3 Best Home Remedies For Sinus Infection – Without Complications

The sinuses are air filled spaces located behind the forehead, nasal bones, eyes and cheeks. There is a pale pink lining found inside the sinus: the mucosa the air can communicate properly when there are no complications.

The Causes and Types of Sinus Infections

This infection can be triggered by colds and allergies. When mucus builds up and blocks the opening of the sinus, bacteria can easily penetrate and multiply causing sinusitis infections.

Conditions such as the inability of the cilia (small hair) to function properly due to some medical conditions can contribute to the mucus build up. Colds and cough can also produce too much mucus that can block the opening of the sinus.

There are two types of sinusitis. The first is acute sinusitis caused by growing bacteria in the sinus. It can only last for not more than four weeks. Another type is Chronic sinusitis caused by bacteria and fungus. For this type, the swelling and inflammation of the sinus can last for three months.

Symptoms of Sinus Infection

The most common symptom of sinus infection is the presence of colds that does not improve.

Another symptom can be nasal stuffiness caused by a large amount of mucus that is commonly causing pain when discharged. The yellow nasal discharge is intensely irritating.

It creates pressure-like pain in the nasal passage. The patient may also experience fever and pain behind the eyes and near the gums when there is sinus infection.

Sore throat and postnasal drip can also be felt which can make the person feel weak and unwell.

Natural Home Remedies for Sinus Infection


There are a lot of different available treatments that works to clear nasal passages. Let’s start with herbal remedies for sinus infection. Onions contain enough level of sulfur to serve as antibacterial. One can cut a portion of onions and inhale it, but this can cause irritation to the eyes.

So for better result, chop the onions into tiny pieces and place it in a pot of boiling water. Let it boil for five minutes. After that, put a portion in a bowl or mug and inhale the scent to relieve the clogged nose. For better result, the patient may drink the mixture while it is still hot. Or you can try such devices as navage, sinupulse.

  • Horseradish can also be effective to cure a congested nasal due to sinusitis infection. Grate the radish into tiny pieces and  hold a pinch of it in your mouth. Leave it there for a couple of minutes.
  • The flavor of the horseradish moves up to your sinus and eases and dissolves the mucus formed in the sinus. When the flavor has evaporated, swallow the grated radish to eliminate the mucus from your throat.

There are also other ways to treat sinus infection. The patient should know what to take when experiencing this extremely irritating infection.

Taking Apple cider vinegar can be particularly helpful to exterminate the infection. He can mix 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey with 8 ounce of water.

  • This mixture can help remove sinusitis in just few days. He can also simply take 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar 3 times a day. Finally, it can also be used in steaming. Fifty percent of ACV plus fifty percent of water can be an extraordinarily powerful mixture, heat it and inhale the steam with your mouth. The warmth coming from it can also help kill bacteria.

If your infection has already irritatingly grown and becomes Chronic in nature, the patient can use Grapefruit Seed Extract to treat it. The grapefruit has antifungal and antibacterial components that can effectively cure sinusitis. It can be found in liquid or pill form. This may cause allergies to some people and can only be taken with doctor’s advice.

Drinking water regularly can keep a person away from any forms of nasal and sinus infection. Water can wash up mucus on the throat. It carries away any forms of bacteria and fungal build-ups. He can also avoid this infection by checking the food that he eats.

Lessen the intake of infection causing foods such as fried and starchy foods, rice, meat and strong spices. Prevention is always better than cure. Regular intake of foods rich in Vitamin A can help a person build a strong defense against sinus infection.

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  • Bulelwa says December 4, 2014

    Thank you for the information
    My case is very chronic, I started having sinus in 1996 and my ENT doctor performed an operation to take them out in 2001 but the relief was for only a month then I experienced the same till today.

    Can I still be helped by grapefruit remedy?

    Thank you for your assistance

      Tammy Kittle says February 13, 2016

      I don’t think it would hurt to try it, why not mention it to your doctor? I’m having bad sinus issues myself. I boil hot water early in the morning & place a towel over my head & the hot steam while breathing it in. It help me a lot. I take regular ibuprofen & I also put a heat source on my nose & eyes. I heard Vicks vapor rub also helps. I’m planning on getting that today along with some oranges. We all could benefit from Vit C.

