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Sinusitis (Sinus Infection) - Treatment at Home

Sinuses are the hollow spaces behind the bones of the face. Usually the
sinuses are filled with air. Due to cold or allergies sinuses get
blocked and filled with fluid.

Causes Of Sinusitis (Sinus Infection)
The important causes of sinusitis include:

•    Infection of the parasnasal sinuses caused by bacteria, virus or fungus.
•    An allergic reaction  of the body or allergic rhinitis

•    Sinus blockage due to nasal polyps

•    Autoimmune  reaction  of the body

•    Medications that suppress the immune system

•    Smoking

•    Pollution
In children the factors that contribute to sinusitis include allergies,
use of pacifiers, bottle drinking while lying on one’s back and smoke
and pollution in the environment.

Symptoms Of Acute Sinusitis (Sinus Infection)
The person with acute sinusitis may have two or more of the following symptoms and green or yellow nasal discharge.

•    Blocked nose

•    Facial pain

•    Nasal discharge

•    Nasal Congestion

•    Cough
In some people the following symptoms are also seen.

•    Tiredness
•    Bad breath (halitosis)

•    High temperature

•    Toothache
The symptoms of chronic sinusitis are

•    Congested and puffy face

•    Nasal cavity with pus

•    Blocked nose

•    Headache

•    Tiredness

•    Discolored postnasal  discharge

•    Severe pain in cheeks
Though there are different painkillers, decongestant tablets and sprays
available to reduce the swelling and to cause the sinuses to drain, it
is not advisable to use these for more than a week. 

You can try the
various home remedies available for treating the sinusitis naturally.

Home Remedies For Sinus Infection

1. Small Onions
Small onions are found to be very effective in treating sinus
infection. They are loaded with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial as well as
sulphur compounds that works out to be effective in treating even the
stubborn parasites and fungus. Eating raw small onions with sugar will
help in watery nose and clearing of the sinus infection.
• All you need to do is to eat a few raw and fresh small onions. Drink a
glass of hot water immediately after finishing the small onions.
• Repeat this for two to three times a day and you will be free from sinus infection.

2. Baking Soda And Sea Salt
Baking soda and sea salt are found to have anti-fungal and anti-viral
properties and will be effective in reducing sinus infection.

• You will need to find a netipot to perform this remedy. You need to
boil about 4 cups of water and cool it down to room temperature.

• Add a teaspoon of table salt, 5 drops of oregano extract, 3 drops of
eucalyptus oil, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 20 drops of betadine solution
and 3 drops of tea tree oil to the boiled water and mix well.

• Sea salt and baking soda will help in loosening the mucus in your nose.

• You need to irrigate your sinus linings in your nose regularly for several times a day.

• Then reduce the number of times the second and the third day and you will feel that your sinus infection are blown away.

3. Inhale Onions
Onions are known to have anti fungal and anti bacterial properties
with loads of sulphur compounds. It is found to be very effective in
lessening the sinus infection in people. It is one of the ancient
remedies practiced in India to clear blocked nose and stubborn mucus in
the nose.

• Cut one portion of onion and inhale it if you are okay with the
irritation that it causes to your eyes. Repeat this several times a day
to reduce sinus infection.
• You can also chop small pieces of onions and put it in a pot of boiling water.

• Let it remain in the boiling water for 5 to 7 minutes so that all its juices get mixed with the water.

• You need to drink this juice when it is still hot to get relief from sinus infection.
• You can also put the chopped onions in a bowl and inhale the smell
coming out of the onions deeply in order to get relief from clogged

4. Horse Radish
Horse radish is also found to offer an effective home remedy to treat
sinus infection. It will help in dissolving the mucus that is formed in
the nose and the throat due to sinus.

• Grate the fresh horseradish and place a pinch of this horseradish in your mouth.

• Hold it in your mouth for a few minutes so that the horseradish flavor
moves to the sinus and reacts with it to reduce the mucus formed in the

• Once you feel that the flavor of horseradish has evaporated, you can
now swallow the grated radish to fight the mucus that is present in the

• Repeat this at least two times a day for three to four days to get great relief from sinus infection.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is found to be also effective in reducing the
sinus infection to a great extent. It is very effective to treat
irritations caused by sinus infection. Regular intake of apple cider
vinegar will help in totally exterminating the sinus infection affecting
your nose and throat.

• If you are sensing irritations due to sinus infection, then you need
to simply consume one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day
to see a reduction in the irritation.

• Mix five to six teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 200 ml of water. Now, heat this water and inhale the steam in your mouth.

• Repeat this three to four times a day to get good relief from sinus infection.

