How I Cured A Raging Sinus Infection Naturally, With No Drugs

Over the last few months I’ve been hearing about a lot of people who have been ill with terrible head colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, flus, and sinus infections.

It always seems strange to me when people are coming down with stuff like this in what is not typically considered the cold and flu season. But when you stop to consider the diet and subsequent state of health of people in general, it really shouldn’t be surprising.

In the summer of 2006 my husband, son, and I all became ill with a terrible sickness that I might have otherwise described as West Nile Virus – except for the fact that none of us had been bitten by mosquitoes or been around any areas where mosquitoes inhabit. Our symptoms were severe – extreme fatigue, malaise, body ache, and high fevers that lasted for over a week (in my son’s case he had a fever for 15 days!). From start to finish, the entire episode lasted for nearly two months. But our symptoms started subsiding immediately after we paid a visit to my acupuncturist and Chinese herbal doctor.

Since then I’ve been a devoted follower of natural treatments. This year, I was once again reminded just how useful natural treatments are when the sore throat and body ache I came down with turned into conjunctivitis and a horrible sinus infection. The sickness first came on in mid-June, and I figured it would just be a mild sore throat that would last a day or two…after all, I’m a pretty healthy person who eats a good diet and doesn’t get sick much anymore…but I was wrong. The sore throat, headache, body ache, fatigue and cough went on for about five days. Day six found me with a sinus headache and red, weepy eyes. I assumed these symptoms would go away without much consequence. Wrong again.

The normal course of action I take with a sinus infection is to use my neti pot and breathe hot steam with essential oils. Because at first my condition didn’t seem too severe, I didn’t irrigate frequently enough. Within a few days the infection became so acute I was in excruciating pain daily until afternoon when the congestion would subside and have me believing that it was on its way out. Then, the following day I’d wake up again only to be in agonizing pain within an hour or two.

Just two days before my sinus infection developed, I had paid a visit to my neighbor, a nutritional therapist. She said that I had strep in my body, and I tested positive for candida. I had performed a candida cleanse in 2007 which lasted about 14 weeks. I wasn’t too thrilled about having to do another candida cleanse, but knew from talking with her and my own research that both the sinus problem and the conjunctivitis could likely be caused by a candida overgrowth. After I put these things together in my head I decided to do another candida cleanse and went on a grain and sugar-free diet. My normal diet is pretty healthy anyway, so I just removed a few things and also began taking Candidase by Enzymedica. This is a product I’ve used before in the past, but there are other products formulated for candida removal as well.

In the meantime, I was seeing little improvement. I tried everything my neighbor had suggested – I took an oil of oregano supplement and colloidal silver. My research revealed that goldenseal, apple cider vinegar, and various immune-boosting herbal products I already had in my house were effective natural treatments for a sinus infection. I also used hot compresses with oil of oregano, peppermint, lemon, melaleuca, and eucalyptus, breathed essential oils in hot steam several times a day, and used my neti-pot ’round the clock. I was drinking a lot of water and eating well, but nothing seemed to work.

During this time of course, everyone around me was urging me to go to the doctor and get a prescription for antibiotics. All I could think of was how this would wipe out my immune system – especially because I now had some kind of candida problem that would inevitably only get worse with antibiotics.

I’ve had enough!

Although I thought I’d lose my mind if I didn’t figure out a way to get over the sinus infection, this factor alone is what kept me from breaking down and going to a conventional doctor.  Finally, I decided to go see a naturopathic doctor who also has an M.D. working in her office. I decided that if she couldn’t help me with something natural, I’d have her do a culture to determine the cause of the infection – bacterial or fungal, as any sinus problem that goes on for that long is not usually caused by a virus. If the culture came out positive for something besides a virus, I was nearly resigned to taking antibiotics or an anti-fungal medication if necessary. From my experience and what others have reported, most medical doctors don’t think of sinus infections as being caused by fungal sources, they usually just tap on your head and write out a prescription for an antibiotic. I wanted to find out what was causing it and fix it. I didn’t want to be given some random medication and sent on my way.

The naturopath said she wasn’t sure that anything else she could do would cure my sinus infection since I had already been doing those things for three weeks and had not achieved results. But she was willing to try and wait to see if I felt any improvement the following day. We agreed that if what she did failed to work, I would come back and do a culture to find out what type of medication would be best.

The first thing she did was perform some manipulations (she knows chiropractic treatment) on my neck and head. Then she took four long cotton swabs and soaked them in essential oils and pushed them up into my nasal passages – yes, inside my nasal passages! It felt very odd, but once they were in it wasn’t a problem and she left them there for ten or fifteen minutes. While the swabs were in, she did some head and facial massage and manipulations on pressure points corresponding to my sinuses. After she was finished with these treatments, my head was almost completely pain free – for the first time in over two weeks! It was amazing. She also told me to go home and do alternating hot and cold compresses on my sinuses before bed, take an herbal tincture from her office, and perform a sinus rinse with colloidal silver in my neti-pot (I had tried the colloidal silver as a nasal spray already with no success).

Later that afternoon I talked to my neighbor again and she suggested putting a probiotic capsule in my neti pot. I take daily doses of probiotics, but had not yet tried breaking open the capsule and putting it in the pot. I used self-massage on my sinuses throughout the rest of the day, as shown by the naturopath. I also did the compresses and took the tincture as directed.

Now here’s the most amazing part - at bedtime, I emptied the contents of a probiotics capsule into the neti-pot and proceeded to pour the warm water, salt, baking soda and probiotic mixture into my nasal passages. Immediately I felt a terrible burning sensation that went on for a good ten minutes. It was quite painful, but as it subsided, I was filled with a peaceful calm, and then retired to bed and had a good night sleep. The next morning, I awoke and was surprised to find that even as time went on, my head remained pain-free throughout the day. The horrible “ice pick” sinus pressure which was normally in full-swing by 10 a.m. was completely gone. Whenever I felt like I was getting a slight ache, I performed the facial massage to my temples and sinuses I had done the day before. I also used the probiotics in my neti pot a few more times over the next five days, along with my Whole Body Defense from Gaia Herbs, and some grapefruit seed extract (about 5 drops in 6 ounces of water twice a day). I was cured! I really believe those probiotics did some magical trick – although I’m sure some of the other things I did helped as well – because the first time I did it, after the burning came and went, the pain was completely gone and has not returned since.

Some people might still be skeptical after reading this and say, “yeah, you got well naturally, but it took nearly 4 weeks!” Yes, that is true. But how many people do you know who take antibiotics and don’t get well for weeks…or become sick again after thinking they are cured? How many others take one antibiotic, only to have it not improve their condition, and then return to the doctor for one or two more rounds of other antibiotics? This is a pretty common occurrence, and I didn’t want to be one of those people.

Here’s something else important to remember: the first two weeks I assumed whatever I had would go away on its own and didn’t make much of an effort to treat it sufficiently. It wasn’t until at least week two where I realized it was a serious infection and decided to do something. In many cases, the first thing you try isn’t the thing that is going to work. Just as described above, medical doctors often try many different medications before something actually brings results…and still, sometimes, it doesn’t work.

The other factor in all of this that people fail to take into account is the natural immunity granted to your body when you allow it to recover naturally instead of using pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications. These artificially-produced, toxic substances weaken the immune system by wiping out friendly bacteria and depleting the body of vital nutrients. They are also responsible for  a wave of resistant bacteria which could ultimately cause the death of mass numbers of our population in the not-so-distant future. These bacteria become impervious to medications when they are actually needed, and in some cases, cannot be killed at all or will only be taken down by certain medications which are dangerous to use and can cause damage to the human body. Ultimately, I claim victory in this situation because even though it took me awhile to get over this, I did it without compromising my immune system and I gained natural immunity to whatever was making me sick.

Are antibiotics useful?

Remember that the word antibiotic literally means “anti-life”. Antibiotics have their place in the world, but they shouldn’t be used every time you get a flu, cold, or respiratory infection that lasts longer than 7 – 10 days . I once heard a story from a friend who went to the doctor and was given a prescription for antibiotics. When she asked whether antibiotics were really necessary, the doctor replied that she didn’t want to mess around with a possible infection and antibiotics were the best thing. My friend asked whether she would die if she didn’t take the antibiotics and to which the doctor replied, “it’s possible”.  So what if she hadn’t taken antibiotics for her infection? What would be the likelihood of her dying because she did not follow the doctor’s recommendation? Most people have compromised immune systems due to diet and poor lifestyle anyway, but taking antibiotics when your health is compromised will only make the problem later worse – even if it temporarily stops an infection in its tracks.

If you become sick and take antibiotics, you are really only wiping out all the bacteria in your body. You are not dealing with the underlying cause of the illness, which is why you became sick in the first place. This is why people get sick over and over again, even though they have taken antibiotics.

Viewing health holistically

It goes without saying that maintaining wellness isn’t just about curing yourself. It should be viewed holistically through a  healthy diet to give your body the foundation with which to fight off viruses, bacteria, and fungal infections in the first place. It’s also about getting enough rest, drinking enough filtered water, staying active, and avoiding chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, pesticides, and other toxins in the environment.

Would I do things differently in the future? I certainly would. But antibiotics still wouldn’t be part of my solution. Next time I feel something coming on, I’ll react more quickly to implement a natural remedy, and be more aggressive about treatment instead of waiting a week or two. After finding the right treatment, it worked to eliminate my sinus problem because the pain was still severe the day I went into see the naturopath, and when I left her office, the pain was almost 100 percent eliminated. Then, after following recommendations from the naturopath and my neighbor, the infection was gone and did not return. Nothing else I had tried up to that point made much difference.  So, never again will I believe otherwise – proactive measures are the best bet for staying healthy.

UPDATE 10/26/2012:  This last spring I had a pretty severe sinus infection again, and this time it didn’t respond to using my neti pot with probiotics in it.

My solution was to get a clean dropper bottle with warm filtered water (filled maybe about halfway full) and add liquid minerals to it (8-10 drops). I used Best Process by Dr. Morter’s liquid minerals. I switched liquid minerals brands this year because I had used Concentrace liquid minerals for a number of years and they didn’t really work for me (adding it to water).

Then I heated up a hot pack with buckwheat hulls in it (purchased from the health food store), and heated it in the microwave (the only thing I use the microwave for). I lay down on my bed and placed the pack on my forehead and then tilted my head back, and took the dropper bottle and put anywhere from 10-12 drops in my nasal passages and just let it stay there for a few minutes. You can do this while hanging your head off the bed or prop up a pillow to support your head so you can lean it back. After a few minutes, I either just let it absorb naturally or go to the sink and spit it out.

My ND told me that getting those minerals up in the sinus cavity is critical to eliminating the infection. One of the primary causes of most disease is mineral deficiency, and if you look at how deficient our soils and foods are of these important elements, this makes sense. It may take some days or a week or more of doing this multiple times a day until your infection will go away, and I had to do this for about 8 days, but it did work for me.

196 Comments

  • August 26, 2009 - 8:01 PM | Permalink

    Using colloidal silver in my neti pot with sea salt cleared up a sinus infection I had. Within hours I was feeling better. Thanks for this great info!

    • Jacky
      March 4, 2013 - 2:40 PM | Permalink

      I do not see any recent posts so I thought I would post my experience. I get very serious sinus infections that without antibiotics become nothing but worse. I have even slipped into a coma 2X now when unable to get the antibiotics I badly needed.

      With no medical coverage and many doctors not wanting to give antibiotics anymore, I had to search for a solution. I now take MMS developed by Jim Humble, I also use a formula of natural sea salt and non metallic baking soda to wash my sinuses out with by using a wonderful Nasalpure bottle you can find on Amazon.com instead of a hard to use neti-pot. I also use a nasal spray of sovereign silver (a form of colloidal silver) also from Amazon.com and for pain Sinus Plumber spray can also be found there or your local drug store. Within 5 days of using the MMS you will start to feel well, but continue for at least 1 week to ensure the infection is gone.

      • Jacky
        March 4, 2013 - 3:28 PM | Permalink

        Correction, the easy to use nasal bottle is from”Nasopure” not Nasalpure, which comes with its own packets of a good Sinus Cleanse. To save money we now make our own Cleanse using special “Aluminum Free Baking Soda”, I get from Red Mills with a pure Sea Salt. Recipe: One cup of Distilled Water to 1/2 tsp. Aluminum Free Baking Soda to 1/2 tsp. of Sea Salt & Mix good.

        Also please be careful of any form of Colloidal Silver. it could aid the fungus and work against some products or your illness. I only started using this form of Colloidal Silver, after my sinus infection was over to try to prevent anymore infections after reading the reviews of this Sovereign Silver 2 oz Fine Mist Spray on Amazon.com. Many say, after a maintenance dose of this product maybe 2x a month they have not gotten anymore sinus infections. Great reviews for this product say it works for many other conditions. Some say this special formula is the only one they would trust. But you be the Judge.

        • March 26, 2013 - 7:06 AM | Permalink

          Jacky thank you for posting this. I have been plagued by sinus issues for years now and do not want to keep taking antibiotics due to compromised immune system. I will try this and let you know if it works for me. Sandy

  • August 27, 2009 - 12:19 AM | Permalink

    It is my hope that people will read this and become empowered and inspired to feel confident enough to take charge of their own health issues, change their lifestyles, improve their diets, and be proactive and preventative in all aspects of health care. We really can heal ourselves and provide our bodies with the necessary tools for elimination of disease and illness. The key is to educate and try different treatments for our health issues – there is never a one-size fits all, as many of us have seen in the conventional health care realm. No two people are alike and sometimes what works for one person doesn’t work for someone else, as well as each health episode can differ from person to person. The holistic approach is best because you are covering all your body’s bases when it comes to arming your immune system and staying healthy.

  • pamelaknits
    August 29, 2009 - 4:40 PM | Permalink

    Raine – thanks for this very informative posting. Keep them coming! I twittered it – good iinfo to get passed on.

  • September 9, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Permalink

    Hi your blog is pretty informative. I’ve learned a lot from from your post. Thank you so much for sharing this knowledge

  • David
    September 29, 2009 - 6:31 PM | Permalink

    Hi.. I’m going to try your solution, primarily the coloidal silver and the probiotic capsules in my neti pot..

    This is a “before” response.. I’ll post an “after” response if this works. I’ve had conjunctivitus and eye styes for almost 4 months now. I also have an underlying sinus infection that’s been going on for years.

    I’ve been to the opthamologist 6 times, with her not being able to figure it out even once (even did many cultures). (Been to ENTs also many times) Antibiotics make it worse.. noticibly. Cutting my sugar intake has made my sinuses better and has a marked improvement in my “stuffiness” and my red eye.. but not a cure.. Sugar is definately a culprit in my situation and I have suspected Candida for quite some time.. but doctors don’t even want to hear the word “fungus”..

    I’ll let you know how this works.. I’m waiting now for my regular doctor to get results on blood tests.. trying to rule out liver and kidney problems.. If nothing shows up.. I’m trying your approach immediately..

    • Tracey
      May 7, 2014 - 2:37 PM | Permalink

      Hi David. I’m reading this in 2014 and just wondering how you’re getting on with the candida situation. If still suffering, try an elimination diet and see if you can work out what foods trigger the inflammation.

    • mary
      May 24, 2014 - 2:47 PM | Permalink

      And grains aka Wheat. There is a book called grain brain that talks about how grains are the real culprits behind sinus problems.

  • October 1, 2009 - 11:40 PM | Permalink

    David – it sounds like your problems are chronic and systemic in nature, thus the fact that they have been going on for sometime. I hope you are able to get some results with your efforts, and with the probiotics in the neti pot, you have nothing to lose. I’m interested to hear your results. You may find you need a longer treatment with probiotics than I since you have had this problem for so long.