        Nuzhet says June 30, 2017

        Start taking Dr. Bergs wheat grass juice powder once a day in water, it’s a miracle…helps with allergies and sinus conditions!!!

          Tushar says November 6, 2017

          Hi, How can i will help you for sinus. i checked out the product details on Amazon web site but it is not related to sinus at all. can you please share all the details with me to get bad sinus infection.

    Reyna says December 27, 2014

    I need to know how is the liquid to put in my nose for the very bad sinus I have

      Diana says January 12, 2015

      Neil-med sinus bottle fill it up with warm water two bag of salt that comes with it and add betadine solution to the water a lot to make it powerful, then wash your sinus like the instructions from neil med. twice a day it will help whiting three days. This used to help me but no anymore you guys can try it
      I have chronic sinus and had surgery & tried all possible remedies at this point is like nothing is helping anymore.

        skip says May 6, 2015

        Try apple cid vig, 2 tbls in a glass of warm h20, 3 times a day

    kàmal says February 20, 2015

    I want very easy solution. I have pain in my head

    Pinklady says February 21, 2015

    Thank you for the information.

    faisal says April 22, 2015

    i have very bad sinus problem.i feel pain altime right side of head,one side nose block and less hear in right ear.doctor said to make operation.how get i rid for this problem forever without doing operation.please inform me

      Nuz says June 30, 2017

      Start taking Dr. bergs wheat grass juice powder with water, mix and drink daily! Miracle

  • Aj says April 22, 2015

    I’ve had chronic sinus infection for since 1997, had a surgery to remove polyps back in 1999, but the infection came back over the next year and has been affecting me since. I have tried many things but this is what has been effective for me:

    Since winter of 2013, i have been boosting my immune system with magnesium, zinc, echinea and goldseal extract, and Norweigian Fish Cod Oil (all cheaply bought from Walmart). Also, i use a Neti pot to flush my sinuses, eat garlic on a daily basis, and have started using Apple Cider Vinegar too. I also drink at least 6 cups of water per day, which is three full 16 oz water bottles – it makes a huge difference drinking enough or more water because it replenishes all your lost water from mucus drainage. A change in diet helped me alot too, and no I’m not a vegan or vegetarian (no offense to people who are).

    And honestly, i do drink a lot of ethanol beverages weekly for years now, so for those who don’t have such a bad habit, what i use will be more effective for people who don’t drink beer and liquor excessively as i do – yeah, i know i would be cured faster, but it’s just the lifestyle i chose to live. I feel i’m only a few more months left to be entirely cured, because i can see my polyps are nearly gone and my mucus is becoming more clearer everyday. Plus, i can breath through my nostrils with ease again, i don’t feel fatigue as much anymore, and i have no more headaches, all of which i had endured against since 2004, so i’m very aware of the difficulties and annoyances people face with sinus infection. So have patience people and i hope my own experiences written here will others be cure of their illness too.

    As an side but relevant anecdote, this woman is a very good resource to learn health from too: Dr. Lorraine Day.

    Lena says May 6, 2015

    Hi and thank you for the article!
    I used to have sinus infection all the time and was overloaded with antibiotics until I had to go to the emergency room for neurotoxicity because of so much antibiotics. After that I decided I was going to try natural treatment instead of so antibiotics, and I can say I feel much better and almost cured too.
    I started by stop using regular toothpaste, and I homemade toothpaste only (every day I use something different like baking soda, or salt, or powdered calcium, or charcoal; put some on top of a wet toothbrush and brush with it, after rinsing I use 1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil and swish for 10 minutes or more and brush again just with the toothbrush and there’s no need to rinse again (my teeth feels cleaner and whiter and my mouth is not dry and acid anymore. Coconut oil alkalinizes the mouth. Regular toothpaste dries our mouths).
    I chew raw garlic every day or night. I also drink a tea made with turmeric and honey (I found in the internet a great recipe called golden milk, an ancient Indian recipe that I’m going too). I take 1 capsule or more of clove daily or I drink clove tea. I also take probiotics (and I also have 2 sprays containing nux vomica and antimonium crudum among other ingredients), multi-vitamins and also I take extra vitamins C, D3 (and D2 from sunshine as well), A, E, magnesium, zinc, (I don’t take extra calcium and don’t recommend because too much of it can harden our veins). I eat sauerkraut and natural organic yogurt (both are natural probiotics). I also take 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 cup of water daily (baking soda is alkaline and is being used in medicine).
    I can say that I haven’t taken antibiotics for a while and I am looking forward to get completely healed!

