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Saline Rinse Method for Sinus Infections

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Posted by Darren (Dunstable, Bedfordshire England UK) on 07/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hello..just wanted to say a big thank you to Earth Clinic,I have been suffering from sinusitis for approx 2 months now following a cold & bronchitis. I,ve never had sinus problems before, that i was aware of, after reading about the salt water sinus rinse i gave it a try last night aronnd 6pm and again before bed at 11pm. the result was amazing and almost instant! I made up a solution of a tea mug of warm pre boiled water, 1 teaspoon of ordinary table salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. the 1st session was just with salt & after reading more added the baking powder later. I had a good sleep for the first night in ages and this morning woke to a virtually clear nose and head and feel great!! The method i used was simply to pour the solution into a handy small plastic bottle, and while over the sink tipped my head back and poured it up my nose until it came out my mouth and spat into sink/ while there blowing residue out my nose, result is instant. I have been on 2 courses of anti biotics recently to no effect. also my chesty cough has almost gone too, maybe due to no post nasal drip im guessing. Really hope this helps someoone else.. many thanks.

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Posted by Jason (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on 06/30/2009
0 out of 5 stars

Hi, I tried using coconut oil in my nasal rinse by mixing a 1/8 of a tsp of coconut oil into 16 oz of water mixed with one of those salt & baking soda mixes. I was hoping this would help my with my chronic sinusitis. I do not recommend doing this because now my nasal passages have been even more blocked then before and I am losing sleep over it. Please let me know if there are any suggestions how to counter this unexpected development from the coconut oil? Thanks! Again, do not try mixing coconut oil with your nasal rinse solution. Coconut oil works well on the outside of your body and with food but not in your nose.

Replied by Moniluv
(Orlando, FL)

Jason - use some peroxide and water. 50/50 in a nette pot, and that should clear up your sinus.

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Posted by Sheena (Glasgow, Scotland) on 06/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I wasn't sure whether I had a cold or it was seasonal allergies, but I've had a sore throat & congested nose for a few days and then my ears became blocked. Without a Neti Pot I tried a saline rinse using a straw and it did produce a lot of snot and with it some relief. I bought a small water bottle with a spout small enough to fit up your nose, performed a proper saline rinse (same method as with the Neti Pot) and voila - I can hear again. This works - it may be a little icky but worth it. I used 500mls warm water and roughly a tsp of ____ Salt. Thanks folks.

Replied by Tanya
(New Delhi, India)
0 out of 5 stars

did saline wash for 4-5 times and suddenly the pressure in the ear increased. what to do now?

Replied by Thenewguyintown
(Westwood, New Jersey, Usa)

Sounds like a perfectly normal response to me. You may want to consider using H202 in your ears. Check this site for further info

Replied by Lisa
(Spokane, Wa)

You may have pressure in your ears from blowing your nose too hard after rinsing with the saline wash. I did the same thing and was told that I pushed some of the water from my nose into my ears. Try blowing your nose very lightly without closing either nostril after using the saline rinse. Hopefully that will eliminate pressure from forming in your ear(s). It worked for me.

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Posted by Adina (Detroit, MI) on 02/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

it's simple but not every one can stand your nasal saline rinse, just add one tbs of ACV and rinse your nostrils as you would normaly and do about 3 rinses a day for 2-3's miraculas how this works... but again not every one can stand the acidity of vinegar...if your tired enough as i was you will try anything...

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Posted by Cindy (Alb, NM) on 01/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Wow!!! After 8 weeks of pain from a sinus infection, 3 doctor visits, 4 prescriptions of antibiotics and 2 bottles of narcotics, I found something that finally worked! I was up in the middle of the night desperate to find something to curb the most excruciating pain I've ever felt. This was the website that did it for me. I went to the pharmacy and purchased saline water. Bought the seasalt in pressured can but I'm sure any would work. I immediately felt relief and by the next morning was beginning to truly feel better. Used the spray 4 times a day for 4 days and am now using it night and day. No more meds flowing through my body! I am so grateful for this website. I have already spread the word!! Thank you for all the info!

