6 Effective Natural Home Treatments For Sinus Infections

Feb 26, 2013 by

Sinus infections are very common, and, although there are different causes for these infections, including viral, bacterial or allergic factors, most doctors prescribe the same treatment: antibiotics. Usually medical treatments are not effective and that is because antibiotics only work on bacterial infections and not viral ones. And since doctors rarely take the time to test individual infections to diagnose the root of the problem, when antiobotics are prescribed for those that have a bacterial infection they are ineffective.

Most of the time doctors advise their patients to use the many available home remedies to treat the symptoms in order to make patients more comfortable.

Furthermore, there are many people who suffer from chronic sinus infections, and have tried almost every remedy on the market, with no effect. Fortunately, effective natural remedies for sinus infections exist.

Unlike modern medication, they do not cause dependence, and have no side-effects or negative effects on the organism. Home treatments have cured many sinus infection sufferers and at the very least provided some great relief for the often annoying and debilitating symptoms that come with these infections.

Here are the most popular natural treatments that work to reduce sinus infections:

1. Apple cider vinegar

This must be one of the best known and frequently used home treatments for sinus infections. You can either take three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every day, or make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in water, add one tablespoon of honey, and take the mixture two times a day.

Apple cider vinegar steaming can also show great results.

Mix the same amount of apple cider vinegar and water, put it on the stove, and inhale the steam. Apple cider vinegar is effective in clearing the sinus cavities and thinning the nasal mucous.

This treatment will help you breathe easily in just a few days.

2. Saline Rinse

Another old treatment for sinus infection is nasal saline rinse. You can find a lot of helpful products in stores selling herbal remedies. However, you can also make a saline rinse mixture at home, by diluting one quarter of tablespoon of sea salt in warm water. You can also add a little baking soda to the rinse. Use the mixture to irrigate your nose. It might not be very comfortable, but it is certainly effective. Using the saline rinse once, twice a day could significantly facilitate your breathing through the nose.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric has numerous health benefits, including the power to treat sinus infections. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties that will help reduce the inflammation of the nasal cavities, clearing the airways and healing the mucous.

4. Grapefruit seed extract

Liquid grapefruit seed extract is another effective remedy against sinus infections. The extract can be used as nose drops.

5. Oregano oil

Among the health benefits of oregano oil, we can also find sinus infection healing. Ingesting or inhaling oregano oil steam is an effective way to fight sinus infections and clear the nasal cavities.

Besides helping you get rid of the annoying sinus infection, oregano oil will also improve your liver functions and digestion.

Besides these herbal treatments, if you suffer from sinus infections, there are other methods to find relief at home.

6. For example, you could take some vitamin C, a great immune system booster, apply a warm compress on your face for a few minutes every day, inhale water vapor, and drink plenty of liquids to help moisturize the nasal mucous and clear up the airways faster.

Also, try to keep your room clean with the help of an air purifier. Hopefully, these simple home treatments will help you breathe easily once again.

John Davis is an avid proponent of herbal and natural remedies for all types of medical conditions.