    P.S: I love horseradish and I didn’t know it was good for sinusitis! I forgot about the apple cider vinegar and the onions, thanks for reminding me! I still have to try the saline nasal solution and grape seed extract.

    rashid fayyaz says June 4, 2015

    I had the same problem. ENT doctor told me homemade solution for treating this problem. I am using it since then and my problem has solved.

    Please contact me for the answer at rashidfiaz(at)gmail(dot)com

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      albina says September 27, 2015

      please help with my sinus infection
      thank you

      rajeev says November 30, 2015

      Dear Rashid

      I do feel severe pressure in my nose bone and around … forehead… between eyes …. please let me know the home remedy which was advised by your doctor…

      Thanks and regards

      khan says January 8, 2016

      Please help me. I have sinus problem … and dont have to breath properly coz of my nosel block and sometimes my cough block in my neck .

      July says January 31, 2016

      Dear Rashid

      I do feel severe pressure in my nose bone and around forehead between eyes. please let me know the home remedy which was advised by your doctor…


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    Davinia Tsikari says July 29, 2015

    Try Manuka honey, I find it very effective. Read about it in the internet.

    Rissa yap says August 24, 2015

    I observed that my smell and taste buds become worst. I notice salty and sweet. But how delicious the food I don’t recognized so well. I smell little bit. What will I do? My doctor gave anti allergy and vitamins.

  • Edith Shapiro says August 26, 2015

    I have had chronic sinusitis/sinus infection for several years. Had sinus surgery which was a total waste of time, money, and hope. I have found that avoiding all sugar, and facsimiles thereof, is the only thing that truly eliminates my sinus problems. To help maintain clear, happy sinuses–after you’ve eliminated the infection–one can use a relatively cheap ($8-9)and helpful product called Alkalol (contains no alcohol). It can be found in the Cambridge, MA area at Skenderian Apothecary. You can use it as an inhalant in boiling water–5 minutes should do it–or as part of the salt water you’d use with a sinus cleanse, or both. It’s an old-fashioned mucus solvent and cleaner. Good Luck!

    Patricia House says September 14, 2015

    I have just written a blog for my website ( it’s a tarot website) but my blog is specifically about how I cured my own sinusitis naturally.

    It would be great if you do read my blog, but the way I cured my sinusitis – which I had for 5 years – was by drinking warm water with half a lemon squeezed into it and a teaspoon of Manuka honey (active 15+ at least) stirred in, EVERY morning as the FIRST drink of the day.

    The honey is expensive but a jar lasts for about a month. It took six weeks to feel the first results but six months later my sinusitis has completely gone – along with the allergies which it brought with it.

    It is a very pleasant, healthy and natural cure to a horrendous affliction! Best wishes to you all, Patricia

    neelam jain says September 29, 2015

    i my bone on forehead jst near deyebrows is extending..frm last few months..is dis wat u call sinusitis..
    pls help its ryt on my face..

    Omer says November 10, 2015

    I am 24, and suffering from sinus since last 16 years, i have wasted more than 100 thousand of rupees in medicine and consultant fee but nothing make me get rid of from them. Now condition is no hunger, dullness , no hope , no power in the body . Believe me sinus is worst you cannot do any thing…. if you have solution then plz do inform me.

    [email protected]

    Kim says November 15, 2015

    Everybody everybody everybody!!!!!!
    There is a cure for chronic sinusitis….
    i have been going yo E.N.T Everytime but with no help for 3 years!
    I came to realize that all of the medicine i was given were antibiotics,,,
    i googled deeply bout this infection n found that it can be caused by fungal infection, n it can result from being allergic to fungi or molds,,, which i found they are readily everywhere,,
    now i came to realise that TEA TREE OIL is An ANTIFUNGAL so i put 2 drops in my saline nasal rinse n my condition is back to NORMAL,,, NO MORE BAD BREATH FROM NOSE ,, but there is some in my mouth n i will have to take oral antifungal capsules; diflucan ,,,, so that i will get relieved from the yeast infection that is all over my body,,, n trust me it works,,, so everybody there STOP ANY KIND OF ANTIBIOTICS , and start doing ANTIFUNGAL N U WILL THANK ME LATER!!!!