    The only caution I would give with colloidal silver is to hold off on using that until you get some of your candida under control. Candida overgrowth is almost always accompanied by parasites, and parasites are attracted to heavy metals (colloidal silver is a heavy metal and can be overused, especially if you have candida/parasite problem). Colloidal silver must be used in fairly liberal doses and regularly in order to affect a sinus problem, and it could potentially make your situation worse. Also, try the facial massage and neck/back manipulations from a knowledgeable practitioner who has experience with this treatment (try a naturopath, massage therapist or chiropractor). It’s good to get blood tests and other information to arm yourself with as much information as possible, but also realize that observing your body’s reactions to things is always the best gauge for any decision about what to do. I’ve had various tests and procedures done, only to find out later than some of those were incorrect and my own intuition was right over those protocols. Eliminating sugar and processed foods and adding nutrient dense foods and supplements to your arsenal of weapons against disease, and also a thorough treatment of detox activities (colon – which is directly related to your sinuses, intestinal, kidney, liver/gallbladder, lymphatic,blood, and skin) will get you back on track.

    • christine
      October 16, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Permalink

      hi there never thought of useing probiotics going to give this a try ……waiting for a date for my sinus operation because i have gone through this for a least year and half ………it has affected my quity of life……can’t work a full time job ……sleep what’s that ………pain that’s all i have on the right side of my head ……..have become antibotic resisistant………so i am willing to try anything.

    • Kelly
      April 9, 2013 - 1:24 PM | Permalink

      Doesn’t adding baking soda and salt to the probiotics in the neti pot completely wipe out the probiotics? They need an acidic environment to thrive…it seems like soda and salt would negate their effects.

      Also, even though I haven’t taken antibiotics in over 20 years, it’s important to note that they don’t “wipe out all bacteria”. They wipe out some, and we create more constantly, every single minute of every hour of every day.

      • April 9, 2013 - 7:04 PM | Permalink

        Kelly – I do not advocate putting baking soda in the neti pot, not anywhere in this post. I’m not sure where this idea is coming from. I also did not advocate putting salt in the neti pot with probiotics. These actions should be done separately, if they are both used.

        Antibiotics, as the name implies, do not discriminate. When they are used, they do wipe out most bacteria – good or bad. Yes, we do create more constantly, but when the balance is upset by an agent such as antibiotics, the body is out-of-balance and then creates more bad than good bacteria, and since that balance is set off, it allows pathogenic bacteria to take over since the good now is outnumbered by the bad from taking antibiotics. One of the most common occurrences that comes about from taking antibiotics is the overgrowth of candida (yeast – of which we all have some in our bodies). But the bad or pathogenic takes over under these conditions. And one of the many conditions that happens when this occurs is sinus infections.

        • Geo
          April 11, 2013 - 11:35 AM | Permalink

          Raine, I’ve found all this truly enlightening, having been dealing with a escalating sinus infection for six months now. Imfo so overwhelming.., I did though go back and read your post, and you did say you used baking soda, salt,”and” probiotic in the neti pot, as Kelly pointed out. Don’t want to start a “roust”, but seekin clarification, as my desperation, and your great advice I am ready to give this a go. Thanks.

          • April 21, 2013 - 8:48 AM | Permalink

            I did state that I used those items, but I never intended for it to sound as though I used them together. I was simply reiterating what I did and listed those items together. Use them separately, sorry for the confusion.

            This is a trial and error process, if you do something and it doesn’t work, move on to something else.

            My update at the end of the post says that what ultimately has worked for me and consistently so even when the probiotics in the neti pot didn’t is to use liquid minerals in a clean dropper bottle with warm, filtered water. Go back and read that section and try that method. I have used it on at least 3 occasions this winter and it kept me from getting a full-blown sinus infection each time. Keep doing this until your infection goes away. It may take a week or more if you have an acute condition. For me, my severe infection that came last year in April didn’t respond and go away until about a week or more after I started doing the minerals because the infection had been going on for a long time. Yours may take longer, but don’t stop until your symptoms are gone. Lack of minerals in the body is one of the main causes of disease.

        • Toni
          April 21, 2013 - 1:26 PM | Permalink

          No, if you go back up and read again, Jacky is the one that actually said put sea salt and baking soda in the Nettie pot. I`m going to try the probiotic today as I currently have a sinus infection. Never want to take antibiotics again. Haven`t for many years now, but am seeking alternative supplements to those. I have been going all natural preventative supplements and cures for many years now. It`s all I believe in. I am the healthiest 61 year old I know, and in the very best physical condition. With the exception of this sinus infection. Haven`t had one in 2 years. Ill post how well this works for me. If it doesn`t, I`ll try the trace minerals. Thank you for the information. Toni

        • Crystal
          March 15, 2014 - 4:06 PM | Permalink

          Actually you do say that…
          “Now here’s the most amazing part – at bedtime, I emptied the contents of a probiotics capsule into the neti-pot and proceeded to pour the warm water, salt, baking soda and probiotic mixture into my nasal passages. “

    • carmel
      April 13, 2013 - 8:35 AM | Permalink

      Do appreciate all of the time and effort you put into this. But so many of the “solutions” offered are either complicated, time consuming and/or expensive and then we read another one which totally contradicts it somewhere else. I have had problems with sinus and all that goes with it for decades- and I am now 55 – plus an operation on my nose. I also have brain fog and lack of energy, headaches, ear problems. I work long hours so cannot spend hours making broths and I find it very hard to stick to a strict diet. I never have any sugar and have cut down on carbs and refined stuff. I looked up the dr monter’s best proven trace minerals and they are now not available. Can you suggest another one which is just as effective and safe?

      • carmel
        April 13, 2013 - 8:43 AM | Permalink

        p.s.

        A year ago I have started to take spirulina, omega 3, extra virgin olive oil, high vitamin c, high multi vitamins, selenium, iodine, high vitamin b, tumeric, cranberry, anti oxidants and still no better. Probably wasting my money on them. I live in UK where everyone rushes to the doctor and believes he is a god who never gets things wrong.
        But also because they can get whatever he suggests for free and have to pay for the other stuff. I have had 20 plus years of listening to him and taking lots of anti biotics and steroids and am still no better. The best I get is feeling better for a few weeks and then bad again. So want to do it myself naturally now.

      • April 18, 2013 - 6:37 PM | Permalink

        Dr. Morter’s are still available – here’s just one link I found (there are many others): http://www.mortersupplements.com/liquid-trace-minerals-drops-colloidal-supplement.html
        It really shouldn’t take hours to make bone broths, at least not time you actually spend with hands-on effort. I make bone broths weekly and I’m a very busy person who works full-time from home and takes care of my son, cooking/cleaning/household, etc. Really, if you aren’t willing to give the suggestions I have mentioned here, and there are a number of them, and honestly – they aren’t that expensive. I’ve used them for years and on a very tight budget. I know many others who use these as well, all on a budget…I’m not sure what else to say. It’s really just a matter of trying something different and having a preventative mindset about your health rather than a reactive one that uses medications and conventional treatments. I hope you’ll find some time to make broths, prepare fermented foods (you can buy some good brands at the store if you really don’t have time to ferment – Zukay, Bubbies, and Rejuevenate organic raw foods), and to use trace minerals in the dropper bottle as I’ve suggested here. The minerals are not that expensive (about $21 for a bottle) and a dropper bottle you can get at the health food store for a couple of dollars or less…lack of minerals are the basis of all health issues. If you are low in minerals, your body will become weakened and health issues will result.

        • carmel
          April 19, 2013 - 3:05 AM | Permalink

          Hi Raine thanks for the response. I am a therapist by trade but I work with people who have emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety etc. I have spent the past year reading up and studying every morsel of information I can on sinus, leaky gut, candida, ME and similar subjects and even set up a local support group for people with these problems – I have noticed that many who say they have ME actually really have candida and same with IBE, leaky gut, gluten etc.

          The thing about bones. I live in the Uk. Over here you cannot get bones unless you go online and order them at great expense. I researched into this and found that the real reason people cook bones and eat the broth is for the gelatine and collagen. So for many it makes more sense to eat gelatine or collagen which is much quicker. There are a lot of write ups about how it must be very expensive organic gelatine but I found another one which is cheaper and not organic but does the same job.

          Also in the UK everything is totally different healthwise. We can see our doctor and get him to prescribe something for us instantly for FREE. Hence most people in the UK do not bother to eat property or look after themselves they simply do whatever they want and then rush to the doctor to get better with a magic pill (not me I hasten to add). I know lots of people who are in a bad way physically because of this. I even know people who have had cancer and still wonder why other people eat vegetables and fruits an do not devour sugar.
          Their attitude is that if they get sick it was bad luck and fated, not their fault. Imagine if they treated their car like this. 85% of English people would refuse to pay out for herbs, supplements etc instead of getting something FREE from the doctor even if they know the thing from the doctor has bad side effects or is addictive – because it is FREE.

          Stress is another contributing factor to illness and worrying constantly about each thing you eat can cause stress so that in itself makes that a bad idea if it is 24 7.

          One of the things I have noticed on all health forums, which is rather arrogant of the person writing, and not at all logical, is to understand and accept that there are lots of other people out there posting things which contradict or confict with what they say yet still expect people to listen to them and ignore the others. Yes I will do that if the person posting is an emminent herbalist or doctor or naturopath but if it is a housewife or a taxi driver I think twice.
          How do I know that what they say is more accurate than what the plumber or beautifician or teacher said? Many who write on forums are doing vanity writing and some are totally obsessed with health and living it 24 7. Some are hypochondriacs too.

          I cut out dairy produce – most of it – about a year ago. Some who have sinus problems have it because of an allergy to dairy products. That should be the first port of call when dealing with sinus problems. You can switch to rice milk, soy milk or whatever and eat less cheese or switch to goats cheese.

          My doctor has now agreed to do a fungal test and got a nurse to do a swab for me to be tested. Then he will give me anti fungals if it is. 96% test positive for fungus and have candida.

          In the meantime I am rotating an taking capryilic acid, pau d’arco, black walnut hulls, cloves, oregano oil etc to kill any fungus and or parasites and their eggs if they are there.

          There are tests you can get to tell you whether or not you have these but it costs more for the test than it costs for the medicine so why not just take the medicine straight away? If you have all of the symptoms of it then why do you need the test anyway? It can do no harm to take the medicine. But you must be careful with pau d’arco as you can take too much of that.

          I will get the result next week. If I do not receive a lot of relief from the anti fungals I will then try something such as colloidal silver spray. But nobody wants to be continualy buying those for the rest of their life. I get a spray from the doctor which does the same thing and is FREE.

          I hope you are better now and have a good day.

          Carmel

          • carmel
            July 19, 2013 - 1:51 PM | Permalink

            Update -

            My sinus problem seemed to be sorted except for sometimes getting a clogged ear. I would take mucodyne sometimes when that happened.
            I decided to go onto a much healthier diet, eating more vegetables etc. I had two cloves of raw garlic (take the correct way) and within hours my stomach was in total agony which lasted for age. Then my ears got blocked again so I took some mucodyne and again I got a terrible stomach – agonising for ages. This will not go, it has been this way now for nearly a month. I saw three doctors, one said it is an ulcer. Another said it is acid reflux and the other said it is a urine infection! I have pushed for proper tests to be done because I demanded a firm diagosis – we are in england so this is not so easy . Still waiting and still hurting a lot. I am now taking proton inhibator tablets but they gave me headaches and a different sort of stomach pain. I mentioned to all three doctors that there might be a connection also to all of the gunge between my ears going down into my stomach but they would not listen.

          • carmel
            July 19, 2013 - 1:56 PM | Permalink

            UPDATE

            Was very well with my sinuses except for sometimes getting a sort of watery clogged ear which I could live with. I would take mucodyne for that to clear it. Then I took two cloves of garlic and got a terrible stomach ache, then some mucodynes shortly after to clear the blocked ear.
            Got another terrible stomach ache – and have had this since for nearly a month now, doubled up with the pain, which is constant, like a gnawing fist, always feeling hungry.

            Three doctors – first one says it is an ulcer – which makes sense to me because I did take loads of anati biotics steroids and painkillers for ages and they can cause this

            second one says it is a urine infection – even though it does not match the symptoms

            third one says it is acid reflux. I am taking pantoprazole a proton pump inhibiter which stops the awful stomch ache, but replaces it with a different less intense one and headaches. Have demanded tests which take time – I am in the UK – here you cannot just go where you want or do what you want or make demands.

    • sophie
      April 21, 2013 - 6:48 PM | Permalink

      My ND said, that there are much better and stronger products now on the market than collodial silver ..that during the 1970′s and 1980′s that was one of the things they used, but most ND are now using more effective ways to treat sinus infections. Although I used Argentyne 23 which has nano particles and is sterile it rocks,I thought garlic kills every type of fungus fast why not Kyolic aged garlic that kills anything in seven inches radius of it that seems the most powerful to me. The ND told me that plants are strongest antimicrobials than any pills I believe it.

  • October 19, 2009 - 3:06 PM | Permalink

    Christine – you poor girl! I am so sorry to hear about your condition. I have heard that sometimes when things are very severe and chronic that natural treatments can take quite awhile to cause a change (and in my case, nothing was working until I did the probiotics, but my problem had only been going on for 3 weeks, not as long as yours). So perhaps try to be patient and use the probiotics liberally for at least a couple of weeks. You should be taking a good quality probiotic orally every day as well such as Bio Kult, Prescript-Assist, or Biotics Research brand. Eliminated processed foods, and eat plenty of whole, traditional foods (grass-fed meat, raw milk, butter, cheese, yogurt from raw milk, etc.), organic and raw foods (fruits and vegetables – especially dark green leafy items such as collard greens, escarole, chard, bok choy, spinach, kale, and cruciferous vegetables like brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower). Also take apple cider vinegar in water several times a day, drink organic lemon squeezed in water, and eat as much raw garlic as you can. Eat plenty of healthy fats like extra virgin organic coconut oil, palm oil, and olive oil. Make sure you are getting exercise and taking essential fatty acids like cod liver oil, and plenty of purified water. A good whole-food organic vitamin is essential too, because your body is likely depleted to very low levels of nutrients, and to jump start yourself you need to mega-dose until you are back to normal. Also make sure you are getting iodine and plenty of Vitamin D – either from the sun or a good quality supplement like Biotics Research, Standard Process, or Apex Energetics. Good luck to you and I hope things turn around for you!

  • April 10, 2010 - 12:34 PM | Permalink

    Oh Raine, I have so much to learn in the area of homeopathy. I really don’t know where to start and seems overwhelming to me. Any suggestions as I would love to learn more about this. Including essential oils and how to use them. Praise the Lord my family doesn’t get ill very often however, when we do, I would love to have some good info on hand :) Thanks for this article Raine!!

    • March 24, 2014 - 9:49 PM | Permalink

      I had chronic sinus problems for years! One time I was on antibiotics for 2 months straight only to get an infection after being off them for just 2 weeks. I was diagnosed with asthma, C.O.P.D, sinusitis, and chronic bronchitis. I was on 4 prescriptions and a nebulizer 3 times a day!

      I have not had an infection now in over 2 years! I attribute this to raw honey consumption! Must be from a local hive and not be processed! I’m very surprised that more people haven’t tried this! It takes about 3 full months to get this effect though, so until then, try oregano essential oil on a cotton ball and sniff it regularly! I also put it in my pillow case. I hope more people will try this and get out of the deadly Big Pharma game!

  • April 10, 2010 - 3:26 PM | Permalink

    Diana – I am definitely still learning too, and thankfully we don’t get sick very often either. I think most of my sicknesses are sort of laying dormant in my body (still) and leftover from all the abuse I did to my body during most of my life before discovering that there is a much better way to live with real foods. I think that’s why I came down with this horrific sinus infection last summer – due to stuff still left in my body. My neighbor, a nutritional therapist and other complimentary health care practitioners I’ve talked to tell me that sinus infections and conjunctivitis are related to yeast overgrowth, which I’ve historically had problems with, and I totally believe this.

