Second round of antibiotics and no relief in sight.
I never understood the fuss about sinus infections until I’ve experienced it first hand. It’s horrible.
“It’s not you, it’s me“, I said to my antibiotics and decided to try home remedies for sinus infections, still shocked that I agreed to take antibiotics in the first place. I must have been truly desperate.
Two Days later my sinuses were clear. No sinus pressure, no sinus headaches and no congestion. I was thrilled.
In this post, I will share my personal 2-day-sinus-infection protocol with you, along with many more effective home remedies and practical information about causes, cures and prevention of sinus infections. Want it? Let’s go.
Sinus Infection or Allergies? (How to Know)
Symptoms of Sinusitis (Sinus inflammation), Allergies and the Common Cold are almost identical. How can you tell which one is responsible for your misery?
Well, apparently a bacterial sinus infection lasts much longer than the common cold. The mucus tends to thicken and discolor, and pain is involved in the horror story too.
Allergy Signs and Symptoms:
- Sneezing & a stuffy or runny nose
- Clear or whitish nasal drip
- Itchy watery eyes
- A burning sensation in the eyes or nose
Sinusitis Signs and Symptoms:
- Pain in the upper teeth
- Pressure or paint in upper cheeks, top of nose, between eyes or forehead
- Stuffed nose, mucous is thick and yellow, greenish or grayish
- Symptoms last more than 10-14 days
But what ever it is, the following remedies can help for EITHER of them.
The Weird Causes of Sinus Infections
Did you know that sinus inflammation is a common complication of allergies (food allergies too!), or any viral, fungal or bacterial infections (anywhere in your body)?
Even a pinched nerve in your back can cause systemic inflammation (inflammation throughout your body).
Technically, nasal congestion produces swelling in the sinus cavity, obstructing drainage and causing mucus to stagnate. This provides a perfect breeding ground for infection.
Home Remedies for Sinus Infections (In 3 Steps)
First I’d like to remind you that I’m not a doctor, and this information should not replace communicating with your doctor, especially if you suffer from chronic sinus inflammation.
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics, which were not helpful for me (and according to a recent study, it helps no one and can only encourage resistance) and medication to help with your symptoms. But, we’re here for the natural approach.
Step #1 – Symptoms, Go Away!
Some incredibly effective ways to relieve sinus headaches, sinus pressure and nasal congestion are:
1. Essential Oils
Many essential oils that contain antimicrobial properties, make a powerful weapon against bacterial, viral or fungal infections.
Peppermint or eucalyptus oil in a humidifier really helped to open up my nasal passageways. If your nose is stuffy, try to dilute 1 drop of Eucalyptus Oil in 1 tbsp of carrier oil and rub it on the bridge of your nose (don’t let it touch your eyes though).
Alternatively you can use Frankincense essential oil.
2. Neti Pot
Irrigating with a Neti Pot (You can get it easily online) and saline water is very helpful for clearing a sinus infection. Irrigation can clear out excess blockage, relieve pressure and stimulate healing. For better results, use the Neti pot a few times a day.
Please use distilled or water marked as sterile, not tap water.
To boost the Neti Pot treatment you can add Himalayan salt solution, OR 1/2 spoon xylitol before rinsing the sinuses.
3. Grapefruit seed extract Nasal Spray
Many people swear by the Nutribiotics Grapefruit seed extract nasal spray. Use as recommended by the maker.
4. Steam Inhalation
Steam inhaling is a simple yet powerful way to relieve sinus pressure and headaches, while opening your blocked nose.
The 2 best options in my experience are Vinegar (don’t raise an eyebrow yet) and Ginger plus Turmeric.
** Vinegar – However weird this may sound, many people claim this relieves sinus infection in 24 hours max. Empty a nasal sprayer (to get the fine mist) and add about 5-6 drops of white vinegar. A gentler option is organic apple cider vinegar.
Sniff it into the affected nostril 3 times a day. I tried it once and had instant relief, and the next day I was sinus-infection-free. Coincidence?
** Ginger and Turmeric – This power combo gave me an almost instant relief for my sinus headaches. I simply boiled 5 slices of Ginger toot and 5 slices of Turmeric Root in water.
Then I covered my head with a kitchen towel and took deep breaths of the wonderful smelling steam, for about 2 minutes. The result? No sinus pressure for 5-6 hours.
5. Pressure Points
I was amazed to see how well this works to open a blocked nose:
Start with the points on each side of your nostrils. Rotate your index fingers until both your nostrils are closed. Do this for 10 seconds.
Apply the same rotating pressure with both your index fingers a little above the inner corners of your eyes.
Head over to your cheek bones and apply pressure for 10 seconds.
Using both your index fingers, stroke your cheekbones to your ears and apply pressure, behind the earlobes.
Massage your ear lobes for 30 seconds at least. This has an amazingly calming effect as well. (Source)
I tried it and it worked!
Feverfew is a natural anti-inflammatory for sinuses. If you don’t take any other medication, you can try 500 mg Feverfew capsules from a high quality brand, 2-3 times a day.
Other helpful herbs are garlic (which can simply be added to your food), and Astragalus root capsules.
7. Healing Food for Sinusitis
Spicy food greatly helps with relieving decongestion and boosting blood circulation to speed up healing. You can make the traditional Pico de Gallo (Chopped onion, tomato, cilantro and jalapeno) which is a deliciously spicy way to cure sinus inflammations.
Step #2 – Will The Real Immune System Please Stand Up?
Please do not skip this step. Boosting your immune system is critical if you want this 2-day cure plan to work.
If you’re going to do the neti pot and an hour later eat some junk food and work until midnight, than just forget about it.
1. One of the best ways to boost your immune system is by taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil. What a great immune system booster. It contains vitamins A and D, as well as essential Omega-3 fatty acids. This is a high quality one.
2. Oregano oil is rightfully referred to as “nature’s antibiotic“. You only need a few drops of high quality organic Oregano Oil a day to give your immune system a good boost. (More about the amazing benefits of Oregano Oil)
3. Vitamin C – A powerful anti-oxidant. You can try 3-4 chewable Vitamin C a day (500 mg) to supercharge your immune system and speed up healing.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar – My grandmother used to cure just about any ailment she had with 1-2 spoons of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup of warm water – twice a day. (38 more incredible uses for ACV – HERE)
Step #3 – No More of These (For a While)
Food intolerance, allergies or “sensitivities” are common causes for recurring sinus infections.
For many people, wheat and/or dairy instantly cause inflammation and mucus build up. I know that whenever I indulge on too much dairy, my nose gets blocked within an hour.
Other common causes are soy, gluten, and sugar. If you suspect that you are sensitive to some foods, now is the best time to try an elimination diet. Remove the suspicious ones from your diet and note any change in your symptoms.
Your Sinusitis Protocol
Obviously, you shouldn’t use ALL of these remedies TOGETHER. Just choose a few of them, the most available to you, and you’re set.
A few combinations you can try are:
- Neti Pot + Pressure Points + Oregano Oil + ACV (My personal choice)
- Steam Inhaling + Herbal Remedies + Cod Liver Oil
- Grapefruit Seed Extract Nasal Spray + Peppermint EO in humidifier + Vitamin C
- Pico de Galo + Neti Pot + Pressure Points + Cod Liver Oil
Get the picture?:)
How about you? Do you have any tried and tested home remedies for sinus infections? Don’t keep ‘em to your self:)
To your health and happiness,
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