      Well-Informed says December 13, 2016

      THIS is 90% TRUTH!!! From what I have researched and experienced myself, FUNGUS is the “primary culprit” in just about ALL Sinus Infections! I have had surgery for fungus ball and polyps 8yrs ago. Thank God I have not had to have surgery again, but Doctor and Allergist says re-surgery is VERY possible and happens often with same patients. Upon heavy research and countless hours of reading, (google this yourself!) Fungal Sinus Infection is on the rise and most likely is the cause of our sinus infections. It is very invasive and must be aggressively treated. By far the best method is IRRIGATION using salt, baking soda, sodium due to fungus and most bacteria not withstanding high sodium environment! Adding tea tea oil to the solution is an added bonus. What Kim says above is VERY real and VERY true people. It can change your entire lives and health immediately…. God Bless and Happy Healthy

  • Theresa says November 22, 2015

    to Doctor or not to Doctor; that is the concern.
    I’d much rather treat what I believe to be chronic sinusitis due to the duration of my symptoms. I have discomfort and soreness on my left maxillary sinus for about two months. I thought it was tooth related but after a visit to my dentist found that that was not the case. The first thing doctors want to do is either give you antibiotics or surgery. I would like to give my body an opportunity to heal itself of this bacteria. Should I see the doctor only to confirm that it is in fact sinus; then run for my life and get a homeopathic cure?

    sameer says January 26, 2016

    Hello,, I m 30 yrs guy from delhi,,, I m suffering one side nasal congestion during sleep only ,dauring day time when I wakeup i dont hv any problem in nose but when I lie down in bed then one side nose or is left or is right side is going blocked, thise happne with me since 5 years and bcoz of that I cant sleep deeply, ,, mouth breathing and drink water between sleep problem I m suffering bcuz of nose blocked,,, one year before I had done .nasal septum surgery. But after surgery I did not get full benifit ,recently I was thinking about nasal turbinate surgery and because of that I have been a ENT doctor concern about nasal turbinates surgery but doctor told me that I don’t need nasal turbinates surgery,, I have try all home remdey and every thing for my nasal congestion during sleep but I dont get comfort,,,now is there anyone who can suggest me good thing for my problem,,,

      vijay bakshi says September 27, 2016

      do jal neti twice a day.

    Lungile says February 8, 2016

    Need help ,my boy is 4 years,,he is having this problem,rubs nose,till he cries,cant breath properly,sleepless night,eish am confused

      tina says May 23, 2016

      Not sure if to late and you have found what it is his allergic to but if it just bedtimes then its your washing powder or dust might around him non bi o you need

    Lungile says February 8, 2016

    Been reading the symptoms and treatment,,,,

    The Watcher2 says March 27, 2016

    I have sinus for the last 10 over years and what experiences I had was much different that alot of people.
    My sinus can come anytime of the day even though the weather is cooling or warm. When it strikes, both my nose passage will be blocked and it will be hard to breath and follow by non stop coughing. I have tried many remedy and even visited the ENT doctors who gave me spray and some anti-biotic for the treatment. It works for a while and then back again and at one point it became so bad that I could not breath because I was coughing non stop not even a rest of 30 secs. My lips turn bluish and i was grasping for air but each time I tried it follows with a long coughing which kill my breath entirely. At this stage anybody will either faint or lost consciousness. What I did was something nobody will thought about it. I sat down in a relax sitting and lift my head upward and open my mouth to breath from thereon. Initially it was not easy so I drank some water first and then clear the passage way. After putting up my head for about 20 mins and breathing through my mouth, I was able to simmer down the sinus and make my breathing back to normal. According to my doctor, there is no actual cure for sinus except one can take preventive measures before it come up. Today, I still have sinus now and then but when I put in alot of exercises it will make me feel better in breathing.
    Foods play a roll in the sinus prevention. For sinus patients it is better to avoid foods such as nuts and dairy products. Eat a lot of spicy foods and it will keep your sinus a bay. It fit me well but not sure for others but it is worth a try.

  • Tim says April 12, 2016

    OK, I typically don’t try a lot of this “home remedy” stuff because most just never worked. I have been suffering from sinus infections my whole life and when I get a cold, watch out! My sinuses produce so much thick mucus (I know gross) that it literally cannot get out through my nose (which I have a deviated septum and small nostrils as it is) or threw coughing/hacking it out. I literally have to just take meds and wait weeks if not months for it to go away.