    I have a wonderful essential oil kit I use for my family (Doterra is the brand I have), and a well-stocked cupboard full of natural remedies like oil of oregano supplement (good for all kinds of things), ear oil (with garlic, eucalyptus, and other oils), probiotics, colloidal silver, sea salt (for saline as in using in the neti pot or nasal sprays for sinus problems), a bunch of different Chinese herbal remedies from my acupuncturist, grapefruit seed extract, and other various natural substances like glandular tissue from healthy animals and concentrated vitamin and mineral supplements from whole food sources to use for specific uses.

    Other things are really useful too that many people have in their own cupboards or refrigerators like epsom salts, coconut oil, olive oil, cod liver oil, lemons, limes, oranges, garlic, daikon radish, and cranberry juice. Many of these things can be used at any time illnesses come on to help the body detox, and are perfectly safe since they are just food. I always load up on probiotics and cod liver oil when I’m sick and the same for my son and husband. I find that these substances are infinitely useful for so many sicknesses.

    Cranberry juice and citrus fruits are really useful for drinking in water – cold or hot and help with detoxing of all kinds. Foods like eggs, daikon radish, and garlic are rich in sulfur and are also good for detoxing and healing. Coconut oil is good topically and internally (of course) because besides it’s good fat properties, it is also a powerful antifungal food. Tea tree oil is a very powerful antifungal as well and can be used topically or to inhale for sinus and bronchial infections. Grapefruit seed extract can be taken according to the bottle instructions with water. Although it is very bitter, it is extremely effective against all types of infections, both virual and bacterial.

    While I think good alternative therapies are essential for those who are committed to a natural way of life, they certainly should never replace a healthy lifestyle including a good diet with traditional foods. Like conventional medications and treatments, natural remedies can sometimes cause issues if not used properly, or if used as a band-aid instead of a means by which to alleviate certain symptoms and/or problems while also finding the cause of the issue. A good portion of the time, any treatment whether it is natural or conventional will not actually fix the underlying cause. And until that root cause is determined, health problems can continue to crop up.

    I hope this helps! If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them. I hope to be writing more posts about these topics in the coming future too, so stay tuned. :) Thanks Diana!

  • Debbie
    October 7, 2010 - 9:12 AM | Permalink

    Hi,
    I was reading all the statements that are on here…I have been suffering with sinus probles my whole life…I use the neti pot every morning and night, and oil of oregano, golden seal thyme and other products, (mostly in a gel cap)and love learning about holistic medicines (missed my calling on that one), and I do massage. But have never been able to get this sinus infection gone for good…so you said that you/your DR. put this mixture on swabs and into your nose? I will have to try that…
    Thank you so very much for all this information.
    Will try this today as I have had sinus so bad that even my teeth hurt, on both sides, tops and bottoms for 5 days now… Thanks again.
    Debbie

  • Debbie
    October 7, 2010 - 10:06 AM | Permalink

    Oh do you know happn to know what essential oils she used on the swabs?

    • October 7, 2010 - 9:17 PM | Permalink

      Debbie – no, I don’t remember what they were – this is probably something you should have a professional do for you, as you can damage your nasal passages if you are not careful. I surely hope you read what I posted below about the probiotics and the neti pot as this is really the best thing to try, and with your condition you will probably have to do repeated treatments until you start to notice relief. The more chronic and embedded the infection, the longer lasting your treatment will be. Please be sure to try the probiotics in a neti pot before doing anything else and give it a chance to work. I would hate to see your infection continue on because you didn’t try this simple and very effective solution.

      • carmel
        April 19, 2013 - 3:07 AM | Permalink

        Sorry but this makes no sense to me. Paying a professional to put some swabs up your nose is expensive. Why not just put them up your own nose carefully and with intelligence? It saves taking time off of work and paying someone. Anyone with an ounce of common sense can do that for themselves. They just need to know what to put on the swabs. I have put drops up my nose and in my ears. It is easy enough.

        • April 21, 2013 - 8:14 AM | Permalink

          I am not saying to pay a professional to put swabs up your nose. I have merely explained what I did to show everyone what worked and what didn’t. I am not going to try to describe how to do this because I believe you should not do it yourself without some supervision. If you do so, it’s at your own risk. What has worked consistently for me is the liquid minerals in a dropper bottle with warm water, and do it repeatedly until your symptoms go away. It’s that simple. It has worked TIME AND TIME AGAIN when no other remedy has. Do it or don’t. If you don’t want to try this, that’s fine. But I am not going to to continue this debate because it is pointless.

          • carmel
            April 21, 2013 - 8:16 AM | Permalink

            I understand and appreciate your advice. Can you please suggest any particular minerals to use for this?

        • April 21, 2013 - 8:47 AM | Permalink

          I already stated to use Dr. Morter’s. If you want to use some other brand, then use that instead.

  • October 7, 2010 - 10:07 AM | Permalink

    Debbie – yes, she used essential oil swabs up into my nasal passages. However, the thing that really made the infection go away was putting the probiotics in my neti pot. I know if I hadn’t done this, the infection would have never gone away. Please understand that the essential oil swabs may provide a bit of relief, but I do not believe they will cure your infection and take the pain away. The probiotics are absolutely essential! We have used this method many times since I discovered this and it WORKS.

  • Debbie
    October 10, 2010 - 7:38 AM | Permalink

    Hi Raine,
    Thank you so much…I will get some probiotics for the neti pot, I bought some for taking and it doesn’t taste that bad really…
    And I will forget about the nose, as I am unemployed and have no insurance at this time. I am also taking L-Lysine 500 mg for keeping away cold sores ( cut mine in half),Thyme 60mg-15 drops, Goldenseal root extract 60mg-2 drops and oil of oregano 30mg- 2 drops in a gel cap, 3 xs a day. It taste icky, but I do think it is helping. But with the weather gettin colder, now I have notice, that I am getting a cough and congestion…yuck! I have a job enterview on Mondy and need to stay well!
    any suggestiong fr this?
    Thanks so much.
    Debbie

  • Debbie
    October 10, 2010 - 7:40 AM | Permalink

    Me again, Raine, I just picked up a book on yeast, yesterday at a thrif store and have started reading it.

  • November 29, 2010 - 6:29 PM | Permalink

    Debbie – how is the book going? What’s the title?

  • December 23, 2010 - 9:24 AM | Permalink

    Hey Raine,

    Great article!!! I’ve tried this before with great results as well. You are exactly right that what is going on in the gut is tied to what is going on with the immune system. Increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, can lead to tons of immune issues, like chronic sinus infections and allergies and even autoimmune conditions and food allergies. I personally experienced this. Leaky gut can be caused by many things, but candida, antibiotic and steroid over-use, eating foods that you are allergic/sensitive to (or develop an allergy/sensitivity to) are huge culprits.

    I just love my NetiPot, we use it quite often, especially in the winter.

  • December 23, 2010 - 9:37 AM | Permalink

    Hi Amy – Thanks for your comments, I am really glad to hear this works for so many people. It was a lifesaver for me and I share it pretty regularly so that others can get some relief. It’s kind of strange how many people have not heard of doing this method – even in the real food and natural remedies communities. I couldn’t believe I had not thought to do it when my neighbor suggested it. What a simple and brilliant idea! :)

  • January 7, 2011 - 3:23 PM | Permalink

    Great article! Can you list the exact recipe for the probiotics in the Nettie pot? Or did I miss that?:)

    • January 7, 2011 - 4:26 PM | Permalink

      Hi Nikki – The recipe is sort of something I just tried and now that’s what I use – I use a capsule or capsule and a half of probiotics in the neti pot and warm filtered water. Then I would stir it with a plastic spoon – metal, from what I have read, can kill probiotic activity. You can also use some baking soda and sea salt in your pot – and the amounts would probably not exceed 1/8 of a teaspoon of either ingredients. But with the probiotics, you don’t need to use the salt and baking soda unless you want to. I didn’t, and my sinus infection still went away. I was using the salt and baking soda combination, as a matter of fact, every day – even before the sinus infection was very severe – and for some reason this did not eliminate the infection. Hope that helps!

  • January 8, 2011 - 5:23 PM | Permalink

    96% of all sinus infections are fungal. The baking soda alone would probably alter the ph enough to kill the fungus. Baking soda probably killed the probiotics too, though. Some ACV in water could do the same thing, again by altering the ph enough to kill the fungus. Coconut water might too, but I’m not sure about lavaging with that.
    http://scienceblog.com
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/09/990910080344.htm/cms/mayo_clinic_receives_patent_for_new_treatment_of_chronic_sinus_infection

    Lavender essential has antifungal properties and could shift the microbial balance too.

    Pat

  • Modern MD
    February 1, 2011 - 10:34 AM | Permalink

    Go see a freaking doctor and get back to felling better quick and easy , why jump through all the hoops and go from quack to quack for a month while you feel crappy, and then when your sickness runs it course sing the praises of your neti pot and and the herbs and spices aisle like its some magic remedy. If you would go to the doctor you wouldn’t be sick for months at a time………………….No one in my family including myself has ever been sick with cold like symptoms for weeks at a time…….because we go to a DOCTOR.

    • February 1, 2011 - 11:49 AM | Permalink

      Modern MD – the reason I didn’t go to a doctor is because I used to do that song and dance – for nearly 25 years when I had sinus infections and they never went away. If you read the article, I realized after all I had done, if I had just put the probiotics in my neti pot first, I would have been well within a few days – and that’s quicker than anyone who goes to a doctor and gets antibiotics. Now when ANYONE in my family gets sinus trouble of any type, this makes it go away within a few days or less.

      As for alternative practitioners, most of the ones I’ve been to are good practitioners and actually solved my health problems. Those you should be calling quacks are the countless MD’s I put my faith in for over 20 years and never helped me. And, I didn’t spend my time going from “quack doctor to quack doctor”. I saw two practitioners that whole time I had the infection. The first things I tried didn’t work, but I didn’t even bother to do anything at all for the first week and a half because it wasn’t bothering me enough. By the time I started actually doing something, it was a pretty severe infection. The proof is in the pudding – nothing was working until I did the probiotics in the neti pot – and that actually did the trick. It was like night and day. The infection had not run its course, it was still raging on and would have continued if I had not used the probiotics.

      • mary
        May 24, 2014 - 3:26 PM | Permalink

        Modern medicine can cause many serious problems! I took antibiotics for almost a year after going from doctor to doctor. The only thing it did was ruin my gut. Now I have systemic problems with digestion and been diagnosed with leaky gut. I had sinus surgery and it actually made my sinuses worse, not better..Sure, hurray Modern medicine..

  • Terry
    March 29, 2011 - 7:09 PM | Permalink

    I have had chronic sinus issues since I was a little boy. I grew up with some friends who had the same and some who did not. Being 34 now with 2 kids of my own…I truly feel it a big part to do with genes…My daughter gets bad sinus infections and is always stuffed up where my son does not even get the sniffles during the worst times of the year. Both of course are in the same house, are 13 months apart, eat the same diet and lifestyle etc.

    I HATE taking Antibiotics but have learned that once every year or so it is what I must do. My late Uncle was a natural healer who was also a PhD and taught Physics…he knew his stuff. I have tried everything natural and was even able to stop all “symptom” drugs years ago due to the neti pot.

    WARNING/FYI: I have at times almost died (ended up in ER unable to breath with fluid in lungs more than once due to not going to the Doc thinking I could get over it) due to sinus infections so please be cautious throw antibiotics under the bus so freely and mock a doctors opinion that a sinus infection could kill you…it can! There are times when an injection of and round 10 days saved my life after all the natural roads failed me…Just be careful to so negatively put down modern science as sometimes modern science works. Your immune system is not destroyed with a basic round of antibiotics if you use probiotics along with it.

    I wish you could extract from your article what actually worked.
    You did many things I too have done but not in that order. I am sure some things did not kill the infection but some thing(s) did. Was it the probiotic in combo with the silver in your netipot? Was it the naturalist’s treatment? Was it the diet changes you started when you realized you were not getting better? I look forward to seeing what else you discover as I would love to cure a full blown infection without the Antibiotics but have still not been able to do….And I have tried.

    • April 10, 2011 - 10:10 AM | Permalink

      Terry – I have never made a statement that antibiotics don’t have their use. They do, but in many instances, you can cure a problem like a sinus infection with the methods I’ve outlined here – using a neti pot with probioitics. And that is, by the way, what I used that worked – I specifically described the process here in detail. I also discussed what I did that DIDN’T work so that people could understand the process I went through. So my recommendation is this: use antibiotics only when you need them. If you are in a situation where you are going to die if you don’t use them, then use them. However, know that if you are in a situation like that, you have let your condition go too long and that other things could have been done before that point that are natural and could have eliminated your problem before it became acute. All I’m saying is, try natural remedies and treatments first before going to drugs. And give them their due time, because natural remedies are not a quick-fix or fast-cure, sometimes they take months or years to really make a lasting effect. Health problems don’t crop up overnight, they have usually been developing over weeks, months, or even years.

      As far as what worked, I stated that I did many things which seemed to not make the infection go away. After I went to the Naturopath, I did feel better after she did the essential oil swabs in my nose and the chiropractic manipulations, but it wasn’t until I used the probiotics in the neti pot that evening that I noticed an immediate and dramatic change. And the next morning I had no pain whatsoever. In the days following, I used the probiotic in the neti pot at least once a day for the next few days. I was also still eating well (I did that pretty much through the whole time I had the infection and continue to eat well now, that’s something that doesn’t really change).

      Probiotic brands I recommend include BioKult – http://www.gapsdiet.com, Advanced Naturals, Biotics Research Biodoph 7-plus, and Mercola probiotics – http://probiotics.mercola.com/probiotics.html

      • Joanne
        January 13, 2014 - 11:42 AM | Permalink

        What about PB 8? Is it A good probiotic? Also what about Alkazone? Would that work for the mineral supplement? I have both on hand.

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  • Kathryn Arnold
    February 7, 2012 - 8:33 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for this. Thankful that I don’t often get sinus infections but I have one now and am trying this.

    Are you following the controversy about grapefruit seed extract? To the effect that the actual sed extract has little our no beneficial effect and that it is rather the triclosan, benzalkonium chloride and/or other preservatives that are the true active ingredients. I read an interview with someone from the manufacturers of Citracidal (the propriatary extract in Nutribiotics GSE)… when asked directly about triclosan he side-stepped the question.

    Also, from bitter personal experience I have to highlight the warning on the bottle to never use undiluted GSE on mucus membranes. At 3am one desperate morning I missed that and the burns in my mouth were horrific.

    • February 7, 2012 - 8:57 AM | Permalink

      Hi Kathryn – yes, I have heard that GSE has no beneficial effect, and also about the toxic ingredients including triclosan which can be harmful to the body. I think it does depend greatly on the source of the GSE, but here’s a link I found about this subject:

      http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/most-controversial/2010/1/27/the-truth-about-grapefruit-seed-extract.html

      I also know that GSE full strength can cause issues, that’s why I put it in my neti-pot with plenty of water to dilute it. It is a very concentrated substance and can definitely cause issues. Thanks for sharing your experience, and I’m sorry you had to find out the hard way with this situation.

  • Kathryn Arnold
    February 7, 2012 - 9:03 AM | Permalink

    I’m very interested in the various cleanses you mentioned above. Can you direct me to info about this?

    • February 7, 2012 - 11:39 AM | Permalink

      Kathryn – can you be more specific about cleanses? I’m not sure which ones you are referring to.

