Known collaboratively as a sinus infection, congestion and inflammation of the sinuses can stem from many different causes. The most common cause is by a virus, often persisting after other respiratory symptoms have dissipated. Allergies, tooth infections, and nasal polyps can also be triggers. In more rare cases, bacteria and fungus can be the culprits.
Regardless of the cause, sinus pain, nasal congestion, headaches, and drainage in the throat can be very uncomfortable. That’s why most people turn to quick fix “solutions” like Sudafed and NyQuil to treat sinusitis. Unfortunately, these just mask the symptoms. Not to mention, they contain a wide range of harmful ingredients.
So before reaching for the medicine cabinet, try out these natural antibiotic cures for a sinus infection.
Home Remedies for Acute Sinusitis
First, note that we recommend these natural remedies for acute sinusitis, which is generally a result of allergies or a cold. Chronic sinus infections can linger for months. Or they can continue to recur over a long period of time. So if your symptoms are more severe and persistent, we always recommend seeing a doctor.
1. Oregano oil
Oregano oil has natural antibiotic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties that can ward off dandruff, fight cold sores, and cure a sinus infection. Just place a few drops of oregano essential oil in a cup of water or tea each day to begin the healing process. Note: Be sure to check the label on any product you use to ensure it is safe for internal use. Many essential oil brands are only approved for topical or aromatic use.
2. Neti pot
Those who have used a neti pot (a salt water rinse), really love their neti pot. That is, the rapid results it provides. If it’s your first time, prepare yourself. It’s not the most comfortable process. In short, a neti pot is a container that resembles a small teapot. The difference is, it’s used to clean out your nose. This handy product irrigates your nasal cavity, while cleaning out unwanted mucus.
3. Apple cider vinegar
With an array of organic health benefits, apple cider vinegar can help boost your immune system while assisting in fighting off an infection. Add two tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to tea or a hot cup of water three times a day to thin out mucus. ACV is great for body detoxification and can be used as a topical astringent.
While you might not want to use this remedy before going on a date, crushed garlic contains a property called allicin. Allicin has high quantities of antibacterial and antiviral properties. This is why garlic is great for fighting colds, the flu, and infections like sinusitis. Chew it up, swallow it, and then follow up with a shot of water.
5. Steam bath or shower
Hot water vapor helps to moisten the sinuses. Add a few drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil to a hot bath and let the steam relieve nasal pain and congestion. If you are taking a shower, apply a few drops of each oil by rubbing on your chest, neck, and behind the ears. Essential oils like eucalyptus contain concentrated amounts of antibiotic properties.
6. Pressure point activation
A quick face massage can provide temporary relief for blocked nasal passages. As described by SinusPressurePoints.com, the face has many “points.” You can focus on these points to relieve sinus pressure. To do so, gently massage between your eyes, on either side of your nostrils, under your cheeks, and at the bridge of your nose.
Essential Oil Cures for Sinus Infections
Our favorite natural remedy for sinusitis is essential oils, particularly when combined with some of the ideas listed above. The best essential oils for sinus infections are antimicrobial, antiviral, surfactants, expectorants, etc. Combining the oils into a steam inhalation formula is one of the most effective methods for relief.
Below are a few recipes to consider.
- 3 drops of peppermint
- 2 drops of eucalyptus
- 2 drops of rosemary
- 2 drops of peppermint
- 2 drops of rosemary
- 1 drop of thyme
Directions for steam inhalation:
- Five minutes before treatment, blow your nose to clear out as much mucus as possible.
- Combine the oils in a bowl of hot, steaming water.
- Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl
- Close your eyes and inhale the vapors deeply for a minimum of three minutes (longer, if possible).
- Repeat the process two to four times per day.