    Sleeping or laying my head down is the worse as the thick mucus just goes from side to side clogging up either nostril making it so hard to sleep. Plus, as things get backed up, my ears and head start to pulverize. All I ever wished was that I could drain that thick mucus out. I have even blown my nose so hard and extreme that I have caused my nose to swell for days, noticeable on my face…looks like I broke my nose. I just wanted something to get rid of the blockage…maybe a vacuum cleaner to the nose? You laugh but I have thought about it. I just wanted that thick mucus gone!

    Well after 30 years of trying different remedies and almost giving up I hit the jackpot today! I came across this article and decided to try the ACV 50/50 mixture / boil / inhale trick. I mixed 1/2 cup of ACV and a little less that 1/2 cup of H20. Let it boil and placed a towel over my head and inhaled. It was intense! I could feel the fumes going into my nostril and burning…it was a good burning sensation. A few times I had to step back because the fumes were too intense. The result was immediate! I kept doing this for about 5 minutes. My sinus were clear but I did not want the mucus to come back. Obviously the fumes did not make my thick mucus go away. Since my nasal passages were clear, I thought this was a good time to do my netipot with saline rinse. Well SHUT-THE-FRONT-DOOR!! When I did my first side I immediately felt the mucus wanting to come out. I could easily (and that is the key word here) easily blow my nose and all the junk just came out. It was gross but it was the best sight ever! All that plugged up thick mucus was out! I was relieved. I was cured!

    Now I know this might not work for some, but for me…it was a God sent! I have been searching for a remedy like this for over 30 years!!! 15 minute procedure of breathing in boiled ACV fumes and a netipot rinse saves me a month of misery! Now anytime I get a sinus build up I get out the ACV and netipot!

      Debbie says September 12, 2016

      Thank you for your article, informative and interesting. I am going to give it a try, what could it hurt after 6 courses of antibiotics, vitamins, Vicks rub, humidifiers, salt lamps, air purifiers, nose sprays, sinus flushes, and more I’ve had little relief for over 6 months. Bring on the ACV!!

    Dalila says September 1, 2016

    – The first signs of a cold (nasal congestion, shortness of breath)
    – Pressure in the head and difficulty breathing through the nose for sinus infections (sinusitis)
    – Difficulty of expectoration, which is a result of accumulation of thick mucus in the airways

      emma says September 22, 2016

      I hv sinus problem for about 7 yrs the colour of the water from only the left side of the nose is yellow.

    emma says September 22, 2016

    Pls i need a natural cure

    Madhu Patel says November 28, 2016

    my husband is suffering with this sinus problem. It increase in winter season specially in morning time. Pl suggest some home remedies which can help him. He is 43yrs now.

    collety says February 7, 2017

    Very much usefull information

  • Cher says February 18, 2017

    Thank You,
    Not to weird good advice!

    Rethabile Manana says May 3, 2017

    Can I operate sinuses from the hospital or what is the best way to cure sinus for good

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    Kinney Baughman says June 4, 2017

    Let me add this to the mix as well. Having never had a sinus infection, I’ve had 3 this winter. 3 rounds of anti-biotics. What turned the corner for me was a trip to the acupuncturist. She placed 4 or 5 pins in my neck and with in 2 minutes I could feel the pressure release in my head. It was like letting air out of a balloon. Different strokes for different folks but this was the beginning of the end for me. I’ve also been doing ACV nasal saunas. I also feel like this is helping.

    Evanjelin says October 3, 2017

    I have This problem of sneezing and cold daily. Doctor said I have sinus problem.The thing is that During sneezing I feel terrible pain in my nose eyes and after that my entire face. I sneeze continue sly for about 20 to 40 something. I get cold everyday that I’m tired and I get hungry always . I can’t go any where an do anything. I sneeze even after drinking water and eating anything.Im tired of this thing. I’m always in bed sleeping.please help me.if u could please give me some home remedies.

  • Bukirwa Mary says October 27, 2017

    My nose block at night, it is difficult for me to breath and I get mouth odour when I try to breath through the mouth

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    Yibeltal Solomon says December 22, 2017

    It is a good point. I will use these home remedies. Thank you!

    Md. Azam sheikh says August 10, 2018

    Chronic sinus

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