  • Teresa
    September 6, 2012 - 1:22 PM | Permalink

    Hi Raine,
    My 20 year old daughter has just come from the doctors who did a CT scan on her sinuses. He told her that she has a massive sinus infection on both sides. He wants to give her cortisone injection every 10 days. And suggestions about this?
    Thank you,
    Teresa

    • September 6, 2012 - 2:48 PM | Permalink

      Hi Teresa – has she done any home remedies for her infection yet? Something new I’ve learned recently is that sometimes the neti pot can cause more problems than it solves, for some people. It depends on the person and the infection. This last spring I developed another sinus infection, first one I’ve had in 3 years and the neti pot didn’t work this time. So I tried something else that did work, but it can take some time to clear up, especially if you already have an established or serious infection.

      My ND suggested I use liquid trace minerals. I was already using these by putting drops in water and drinking them daily. Minerals are really important to the body and when we are sick, we are almost always low in minerals. The brand I use is Best Process:

      http://www.mortersupplements.com/liquid-trace-minerals-drops-colloidal-supplement.html

      I would avoid the health food store liquid mineral brands, as many of these are costly and not good quality. You will also want to get a brand new dropper bottle from the health food store. With the drops, she can put lightly heated filtered water in the dropper bottle, about half full (roughly an ounce), and add 6-12 drops of minerals into it. Close the lid and shake gently. then she should lie back on a bed or couch with a pillow for neck/head support, head tilted back as far as she can go. She could hang her head off the bed or couch somewhat if that’s easier. Then, with head tilted back, drop these into each side of the nose and let them go up into the nasal passage and stay there for a few minutes. She can do as many drops as she is comfortable doing. The drops will either be absorbed or they she will need to go to the sink and eliminate anything that might be loosened because of putting the drops in. Minerals are very powerful and when we are sick, this is usually what we need most. She can also put these mineral drops in water, juice, komubucha, or some other beverage and drink them several times daily.

      Something else that worked with this procedure is getting an herbal pack bag (these are often made with buckwheat hulls inside them), which is like a little pillow. If you put this into the microwave and heat it up according to the label on the product, you can use it as a compress on your head after you have done the drops, which helped me tremendously with pain and pressure from sinus infection issues. You can also use it on your face and cheeks, wherever sinus pain comes. I did this for over a week and my infection did go away.

      I also avoided eating processed foods, sugar, and grains. I consumed a lot of bone broths and fermented foods and beverages. I also went out into the sun and sat for at least a half an hour at at time (or more), even 2-3 times a day. The sun is very powerful and can help us get over infections and illness. Nettles infusions are also a good idea and can be made at home. They are cheap to make, tasty, and are a good source of minerals like calcium and magnesium.

      http://www.susunweed.com/How_to_make_Infusions.htm

      Another thing I did to help my body get over the infection was that I was taking digestive enzymes. When we are sick, it’s often a sign that our digestion is compromised and our food isn’t digesting, thus we are not getting the nutrients from our food. Here are the enzymes I am still taking, they are good quality and help heal digestive issues:

      http://www.enzymeformulations.com/

      My ND also gave me a good product for detox/cleanout called Ultra Vir-X by Biotics research when my sinus infection was pretty severe and not responding to other things I was doing. It contains mushroom and herbals which help the body to “clean house” and remove toxins. It’s a great product and I’ve taken it various instances with good success:

      http://www.bioticsresearch.com/node/1621

      You can get this from a holistic practitioner or online.

      I hope this information is helpful!

  • September 22, 2012 - 2:19 PM | Permalink

    Raine – I enjoyed your post and have been exploring current dietary changes to control my allergies. With diet and exercise changes I have been able to eliminate almost all signs of my asthma over the last 8 years. I am getting more into hemeopathic and natural remedies, but still have some diet challenges. I enjoy cheese, red meats (once a week), bacon, and other processed quick energy snacks. I have made the switch to turkey bacon and natural granola and whole grain bars including some nut mixes for my energy needs. I am wondering if you know of a website or resource center where I can find other natural replacements for processed products like cheese and ground beef? I also am a huge cook hobbyist. I’d like to know if you can share your resources for herbs and spices added to normal dishes to boost immunity and promote full body wellness so that in the future my body is armed against infections better?

    • September 24, 2012 - 9:10 AM | Permalink

      Ryan – there is no need to cut out meat and meat products from your diet. In fact, you need the fat-soluble nutrients – Vitamins A, D, E, and K2 from those foods to keep your immune system and digestive tract healthy so your whole body can maintain wellness. The KEY is to eliminate all sources of factory-farmed meats and animal products. Buy from your local farmer and make sure everything is hormone, antibiotic. pesticide/herbicide, and GMO-free. Healthy meats and animal products from creatures raised on pasture is absolutely vital to our health. These are the natural replacements for processed meats and cheese you should be looking for.

      Unfortunately, even whole grains can be a big problem for immunity, digestion, and overall health. Most of the grains we are consuming now are likely tainted with GMOs in some way because Monsanto and other seed companies have test plots for these crops everywhere and contamination is eminent. Also, most of us do not have healthy digestive tracts and we can’t even digest the other foods we eat let alone grains without serious efforts toward healing and eating a lot of nourishing foods that contain the fat-soluble vitamins I mentioned. These nutrients are absolutely critical for health, and without them, we will be ridden with disease.

      Dr. Weston A. Price discovered in his decade long travels that took him around the world that all healthy populations he encountered were consuming TEN times the amount of these vitamins and also minerals as compared to developed countries like the U.S. Even back then in the 1930s, our food supply was becoming very processed and was replete with the elements which cause disease – white sugar, white flour, and vegetable oils. If you think it was a problem back then, you can be certain it’s a much bigger issue now.

      For herbs and spices, I’d try Mountain Rose Herbs or Savvy Teas and Herbs:

      http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

      http://www.savvyteasandherbs.com/

  • willow
    October 13, 2012 - 11:20 PM | Permalink

    Hi my mom gets sinus infections a lot and I was wondering if you had any got suggestions?

  • Jane Meade
    October 25, 2012 - 4:39 AM | Permalink

    What ford of Probiotic Capsules did you use intranasaly? What Brand name did you use. Sitting here in total pain and have a Dental Appointment tomorrow! He’s a Holistic Dentist so he may have sone recomendations. It’s just an appointment for a fitting for a bridge so no poking or drilling should happen … but still … the thought of it is killer.

    Any recommendations you have for Brand Names would be so appreciated and I could probably get them from my Holistic MD.

    Many thanks.

  • Jane Meade
    October 25, 2012 - 4:45 AM | Permalink

    I forgot to mention that I am plagued with Engorged Nasal Turbinates and I know they sets me up for Sinus Infections. I am chronically affected to the point of Breathing Difficulties and am about the launch a program for eliminating Candida. Any recommendations on a good approach?

  • October 25, 2012 - 10:34 AM | Permalink

    Jane – sometimes probiotics don’t work for some people, I’ve found. The last time I had a sinus infection, it didn’t work, but it’s definitely worth a try because your body can always use more good bacteria. I use Prescript-Assist, BioKult, GUTPro, and Enzyme Formulations. You can search for all of these online. Also, I’ve heard Custom Probiotics is a good company too, you can “build your own” custom formulation.

    The last time I was sick with a sinus infection I tried using liquid minerals by Best Process in warm, filtered water in a dark dropper bottle, turned upside down on my bed and dropped these into my nasal passages. My ND says minerals are very important for this, and it’s true that most health issues are caused by a lack of nutrients and in particular, minerals in the body. I left these in my nose for a few minutes and then went to the sink if I needed to, or just let it absorb. I also used a hot herbal pack on my forehead to help get the pressure down. I did this over the course of about a week and a half or two weeks and continued on with the rest of my regime (although I stopped the neti pot during that time) and the infection did go away. But it took some time and patience.

    http://www.mortersupplements.com/liquid-trace-minerals-drops-colloidal-supplement.html

    Make sure to eat fermented foods such as cultured vegetables, lots of healthy fats, eliminate processed foods and sugar, and I highly recommend using digestive enzymes. I use Enzyme Formulations by Dr. Loomis:

    http://www.loomisenzymes.com/

    Find a practitioner in your area that can muscle-test you. Best of luck to you, I hope you get your infection resolved ASAP!

  • October 26, 2012 - 8:24 AM | Permalink

    DO NOT DO THIS I tried this remedy and im now living in HELL yesterday I did it and now I’m awake at 7 am and my sinuses are feeling like battery acid and more pain then EVER in my life. Put it this way If I had to endure this for a week straight DEATH would be a better option THIS IS HELL I’m in more pain then when I broke my legs in three places. My friend is on the way I’m going to the hospital. STUPID me for following internet advice :(

  • Narry
    November 10, 2012 - 6:29 AM | Permalink

    Sounds too complicated! Just go see your Doctor, take Advil, drink Chai with all good spices and important follow your MD advice! I feel that all above was to push us to buy from health stores

  • Veronica
    November 17, 2012 - 5:05 PM | Permalink

    Have known for some time I have candida in my sinuses as the result of an operation (and resulting steroid sprays) years ago. But until a recent bad sinus infection and conjunctivitis (which still hasn’t gone away) am very happy to see there may be light at the end of the tunnel! Like you Raine I did nothing for a few weeks as my body usually does heal quite well by itself. But this time “no”. Garlic & mullein oil cleared the ear problem but after several attempts at a natural remedy for the eye I had to resort to antibiotic drops from an MD. Unfortunately after 4 weeks even this has not completely cleared the eye! So will be trying some probiotics tonight.

    • Maja
      July 5, 2014 - 2:18 PM | Permalink

      Chamomile tea as an eye wash has worked for me and my family almost instantly for conjunctivitis, but I always make sure I use organic chamomile that has not come from a tea bag.

  • spiff
    November 18, 2012 - 12:44 AM | Permalink

    I have sufferedwith sinus infections for years! followed by ear and eye infections. May I suggest lemon water, cayenne pepper,probiotics, and naturally a high fiber and vitamin diet. It helps within days!

  • December 16, 2012 - 3:24 PM | Permalink

    i need something to clear my sinus that will help me with my taste and smell. i can breath threw my nose but cant smell or taste. ???? is there something i can do about this thank you for your time,

    sandy mckee

  • December 18, 2012 - 7:59 AM | Permalink

    nc

  • Donna
    December 21, 2012 - 6:55 PM | Permalink

    so what is good for sinus infection please tell me

  • Matt
    January 4, 2013 - 8:38 AM | Permalink

    Raine,

    Your key recommendation of BioKult probiotics in filtered water applied in the nettipot along with the the Best Process trace minerals applied with a dropper in the nasal passage ways… was very helpful for my wife.

    If anyone is wondering, the rationale for the probiotics used in this way can be found in “Good Germs, Bad Germs” by Jessica Snyder Sachs. Antiboitics will not work against resistant strains (which are increasing at an alarming rate). And, as we all know… will not help and even worsen mold or candida infections.

    Adding beneficial bacteria to the problem area, pushes away the resident infective organism. What is hoped is that the good guys will STAY. To avoid the one bad reaction that was mentioned… I would suggest starting with 1/4 capsule and building. You may take a few days to build to the effective dose, but then don’t run the risk of over-doing it and causing a reaction. And, of course, buy the good and more expensive probiotics mentioned. Raine is correct in recommending the best brands used by ND’s.

    As for as the “go see a real doctor” attitude… there are plenty of MD’s and medical literature that agree that the conventional approach does not work for chronic sinusitis. Almost all of us have been around the block with the standard antibiotic/steroid route for this condition which not only did not help, but may have caused a worsened condition.

    The last thing I have to say is have patience and be consistent. We did not get immediate results, but slowly over several weeks things did improve. Now, the nasal probiotics, minerals, and essential oils are preventative routine to keep our airways healthy.

    Thank you Raine and to all the other positive contributors to this post. I hope it stays up for a long time.

    • February 6, 2013 - 5:24 PM | Permalink

      Hi Matt – I am glad this helped your wife. Sinus problems are so insidious and it’s always great to hear when a natural remedy over a medication does the trick. You’re absolutely right about MDs who say outright that antibiotics don’t work, I’ve seen and heard it many times. There have been various articles in mainstream news outlets published that talk about this as well, like this one:

      http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/14/health/antibiotics-not-helpful-sinus-infections

      Any time I ever took antibiotics, I usually ended up with an infection soon after again, or it simply didn’t help my problem.

      I also agree that it can be a good idea to start out slow with probiotics as they can cause what’s known as a die-off reaction. They are powerful and cause the body to make bad bacteria exit, and this can bring on a powerful detox reaction. You are also absolutely right about being patient. Natural “remedies” (for lack of a better word because I believe the body can heal itself very well, it just needs the proper tools to do so) don’t usually work instantly, and time is often required along with lifestyle choices and diet that can support the body’s ability to heal. Liquid minerals, probiotics, and EO are great for maintenance or prevention, as you say, along with good lifestyle and dietary habits.

  • Cindy
    January 6, 2013 - 11:36 AM | Permalink

    How often per day do you recommend I drink the 2T. of apple cidar vinegar?

    • January 7, 2013 - 10:29 AM | Permalink

      Hi Cindy – I’d say 2-3 times per day. On an empty stomach is probably best, in the a.m., afternoon (between meals), and maybe just before bedtime.

  • dawn smith
    January 15, 2013 - 4:15 AM | Permalink

    Help please. Have basically been sick off and on for at least 3 years. Looking back more like 6. This winter has been worst. Been sick with sinus infection since before Christmas. Been on antibiotics every month for 6 months. To the point I can’t work or function. From research would definitely say I have overgrowth of yeast and possibly antibiotic resistance. Don’t know where to start and almost broke from Dr visits and prescriptions. Am single parent of nine year old whose father died two years ago. At wits end. Pleasehelp

    • January 15, 2013 - 9:35 AM | Permalink

      Hi Dawn – I am so sorry you have been sick for so long. Have you tried the methods I’ve described in this post? For your situation, I’d immediately try liquid trace minerals in a dropper bottle with filtered warm water – very economical and easy to do. Follow the instructions in the post. I’d do this multiple times daily and use an herbal hot pack from the health food store heated and placed on your head while you do the minerals to get things moving. I’d also try alternating cold and hot wash cloths on your head just beforehand.

      When you use the minerals, you will feel some burning, but that’s normal. Just make sure the minerals are well diluted with enough water – if you fill a 2 ounce dropper bottle, use 5-7 drops of minerals. Let the solution stay in your nose, and it can even just absorb there, but if you feel that something needs to come out, that’s okay too. If it does, you can put more drops in your nose again. I normally do about 10 per nostril and lay back on the bed with my head back and supported by a pillow while doing it.

      If you have a chronic infection that’s been going on for many years, some patience and trial and error are needed to heal with natural methods. Antibiotics will definitely weaken your immune system. You need a good probiotic. Here’s a list of probiotics I recommend:

      GUTPro – organically-produced probiotics, safe for GAPS, SCD, gluten-free, Body Ecology, and PANDAS, and those with autism.

      Bio-Kult – GAPS diet-approved, manufactured in Somerset, U.K., this powerful, effective product contains 14 strains and 2 billion per 2 capsules of friendly bacteria.

      HLC MindLinx by Pharmax – the first probiotic specifically developed for those with gluten and casein intolerance including autism, ADHD, Celiac, and food allergies. These other Pharmax products are also excellent: HLC High Potency Probiotic Capsules, HLC Neonate Powder for infants and HLC High Potency Probiotic Powder and HLC Child Chewable Probiotic for children.

      Enzyme Formulations – I have been using this product for almost a year, and it is excellent. It is in powder form which means it works fast, and contains over 20 billion count of various bacteria as shown on the label. It contains and you must have a relationship with a healthcare practitioner to buy this product. See this link to find a practitioner.

      Prescript-Assist from SaferMedical. I have taken this product and experienced outstanding results. This product is particularly useful for those taking antibiotics, or those who have been on long term doses of antibiotics. A soil-based probiotic/probiotic containing 30 plus soil based, pH-resistant micro flora.

