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Congestion Clearing 'Tea'

I've suffered with chronic sinus infection for the past 4-5 years. Although I usually go on Meds given to me by my doctor, I needed SOMETHING to relieve my congestion and pain while the medicine took it's time to work. I finally found something that is soothing and also loosens my congestion.

Juice of two lemons
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1 cinnamon stick
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
½ cup water

Combine everything in a small sauce pan, and simmer over medium low heat for ten minutes. Add 3 large tablespoons of the 'teat' to a small mug of warm water and drink. It's actually really tasty!

This burns a little bit, but really clears the sinuses and soothes the throat. I use this, as well as saline rinsing, and feel better every single day.

September 16 2009

Keaton from Chicago, IL

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There are multiple things you can do

I have suffered from chronic sinusitis for 10 years and have had sinus surgery. I am on 2 preventative medications, a decongestant and a nasal spray, to help prevent them but they come back. When I get one, I double up on the decongestant and am normally prescribed an antibiotic. In addition, I use a neti pot twice a day to help keep me cleared out. For my sore throat, I gargle with warm salt water. I drink plenty of water and eat lots of brothy soap. You should avoid jumping into pools and flying as these activities seem to trigger sinus problems. Make sure you keep your distance from sick people and wash your hands frequently. I carry sanitizer with me everywhere.
September 13 2009

Kim Miller from SC

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Buy a cheap container of menthaladom at you drug store. It should be in a small green continer for around $3 bucks. Boil a pot of water on the stove. While the waters boiling add a teaspoon of the menthaladom to the water stiring it with a spoon. When its stired and mixed well cut the burner off. Bend over the pot and inhail slowley through your nostril inhailing the steam and vapors holding them in as long as possible. Repeat every 10 minutes. You will definetly feel relief and drainage quickly.
September 05 2009

John Jones from Mount Holly usa

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Tiger Balm

This remedy came from my Brazilian Nanny. Rub Tiger Balm on your forehead. Start out with a little bit as it will sting. This is not a cure but will help relieve the sinus pressure on your forehead.

Becareful with this one as Tiger Balm will sting and burn if you use too much. I just use it right before I go to bed and it helps clear up my sinuses for a while.

I do this inconjuction with sinus rinses, hot tea, etc.
September 03 2009

Anthony from lakeside, Ca

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In addition to Wendy in WI's comments about milk, SILK...

Being a milk lover since early childhood, and finding out about the link between milk and sinusitis, as well as other health risks, I have experimented with SILK as an alternative to milk.
For the last year I have been concentrating on a healthier intake. This is partly because of my aging process at age 62, and partly because of the prostrate cancer I am now fighting. I have noticed with Silk, I have had the same problem with sinusitis flare-ups as with milk and ice cream.
In addition, after over 30 years usage of RX medications for hiatal hernia and acid reflux disease I have started using Apple Cider Vinegar, all natural with the Mother, (dust like particles that are settled out on the bottom of the jar), in it. I initially used it once or twice daily, 2-3 tbsp. in 4-8 oz water. After a few weeks I needed it less and less. It is better than any of the Rx pills, and has healed my gi tract. Now, when I feel the discomfort starting, I maintain my gi tract health with a dose or two, usually every 4 - 6 weeks.
I'm glad to read that ASV has other medicinal uses also.
Maybe Grandma was right, an apple a day, keeps the Dr. away.
August 22 2009

REBroker from Western NC

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Ear Candling - Multi Applications

This treatment was recommended to me by a reputable acupuncturist.

Since I have heavy ear wax build-up from my ears and chronic sinus infections and multiple allergies, I figured I had nothing to lose.

For the first part of the treatment, use 3 candles in each ear at one sitting. Then 10 days later, burn 2 candles in each ear at one time.

I used muslin ear candles dipped in beeswax and got excellent results.

For best results, make sure there is smoke coming out of the bottom (narrow end) of the candle before inserting. Turn the candle tip in the ear for a tight seal. Each candles takes about 15-20 minutes to burn down to 2 inches or so. Run remaining part of candle to extinguish.

Consult product package or search the Web for complete instructions on how to use ear candles. DO NOT USE ALONE; have someone watch the candle as it burns.

Amazon.com is a good resource for buying multi packs of good quality candles.

August 18 2009

Seashore Lady from Lower 48

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Large ZipLock Storage bag vs Neti Pot

I have never tried using a neti pot, but I find a zip lock storage bag works for me. Fill the back with watever solution you are familiar with, then bit a hole in one of the corners of the bag. After draining the air out from the bag, insert the bitten corner of the bag in one nostril and apply pressure as desired. Do this just like you would a neti pot. Hope this helps.
August 15 2009

J R Petersen from Provo, UT

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So, after reading all of these remedies , I had a piece of cut lemon on my computer at work, I stuck my finger in it and rubbed it in both my nostrils, just to see, and guess what? Yes, it cleared my sinuses, now as far as curing an infection, I don't know, but will try for the next few days this treatment.
August 13 2009

Carol from CALABASAS, CA.

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White onion

I haven't tried this yet but I'm going to tonight. I read that if you boil white onion and cover your head with a towel that the fumes will relieve your sinus. Also, what I read stated that onions had antivirul qualities.
August 12 2009

Diane C. from AZ

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The best

I found that not many of the meds that they put out work, but I found that a lot of rest and lemon tea is the best thing.
July 20 2009

Kathryn from Hardin

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Betadine to treat sinusitis

I regularly use a twice-daily sinus rinse with a Nasaline Irrigator and home-made saline.

When I feel like I am coming down with a cold, I add Betadine (1/4 tsp into 8-12 oz warm saline) to each wash until symptoms subside (1-2 wks). The Betadine (or generic) acts like a local antibiotic wash, and helps the sinusitis from getting ahold. I have been diagnosed with IgA Deficiency. Because this rinse works so well, I've needed fewer courses of oral antibiotics. This has also seemed to rebuild my immune system, as I seem to catch fewer colds.

I also wear an N95 facemask and use hand sanitizer when I fly.
June 27 2009

Belinda Robinson from Halethorpe, MD

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grama's old sinus remedy

Boil some hot water, then pour it into a basin.
Then take vaporizing cold rub or Vicks mix it into the hot water it should melt, then get a towel put it over your head and inhale the vapors. This will help clear your nose. But if your throat is soar at the same time, save some of the hot water you boil let it cool, pour it into a cup then mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or salt, then goggle for a few minutes. If this does not work goggle with hydrogen peroxide. I usually swab the back of my throat with it, it really helps.
Also you can buy this shilng oil it like vick but it in liquid form you apply it to a tissue then inhale it or you can rub it by the side of your throat it really works.
June 23 2009

Ashley .N.W from lakeland FL

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