posted by Denise (Vermont) on 03/25/2016 23 posts

Simply half fill a porcelain cup with warm water, or microwave it warm and then put the coconut oil in a container and immerse that container in the warmed water. Doing this rather than letting the tap run for a long time needn't use too much water. Good to see people who are conscious of water!

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Posted by Vanda (Ca) on 02/28/2017

Yeah, you don't need to melt it. Just a q tip and it melts as soon as it hits the heat inside the nose.

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Posted by Sara (Saskatchewan) on 01/16/2022

Please explain how you used the coconut oil. I have been dealing with a sinus infection fo 3 weeks now too. Thank you.

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Posted by Jade (Ojai, Ca) on 07/30/2015

Just a gentle reminder to everyone, especially in CA; you can put solidified coconut oil in the microwave for just a couple of seconds to liquify it. Try to avoid running the faucet unnecessarily whenever possible, drinking water is a limited resource, thank you-

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Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 11/16/2015

Linda, have you tried oil pulling with coconut oil instead of applying it inside? I have found oil pulling to help PULL out whatever is up those sinuses.

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Posted by Marcia (Seattle) on 04/23/2016

With all due respect, you clearly put it in the microwave for too long so it became too hot.

If one either puts it in for 5-10 seconds or sets the microwave to a lower temp and puts it in for 20-30 seconds -- and then tests it with their finger to make sure it's not too hot -- then putting it in the microwave should be perfectly safe.

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Posted by Laura (Ohio) on 01/14/2022

I put a speck of the solid oil right in my nostril. When laying down it melts on in quickly.

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Posted by peter (chicago) on 01/04/2022

Can you clarify how to use coconut oil in your neti pot? do you actually put the oil along with the saline water? how much do you put in?

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Posted by Leanna (Lafayette, La) on 03/30/2017

I suffer with chronic rhinitis that often leads to sinus infections, which I am currently dealing with. I do not have insurance to go to the doctor and it is getting worse. Will the coconut oil cure the severe infection?

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Posted by Meera (Trinidad And Tobago) on 12/18/2014

I have used coconut oil for external purposes and oil pulling sometimes, but never up the nose! I do suffer at times with sinus so I will definitely try this! How often is it recommended to be done? Thanks

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Posted by Linda (Rochdale) on 11/16/2015

Hi, how many drops of coconut oil in my nostrils? I hope it works. My problem is the bridge of my nose inside plus inflamed inside my left nostril, my nose on the left blocks as soon as I get in bed, my ears are congested, I can't use anything in my nose that would aggravate it. Thanks

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