Two years ago I wrote a post about how I defeated a raging sinus infection I had been battling for nearly 8 weeks. I used every natural method I could think of and had no success. I was so desperate for relief, I almost broke down and agreed to take antibiotics. I am so glad I didn’t relent and tried this natural remedy instead.
It’s very frustrating to hear from people that they have tried natural remedies or “cures”, had no success, and so they decided to go with drugs. Usually the reason why a natural remedy doesn’t work is because it is not properly employed – not because as a whole natural remedies aren’t effective. I know because many times I’ve used remedies incorrectly, and later learned the right way to do them and had success. And sometimes when things are more serious, different remedies work better than others.
These sinus remedies really work, I’ve heard dozens of people tell me since I first used this that it has been effective for them as well.
1. Probiotics in your neti pot
I was using the neti pot for weeks while I had my infection, which usually works wonders on its own. But this time it wasn’t doing the trick. My neighbor gave me the idea to use probiotics in my neti pot. When I did this, I felt a terrible burning in my sinuses and the back of my throat for a few minutes, and then the pain I had been feeling for weeks and weeks completely disappeared. I continued with the probiotic neti-pot rinse for several days, at least twice daily and I was cured.
- Using a clean neti-pot or nasal-spray bottle (great for kids), empty the contents of a therapeutic, high-bacteria count probiotic capsule into it. Good brands include Biotics Research or Bio-Kult.
- Add warm filtered water to the neti-pot or spray-bottle. I use my tea kettle and don’t let it go to boiling, then add in cold filtered water to make sure the temperature is just right for my sinuses. You definitely want to make sure the water is just tepid so that you preserve the beneficial bacteria in the probiotics. You can also use 1/8 teaspoon of home-made yogurt or kefir from raw milk. Do not use commercial yogurt or kefir as the bacteria count won’t be high enough or diverse enough to eliminate your infection.
- If desired, add a bit of sea salt and baking soda. You won’t need much (I don’t measure, but I don’t use more than an 1/8 teaspoon), When you are finished with the probiotic rinse, you can also do another rinse with just sea salt and baking soda an hour or so later.
- Stir the water/probiotics in the neti-pot with a spoon or shake bottle after tightly screwing on the lid (nasal spray bottle). If using a neti-pot: while standing over a sink, insert the nozzle of the neti-pot into one nostril, and make sure there is a good seal between the nozzle and your nostril. Lean forward, close the back of your throat and breathe through your mouth. Then, allow the contents of the neti pot to enter one nasal opening and rinse through to exit out the other nasal opening. This may take up to two or three minutes if your nasal passages are congested. Repeat on the other side. Try to avoid swallowing the water that goes into the nostrils, and blow your nose when finished. If using a spray bottle: insert the nozzle of the spray bottle into one nostril while covering the other. While compressing the pump on the nasal spray bottle, inhale deeply. Repeat several times on both sides. Be prepared to spit out anything left after inhaling the mist into the sink.
- When finished, wash out your neti-pot or spray bottle with warm water and soap and allow to dry before using again.
Sometimes we need to go deeper to eliminate the problem at hand. Since discovering the probiotic remedy for sinus problems, I have found enemas to be another very effective method to eliminate sinus infections. Because most issues that cause sinus infections begin in our natural detoxification centers such as the colon, enemas are a highly useful tool to reduce toxicity in that area, which lowers the chance of getting infections throughout the body.
The sinus cavity is a particularly discrete area, and thus is a place where dangerous bacteria can hide. When we eat processed foods and are continually exposed to environmental toxins, our bodies become overwhelmed. There is only so much we can filter out. The last time I felt a sinus problem coming on, I used the neti-pot with probiotics. But even after I did this, I could tell things weren’t moving out as they should. I was planning to do an enema that day anyway. Afterward, the sinus problem I felt coming on completely went away.
If toxins build up in your body at a faster rate than you can eliminate them, the result is disease and illness. Infections such as sinus and other respiratory ailments have been strongly linked to colon and also liver toxicity, and these types of issues are discussed at length in Dr. Norman W. Walker’s book Colon Health: The Key to A Vibrant Life. I highly recommend using enemas for any health condition, but they are definitely effective for sinus issues. If you have a severe sinus issue, an enema just may do the trick.
Many people are squeamish about enemas because of the part of the body it involves. I admit that when I first entertained the idea of using enemas, it seemed unpleasant and wrong. But once I discovered the tremendous benefits of using them, I was able to get over my reluctance to do them. If you do them a few times, you can become well-practiced and the procedure won’t seem so intimidating or overwhelming.
There are several types of enemas to use. Some people simply use water as a means to move matter out of the body. You can also use probiotics in your enema, and coffee enemas. Coffee enemas are highly effective because they prompt your liver to dump toxins. You should only use organic coffee in your enema.
Rather than go through the entire procedure here, I’m providing a link to Dr. Wilson’s web site which has very thorough directions as well as an explanation about the importance of detoxification in the body. Dr. Wilson has worked extensively treating cancer patients for many years and is an advocate of the work of Dr. William Donald Kelley, a pioneer in cancer treatment and research. Remember that cancer is an advanced expression in the body of toxins and its inability to properly filter them out to maintain good health.
Colonics are also beneficial. I’ve had over 20 of them. To be effective, they should be used on an ongoing basis, particularly with chronic health problems. Because of this, colonics are out of many people’s budgets. Enemas are a good alternative and are much cheaper.
The reason colonics and enemas are so effective is because most people have spent their lives consuming processed foods and being exposed to chemicals. Both of these procedures encourage your body to eliminate toxins that have built up in your body, and may be embedded as a result of years and years of poor lifestyle.
3. Dietary support
What you eat affects your body. If you eat a lot of junk, processed, and commercial foods, you can expect to have chronic health issues. These foods are nutritionally-empty and also devoid of enzymes and probiotics which your body needs to maintain health. They contribute to free-radical development, aging, and disease in the body.
Avoid the following foods:
- Refined sugar and carbohydrates
- Pasteurized dairy products
- Wheat and other grains
- Nuts that are processed and contain undesirable ingredients
- Other processed foods
- Artificial sweeteners
- Industrially-produced fats such as margarine, shortening, vegetable oils (which are trans fats) like canola, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, and fake butter or butter substitutes
If you eat sustainable foods grown or produced without pesticides, chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, additives, preservatives, and genetically-modified ingredients, you will have better health. I’m not promising that you’ll never be sick or that you’ll have perfect health, but you will notice a big difference. Your body needs nutrients, living enzymes, and beneficial bacteria to stay healthy, all of which are available in these foods.
Foods to include in your diet:
- Grass-fed meats and poultry
- Game meats
- Eggs from hens on pasture
- Healthy fats like butter, olive oil, coconut oil, tallow and lard from healthy animals on pasture, and fermented cod liver oil
- Safe-source seafood
- Raw milk and other dairy products from healthy cows on pasture; also cultured dairy foods made at home from fresh, raw milk
- Sustainable, fresh produce
- Whole grains that are properly prepared through soaking, sprouting, and fermenting
- Cultured vegetables and home-made vegetable juices
- Organ meats from healthy animals and birds
- Home-made stocks, soups, and broth from the bones of animals and birds on pasture
Note: it is a good idea to avoid grains and especially gluten altogether if you experience chronic health issues and infections, even the properly prepared kind that are sprouted, soaked, soured or fermented. Once you get your health issues under control, you can add these back in as your body can tolerate them. Keep in mind that some people’s bodies do not tolerate grains at all.