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Home Remedies for Sinus Infection – Natural Sinus Infection Treatment

Mike Barrett
June 7th, 2012
Updated 11/14/2013 at 1:46 am
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Sinus infections seem to be extremely prevalent, with an estimated 29.8 million adults suffering from sinusitis in 2010 (and that figure does not include children). What’s more, many individuals who experience sinus infections seem to suffer from the health issue repeatedly as years go by. Not surprisingly, antibiotics are prescribed all too often for this condition – with around 20% of all antibiotic prescriptions going toward sinus infection treatment.

In addition, antibiotics have been prescribed for roughly 80 percent of acute sinus infections and nearly 70 percent of chronic sinus infections in past years. Not only has research shown some antibiotics to be ineffective at treating sinus infections, but this quick fix is also causing numerous antibiotic-related health issues to surface. It is time to bypass the treatments offered by mainstream medical experts, and engage in some natural home remedies for sinus infection.

4 Home Remedies for Sinus Infection Treatment

  • 1. Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is a hailed sinus infection treatment. Being just one of many apple cider vinegar uses, countless individuals attest to the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar against a multitude of health conditions, including sinus infection. One of the most powerful ways to use ACV is to mix 8oz of warm water with 2 tbsp of ACV and 1 tbsp of honey. The sinus infection could vanish within just a few days. Another option when taking apple cider vinegar is to simply take 1 tablespoon 3 times daily, whether diluted to ingest throughout the day or made to ingest quickly. Lastly, you can also try steaming with apple cider vinegar; mix ~1/2 cup of ACV with 1/2 of water, heat it on the stove, and inhale the steam with mouth and eyes closed. I recommend using organic ACV over non-organic.
  • 2. Turmeric – Thanks to a powerful compound found in turmeric known as curcumin, turmeric possesses powerful health benefits. Among the health benefits of turmeric is the spice’s ability to treat sinus infection. Curcumin helps to heal the sinus cavity and clear the airways. Since sinus infections are caused by nasal inflammation, and turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory properties, the spice can be seen as one of the existing natural cures for sinus infection.
  • 3. Nasal Saline Rinse – While the above remedies may suffice, a nasal saline rinse is also a very popular sinus infection treatment to store in your home remedies memory bank. For the mixture, you could try mixing ~1/4 teaspoon of sea salt or pickling salt with a pinch of baking soda and a cap-full of food-grade hydrogen peroxide in 1 cup of warm water or simply use sea salt/pickling salt and warm water. If you have never done a nasal irrigation, or saline rinse before, ask someone who has for assistance or try following detailed directions. It may not be the most comfortable of solutions, but a nasal saline rinse seems to continuously be passed down as one of the more effective home remedies for sinus infection.
  • 4. Oregano Oil – While it may not be the most accessible of the home remedies for sinus infection, oregano oil can be an effective sinus infection treatment. Not only could you simply ingest the oregano oil, but the oil can also be steamed and inhaled over a stove (with eyes closed). In addition to being a potential treatment for sinus infection, oregano oil benefits may also help to improve digestion, aid in fighting infections, and improve biological function – especially in the liver and colon.

In addition to the above home remedies for sinus infection treatment, you could try utilizing some of these options.

  • Elevate your head while sleeping.
  • Apply warm compresses to your face multiple times daily for 5 minutes each.
  • Vitamin C is an excellent immune booster, and can help to fend off sinus infections. Try taking up to 1000 mg of vitamin C 1-3 times daily.
  • Drink got liquids to help moisturize your mucous membranes and to help wash away mucus out of your sinuses more quickly.
  • Clean your house and especially your bedroom. Using a HEPA filter air purifier will also be beneficial.

Please comment and share your personal experiences below. Tell everyone what has and hasn’t worked for you, as well as your own natural solutions.

Additional Sources:

Medical News Today

The Jama Network


About Mike Barrett:
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  • mommyme

    I am a mom of 2 kids who are suffering from the flu. I have
    been searching for natural remedies to help cure their sickness. These are
    really great remedies that I have tried on my kids and they really work.

  • Kizi Love

    Thank you forthe post

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  • Jen

    I had a severe earache for two days, and after trying many different home remedies to no avail, apple cider vinegar was the cure. I put three drops in my ear and let it stay for about five minutes then drained it. I went to sleep with a heating pad on my ear and woke up this morning with no earache at all.