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Posted by Betty (Saskatoon, Sask., Canada) on 12/10/2008
5 out of 5 stars

How to use nasal irrigation:

I have had problems with sinus infections for many years mostly because of a deviated septum. Antibiotics greatly disturb my digestive system so I avoid them. I use the salt/baking soda solution rinse regularly, but the infection I have now is more resistant to the nasal rinse. I am going to try adding Hydrogen Peroxide to the rinse.

If you don't own a rinsing kit, use a small ladle. Mix your solution,( I use 1/2 tsp. salt and soda each to 1 cup warm water), fill ladle, dip nose in ladle while holding one nostril closed and inhale until you taste it in the back of mouth. DO NOT swallow. Hold solution in nose as long as possible. Let drain. Repeat with other nostril, then blow. You may want to use a paper towel. Repeat at least twice a day. Avoid use rinse less than 1 hour bed going to bed to avoid swallowing salty solution. Works well, and won't damage sensitive nasal tissues like a forceful spray may do.

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Posted by Betty (Saskatoon, Sask., Canada) on 12/10/2008
1 out of 5 stars


I have no medical training. However, I would strongly recommend NOT using these remedies for young children. They would likely swallow the solution. The sodium content is too high for anyone to swallow. Also there is the likelihood and danger of children choking, or inhaling the solution into their lungs causing further infections. Use a nasal spray to gently draw the mucus out instead.

Replied by Jimmy
(Beverly Hills, Ca, USA)

There is no need to worry about the sodium content of saline solution. It is used on small children all the time to clear congestion. If they do swallow some, it is in such a small quantity there is no need for concern. This is a ridiculous warning.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

Hello Betty, If the saline you are afraid to use is called Normal Saline solution, throw all your fears away, because normal saline is isotonic (saline in normal saline is the same as in our blood) and not very likely to cause harm to you or your little ones. However I do recommend that you continue to give them water to drink, not normal saline.

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Posted by Cynthia (Clarksburg, MD, US) on 11/07/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Sniffing warm salt water helped my sinus infection. I gargle with it for a sore throat but never thought about my sinuses. I suffer from large sinus cavities, so large that every dentist/hygienist I see remarks about them on my x-rays and always warn that I would have major pain when I get a sinus infection. I had just used an anti-biotic to cure one infection about 3 months ago and did not want to get any more. Found this site after the pain got so bad and the fastest fix was to try sniffing warm salt water. Tried it first last night, then again this morning. The pain is less and the swelling is going down. Tonight I will try the Apple Cider Vinegar steam therapy and see what happens.

Thanks soooo much to everyone who contributes to this website!!!

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Posted by Sharon (Milton, USA) on 09/25/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Saline water has long been a remedy from doctors, but I have improved upon the method of SNUFFING! I bought the cheap generic brand of saline and quickly used it then refilled it with a new solution of water and a pinch of salt. USE it frequently and liberally. Plus, an ice pack applied to the forehead helps. Don't let it stay too long but move it around. NO FROST BITE, PLEASE!

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Posted by Bob (Melbourne, Florida) on 07/06/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Salt rinse cures my sinus flare ups: I never had problems with sinus until recently when I was diagnosed with allergies from all outdoor things. I was taking shots but, had no luck. I moved and they wanted to start the damn shots over again from the weakest dosage. What a scam!!! So, I decided to do as I was always told. Spray the nose pathage with salt water. I first bought the solution from the drugstore and now, make my own and place in the bottle I bought. I spray up my nostrils in the shower, pinch my nose, shake and blow the crap out. Boy, the next few days I felt great. Now, I only use it as a monthly or so routine. If I sense I have an allergic affect or sinus flare up then, a spray or two a few days or a week or so will solve the problem. I've been sinus ache free and medicine free for a four years now. Darn glad I found your site to tell others and to learn how to take care of myself without a prescription (otherwise known as a low dosage poison). Thanks for the time, Bob!!!