      Custom probiotics – powerful probiotics with a variety of product offerings, quality single and multi-strain Acidophilus and Bifidus dietary supplements, for children and adults.

      Here is another post I wrote about sinus issues, with some additional advice for chronic sinus problems. Detox is definitely necessary and I’d recommend something like GAPS and a complete change in your diet as well as coffee enemas. Sinus problems generally start in the colon from toxicity, and GAPS and coffee enemas can address those problems by prompting your body to dump toxins.

      Here’s the link and also a link to the GAPS site:

      http://agriculturesociety.com/green-living/3-effective-ways-to-elminate-sinus-infections/

      http://gapsdiet.com/

      If you have any other questions please let me know.

  • Binda
    January 27, 2013 - 2:21 PM | Permalink

    Hello Raine,

    Magnificent post ! well done for informing others – you’re a superstar :)

    I am a bit of a health nut myself! Lately I have had a sinus problem (possibly infection, though, not sure as i keep far away from doc;s as possible), which could be due to my increased consumption of my organic milk!! I will for sure cut this out :( (shame as i do love boiled milk)! Can you tell me how long the pro-biotic and neti pot treatment protocol should be carried out for ? Thanks Raine x

    • January 29, 2013 - 4:37 PM | Permalink

      Hi Binda – It really varies from person-to-person. I found that after spending over two weeks with my last sinus problem in April of 2011, the probiotics in the neti pot didn’t work. It was then that I discovered using the liquid minerals in a dropper bottle with warm filtered water (described in my update in the post – see above).

      If you have an infection that’s already set in, I would continue until I had no symptoms for at least a week. If the problem is just beginning, you might only need a few days. This last winter I started to get another sinus issue and I started my liquid minerals in warm filtered water in the dropper bottle right away, and I only needed to do it for about 5 days. I kept doing the treatment several times a day until I no longer had congestion nor pressure. You should be able to tell pretty easily, and if you do it longer than necessary, it certainly won’t hurt anything.

  • Cristy
    February 5, 2013 - 2:00 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for yor post. I have had a sinus infection for THREE YEARS. Yes, thats right, 3 years. In those three years I have had 3 sinus surgeries. My last surgery went great but now 2 months later I am back at the specialist with a sinus infection. I dont know anything abou natural remedies but really want to learn more. I also have Fibromyalgia and take 5 different meds for that. I feel like a walking pharmacy. I am going to start doing some research and if you have any advice I would appreciate it. I can say, I do acupuncture for my si uses and I feel I get a lot of drainage and relief from it.
    thanks again.

  • Matt
    February 6, 2013 - 4:56 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for your article i have learned alot of natropathic ways to deal with what i believe to be a lingering sinus problem due to a lifetime of mild allergies. The docter i went to recommened a neti pot. I used it a lil while but now i know i have to use for weeks it seems to get any results. I only have pressure on the right side of my temple eye area and it has been going on for months it seems. I have been drinking ginger and lemon honey tea everyday along with starting to drink apple cider vinegar in water. I also have cocunut oil and going to start using daily. I am going to take your advice and am going to start using grapefruit seed extract with water daily i read it was super good for you in a variety of ways. My question to you is how much of the probiotic capsule or capsules did you put in your neti pot to achieve your results and how many times daily? also could give me information on those minerals so i can find them if the neti pot does not work…which i hoping it will do the trick!!! Thanks alot!!!

  • February 6, 2013 - 5:28 PM | Permalink

    Hi Matt – there is no prescribed amount of probiotics to use, but it might be helpful to start out with less and work your way up – as David and I were discussing in some of the comments above. Probiotics can cause a powerful die-off reaction, and the more severe the infection, the bigger the die off can be. When I used it I started out with half a capsule and saved the other half for the next time I did the neti pot. I did this at least 2-3 times a day. If I felt the pressure coming on again, I’d do it again. It just depends on how your body responds. If you do it once and it feels better, maybe do it once more later on in the day, and then repeat each day until you see improved results. Good luck to you! Also, did you see the procedure about using liquid minerals in filtered water in a dropper bottle? That works incredibly well too.

    • Matt
      February 7, 2013 - 1:31 PM | Permalink

      right on thanks..can you tell me which minerals you are talking about and how to find them i am assuming they are at a local health food store.

      • February 7, 2013 - 4:30 PM | Permalink

        Matt – if you look up in the update I wrote in the post, I recommend Dr. Morter’s Best Process — you can get them online. My ND said that the Concentrace minerals sold in stores and online are pretty weak. I did use those for years and I don’t think they made much difference (I was putting them in my drinking water), but I have noticed a big difference with the Best Process brand. Here’s the link:

        http://www.amazon.com/Morters-Trace-Minerals-Drops-Supplement/dp/B006MMK942

  • maggie
    February 13, 2013 - 6:37 PM | Permalink

    Hi Raine, I just found your site tonight.
    My 8-year old son has had a bad cold/congestion this past week and I really think it has ended up in his sinuses. What do I do? I hate to have him put on antibiotics!
    I already had him do the nettipod with a probiotic (about 2 hours ago) and he also has a nasal spray with colloidal silver. He has done the nettiepod this past week but with the saline solution, not probiotics.
    He is also taking Mucinex, but I don’t know if that will help anylonger at this point.

    I have the following fluids/drops here at the house:
    combination CBG extract and ALJ (both from Nature’s Sunshine) and also Thieves Essential Oil and Oil of Oregano (I heard that this last one can be too strong for the liver?).
    Can any of these help us tonight? I am planning to do another nettiepod with probiotics in 30 minutes or so.

    Any help is appreciated!! Thanks

    • February 20, 2013 - 3:20 PM | Permalink

      Maggie – Sorry this is a delayed response. Please read the post, all the information is there. I’d recommend the information in the UPDATE section near the bottom of the post where I talk about using liquid minerals in a dropper bottle with warm, filtered water. Follow those directions to the letter and you should have some good results. The best liquid minerals to get are Dr. Morter’s Best Process. Those items you mentioned that you have at the house I don’t have experience with – except for Thieve’s Oil. You can put that on the bottom of his feet every night before bed, with socks to keep it on. Have you tried using a garlic tonic made with honey – mince garlic into honey on a plate, leave it there to soak for 20 minutes. Remove the garlic and have him eat the honey. If you let him eat the garlic, it may be too strong as garlic is a powerful detox and it could cause him to become nauseous. Do the garlic tonic 1-2 times daily. Is he taking cod liver oil? Green Pastures is the best brand as it’s raw and fermented and it should be taken with the high vitamin butter oil the company sells as well for the most potent effect.

      http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Home/index.cfm

      Also, make home-made broths for him and drink throughout the day. If bone broths are too strong, try meat broths instead (make broth from fatty cuts of meat instead of just the bones themselves). Fermented foods are a must as well – home-made cultured veggies and juices, kombucha, water kefir, beet kvass (you can also buy these at the health food store if you don’t want to or can’t make them – Zukay and Bubbies are good brands). He will need more of the store-bought brands as their bacteria counts are lower than home-made.

      Nettles is another good remedy – make nettles infusions with dried nettles from the health food store. Put dried leaves into a glass jar or larger container, pour cold water into it and then hot boiling water over the last 1/3 of the jar from a hot kettle. Cover and allow to steep for 4-8 hours on counter. When ready to drink, strain and drink straight. You can also put these into soups, stews, and broths. Broth and nettles are good sources of minerals – calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, and others, and are very helpful to those who are sick or have chronic disease.

  • Judith
    February 17, 2013 - 8:08 PM | Permalink

    I’m very happy to have found this site. This week I went to an ENT and was given Nasonex, Singulair and Allegra to see if they would diminish the polyps. I was told I have a deviated septum. I have a scheduled CT scan to see what is in back? I went to him from pressure from family because of long standing sinus infection . He is doing blood work for allergies which is what I believe is causing this chronic sinus infection. I know i’m intolerant to wheat and dairy which I’ve eliminated. I was becoming weak and debilitated but after starting on 100 billion probiotics , I greatly improved except for sinus infection, I took an antibiotic and it did rid the infection and my smell and taste returned which was lost for almost a year. I’ve been through this routine for years, with the infection returning. That is reason for taking the probiotics knowing most of our immune function is in the gut. I’m cancelling Ct scan, surgery, and not picking up my prescriptions. I’m going to try the probiotics in the netti pot and the mineral drops. I know God made our bodies to heal if we know what to do to help what it is designed to do. I’m very encouraged to have this remedy to try should infection return.

    • February 20, 2013 - 3:09 PM | Permalink

      Judith – If you have issues with wheat and dairy, like so many people do, perhaps a healing protocol such as GAPS would help you. GAPS, designed by Dr. Natahsa Campbell McBride. This can actually turn food allergies and the problems that cause them around. Simply eliminating foods that cause you problems doesn’t fix the root cause of the food allergies, intolerances, and other issues that come up .You’ll need some really strong therapeutic grade probiotics to help restore the good bacteria balance in your body, as well as a continued diet of home-made cultured foods for more diverse and friendly bacteria. Those should definitely be part of your daily regimen for the rest of your life. Once you’ve had just one round of steroids or antibiotics, good bacteria maintenance in the body is jeopardized permanently.

      Best of luck to you on your health journey, please keep us posted!

  • Molly
    February 22, 2013 - 1:23 PM | Permalink

    Hi Raine,
    My story: I have always had sinus issues. When I was seven, I fell off of a slide, smacking my face on the way down, leading to a life time of issues. I had a deviated septum repaired at age 18. I have had sinus infections numerous times, never have had a great sense of smell, breathe through my mouth at night. I am now 38 and have been having horrible facial/sinus pain since last August. Have been on antibiotics twice, but seems the pain does not go away, only lessens slightly. Saw an ENT who says my nose is slightly deviated again, and I have a concha bullosa which is blocking my right maxillary sinus. Because it is blocked, it doesn’t drain properly and he says that is the main reason for my pain. However, my left eye has repeated conjunctivitis infections too! I am going to start the candida diet this weekend. I eat pretty healthy, except for my addiction to sugary coffee drinks! I also use a neti-pot every morning, but I don’t use minerals and have never used any form of probiotics. My ENT says surgery is my only option. I am seriously scared of that option, but find myself finally considering it, since my face hurts from my top teeth to my eyebrow, pretty much every day. Any help you could give me, would be much appreciated. I’d love to try a few more things before I succumb to surgery.
    Thank you!

    • February 24, 2013 - 3:33 PM | Permalink

      Hi Molly -

      Anti-candida diets are not effective unless you also employ a healing protocol such as GAPS. Have you heard about it?

      http://gapsdiet.com/

      Anti-candida diets allow starches and grains, and these don’t heal the body but just continue to breed more candida yeast and produce symptoms. GAPS removes these foods and uses healing, traditional foods to heal the gut lining and replenish the body of badly needed nutrients which the other foods – grains and starches (not just gluten) prevent a compromised immune system from digesting. You also need some very strong, therapeutic grade probiotics, and be sure to use the fermented foods recommended on GAPS (home-made cultured vegetables and juices, and raw cultured dairy foods if tolerated, or add back in later after some healing has occurred), bone broths (from the bones of healthy animals and birds raised on pasture) , and healthy fats (butter or ghee, chicken, beef, pork, duck, goose or fish fat) liberally.

      If you have questions after looking at the GAPS diet site, let me know. You should get the book and read it. Also, for immediate relief of sinus symptoms, use the liquid minerals (brand is Dr. Morter’s Best Process) in a dropped bottle w/filtered water and in the nasal passages multiple times daily (see my description in the post above) which is very effective.

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  • March 13, 2013 - 6:28 AM | Permalink

    I did this last night, and I wonder how many days should I do this to relieve my symptoms of ringing in the ears? I have been on a candida cleanse for the past two months and have had some relief, but not total relief. Any suggestions?

    • March 18, 2013 - 9:04 AM | Permalink

      Athomeattorney – if you have a chronic infection, doing this a few times probably won’t fix your problem. What are you currently doing? I have found that some people don’t respond to the probiotics in the neti pot, which is why I provided the update information at the end of the post. Please read the instructions carefully about using liquid minerals in a dropper bottle with warm filtered water. Keep doing this until your symptoms are gone. You can also use Wally’s Ear Oil – which contains garlic, eucalyptus, and other essential oils for clearing out ear issues. It’s safe and works very well. You can buy this at most any health food store.

      Candida cleanses don’t get to the gut issues which ultimately allow candida overgrowth to continue and pathogenic bacteria to thrive in the gut. You likely could benefit from a protocol such as GAPS by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride:

      http://gapsdiet.com/

      GAPS addresses gut permeability issues and damage while rebuilding nutrient stores in the body. This can solve candida issues when also using a therapeutic-grade probiotic product, avoiding sugar, grains, and all starches. This doesn’t mean low-carb, just that those specific foods mentioned are avoided. When you are healed, you should not go back to eating processed foods and refined grains, and your food should be traditionally prepared and from a sustainable or organic source (not packaged organic foods).

      Some people find that GAPS doesn’t work for them, but here is a post about what to do if GAPS doesn’t solve the problem:

      http://nourishingourchildren.wordpress.com/tag/gaps/

  • Jeanne
    March 13, 2013 - 10:58 AM | Permalink

    I have had sinus surgery, have “windows”. I have a sinus infection that has been treated with 3 different antibiotics. It will improve but never completely go away. I keep smelling musty odors from inside my head and highly suspect it is fungal. Is the probiotic treatment in the sinuses safe since I had surgery? This chronic infection is causing me to be very tired and run-down. I am desperate to find something that will help. Thanks.

    • March 18, 2013 - 9:07 AM | Permalink

      Jeanne – yes, probiotics are always safe for the body. Did you read the update at the end of the post about liquid minerals in a dropper bottle with filtered water? This is a very safe and beneficial procedure and is highly effective for those with sinus issues. Most health issues are caused by a lack of minerals in the body…so adding minerals in is always necessary.

      Some people who use the probiotics in the neti pot find that it doesn’t work for them, so try the liquid minerals, and keep it up until you notice that your symptoms are going away – and you very well may want to continue for a few days beyond that.

  • Kelsey
    March 16, 2013 - 4:39 AM | Permalink

    Hi Raine,
    I am 23 years old and have been sick basically my whole life. Whenever I go to the doctor, I always leave with a prescription and I believe my my body is completely worn down from always being on antibiotics.
    I started getting the flu about 2 weeks ago, and it turned into intense pressure in my sinuses, aches in my teeth, body aches, fatigue- the whole thing.
    I use my neti-pot every single morning, even when I’m not “sick”, but merely just stuffed up. I am so curious about your method of adding probiotics to the neti-pot solution, but I was wondering what you would recommend if I use the premixed solution that comes with the pot. Is it still okay to add the probiotics to the premixed salt mixture?
    I was put on nasonex 5 days ago and just started Biaxin today (kill me!!). I am so sick of being sick and would love some advice on adding probiotics to my neti-pot… Can I do your solution while still taking Biaxin? Is there a mineral or multivitamin I can take that would have the same effect?
    I appreciate your help! Struggling with this sickness and university at the same time is not a fun ordeal!

    • March 18, 2013 - 9:14 AM | Permalink

      Kelsey – you can use the probiotics in the neti pot, but if you are taking any medications and especially antibiotics – those will greatly diminish your good bacteria and probiotics will likely get wiped out too. I wouldn’t use any pre-mixed solutions from the store. Just use filtered water from home and a high quality therapeutic grade probiotic such as BioKult or GUTPro from the GAPS web site (see link below).