  • vincebodie

    As a surfer I know all too well the benefits – and occasional risks – of an inadvertent saline rinse of the sinuses. When the ocean is clean, the inevitable blast of seawater up the schnozzola has therapeutic effects. But when it’s not so clean, a gnarly infection can result, and what I’ve found is that a blast of high concentrate colloidal silver up the honker does the trick. What’s key is to get at least 250ppm concentrate, or better yet 500ppm. My local health food chain has a wide variety of concentrates starting at 10ppm, which is basically useless. Spend a little more and you won’t be throwing your money away. Kawabunga!!! ;-)

  • Paulbot

    Don’t take antibiotics for anything unless it’s life threatening. I took them all through my childhood because of sinus infections and acne (because I didn’t know any better) particularly erythromycin, which is known to create a perfect environment for candida, which it did. I now have fungal infections all over my body that now matter what I take, natural or pharmaceutical, won’t go away Definitely try everything before taking antibiotics.

  • DJ16

    How many times per day should the ACV drink be taken?

  • SarahB

    I have had the neti pot do great things for me, as well as garlic and olive leaf extract. Things that seemed to do nothing include echinacea, tea, cucurmin (turmeric), and cranberry juice for kidneys. Even if only one thing in 5 that I try works, I keep adding to my arsenal. I like the idea of working with my body to regain balance instead of hiding symptoms or trying to kill every last enemy germ.

  • Scholastica W Mwangi

    Thank you forthe post, the Cider Vinegar is awesome. Cheap and works perfect.

  • Linda

    Those things are good for you too but Oil of Oregano, (70% cavrocrol) has worked quickly for me each time since I discovered it. I read it is a natural antibiotic.

  • Jeaneti

    When I get a sinus infection, I get a roaring headache that makes dieing sound good. Does anyone else? I’ve found that if I catch it early and use these remedies, I can get better but once it is full blown and booming, only antibiotics seem to kick it back. Should I try to tough it out on natural cures? My doc prescribed pain killers but they only make me nauseous and really don’t touch the pain.

    • Catprints33

      Can’t speak for the infection, I’ve been getting them a lot over the years but it never even occurred to me to see a doctor but I have a high threshold for pain. ASFA the pain meds go, take half of the dose they give you and see how that goes next time. I really never understood why anyone would want to do those drugs for recreation because they always made me sick too but then I realized I didn’t have to follow directions and tried less, it was a lot better. Doctors r really should mention people have very different sensitivities to pain meds.

  • jeanine

    do not use tap water for the saline rinse- if you do, use water that has been boiled for 10 minutes. buy distilled.

    • laura m.

      I heard someone got an infection from tap water. Agree with the remedies, however if I took that amount of vit C it would act as a laxitive. Oregano oil: tried it, caused stomach upset. I use ginger, tumeric and low dos C, natural vinegar and saline spray.

  • banlay

    This has really worked for me. I found the steam inhalation hard at first, it was just too!

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  • Friv 3

    Oil if oregano is wonderful also when you feel a oral herpes coming on. We
    mix it with slightly canola or coconut oil and rub right away that feels like a
    oral herpes coming.

  • Friv 4

    I’m not so little cavities to dental

  • kizi 2

    I read so many articles with poorly-written content that your article is very impressive. It’s good to know there are writers that can write well and make their points clear.

  • glenn

    hi ive had a sinus infection for the last 6 weeks tried everything .apple cider vinegar. nasal rinse .hydrogen peroxide tea tree oil decongestant sprays, colloidal silver ,apart from the decongestants all the others did was completely block my sinuses. I was just about to give up then tried this combination, a.tablespoon each of coconut oil. turmeric powder.cayenne powder, 8 cloves fresh garlic 1 onion some fresh ginger , all cooked on low heat in a frying pan then mixed with some vegies or chicken,after eating this for 2 days I went a whole night without having to use the decongestant, after the third day my nose was completely unblocked ive suffered with sinus problems for the last twenty years ,not only did this work but I also read this week that in a recent study turmeric was found to have been as effective as Prozac in the treatment for depression ,lt doesn't taste the greatest but for me its been a godsend ,not sure if its one particular ingredient but didn't have the time to experiment

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  • Priyanka

    Thanks for providing life saving home remedies for the sinus treatment. The article is wonderful to help one suffering from this problem. Thanks again.

  • vuatrochoivh35

    My sinuses are, and I feel really uncomfortable when the weather changes
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  • ColleenD

    I tried the apple cider vinegar last night – both breathing in the steam and drinking 2 tablespoons with the honey in tea. I feel 100x's better this morning!!!!! I can't believe how much it helped. I will continue this for a few days. Thank you for the great suggestions!!!

  • james228

    thank you very much for the tip…yes, indeed have sinus infection usually leads to cough and respiratory problems for me. thank you very much for sharing this helpful and wonderful home remedies.