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Posted by Carlisa (Studio City, CA) on 06/13/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have has a stuffy head for 3 years. Due to lack of exercise and working indoors in air conditioning and pollution. I have even become VERY allergic to cigarette smoke and I used to SMOKE!I Live in Los Angeles but was visiting Miami and got a horrible sinus infection BACTERIAL with green boogers and sore throat etc. I used this mixture and felt relief in 20 minutes and have used it for 2 days and am draining everything and have lost all pain from the infection:

buy saline nasal spray- $2 usually. I pulled the top off and added one cap full if HYDROGEN peroxide (store brand) and 4 drops of oil of oregano and 2 drops of baby shampoo. 2 squirts per nostril. leave it in there then blow out your nose. Use this throughout the day. I also oil pulled because of this infection and had a very messed up scratchy throat- that helped my voice sound more normal- and then before bed drank a hot cup of water with a whole clove of garlic cut in half with cayenne pepper. Its nasty if I could taste it! But by morning my coughs were effective and mucus is coming out! I am feeling much better. Don't forget your ACV and Vitamin C -- I get chewables I feel it also helps my sinuses pretty immediately.

Hope this help you all with SINUS issues and SINUS Infections. I also do Hydrogen inhalation and love it. THANK YOU EARTHCLINIC.

Replied by Charlotte
(Johannesburg, South Africa)

I read about adding baby shampoo into saline spray to cure sinus infections. What i want to find out is, Does it also work for infants or its only for the adults only. Why I am asking is because my nephew who is 6months old seems to be suffering from symptoms of a sinus infection.

Replied by Joanne
(Victoria, Bc, Canada)

I would not advise using baby shampoo in a nasal spray. The main ingredient is a skin irritant and it's loaded with synthetic chemicals. It's better to keep it natural especially for a baby...

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Posted by Beth (Greeneville, TN) on 03/05/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have chronic sinus problems. About a month ago, I developed a cold, which of course turned into a sinus infection. I did one round of antibiotics to no avail. Yesterday I started searching the internet for natural remedies and came across this site. First I tried the apple cider vinegar remedy (2 tablespoons in 8 oz. of water), which didn't seem to help. Throughout the day, I started feeling worse and worse -- achy all over with the chills, a bad headache, and of course, sinus pressure and a sore throat from the post nasal drip. Then I tried the saline rinse method. I didn't have a netti pot, so I mixed 1 cup of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, and added a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. I put this mixture into a plastic squirt bottle (the kind used for condiments -- with the pointy top). I tilted my head to the side, squirted the mixture up one nostril, rolled my head around, let it wash through my sinuses then tipped my head forward and let it run out the other nostril. I did this several times on both sides, and repeated it a few hours later before I went to bed. All day and all night I felt HORRIBLE -- chills and sweats alternately, achy, etc. When I woke up this morning, my head felt better, but my nose was stopped up. I went into the bathroom and blew my nose, and a GIANT wad of blood, mucous, and pus came out -- which was the first time I'd had something like that in a while -- previously I had been using Dayquil and Nyquil, and these kept me pretty dry, but it just left all that stuff up in there and hardened it, I guess, leading to pressure and headaches constantly. Well, the rinse cleaned ALL of that stuff out, and today is the first day I haven't had a headache in WEEKS. The chills and achiness are gone too. My throat is still a little sore (raw from the constant post nasal drip over the last few weeks), but I plan to continue using this remedy for the next few days... hopefully my throat will clear up too. I HIGHLY recommend this remedy.

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Posted by George (Naples, Florida) on 01/28/2008
5 out of 5 stars

BAKING SODA NASAL RINSE I used baking soda and warm water and have not had a sinus problems in two months also used cayenne pepper to lower my blood pressure

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Posted by Murray (Los Angeles, California) on 01/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

You have many comments about saline irrigation. However all saline is not the same. Many OTC prepared saline product contain Benzalkonium or other preservatives. These can impair normal nasal cilia movement. Best to use a powder or salt to make your own solution. One teapoon of salt or Breathe.ease XL to 500 cc (or one pint) of water makes isotonic saline. This is usually best, though some prefer hypertonic. To make hypertonic use less water. Hypotonic - less salt is harmful to nasal function. If you tried OTC saline and found that it burned, try making it yourself without the preservatives.

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Posted by George (Naples, Florida) on 01/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

baking soda nasal rinse -- I mixed baking soda and warm water and did a nasal rinse and I have not taken any sinus meds in over a month and I use to use take them every day. After the rinse for about 1/2 hour you keep blowing stuff out your nose but then its like magic. THANK GOD.