      Taking probiotics while you are using antibiotics is counter productive. Is there any way you can avoid the antibiotics and try with earnest the liquid minerals in a dropper bottle that is described in my update at the end of this post? Please read those instructions carefully and follow them for at least 2 weeks. You may need even more time if you have been chronically sick and had infections for so many years. You should also be taking a therapeutic grade probiotic while you are doing the liquid minerals too. Eating fermented foods and bone broths is a really good idea as well. Have you considered doing the GAPS diet? This incorporates those healing foods and others:

      http://gapsdiet.com/

      Eliminating sugar, starches, and grains is very important for your body to heal, and including easy-to-digest, mineral rich foods like fermented veggies and meat or bone broths, as well as healthy meats, poultry, and eggs from sustainable sources, organic fruits and vegetables, etc. You will probably want to avoid dairy for the time being until you get your body back in balance, but once your gut is healed you can add back in healthy, raw dairy foods from cows grazing on pasture. If you have more questions, let me know.

  • March 19, 2013 - 8:12 AM | Permalink

    Do you know what essential oils the naturopath stuck up your nasal passages? Trying it right now with peppermint and lavender. I’ve had pretty good success with applying the peppermint topically to my nose and helping my sinuses drain. I can already feel effects with this current combination. So helpful. Thank you!

  • 3 Columns
    March 25, 2013 - 6:52 AM | Permalink

    Thought you might be interested in my recipe for getting good bacteria into your nasal passages. I had reached a point where I was not even be able to breath through my nose anymore. I made a mixture of plain Keefir and saline spray. About 50/50. I spray it in my sinuses with the saline bottle. I can’t say it hurts or stings at all. I have had amazing results and can now breath through my nose again. I have been doing this for a year now. Remember healing flora can be a slow process and you will experience die off of the bad bacteria. An incredibly stuffy head the first few times. But then relief. Not only can I breath through my nose again, but my foggy brain totally lifted. I also suffered with dry eye and chronic conjunctivitis as a result of severe eye trauma and infection as an infant. My eyes got so bad that I wondered how I could go on living like this. After lasic surgery, they were always red, weepy and painful. I rubbed some keefir around and slightly into my eyes before bed. No more red, gooey eyes in the morning. As I said about die off, for the first day or two I thought, “what have I done to myself” but then my eyes became totally clear. I’ve only had one infection in the last year since I did this. I love my new eyes.
    p.s. I had used yogurt initially and it helped, but the keefir must be much more loaded with bacteria.

  • Dennis
    March 28, 2013 - 4:30 PM | Permalink

    Hi Raine, for sinuses problems & dark circles under the eyes, using 8oz of reverse osmosis water and mixing 1/4 tsp of either sea salt or Himalayan salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda (aluminum, free), a serrapeptase probiotic from a capsule and 1/4 tsp of magnesium citrate solution using a sequeeze bottle in the nostriles either as a flush or allow to hold for a minute then drain?
    Comment: When people use anitbiotics they forget that they wipe out the good flora in your digestive system which can lead to an over growth of the bad bacteria.

  • ej
    March 28, 2013 - 4:56 PM | Permalink

    DID ANYBODY ACTUALLY TRY IT?

    (except that one person who did too much)

    Also, How much baking soda do you use when you use your neti pot?

    • April 6, 2013 - 8:36 AM | Permalink

      I don’t recommend using baking soda in the neti pot. If you re-read my post, you’ll see that I use probiotics and filtered water. You can also use sea salt after the probiotics.

  • Suzy
    May 4, 2013 - 4:28 AM | Permalink

    I suffer from chronic sinusitis and I came across your suggestion to use the probiotic in the netti pot. I can honestly say I was skeptical however it worked almost immediately. I was so thrilled I kept up for 2 more days and my infection is completely kicked out of my system I also take 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar 3 x day Rainey I don’t know how to thank you.

    • carmel
      May 4, 2013 - 6:04 AM | Permalink

      Trace minerals up your nose – right up – are supposed to be good for this too, also drinking them. You could spend a fortune on trying this and that, and you would never know if it is worth it till after. I am now trying the SALT PIPE for my breathing and energy problems plus sinus problems, because they can be related, but it’s early days, will be at least three weeks before I see an improvement. Am also eating better and cutting out sugar though I did see some of my favourite chocolate in the shop today and got that – it is delicious. But where I used to eat a whole bar in one day now I will just have a little here and there. Eat more vegetables. Stay away from refined and processed foods. Cut down on salt or only have the proper salt.

      • May 4, 2013 - 8:20 AM | Permalink

        Carmel – the trace minerals in your sinus passages is exactly what I talk about in this post on my update. But you should definitely dilute the minerals as they are potent and will burn if you don’t have enough water. You don’t need to spend a fortune, just get the minerals and use them. They cost about $20 and you won’t use them all on your sinuses. If you have a chronic infection, it will take time to resolve, there’s just no way around it. I had a chronic infection in several cases where I used either the neti pot with probiotics or minerals in filtered water and in both cases it worked within a week and a half and I was done. If you don’t want to do the minerals, then I can’t make you do it.

        • carmel
          May 4, 2013 - 9:03 AM | Permalink

          Hi Raine. I think different things work for different people. With some they are allergic to dairy, hence I stopped eating and drinking dairy things. Others are helped by the trace minerals, improving their diet or intake of vegetables and fruit , others by hydrogen peroxide very much diluted and so on. It depends so much on what is causing the problem in the first place. It seems with me that I have allergic rhinitus and at one stage it became awful
          with some sort of infection, but that seems to have cleared up since improving diet,
          taking a lot of vitamin C and garlic and other supplements. In those days it was unbearable with headaches, ears and nose and couldnot work. But I have also got a problem with feeling heavy and lacking energy and quickly getting tired physically. With some this can be caused by sinus. But many boards will say that this and this means candida. Many insist that a yellow coated tongue means candida, yet others will say there are about ten reasons you can hve this and one is that if you hve a sinus problem and you breath through your mouth. So do be careful of which things to believe and which to ignore when you read stuff online.
          I have found that many assume you have the same problem as them. If they cannot eat dairy or soya because they are allergic to it they tell every person not to eat it even though many of those people would be able to eat it and drink it with no problem. I am thinking of taking the trace minerals. Want to see how it goes with this clay pipe first for the asthma and sinus problems. Also, I have ordered a special nose irrigation syringe which shoots such stuff right up, I find it hard to get on with the neti pots. Thinking of the biotics there too. Thanks for response Raine.

    • May 4, 2013 - 8:21 AM | Permalink

      Hi Suzy – I am so glad you got good results. For prevention, use the minerals in the filtered water I have posted about in the update in this post. Those are very powerful and will help keep infections away for future.

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  • Sratigan
    May 13, 2013 - 12:33 PM | Permalink

    Hi. I just thought I would add something that worked for me. I had a sinus infection and headache for over a week. I tried regular netipots with some relief but no cure. I will try the probiotic netipots next time, but I cured myself by putting some yogurt on a q-tip and then spreading it on the inside of my nose. A few hours later I felt much better and my headache and infection went away. Of course I don’t know the yogurt made the difference, but I think it did.

    • May 14, 2013 - 1:18 PM | Permalink

      Sratigan – I am sure yogurt would work very well as it has probiotics in it. You could definitely use that in place of probiotic tablets in a neti pot and with continued use, it probably would be very effective. Yogurt and other cultured dairy foods work well for a variety of infection types, including yeast infections and also conjunctivitis (eye infections).

      I am really glad to hear this worked for you!

      • Carmel
        May 14, 2013 - 1:30 PM | Permalink

        This is very interesting. However some of us think we have an infection when we do not.
        I had my doctor do a swap test in my nose to see if I had fungus and he said the test came back clear. Though I did wonder if it had been done properly as they only stuck the thing into my nose not right all the way up! I got some kefir and am using a cotton bud to put some up my nose at least five times a day. It contains probiotics. BUT remember that when eating it you often need a PRE biotic before the probiotic works, so you need to eat something like onion just before you eat it. AND remember we are all different. I have had dozens of people telling me not to eat gluten or wheat or this or that because they are allergic to it or they get bloated or whatever if they take it, but these things do not happen with me. So remember that when someone advises you based on their own problems and experiences they may be totally different for you.

        • May 22, 2013 - 8:21 PM | Permalink

          We can often have symptoms that seem completely unrelated to wheat or gluten intolerance, and think it is caused by something else. I never really had the classic digestive system problems when I was eating wheat regularly, but my body certainly did not like gluten and really most grains as well. I spent over 20 years with anxiety and panic-like symptoms due to eating wheat and grains, and you can bet I had no idea this was even connected.

          It wasn’t until I had tried everything — and I mean everything recommended by western and alternative medicine — that a colon hydrotherapist mentioned to me the possibility that I might be having chronic health issues due to wheat. It took me a few more years of trial and error before realizing that gluten and most grains just weren’t a good match for me – and that was after various practitioners telling me it wasn’t wheat that was making me sick. Funny thing is, since I eliminated that food from my diet, as well as included more nutrient-dense foods like bone broths, fermented and cultured foods, butter, cream, cheese, home-made yogurt, meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, olive oil, coconut oil, organ meats and fermented cod liver oil, my panic and anxiety has gone away completely. When I don’t eat these foods, my symptoms start to come back. It’s that simple.

          So it’s never a good idea to dismiss gluten or grains as a possible culprit since most people have digestive issues and grains only exacerbate that problem, as well as the fact that wheat is now contaminated with GMOs due to test plots maintained by Monsanto and other seed companies, and contamination is eminent (it simply can’t be contained and it doesn’t matter if you are eating organic). There is documented literature showing the issues of consuming GM foods and how they negatively affect health.

          • Carmel
            May 23, 2013 - 2:20 AM | Permalink

            Yes I can see where you are coming from Raine – but we are all different. There is a diet which recommends bone broth every day etc and the reason for the bone broth is the collagen to help repair the walls of the gut if you have leaky gut. As for saying cream is nutritious etc there are lots of diets that say stay away from cream. If you are allergic to dairy produce, which many who have sinus problems are, they must not have milk, cream etc anyway. I am always delighted to hear of someone conquering their problem but I like to stress that just because it works for one does not mean it works for another. If you consult a dentist he will insist it has something to do with your teeth. If you consult an ENT specialist he will say it is his field, if you consult someone who gave up smoking they will go on about how giving up smoking helps. Each of these people is biased and forgetting we are all different. I started using the salt pipe recently to help with my asthma as this can be related to sinus problems but it is early days yet. I prefer something like that as it is easier to sit and puff into the pipe for 20 mins a day while you are watching tev than it is to change your diet.
            And I have found that many who change their diet are wasting their time. They say they are better because of the change but they do not know what has caused them to feel better.
            Most of the things they gave up could have been given up unnecessarily and many of the things they eat which they insist helped them to get better may not be helping at all.

            When I first consulted a naturopathic doctor about all of this he suggested I eat lots of mashed potatoes as they are comfort food! I have had countless numbers telling me to take acv and just as many telling me it is useless or makes things worse. Others go into dairy,
            gluten etc. Many assumed that because they got a bloated stomach or gas or pain there I did too – this is when I stop listening to them. People in America go on about not having caffeine – coffee – but they forget there are a lot of people from the UK who drink caffeine in tea. Personally I love my food and if I could not eat the foods I really enjoy sometimes I would be very miserable. I never drink alcohol, never smoke, never take pharmaceutical drugs except for the puffers for asthma which I am using less and less now thanks to the salt pipe and will power.

            Likewise we are told that losing weight is good for you. I am overweight and I am trying to cut down. But you then read an article that tells you that it is better to be overweight and happy than slim and miserable, and women with large backsides live an average of 9 year longer than skinny women. So find your own way.

          • May 23, 2013 - 11:23 PM | Permalink

            There is much confusing information out there, no doubt. I used to be very confused and not sure who to believe and what to follow. Not so much anymore. I’ve learned to listen to my body, and not all the noise and information out there. I follow a few simple rules and discard the rest: eat real, traditional foods as prepared and consumed by our ancestors, eat a lot of healthy fats (animal foods are key) from healthy sources, avoid sugar and anything processed. Get lots of sun, go barefoot, go to bed earlier (still working on that one), reduce stress, avoid as much as possible chemicals and toxins in my home and work environments, and spend more time outside, get exercise when I feel like it, and laughing and having fun. I don’t really worry about the rest.

            Being healthy, by the way, is the main thing to focus on. Too many people focus on losing weight. But losing weight should be a side-effect of getting healthy. When you get healthy from eliminating chemicals, toxins, processed foods, etc. and detoxing, you will naturally lose the weight and arrive at what’s healthy for your own body, and that’s different for different folks.

            I don’t worry about eating too much fat. I eat until I am full. I don’t worry about exercising myself to death to “keep in shape”. I haven’t had a weight problem ever in my life, but I have had trouble gaining weight, so when I started concentrating on eating real, whole foods as nature intended, I started to gain weight appropriately and now am at the most normal weight I’ve ever been in my life. These myths mouthed over and over again by medical experts are really just nonsense anyway, and I know it’s nonsense because my whole life (over 4 decades) I’ve observed people doing the things they are told by mainstream health authorities and not get well and not lose weight. So, I have stopped consulting experts and just listen to my own intuition and common sense knowledge. If you are constantly changing what you do because someone told you to do it but not really thinking about why you are doing it or waiting to observe whether it works, then I can see why there is confusion. Stop listening to experts and do your own research. Ultimately you have to do what works for you. I blog about my experiences to help others who may not have discovered things I have. If it doesn’t work, then try something else. But I know that many of the things I’ve written about here have worked for various people because I receive messages and comments about it.

          • Carmel
            May 23, 2013 - 2:22 AM | Permalink

            By the way I do not have digestive issues.

          • May 23, 2013 - 11:11 PM | Permalink

            If you don’t have digestive issues, you are most fortunate. Most people in the modern world do either from diet or poor lifestyle choices or both. These don’t always appear as what you would think of as digestive issues. Sometimes they are masked in some other way. If you have chronic health issues, no matter who you are, you definitely have some digestive issues as all health begins in the gut. Holistic medicine recognizes that everything is connected – nothing is compartmentalized. If you aren’t digesting your food properly, the eventual result is chronic health problems. I would have never connected my health issues to digestive problems, as my most noticable symptoms weren’t really digestive-related, or so I thought. Just something to think about.

  • Danielle
    May 23, 2013 - 12:07 PM | Permalink

    How much probiotics did u put in your netipot??? Like one 5 mg tablet???? And did you use this every 4 hr?? Ect….

    • Carmel
      May 23, 2013 - 12:15 PM | Permalink

      Surely the more the better. Then make sure you do not blow your nose straight after. I would put it on the end of a cotton bud and push it right up into the nasal cavity being sure to make sure you are not disturbed so that you suddenly make a mistake if knocked by someone or something. I tried this with kefir. As it t urned out I do not have an infection in my nose which is why it did not help. But we are all different.

      • Danielle
        May 23, 2013 - 12:31 PM | Permalink

        I have tried everything to get this awful sinuse stuff away, Monday I even went and got a deep tissue message. It gave me energy and Made my body acks go away but my eyes still fill like there about two come out of my head and I can bearly see straight. I have been taking zerteck and a antibiotic but noting new aged seems to be working so I want to try Mother Nature. Other then the deep tissue message I have been doing a hot pad with eucliptus oil and heating it up. I tried regular netipot with the salin they give to you but the water would not even come out the other side of my nose. Any suggestion would be awesome

        • Carmel
          May 23, 2013 - 12:47 PM | Permalink

          Personally I hate a neti pot, it is awkward for me to use and as you say if your nose is bunged up it will not go in and come out anyway. I got one of these – nasaline nasal rinsing system. it includes some pre measured saline packets but you can just put sterilised or boiled water with some salt in them after. I find it easier. But I don’t have an infection, do you?

        • May 23, 2013 - 11:06 PM | Permalink

          Danielle – did you see the UPDATE in the post and have you given the liquid minerals a try in a dropper bottle with warm water multiple times daily? Make sure you dilute the minerals with at least a half a bottle of water (about a 2 ounce bottle) and use 6-10 drops of minerals. Best brand is Best Process by Dr. Morter’s, but if you can’t get that, try a health food store brand such as Concentrace.