  • debe

    Oil if oregano is wonderful also when you feel a fever blister coming on. We mix it with a little canola or olive oil and rub on the spot that feels like a cold sore coming. Works better than Abreva.

  • harry

    This the way you just did.I’m really impressed that there’s so much about this subject that’s been uncovered and you did it so well, with so much class. Good one you, man ! Really great stuff her.
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  • James

    I never thought apple cider can help with sinus infection. i Normally use vitam c to help fight off the infection. Indian tumeric teas worked wonders for me.

  • Floyd T.

    About a year ago an ENT doctor had me stop taking all the allergy and decongestant pills and sprays and concentrate on getting myself more hydrated. His orders were to 1. drink more fluids, 2. flush my sinuses with a saline solution, and 3. inhale steam 3-to-4 times a day.

    This has really worked for me. I found the steam inhalation hard at first, it was just too inconvenient to do 3-to-4 times a day. But since I found a convenient way to do the steam inhalation, it has really made a difference.

    I’ve been following the doctor’s orders for almost a year now using a NeilMed solution and a personal steam inhaler and it has worked wonders for me. <a target="_new" href=""&gt; Click here to visit the Consumer Reports Center and read my review of the great little MyPurMist Handheld Steam Inhaler.

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  • DCW

    My flu was winning, the doctors take your money and may not give you antibiotics, couldn't afford an ER visit so…. I read that real honey is anti-viral. Tried it successfully to end this bug.

    • Anonymous

      I have a horrible sinus infection I have missed three days if school and ill try them thank you f

  • Renea

    Are you suppose to drink the ACV and honey?

  • Annette

    I've tried pretty much everything except the Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric & the Oregano Oil. I'm leaning towards the Vinegar, we'll see what happens.

    • Janet


  • Robert Park

    Coconut, especially its oil, although any coconut is effective at clearing viruses within a few hours. Olive leaf extract is also beneficial. If coconut, olive leaf extract, and oregano oil, are taken in combination then the effect is rapid. Excellent too at ridding colds or influenza in a few in hours around 5 so no requirement for the flu-jab. Try it and be surprised and impressed.

    • Anonymous

      What’s the amount of these to be taken?

    • Nikki

      Do I use equal parts of each?

    • Laula

      I have a sinus infection now it went away and came back .. I have the coconut oil … can I fine the other 2 stuff at walmart since thats the only BIG store we have here .. and then what do I do with this .. Do I put it inmy food or what ?

  • kaf

    I have bright yellow-orange nasal discharge– I guess i have an infection– I don t want antibiotics- so i'll try acv- thanks

  • tincures

    I find a steam bath is just as effective though I am intrigued by the use of turmeric. I know it has many reported benefits, but i wonder if you can just use it in anything / any recipe and it still works? Would love to give it a try.

  • gwen

    what is naturethroid? how do you get it? can you buy it over the counter?

    • samantha

      Naturethroid is a prescriptoin thyroid hormone replacement.

  • remedios caseros

    I had tried Indian turmeric tea often for my light sinus problems and found it very effective. It will be fast in clearing my stuffiness, but it dries my mouth a bit. Tried it before going to sleep, it will not keep you awake like other medicine.

  • Susan

    I would get a few sinus infections a year, and when I went off of Synthroid and started on Naturethroid, no sinus infections for 2 yrs!

    • Anonymous

      I’m on Synthroid and have gotten sinus infections every year since. Never even thought there was a connection! I will def look into other options now!

    • Nikki

      Is that for your thyroid? and does it help your sinuses?

    • samantha

      Ha! I was just at my endo's office today telling her I have had a sinus infection ever since she insisted on reducing my thyroid medicine. My levels were w/in range but my TSH was a wee bit low. She insisted that the fact my TSH is up and Free's are down would not prevent a sinus infection from clearing up. I told her she was entitled to her opinion and I was entitled to mine and that I wanted my Cytomel dose increased immediately.

  • physical therapy NYC

    Indeed, Sinus infection nowadays is very prevalent! Patients feels whenever gets affected by such infection. Thanks for informing home remedies information about this infection.

  • mabel nn musonda

    I have terrible sinus please how to go about with turmeric

  • Jose Northrup

    I agree on that the turmeric is really helps with your sinusitis, which is the spice of these is helping to loosen the inflammation part of your sinus. Thanks…

  • LauraG

    Anyone know if Tumeric Tea is helpful?

