Top 10 Natural Remedies for Sinus Infections

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A sinus infection is the most annoying and uncomfortable feeling.  Unfortunately, sinus infections are very common; it affects around 37 million Americans a year.  Sinus infections are an inflammation of the lining in the sinus cavities. Sinusitis can be caused by colds, flu, bacteria or allergies. Fortunately, you don’t have to over-medicate yourself with conventional drugs, there are many natural and effective remedies for a sinus infection.

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Sinus Infections

  •  Gargling with turmeric: Gargling with turmeric (here) is very helpful in healing sinus infections. Turmeric contains curcumin which helps heal the sinus cavity. Turmeric possesses an anti-inflammatory action.
  • Garlic Inhalation. Garlic is a very powerful natural antibiotic. It possesses antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Add  3 cloves of minced fresh garlic to a pot of boiled water. Cover your head with a towel over the pot and begin inhaling.
  • Steam Inhalation. The steam alone is a powerful decongestant that helps to clear the breathing pathways.  It opens sinuses and reduces sinusitis.
  • Neti Pot. This is a very well known treatment for a sinus infection.  The Neti pot (here) thins mucus and flushes it out of the nasal passages.  All you need is salt and water.  Just fill a Neti pot with 1 teaspoon of sea salt (preferably celtic) and 2 cups of lukewarm water. Tilt your head over the sink, place the spout of the pot in the upper nostril and pour in the water gently. The water will flow through your nasal cavity and out the lower nostril. Do the same on the other side.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV thins mucus. Mix two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water (you can add raw  honey for the taste).  drink it up to 3 times a day.
  • A Cayenne pepper tincture will help clear the sinuses.  Take a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper powder and snort it up each nostril.  It will quickly drain your sinuses.
  • Grapefruit seed extract (here). It’s a very effective remedy for sinus infections. Your sinus infection may disappear after just a couple of days.
  • Hot shower. When you are in the shower, let the hot water run onto your forehead and nose. It will help drain all the mucus in your sinuses.
  • Peppermint tea.  Menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint, acts as a decongestant. It effectively  breaks up mucous congestion.
  • Horseradish or wasabi mustard. These foods will unclog your congested sinuses.


It is time to ditch dangerous antibiotics and rely on natural effective home remedies.
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  2. A hot washcloth to the infected sinus with a hot water bottle over it works WONDERS! I lie on the bed with the infected sinus up, put the hot water bottle on, and in about 20 minutes, all of the snot drains right out. My theory is that the heat draws more blood to the area and osmosis draws water out of the blood into the sinus cavity, thinning the mucus.

    • Jen, I’ve always heard that heat helps draw out an infection. I had horrible sinus problems all my life till I pretty much healed myself in the last few years — the 2% that’s left is post-nasal drip. My mainstay is Sinus Buster nasal spray (I am not affiliated w/them), which makes it so I never have to rinse my sinuses. It hurts like the dickens! for about 15 sec., and then r-e-l-i-e-f. It is — hard to believe — gentle to the tissues and should be used as often as necessary, maybe 10 times in a day if I have something going on (which is almost never nowadays). Next day, I might only need it 5 times, and maybe not for days and weeks after that, or just a preventative dose once in a while.

  3. I like to use a Himalayan Salt Inhaler. Close one nostril and inhale through the other side while exhaling through the mouth. Repeat several times through each nostril several times a day. I also have a used nasal spray container that I fill with warm filtered water, a pinch of sea salt and 1/2 dropper full of Colloidal Silver. I spray the mixture into my nose and inhale the mixture as deeply into my sinus’ as possible. Repeat over the day. Make a new solution every day. It has never ceased to work for me.

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