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5 Natural Treatments for Sinus Infection

5 Natural Treatments for Sinus Infection

True misery is the pain and swelling caused by sinus inflammation. The bones around the nose, the eyes and the cheeks are lined with membranes that produce mucus, which function to warm and moisten inhaled air, plus to filter out any germs. When congested and unable to drain properly, the mucus continues to accumulate, stagnate and become infected. There are a number of causes for chronic sinus infections:

  • Excessive dairy consumption (cheese, milk, ice cream, yogurt)
  • Environmental allergies
  • Tobacco and pollution irritation
  • Food allergies
  • Dental infection
  • Fungal infection in the sinus cavity
  • Systemic Candida albicans (overgrowth of yeast)
  • Colds and flu symptoms

Typical allopathic treatments for sinus inflammation can include prescription antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatories, and in some cases, surgery. In fact it is common for people to be taking five different medications to treat their sinus infection. Even with the medications, relief is minimal until milk, cheese, ice cream, and yogurt are first eliminated from the diet. This will help cut back on the production of mucus and allow the sinuses to clear. There are also herbal and homeopathic remedies, nasal sprays and aromatherapy oils that can help reduce the swelling and speed recovery.
1. Diet:
During infection eat in moderation, with an emphasis on whole grains, beans, lentils, lightly cooked vegetables, soups, and cold-pressed oils. Avoid mucus-forming foods such as, flour products, eggs, chocolate, fried and processed foods, sugar and dairy products. Drink plenty of pure quality water.

2. Herbs:
Include cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, and horseradish in your soups and meals, to help dissolve and eliminate excess mucus. According to the self-care guide, Prescription for Natural Cures, a powerful drainage remedy is to eat a small spoonful of crushed horseradish mixed with lemon juice, but make sure to be near a sink when your nose starts running. Japanese horseradish in the form of Wasabi paste taken with meals can also provide a quick release to the nasal passages. Just remember, “a little dab will do ya.”

3. Neti pot:
Dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt in 2 cups of warm water. Standing over a sink fill the neti pot with one cup of water and place the tip of the spout into one nostril. Tilt your head to the side and allow the water to run out through the opposite nostril. Careful not to tilt your head back and up or the water will reroute down your throat. Refill the neti pot and repeat with the other nostril.

4. Apple cider vinegar:
At the first sign of infection combine 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 6 ounces of water, a teaspoon of raw honey or stevia to sweeten and drink 3 times a day for 5 days. The apple cider vinegar helps to thin congested mucus, so it can be easily eliminated.

5. Grapefruit seed extract (GSE):
This citrus extract is a powerful natural antibiotic and is used to inhibit microbes, parasites, bacteria, viruses and 30 types of fungi including Candida yeast. For sinus infections you can purchase GSE as a nasal spray and use it as an adjunct to your treatment protocol.

Approximately, 37 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis, many of which can be alleviated with a change of diet and a few natural remedies used as a daily protocol. I have mentioned five treatments that have proven effective in clearing sinus inflammation, but I am aware that there are others. If you have found natural ways to cure or control sinus infections for yourself or family please feel free to share them with Care2 readers in the Comments section below. And, as always, many thanks for your contribution.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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10:04PM PDT on Oct 9, 2014

Pre - boil the neti pot water to kill microbes etc. Could go straight to brain. We keep a pitcher just for neti pot water.

12:39AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

I try not to use nasal spray every day, but a neti pot seems to do the trick for me most of the time.

Regarding Tumeric. On the Dr Oz Show, he simply demonstrated a teaspoon of turmeric in a little water with honey to taste. You can heat this in a microwave to dissolve the honey and mix the turmeric. After that, stir the mixture add more water to cool down the drink.

11:12AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Thank you!

7:28AM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

7:44AM PDT on May 16, 2014

My husband suffered from chronic sinuses infection for as long as i can remember. I got him the nose spray sinussoothe and now he never complains about his sinuses. He says everything us now back to how it was. Very happy now.

4:49PM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

My mother has been suffering with chronic sinusitis since November of 2013. She has been giving multiple antibiotics, decongestants, netti pot, and pain killers. The symptoms are just getting worse. She has facial pain, severe headaches, she now has 2 styes on her eyelid, she began to get numbness in her arm and chest and back pain. I really wish there was an easy cure. Prayers for us all.

ps. she is in a third world country where types of medicine is limited

11:16AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

My (6 yr old) daughter had a double sinus infection in January and was on a 20 day dose of antibiotics. It re-surfaced (or never fully got rid of it) 3 weeks later. On another 20 day dose of a different antibiotic.

So, my question is, if I were to implement some of the above (avoiding some foods: dairy, eggs, flour based foods, chocolate, etc)......WHAT then, can she eat?

1:19AM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

For anyone who needs this, here's how I got rid of my sinus infection in 2 days, using only home remedies:

4:13PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

Can someone tell me where I can buy liquid turmeric in edmonton,alberta,canada thank you if u can

11:31AM PST on Mar 3, 2014

Why apple cider vinegar? Would another type do? Like balsamic in a salad?

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