  • joey

    just buy it as supplement in capsules or better yet add it as a spice and add it to your food – it doesn't taste too great, it's like a slightly bitter / curry taste, but if you don't mind the taste it's cheaper to buy it as a spice and its safe to add to your meals

  • Ang

    How does one take the turmeric and in what quantity?

  • Anna

    Organic is the best, especially Braggs ACV with the mother in it. :)

  • Dawn

    The article did not specify whether to use organic or regular ACV. Does it matter?

    • Gen

      Dawn, the article says to use Organic ACV in the last sentence if the the paragraph.

  • Wuti Thongdee

    I will try it

  • Whoever

    I can attest to the possible success of the nasal irrigation (using distilled water). In addition, I watch my diet carefully, I use a HEPA filter in my bedroom, have raised the head of my bed, have increased my vitamin C to 2000 iu's, and use a humidifier while I sleep. Before this, I had so many chronic sinus infections and, for me, accompanying migraines that I was on medication 3-5 months out of the year. Since I started this regimen I'll have maybe one infection a year that is easily quelled by doing the nasal rinse more than once a day. My eternal gratitude goes to the physician's assistant who recommended it.

    • Sinupret

      What you said is so right, we need to help the body balance things at times and a humidifier is a great way to increase the risks of getting so many sinusitis attacks per year. It is so irritating to be the one who is always so sick throughout the year. You miss out on so many great moments that only come once in a life time. So my point is that I’m 100% in love with humidifiers because they keep the environment just right at all times and they save you from becoming a nasal spray addict.

    • Floyd T.

      I’ve been following a doctor’s orders stop taking all the allergy and decongestant pills and sprays and concentrate on getting myself more hydrated. His orders were to 1. drink more fluids, 2. flush my sinuses with a saline solution, and 3. inhale steam 3-to-4 times a day.

      It's been almost a year now and I've found and been using a convenient personal steam inhaler that has worked wonders for me. I think the regular inhalation of steam has made the difference. [i] [LINK=""Click here to visit the Consumer Reports Center and read my review of the amazing MyPurMist Handheld Steam Inhaler.[/LINK][/i]

  • Caution

    I was (mis)diagnosed for chronic sinusitis and environmental allergies for 12 years.

    It turned out I had (still have) "Meniere's Disease"; rare and thought to be caused by unknown virus, with no known cure or remedies (only restricted diet, with exercise) and very difficult to diagnose. On my 3rd trip to an ER for the debilitating vertigo attacks- one ER doctor finally made a preliminary diagnosis of Meniere's Disease. Still, it took 5 more years to get it diagnosed as the actual cause of all problems.

    Symptoms: sporadic then becoming chronic sensation of fullness, pressure in upper right front and side area of head, sporadic, turning to chronic sensation of fullness, pressure in right ear; chronic right ear tinnitus; very severe, totally debilitating vertigo attacks – which initially are one of the most horrible experiences i've ever felt, but become manageable, via diet restrictions (limit salt, caffeine, limits on many types of pain medications, zero alcohol, tobacco (even very small amounts of these – cause severe vertigo attacks), etc. I had a septoplasty with widening of the turbinates to help with the sinusitis. However, my problem was not sinus related, so the surgery was not really necessary and provided zero improvement to the never ending sensation of fullness, pressures…

    As above, I write, all of these problems were diagnosed as "sinusitis" for 12 years and have now lived with this for 16 years.

    • Brenda

      My husband also suffered from dizziness everyday. We spent five years trying to find out the problem. He also had unnecessary sinus surgery. We finally ended up at Tennessee ENT Dr. Swabber. I saw him on Discovery Health. He is the leading doctor in Vertigo. We spent 5 hours with him and he found out my husband's problem. Turns out my husband had a viral infection to his middle ear. None of which was detected by the previous 2 ENT doctors. He takes a daily dose of Valtrex and the dizziness is gone. Might want to look into this. Do you "bob" while you sit like you're keeping beat with a song? My husband did this which lead Dr. swabber to his diagnosis of depth perception in his right eye and the viral infection in his right ear. Hope this works because meniere's disease is uncurable. If you have any questions, you can email me.

  • fiasco

    I had chronic sinusitis for several years and tried all mentioned remedies to no avail. Saline nasal rinse seemed to help and did it daily but never cured. Then one day I happened to get lots of sun – next day was cured. Why? Vitamin D I suspect. Since then I sunbathe on a regular basis and use sunlites in winter. Sinuses are perfect. Also, oral vitamin D didn’t seem as effective as the D made by my own body.

  • betty

    with the saline rinse id advise to use distilled or reverse osmosis water in the nose,as lately theres reports of brain eating ameobas in fresh water,from people swimming in fresh water and getting water in their nose.