          I know many people who are getting relief with this method. Please try it and see what happens! You have nothing to lose. Our bodies become depleted of minerals very easily and this is one of the most common reasons we become chronically ill. Neti pots don’t work for all people, and this did work for me for awhile, but stopped working after a period of time. I discovered the minerals in the dropper bottle and it has done the trick for me each time I’ve had a sinus problem on since I first tried it.

    • May 23, 2013 - 11:08 PM | Permalink

      If you do use the probiotics in the neti pot, just open a capsule and put roughly half in, and save the rest for next time in a plastic bag. I don’t use it at any certain interval. I used it the first time once before I went to bed then the following day I did it, and then for about 2 days after once a day. It will depend on your symptoms. You might need to do it more, but I’d also recommend trying the liquid minerals in filtered water in a dropper bottle as well – that is the most effective method I’ve tried and it works (see previous comment).

  • May 26, 2013 - 6:55 AM | Permalink

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    • Carmel
      May 26, 2013 - 7:00 AM | Permalink

      I have come down with a bad cold last week, and everyone I know has one in some form or another. What annoys me though is that I eat sensibly and I take supplements yet my cold has hit me far worse than them when they eat rubbish and do not take care of their health at all.

  • Tammy
    May 28, 2013 - 8:52 AM | Permalink

    Raine,,, OMG, u have been a god send for me. As everyone else on this site, I have chronic sinus infections, this one has been about a year now, and I had surgery beginning of April to suck all the impacted gunk out. Foolish me, thought that would fix me,,, but I’m still suffering, the infection hasn’t been fully eradicated & multiple docs keep on with the antibiotics & steroids. ENT wants to do lore surgery, I guess he needs to make money for his retirement. He has been in practice as long as I’ve been alive, over 40 yrs. He should have this all figured out by now. I have been trying your probiotic rinse & diluted minerals,,, and in the last 3-4 days I’ve seen greater results with all that than I have with any of the pharmaceutical remedies the docs have been giving. Although I still am worn down & have brain fog, I think I’m slowely starting to feel a little better. Further research I’ve been doing,,, I think I May have leaky gut syndrome, resulting in the sinuses, fibromyalgia, IBS, anxiety & a life long array of problems. Girl, I want to thank u so much for sharing your knowledge,,, u have truely helped me to try to help myself. I would love to have u as a close friend in my life, you’ve given me that much insight.

    • Carmel
      May 28, 2013 - 9:31 AM | Permalink

      I hope you do not mind me commenting. But this post of yours really interests me. We are in a similar situation. Probably similar ages, though I am in England. I have had lots of problems with sinus for many years. I also got what I thought was M.E. and brain fog, it scared the life out of me. I could not remember anything, think or work things out, got all confused. And it was so sudden. Then I remembered it had been after another bout of sinus being bad and anti biotics. So I started to research about such stuff and it took a lot of time looking online. Found out about candida and there may be a connnection with that and/or leaky gut. The truth is though that the proper candida diet is very expensive and boring and difficult to do and many insist you must stay on it for life, so did not want to do that! Instead I improved my diet, cut out a lot of the bad stuff and increased the good, started taking selenium, vitamin c, multi vitamins and much more. It may have been coincidence but seemed to get better. I have had surgery on my nose but when it does not help they just say they will do it again. Proving they did it wrong or whatever the first time. So you lose confidence don’t you. Garlic seems to have helped me. I also got myself a SALT PIPE which I will inhale every day as I also have asthma and there may be a connection with asthma and sinus. A neti pot is popular but I dont like them at all, prefer the special syringe.
      But you must be very careful as you can syringe things up inside your head and make things worse sometimes. I like the sound of the trace minerals and biotics. But do make sure you have an actual infection. Many people say they have when really it is hay fever or some other allergy where that won’t help. Just wasting your money then on things probably.

  • Hermes
    May 28, 2013 - 9:55 AM | Permalink

    Hi Raine, thank you very much for this post. I am a long term sufferer with chronic sinus problems and this is the first time I ever heard of probiotic use. I have tried it for two nights now and the difference is very very noticable…quite amazing in fact. What a discovery! I have a question…do you think it is a good idea to continue with saline neti pot rinses? I wonder if too much rinsing is actually bad for sinuses because it may destroy or wash away the good bacteria. Just a thought. I am also going to try the mineral drops soon.

    • Carmel
      May 28, 2013 - 10:01 AM | Permalink

      I know yo uwrote to Raine but I agree with you. To wash away the good bacteria with the bad is just as bad as taking anti biotics which do the same thing and which we try to avoid.

      • Hermes
        May 29, 2013 - 3:24 AM | Permalink

        Hi Carmel, thank you for your comment. I am also in the UK and have had sinus surgey three times in 12 years! I know now that my sinus is definitely connected with asthma and the key for me recently has been to control the asthma. I have been doing this quite successfully by learning and using the Buteyko method of breathing. I have to say it has been working for me. This probiotic treatment is a wonderful discovery.

        • Carmel
          May 29, 2013 - 3:28 AM | Permalink

          Hi thanks for the response. Am so glad you are better. It only occurred to me recently that asthma and sinus were related, having gone down various other complicated and time consuming avenues. As you know a lot of people in the UK do not think of working stuff out for themselves, they just stuff their face and abuse their bodies and then rush to the doctor for pills or an operation. If you are willing it would be good to correspond with you in private? Just an idea. Anyone at all who is interested in this subject can corresond with me in private if they wish. My email address is – join it up with no spaces – r y c h h m o a t a o l d o t c o m. But do understand if it takes me time to reply. I have a bad cold at the moment which it taking me ages to get over but when I do I am going to persevere with the SALT PIPE which is good for asthma and similar things and sinuses with a lot of people.

    • June 8, 2013 - 10:59 PM | Permalink

      As I have commented in multiple instances, I would try the liquid minerals in filtered water if you are not getting results with the neti pot. Some people don’t get good results with the pot. However, the probiotics in your sinus passages are a very powerful remedy and something your body needs to deal with infection. Infections arise due to lack of minerals and good bacteria in the body in many instances. The mineral drops are very gentle and when applied multiple times daily during infection, very soothing and effective in eliminating infection. Give it a try and see what happens. Best of luck, keep me posted.

  • Pamela Grow
    May 31, 2013 - 4:41 AM | Permalink

    And how many people, like me, are prescribed antibiotics for years for ear/nose/throat ailments caused by environmental issues — only to land in the hospital? Good on you for finding a natural cure that works.

  • Katie
    June 2, 2013 - 11:24 AM | Permalink

    Goldenseal also works very well, much like the probiotic when used in a neti-pot, but beware, it has also got quite a sting!

    • June 3, 2013 - 8:11 AM | Permalink

      With goldenseal, you must be very careful to filter it well as you don’t want those particles in your sinus passages. And yes, it can sting similar to the liquid minerals or probiotics. That’s what happens when you have an infection.

  • June 6, 2013 - 4:13 AM | Permalink

    Hi everyone

    How can you be sure that the infection has gone away? I had an infection for some time before seeking medical help and got AB for 2 times but the infection only receded. I had no problems with headaches other then when I was ill. In normal times I had bad smell from my nose and green discharge. Last pictures of my sinuses shown that and infection is still ongoing but not escalating. Naturally I want to get rid of it completely, but am not sure how will I notice it (my gf sometimes says that the breath from my nose smells sour).

    Any ideas?

    • Carmel
      June 6, 2013 - 4:45 AM | Permalink

      Please remember these things

      (a) it is different for everyone, I am forever getting people telling me I should do this or that, or must have this or that wrong with me simply because that applies to them! We are all individuals and there might be lots of different symptoms and reasons for YOUR thing.
      Do not rush out to get or use something just because someone else raves about how great it was for them, think about it carefully. I promise you that if you spend enough time on here you will be advised to rush out and get about a hundred different (expensive) cures a week.

      (b) instead of thinking about whether or not it is still there just concentrate on pushing it away. I personally cannot be sure I had an infection or not, but I do know I was very ill.
      Concentrate on pushing away the symptoms and let the rest take care of itself.

      (c) do not assume that anyone who has posted on here knows what they are talking about or even that a doctor does. Many get it all wrong, no matter how well meaning they are.

      (d) stay positive. Remember that if one thing does not work you can move on to another thing. Always have a plan B up your sleeve so that you do not get depressed and downhearted. Constantly study and learn about it even when you feel better – just in case.

      (e) remember that many who post about these things tend to get rather over enthusiastic.
      Talking about it and writing about it can sometimes become their whole reason for being.
      They have nothing else in their life. Deep down they do not really want to get better as they would have nothing to think about or talk about. Then you have the other enthusiasts who
      insist they know all of the answers but the truth is they are just some unemployed nobody
      who sits on their computer all day telling people what to do because they have nothing else to do with their time and it makes them feel important. Always ask yourself how valid your source is before listening to it. Some of the sites have excellent naturopaths and doctors who are good enough to give advice but remember these people are very busy and will not go on there much, they have to put their paying clients/patients first.

      (f) look at how cost effective a possible cure is before taking it. I have had people suggesting all sorts of ridiculous ideas to me when other things which were much cheaper would have been just as likely to help.

      (g) Make a diary of how you feel each day so that you can get an idea of if you improve or get worse over a period of time. Write down what you eat too in case there is a connection.
      You might notice that every time you eat certain things you get certain symptoms.
      You should not need to pay a therapist for this you can do it yourself. Just use common sense.

      (h) Drink plenty of water. It is totally free and every single person who has any sort of medical qualification whether it is for conventional medicine or alternative advocates it. But make sure it is plain water not with anything in it.

      Hope this helps.

      • June 7, 2013 - 1:43 AM | Permalink

        Of course everybody is different that’s why the modern medicine is failing more and more since no one actually pays attention to your case and just gives you medicine. If it doesn’t work well then just come back and we’ll give you another one.
        Most on the info on the internet is as you describe it. Personal experience from other people that in terms of health do not apply to everyone. But sometimes a general idea is enough to find a way to cure yourself.
        As I said before I have no indication weather the infection persists other than the smell that someone else detects.
        I’ve read all the comments and info here and gave the probiotics a shot. One thing I immediately noticed is that besides the regular discharge there are also some specks of what I’ve seen before indicating that something is still there so I am considering trying this thing a bit further. There are some mild headaches after I use probiotics but that could happen with just cleaning with water and salt.
        I don’t agree on the part of concentrating cause that for me is like concentrating on a good test result in school but still fail since you didn’t study. Something has to be done. Not to say that willpower can have an effect but I simply don’t lead that kind of life or think that humanity itself is living in a cycle where this would be a possibility.

        In any case every info is appreciated and if I figure out something new I’ll let you know.
        And in the end as you say don’t go out rushing to buy certain medicine or stuff that can be expensive. Basically it all comes down to how much are you ready to pay for your health and how much you can trust certain people and cures. In the end we all live in different locations and can’t even get the same stuff anyway.

      • June 8, 2013 - 10:48 PM | Permalink

        The cost is not an issue in using the remedies that I’ve suggested here. I think we’ve covered that multiple times, so we don’t need to go over this again and again. If you don’t want to use the remedy, don’t use it. But many people come here in desperation because they have used expensive and toxic “remedies” that don’t work and are looking for something natural.

        The solutions I’ve written about are neither costly nor ridiculous, and have brought relief to many, many people I know (and I’ve experienced first hand that they work). This is my blog and I do make an honest living from the work I do (I’m certainly not an unemployed nobody that has nothing better to do and needs to feel important). If you (and by ‘you’ I mean that in the most general sense) don’t want to follow what I’ve laid out here, then please find another blog to read. If you have legitimate questions about something I’ve written here, I’m happy to answer. Otherwise, I’m not going to continue to repeat nor defend what I’ve already written here. If additional comments are made in this vein, I’ll likely just remove them.

    • June 8, 2013 - 10:50 PM | Permalink

      Matej – you need to keep repeating the therapy I’ve written about here until your symptoms are gone for at least a few weeks if you have something that is producing chronic symptoms such as nasal discharge that is discolored or sinus headaches. Otherwise, can you give me additional details?

  • Paul
    June 8, 2013 - 9:10 AM | Permalink

    Are you serious? Probiotics in your nose? What if it’s a bacterial infection, you could do yourself serious harm.

    • June 8, 2013 - 10:54 PM | Permalink

      Paul – Yes, I’m quite serious about the probiotics. The liquid minerals in filtered water are even more effective, which is why I posted the update near the end of the post. A bacterial infection will be eliminated or greatly reduced by either or both of these substances as bacteria develops in the absence of minerals and healthy, friendly bacteria (probiotics). Pathogenic bacteria cannot survive in great numbers when there is proper nutritional and beneficial bacteria present. So saying that you can do yourself serious harm with probiotics is really one of the most untrue things that can be said. Probiotics are something everyone needs and we are in great deficit of these organisms with all the toxins, pollutants, and processed, refined foods in our modern diet. Also, fermented foods made at home such as sauerkraut, beet kvass, yogurt or kefir from raw milk are incredibly beneficial and have even more proliferate friendly bacteria than probiotic supplements.

      • Scott
        September 8, 2013 - 9:15 PM | Permalink

        I understand that garlic is excellent for killing fungal infections. Is there anyway to use it in nasal drops for sinus infection?

        • Carmel
          September 9, 2013 - 12:53 AM | Permalink

          Why not get garlic juice and mix it with water and whatever else might be useful and spray it up your nose. As far as I know there are no commercially available mixes.

  • Andrzej Jakubowicz
    June 12, 2013 - 8:36 AM | Permalink

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    Thank you. This is very valuable information.
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  • Beverly Prevatt
    July 19, 2013 - 12:20 PM | Permalink

    Hi, please help me get started on home remedies. I’m getting my 5th sinus infection as we speak. I quit smoking in February of this year and wondered if this had anything to do with it. I have always suffered from chronic sinusitis but not one right after another. I also suffer from severe migraine headaches as well. I’ve become immune to most antibiotics so it takes a few tries for them to find one to work, usually they have to try a new one but my infections last 20 days if the meds don’t work. Just tell me what to do. I’m tired of this and I can’t live under my pillow with an ice pack on my face and the back of my neck. Thank you

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  • August 10, 2013 - 1:56 PM | Permalink

    Raine, You suggested putting in the mineral drops multiple times a day. Is every hour too much? I was just wondering how many times a day you did it and if one can overdo it. Thank you!

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    August 25, 2013 - 8:23 PM | Permalink

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      September 15, 2013 - 1:45 AM | Permalink

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  • dan
    November 25, 2013 - 12:37 PM | Permalink

    2 years iv had it yes sinus ben thru a a a about 200.nasil sprays never try probiodics in the nose but will today and all week.!!got one big big thing to say I did try and did work the same day is juicing it jworks kinda hard to juic broccley but I do that first then I eat what was chopped up raw then I go on and add ginger root celary carrots that alone works you will feel it right away

  • December 6, 2013 - 7:34 PM | Permalink

    Raine,
    I often get a sinus infection this time of year. I don’t use a neti pot but instead simply snort the mixture I make and blow it back out in to a tissue. Having seen your site this week, I tried a mixture of baking soda 12 tsp, Celtic sea salt 1/2 tsp and one capsule Raw Probiotics Ulitmate Care 100 billion CFU/34 strains — all mixed together. Brilliant! Did the trick for me and very quickly. I have never gotten over one of these sinus infections as fast as this. 48 hours and my sinuses are clear and my energy is back. I did feel relief begin within an hour of doing the irrigation. I will ad that I also have been taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a few ounces of water twice a day. Baking soda is an under-appreciated healing tool that kills fungus and raises pH. A miracle worker on its own. But the combination of these two — the nasal irrigation as described above with the oral baking soda has worked wonders. Thought you might like to know.

