8 Surprising Home Remedies for Sinusitis

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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Some of the home remedies for sinusitis include the use of apple cider vinegar and grapefruit seed extract, as well as the use of oil pulling and neti pots. Saline sprays, inhaling steam, drinking peppermint tea, wasabi, and chicken soup are also good home remedies. Herbs such as cayenne pepper, horseradish, onion, and garlic are also very useful for treatment, as is a balanced diet of whole grains, vegetables, lentils, soups, and cold-pressed oils.

Home Remedies for Sinusitis

Home Remedies for Sinusitis are as follows:

Diet Choices

Although this may sound like common sense, many people fail to eat properly when they suffer from sinusitis, often because it is not very enjoyable, as your sense of taste is often compromised. However, as you are probably well aware, your diet impacts every part of your health, both what you intentionally include, as well as what you intentionally avoid. For sinusitis, a small, balanced diet of grains, lentils, and vegetables is the best choice, since it boosts your body’s immune system and regulates your metabolism to flush out toxins. On the other side of the coin, you should avoid any food that generates more mucous in the sinuses. Basically, you should avoid dairy products like cheese, milk, yogurt, and wheat. Also, in a strange twist, citrus juice and fruits can often increase mucous, despite the fact that citrus fruits are often used as a home remedy for boosting the immune system.

Herbal Options

Adding certain herbs to your diet can have strong effects on the nasal sinuses, as well as on the immune system’s ability to flush out toxins, eliminate mucous, and alleviate the symptoms. Some of these are strong stimulants or contain antioxidants, but the main reason for their use, either in food or in some sort of mixed liquid, is to flush out the mucous in the nose where the infection is usually located. Some of the best herbs for stimulating this emptying of the sinuses is garlic, onions, horseradish, and cayenne pepper. They might make you cry or force your nose to run, but consuming some of these herbs might be your best chance of eliminating sinusitis without allopathic medicine.


As with the herbs listed above, wasabi is specifically praised as a method of intensely affecting the sinuses, which is why we experience the “clearing of sinuses” when we eat too much of it at once. This same effect can be used to flush the mucous and toxins out of the sinuses and into either the stomach or the mouth before it is eliminated from the body.

Home remedies for sinusitis - infographicApple Cider Vinegar

This useful beverage, which is suggested for many different illnesses, is known to thin mucous and make it less viscous, thereby keeping it from blocking up your breathing and perpetuating the condition.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

This oil can be dropped in the mouth (but only a few drops) or mixed in water, as a way to eliminate the sinus infection very rapidly. However, never take this on an empty stomach, as it is very powerful and can make you sick.

Neti Pots

Using a neti pot has been a technique for centuries, and it is very simple and effective. Simply purchase a neti pot from any drugstore or health shop and fill it with warm distilled or bottled water. Then, pour the water into one nostril and allow it to come back out the other. It can be an uncomfortable or strange sensation, but it can easily flush out toxins and other materials that you don’t want to remain in your system.

Inhaling Steam

As simple as this sounds, inhaling steam is one of the most popular home remedies for sinusitis. Boiling a pot of water, taking a hot shower, or utilizing an actual steam machine for sinusitis relief can quickly warm the mucus and reduce its consistency, therefore allowing you to blow it out of your nose or spit it out. If you can get rid of the mucous that is making you sick, you’re much more likely to defend against the development of chronic rhinosinusitis. Using humidifiers can also be a good idea while sleeping to help the healing process overnight!

Peppermint Tea

One of the active ingredients in peppermint tea is menthol, which cuts through mucous and thins it out, allowing it to flush easily out of your system. The combination of heat, steam, menthol, and liquid in peppermint tea can be a fast-acting solution for sinusitis of all varieties.

A Final Word of Caution: As mentioned earlier, more serious, long-lasting varieties of sinusitis should not be taken lightly, and if you want relief, allopathic options are normally quite mild and the side effects are limited. However, it is always your choice of whether to use home remedies or medical treatment. Just pay attention to your body and do your best to get healthy!

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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