Sinus Infection Home Remedy

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Natural Techniques

Listed below are some natural techniques you could employ for use as a sinus infection home remedy.

Natural Technique #1 - Essential Oils

Essential Oils Used Alone:

Single Oils: OreganoBasilEucalyptusMelaleucaMyrrhThyme
Possible Blends: Protective Blend or Respiratory Blend (See Generic Name Comparison Chart)

Aromatic Application:

Use any of the oils mentioned on this page in a diffuser. Alternately, you could place a drop or two into a mug of steaming hot water, place a towel over you and the hot water then breathe for a few minutes.

Suggested oils for aromatic use are: Lavender, Protective Blend, Respiratory Blend, Lemon or Peppermint

Recipe #1

  • 2 d. oregano
  • 3 d. basil
  • 3 d. eucalyptus
  • 3 d. tea tree (melaleuca)
  • 3 d. Myrrh
  • 3 d. thyme

Combine the oils and use on the bottoms of your feet at least twice daily. Can also be used in a capsule. Make sure the brand you are using is safe for internal use.

Recipe #2

  • 4 d. frankincense
  • 4 d. protective blend
  • 4 d. oregano

Make a capsule and take internally as needed.  Continue usage for a few days after symptoms as passed.  Make sure the brand you are using is safe for internal use.

Recipe #3

  • 2 d. lavender
  • 2 d. tea tree (melaleuca)
  • 2 d. rosemary

Apply topically with a cotton swab inside the nostrils.

Recipe #4

  • 1 to 4 d. eucalyptus
  • 2 d. rosemary
  • 2 d. frankincense
  • 1 to 2 tsp. sea salt

Combine oils and mix with warm water. Irrigate with solution twice daily with a neti pot.

Natural Technique #2 - Neti Pot

This sinus infection home remedy involves the use of a neti pot, which is a nasal irrigation device available at most drug stores or health food outlets.  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, being careful not to tilt your head back and up or the water will re-route down your throat. Refill the neti pot and repeat with the other nostril.

Even more beneficial than plain sea salt alone, try mixing the following essential oils with the warm sea salt water.

2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Melaleuca and 2 drops Rosemary

For a stronger combination, mix the following oils and irrigate two times or more per day:

2 drops Eucalyptus, 2 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Frankincense and 1-2 teaspoons of sea salt

Natural Technique #3 - Capsaicin

Many of our favorite culinary combustibles call for hot peppers; fresh peppers and dried peppers, large and small peppers, peppers of all shades of red, green, yellow. Peppers with one ingredient in common: capsaicin.

Capsaicin is the stuff that makes hot chili hot. Capsaicin is so hot, in fact, it can be detected by the tongue even when it's diluted to 1 part in 11 million. This scorching stuff isn't merely a shortcut to heartburn, however. A diet of capsaicin-rich foods can break up sinus and chest congestion, and my help ward off infections too. 

What happens when you take a bite of something really, really hot? "Basically, it stimulates glands in your nose, which then starts running," says Gordon Raphael, M.D. "Your eyes tear and you sweat. You salivate to get what's hot out of your mouth."

Natural Technique #4 - Humidifier

Heating your home can create the ideal climate - for a cactus! When your furnace is roaring day and night, your household's relative humidity can dip below 15 percent.  that's drier than Death Valley! but you need about 40 percent relative humidity for optimum health and comfort. A dry home means dry, itchy skin and a greater chance of catching colds, flu, sore throats sinusitis and other upper airway infections.

When humidity drops below 40 percent, the mucous film that lines he nose and throat becomes thick and sticky instead of free flowing. As a result, bacteria and viruses may get trapped in the stagnant mucus. Some ear, nose and throat specialists recommend humidifiers to add moisture to the air to help people avoid these problems.  

Using a humidifier also keeps precious moisture in your skin. One of the chief reasons we have dry skin is the low humidity in the air which allows our own skin water to evaporate. One solution to dry skin is to increase humidity in the air where you spend most of your time - usually your home.

Natural Technique #5 - Apple Cider Vinegar (dare we call it a) Tea


1/4 cup water
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 wedge lemon


Bring water to a boil. Combine hot water and apple cider vinegar in a small glass or mug. Add honey and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Top off with a squeeze of lemon. Take a deep breath of the mixture, and start drinking.

Natural Technique #6 - Turmeric and Ginger Root

Turmeric root is a fragrant spice commonly found in Indian and some Middle eastern dishes. Not only does Turmeric contain the natural anti-inflammatory curcumin, this spice is also an anti-oxidant. When combined with spicy ginger root and brewed for a hot tea, this combination can help loosen mucus from clogged nasal passages, alleviate sinus pressure, and make you feel better all around. Ginger root also has the added bonus of calming an upset stomach, which is a frequent side-effect of excessive night time sinus drainage.

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Sinus Infection Home Remedy Links

Read the Article: Home Remedies for Sinus Infection 

WebMD: Help for Sinus Pain and Pressure