  • December 6, 2013 - 7:36 PM | Permalink

    Please edit my comment above to read 1/2 teaspoon baking soda NOT 12 teaspoons.

  • Confused
    December 7, 2013 - 12:35 AM | Permalink

    Hi,

    I am just starting to take a close look at all of the homeopathic remedies as opposed to modern medicine. I believe that many mds are as well but without extremes. My opinion is that anyone willing to throw modern medicine away completely is completely crazy. I think people need to be encouraged to eat organic whole foods while maintaining their bodies using natural remedies. People should also be encouraged to seek medical attention when things turn ugly. Your views on prescription medications is YOUR VIEW & opinion. You didn’t want to tell someone what oils they should shove up their nose bc they may “hurt” themselves yet you encourage them to ride their sinus infection out while using probiotics in their netti pots. You do know people can and DO die from sinus infections right? Not to mention that we are not Dr’s & cannot not should we self diagnose. If we are all eating organically, taking the correct vitamins & minerals, & exsercising regularly hopefully that will do the trick. If it does not I would be more concerned with having peeps blood on your hands than messing up their nasal passages bc you are in NO WAY making people feel OK about seeking a professionals opinion. Also, please ACTUALLY go back & read what you have wrote previously before adamantly denying you said something when you actually did. I gave you the benefit of the doubt the first 2 times but after that I started taking you for a BSer as anyone with half a mind would do. I’m sad to see such informative info defamed by your continued denials of what you previously stated once called out. I wish you the best of luck & you do seem to have a lot of valuable info to pass on. Maybe just take what all of these peeps are telling you a bit more serious. Some are very sick, you are not a doc. I know you wrote this to help all of us sinus infection sufferers but your lifestyle, diet, etc is much different than 90% of Americans. Please keep that in mind. I hope you have time to go back & read this from the very beginning. I think you may want to apologize to some of those you said… “I never stated…” to. Maybe not. You write well, are obviously educated in the subject & seem to have a good shot at a huge following. I hope that you won’t be the one to stifle that opportunity for yourself. Take care.

  • January 7, 2014 - 3:07 PM | Permalink

    I have suffered from the one and only sinus infection in my entire life and I’m in my 40′s. I lived in a “hidden” mold-infested apartment for almost two years, which in turn left me with a 5 year long sinus infection. Accupuncture definitely worked, but I cannot afford it right now now. I use a neti pot, colloidal silver, GSE, salt, baking powder. I also know for a fact that the constant evil chem-trails the government sprays are a contributing factor to my symptoms. All I want to do is rid myself of this infection so that I can focus on staying well and fighting the dirty air I am forced to breathe every day. This article is helpful, and I am a huge fan and believer in holistic health and am highly sensitive to artificial antibiotics.
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  • jb
    March 23, 2014 - 11:10 AM | Permalink

    what are your thoughts on coconut oil? ….I seem to have a constant sinus issue if its not nose its my throat if not those I seem to have a clogged ear. I read about how its supposed to help a million things like teeth etc ….just curious on thoughts :)….thanks

  • Lisa
    March 24, 2014 - 7:36 PM | Permalink

    I also had experienced horrible sinus infections and within the last 6 years I’ve been dealing with them naturally. Some things that have worked for me… I put sea salt and a very, very tiny bit of pepperoncini juice in my neti pot. The pepper juice really helps to wipe out the bacteria in my sinuses. I would use my neti pot every night before bed until I felt it was out of my sinuses. I also use Sinusalia by Boiron and I take as directed and I even pop some in my mouth while I’m sleeping. I turn from side to side when I sleep and when I would turn sides I would put some Sinusalia under my tongue and go back to sleep. I believe this helped with my sinus infection. I also take Garden of Life’s Immune Balance Sinus. Whenever I feel my nose stuffing up I take one of these capsule’s and it helps. Maybe some of these ideas would work for others who are looking to help cure infections naturally. Be healthy and happy!

  • March 25, 2014 - 3:15 PM | Permalink

    After suffering for 20 yrs with sinus infections due th my immune system being so low,I decided to get sprays and medications from my doctor,which gave light relief,but the infection would always return causing me to be bedridden for weeks on end in my 40s.I had no energy.i finally went to be tested for allergies at a clinic and found that I was allergic to 99 of the 100 pin tests they did….so I was given an injection of the very things I was allergic to every week for 4 years,and I must say it worked quite we’ll.I was not suffering as much and I wasn’t bedridden anymore
    I then moved to England and began having bad sinuses once again ad they don’t have allergy clinics here…the doctor gave me nasacort nasal spray,which works wonders if you can remember to use it just before spring and fall kick in..then it had to be used constantly til those seasons end…..
    Then one night I couldn’t lift my head up off the couch,it came from nowhere,I tried to let the dog out,and couldn’t get up,it felt like a concrete slab was on top of my head.A family member called the docs and they said they were sending an ambulance,I thought they were over reacting,but anyway I was admitted into a room,I lost 4 days.i slept the whole time.It wasn’t until I went back to my consultant for a review did he tell me I had hemeraged from my sinuses.I still suffer today with a sore throat,headache and really bad tiredness,it takes effort to get up,it’s that bad..Thankyou for this info I will have a go and hope it works because I’ve had antibiotics and every medicine from the docs there is and now antibiotics just don’t work…

  • C.A.
    March 25, 2014 - 9:33 PM | Permalink

    Besides the usual good health advice – exercise, more alkaline diet, etc. – i have found three things which make a world of difference for many health issues – including sinus problems.

    1. Buteyko breathing – can unblock nose in three minutes – (See http://www.normalbreathing.com)

    2. putting a drop of SSKI (saturated solution of potassium iodide) on a finger and rubbing it on the inside of my nostrils before going out. it will give a wasabi like rush for a few seconds, then subside. It has been shown to prevent many infections. I haven’t had a cold or flu for years since starting this.

    3. Before I knew about the SSKI in the nose, I used fresh mid-term urine in a neti pot for any sinus issues. works better than regular saline as it is your own remedy. (See Martha Christy, Your Own Perfect Medicine)

  • SANDRA
    March 27, 2014 - 5:48 AM | Permalink

    I used to get severe sinus infections every 3 months..and at first I went the antibiotic way per Doctor…for about a yr…then decided they did not help or keep them from coming back so I went the natural way, which generally took 2 weeks to get better but at least no more antibiotics…the last infection was really bad so I went to an ENT who sent me for a scan..he said I had Panditious…(not sure about that spelling)…but it means that every sinus cavity in my head was infected..he talked steroids as he didn’t think antibiotics would do anything but make it worse..but I refused the steroids and bought some butter bur as I read it worked for migraines and mold allergies, which I have and contribute to my infections…it has been almost 2 yrs and I have not had one infection, I take butter bur daily….before, infections every 3 months, for 20 yrs I suffered….will not live without my butter bur…..

  • Mohammad Sadiq
    March 28, 2014 - 5:12 AM | Permalink

    I once had a severe headache and congestion in my head. My nose was blocked I could hardly breathe and my eyes were watery. As I was in Pakistan, I tried a local manufactured herbal product from Tayyebi Dawakhana so called Chhinkini. It was like the miracle remedy. It cured my congestion. My head felt lighter and I was able to concentrate on my daily chores.

  • Sarah C
    March 28, 2014 - 7:44 AM | Permalink

    Hi! I just found your page and have been looking for help for over 6 years now with sinus issues. I started out with a sinus infection that turned into Strep throat. Of course, I ran to the dr to receive antibiotics, not once, not twice, but on a very powerful antibiotic for over 9 months because I could not get rid of the sinus infection, but even worse was that the Strep would get better, I’d finish the antibiotics, and within a week, the Strep was back! Finally, I was referred to an ENT who wanted to do a tonsillectomy, adnoidectomy, and remove a cyst in my sinus cavity above my right eye, but couldn’t do surgery until the Strep was gone! I finally got to a point where the ENT performed the surgery in 2010. OH WOW!!! It was horrible! I won’t go into the horrible post surgery things that had to be done! NIGHTMARE!!! I then went through a battery of allergy testing to find out I am allergic to chocolate, eggs, nuts, tomatoes, and every tree in South Carolina!! Since then, I have been on antibiotics off and on, and have daily headaches and sinus sensitivity has gotten progressively worse! Just finished, yet, another 2 different antibiotics, to NO improvement, so back to ENT to find out that the sinus cyst removal did not last! I refuse to go through that again. I also found out that i have fluid BEHIND my left eardrum, affecting my hearing.
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    I use a NetiMed Nasal Rinse bottle twice a day.
    Going to give the probiotic added to the sinus rinse today and continue it and hope for great results! I will post follow updates! Wish me luck!

  • March 30, 2014 - 8:23 PM | Permalink

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  • brenda
    April 7, 2014 - 8:47 PM | Permalink

    What about coconut oil in the sinuses, a few drops perhaps with a quarter drop of tea tree oil? I have had a 5 week sinus infection, tried all, and that seems to be doing something, well I did it for two days then forgot about all the other rinses and all, now its sort of here again, but what about it,., I figured I was fixed but should have kept the rinses and evening coconut oil drops going? will now continue with the saline rinses and coconut oil at night., think that may just do it.

  • brenda
    April 7, 2014 - 9:01 PM | Permalink

    say if the probiotic capsule addition to the neti pot is supposed to be so effective I personally find it hard to believe, for instance everytime we rinse we remove bacteria, so if one is rinsing a few times a day one would simply rinse the probiotics away also…or not? I am wondering if the probiotic addition mightn’t be best to do after the sinus infection is gone or only before bed?

    so my question to the author is , do subsequent nasal rinses remove the probiotics added?

    also, has anyone tried coconut oil drops in their nasel passages?

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  • Fiona
    April 18, 2014 - 6:12 PM | Permalink

    Hi… I’ve had a shocking sinus and chest infection for 4 years after picking up a parasite in Egypt. I recently took H202 35% food grade, a few drops diluted in a big glass of water for 10 days, it settled it right down I then switched to probiotic VSL#3 it is very expensive but the only probiotic that has helped me ever! First 5-6 days were pretty rough but after that I’ve started to have a lot more energy. On day 12 now and feel it is quite amazing and well worth it! Ive also done some Colloidal Silver nasal flushes and sinus pretty clear now, not just the CS but the whole process this past 3 weeks has made a huge change! I also use H202 3% for cleaning ears, mine and the dogs :)

  • Mart
    April 21, 2014 - 5:19 AM | Permalink

    I found success in using a water pic set to the lowest setting with hot water and tree tea essential oil 1 drop mixed in. I have stopped using salt as it seems to just dry out the mucus membranes more.

    After that I use a face steamer ( used for complexion ) to help dislodge whatever may be in the upper respiratory area with this I use peppermint essential oil. Both of these work excellent for me. I did have great success with a very diluted mixture of hot pepper mixed in with the water pic, but this is only for the strong :-)

  • Belinda
    May 7, 2014 - 1:05 PM | Permalink

    I use a 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon white vinegar to 1/2 of distilled water to rinse my sinuses out if I suspect an infection. I use a nose dropper to do this and lightly sniff it into my sinuses. It usually works very effectively. But I notice that pollen entering my eyes or sinuses will set off swelling inside which leads to a sinus headache and fluid in my ears. I usually use anti-histamine for a short while and a nasal decongestant if it gets too bad. So far so good! No infections!

  • Tracey
    May 7, 2014 - 2:47 PM | Permalink

    In desperation one night after deciding that tomorrow I was going to the Dr, I did a steam inhalation of eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint & YL thieves. I then googled EO’s for sinus infections and found a couple of great tips
    1. Put lavender followed by peppermint on the cheeks over the sinuses. I also put them above the brow.
    2. Swipe the same oils on the inside of the cheeks.
    3. Rub the same oils on the bone above the teeth. I also used thieves when I did this. Works a treat.
    I also used my netti pot with Tea Tree oil in the salt solution.
    Woke up next morning no infection, no pain, breathing easy and best of all no trip to the Dr for antibiotics.
    I use peppermint and Lavender regularly due to continual sinus problems. Now doing the full elimination diet, but think dairy is the problem.

    • May 8, 2014 - 9:00 AM | Permalink

      Where did you get a tea tree oil that you can put in your nose? You’re not suppose to consume that and despite using a neti pot some of it can get in to your system.

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  • James
    May 31, 2014 - 3:24 AM | Permalink

    I too had a worse sinus problem. In 2012 winter I had gone to Karachi, Pakistan for work related purpose. There my sinus worsen and I had to opt for local remedies. As I didn’t wanted to visit the doctor and take any allopathic medicines. So, my driver took me to this shop and introduced me with Chhinkini a local herbal product by Tayyebi Dawakhana. It took seconds if not minutes to clear away my head and sinus. I felt so relieved. It was wonderful truly amazing product.

  • Marjory Thomas
    June 4, 2014 - 9:53 AM | Permalink

    Great to hear you cured your sinusitis by yourself. Well done you!! I tried acupuncture and although I felt great afterwards it didn’t help. When I lost faith in my doctor I tried a host of other natural treatments such as nasal irrigation, steam inhalation etc. and nothing worked. Eventually I stumbled on a natural nasal spray by sinusoothe and although I don’t particularly like the aftertaste (then again I don’t like using any nasal sprays because I get an aftertaste) it has got rid of my sinus infection completely (I assume so since I don’t have any symptoms at all now). I no longer feel fatigued and run down and I am definitely not missing the headaches and sinus pain (although somehow I just got used to them and hardly noticed them anymore – amazing how your body adjusts).

    • Haneul
      July 2, 2014 - 3:40 AM | Permalink

      HI Marjory!
      Where can one purchase sinusoothe?

  • Dani
    June 7, 2014 - 8:33 PM | Permalink

    What are you calling ‘probiotic capsules’?

  • Dani
    June 7, 2014 - 8:34 PM | Permalink

    What are you calling ‘probiotic capsules’..?

  • SuziQ
    June 20, 2014 - 7:01 AM | Permalink

    How is anyone able to use a neti pot when sinuses are infected???? I have sooo much mucus there, I can not get the water into one sinus and out the other. This is the way it has been even when I was not sick. Either my sinuses were too conjested OR using the neti pot just made it all soggy and more congested inside.

    Given up hope!

    • Nick
      July 20, 2014 - 1:53 AM | Permalink

      SuziQ, I urge you to try an electronic pulse irrigator that will flush your sinuses with 8oz or more of solution. This will help to get the solution into the nooks and crannies of your nasal passageways and push out the other nostril. Neilmed makes a decent product for $15-25 that walgreens carries or sinupulse makes a fancier model for $80 that walmart carries online. I currently have the cheap neilmed model and it is working wonders for the past 3 days along with a half a day of probiotic nasal flushes which has already started to clear up more of my bacterial/fungal infections that I’ve been struggling with for at least 5 years :)

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    What were the essential oils the doctor used in your nasal passages?

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  • January 8, 2011 - 5:39 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat – actually, I had been using baking soda and saline in my neti-pot for weeks and weeks up to the point that I used the probiotics. It wasn’t doing the job, and it wasn’t until I used just the probiotics with filtered water that this amazing change came about. Sorry if that wasn’t more clear in the post. I used ACV also before trying probiotics (for two weeks) and nothing happened except that my nose got burned numerous times by the ACV. I didn’t try coconut water, but since I had this infection, I’ve had several other instances where I’ve had a sinus problem coming on, used the probiotics again, and it never turned into an infection. Thanks for your comments! I’ll have to try the lavender essential oil too, I have Doterra oils in my cabinet.

  • Debbie
    March 1, 2013 - 6:40 PM | Permalink

    what is the ACV?

  • Carmel
    May 14, 2013 - 1:31 PM | Permalink

    Apple cider vinegar. If you get some try tomake sure it is in a dark jar or container and not in direct sunlight or heat and with the “mother” – which is like a live film or skin – which makes it more potent.

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