6. Grape Fruit Seed Extract
If you find that the sinus infection has grown very badly and is
chronic in nature, then you can use grapefruit seed extract to reduce
the irritation to a great extent.
• Grapefruit seed extract has excellent antifungal and antibacterial
properties that are found to be very effective in treating sinus

• You can find it in pill form or in liquid form and need to be taken
only as per the instructions provided by the doctor as it has been found
to cause allergies in some people.

7. Oregano Oil
Pure oregano oil has been found to be very effective in treating
bacterial sinus infection. It has anti-bacterial properties and will
help in completely removing sinus infection caused by bacteria.

• Take a few empty gelatin capsules and insert about 15 drops of oregano oil in each of the capsule.

• Take this capsule three times a day like you take antibiotics and it
will help in making you symptom free in three to four days.

• You an also add 10 to 15 drops of pure oregano in a glass of water.
Mix it well and drink this mixture once or twice a day for three to four
days for effective reduction in sinus infection.

8. Nose Exercise
You need to improve the blood flow to your sinuses in order to
prevent the sinus infection to develop in your nose. Some gentle
exercise for your nose will help in reducing sinus infection.

• Press the side of your nose gently with your thumb for about 15 seconds.

• Repeat the same on the other side of the nose.

• This will help in improving the blood flow in your nose to the sinuses and thereby prevent sinus infection.

• You need to do this several times a day if you suffer from sinus infection.
9. Increase Fluid Intake

• Drinking a lot of fluids especially water will help you to be free
from dehydration and will also loosen the mucus in your nose and throat.

• It will help in draining the mucus easily. Make sure that you take at
least 7 glasses of water daily to loosen your mucus so that sinus does
not catch you.
• It is important to avoid caffeinated beverages if you suffer from
sinus infection as they easily dehydrate your body. It is also important
for you to take adequate rest when you suffer from sinus infection.

10. Steam Inhalation
Another effective home remedy that will help in easily getting rid of sinus infection is steam therapy.

• Boil water in a large bowl and once it is boiling hot, remove it from
the stove. Now breathe in the steam that is coming out of this boiling

• You need to cover your head with a towel or cloth so that the steam does not escape.

• Adding a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil to this boiling water to
relieve you from nose congestion and to really dilute the mucus in your

11. Cayenne Pepper

• Adding cayenne peppers in your daily diet will help in reducing the symptoms of sinus infection to a great extent.

• The capsaicin in the cayenne peppers will help in decongesting your
nose and will prevent the mucus from developing in the nose.

12. Special Tea
Some of the common ingredients that are known to fight sinus infection is garlic and cayenne peppers.

• Add three to four cloves of freshly crushed garlic along with 3 to 4 dashes of cayenne pepper in a bowl filled with water.

• Boil this water on a stove in such a way that steam starts to evaporate from the water.

• Remove the fire and stir the contents of the bowl and sip this water
like a tea or soup. Make sure you breathe deeply with every sip you take
to help in reducing sinus infection.

13. Thyme Oil

• Add 8 to 10 drops of pure thyme oil in a bowl of water.

• Put it over a stove and boil it till steam evaporates.

• Now, cover your head and your bowl with a towel and start to inhale the steam coming out of the bowl.

• Do this for fifteen minutes a day for three to four days to get relief from tight chest and mucus in your nose.

14. Garlic
Garlic has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and is known as a wonderful natural healer for a lot of health problems.

• Eating three to four cloves of raw garlic everyday will help you to
get good relief from sinus infection and will prevent the increase of
sinus infection.
15. Humidifier

• If you are a person who gets regular bouts of sinus infection, then it is better to go for a humidifier for your home.

• It will help in preventing your air passages to get dry and irritated at most times.

• Make sure that you clean the humidifier regularly so that it does not become a center for fungal growth.

16. Herbal Teas

• In a cup of water add sage, peppermint and fennel and bring it to a boil.

• Now, strain the boiling water and drink this herbal tea two times a day to drain the nasal passages.

17. Dietary Tips

• Make sure that you consume vegetable and fresh fruit juices that are prepared by diluting it with water.

• Never take starchy, fried and sugary foods when you have sinus infection.

• Add honey to sweeten your foods instead of sugar.

• Increasing the foods that contain Vitamin A like tomatoes, leafy
vegetables, carrots and egg yolks will help in fighting sinus infection.

18. Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol has to be totally avoided when you are suffering from sinus
infection. It will cause the mucus membranes of the nose and sinus
passages to swell up causing irritations. So, it is better to avoid any
beverage that has traces of alcohol.
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