Home Remedies for Sinus Problems

February 1, 2010

Girl with sinus pain.Whenever I get a bad sinus headache, I take a piece or two of clear medical tape and stick them onto my forehead. The tape needs to be held on both ends so that it is a little taut. I don't know why this works, but it has helped me innumerable times, since I'm prone to sinus headaches. Even a band-aid will help, but not as well. This may help with other types of headaches too.


Source: I found this out by accident. One morning when I had a bad headache, my daughter (who was 4 at the time) wanted to put a band-aid on my forehead to help my "owie". I let her put one on, and was amazed at how much it helped.

By kitkatk100 from Wichita, KS

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December 12, 2006

I met a woman recently who had cosmetic surgery to correct sinus problems. Well, I thought to myself, when suffering, I just use heating pads on my sinuses to help them drain, plus a little bit of decongestant (too much irritates the sinuses and makes them worse).

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July 28, 2011

For sinus pain and headaches, I use camphor. It comes in small blocks and can be purchased from drug stores. Scrape a bit off into a basin, pour in boiling water, put a towel over your head, and steam.

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November 19, 2014

To relieve the 'saline burn' when using a sinus rinse just add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to the mix. I got this from my GP.

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February 26, 2014

I've been running a humidifier for about 2 months now and it doesn't seem like it's helping my stuffy nose. Is there anything I can add to it to maybe help clear my sinuses?

By Kerry


February 27, 20140 found this helpful
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I was having the same problem I ended up going to an allergist. My problem was dust mite allergy. dust mites love high humidity. all houses have dust mites. Just some more than others.


I was cleaning three times more than they suggested had covers on all my pillows, mattress and box springs. Getting rid of a humidifier was my largest help

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February 27, 20140 found this helpful
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A Neti Pot does wonders. In case you don't know what they are, do a google search. You can find them at drugstores and probably Walmart carries them too. They are around $10. You can probably go to YouTube and see how they're used. Cleaning out your sinuses a couple times a day does wonders and makes breathing so much easier. I learned what they are and how to use them by watching Dr. Oz's tv show.

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February 28, 20141 found this helpful
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I certainly agree that a Neti pot is the best solution but just a word of caution.

Be sure to use either freshly BOILED water (cooled) or distilled/purified water if you are making your own solution.


There is a lot of information on the Internet about the pros and cons (and dangers) of using a Neti pot.

My doctor explained to me that bacteria can be in regular tap water that does not harm us in drinking but can cause problems in your sinus cavities. Be sure to read about it before trying (but it does work! even if used only once per day).

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July 16, 2004

I love your newsletters, they have helped me to be a much more thrifty person. I'm needing some help but I don't know if anyone can help me but here it goes. I had gone to my doctor and he told me that I had one of the worse cases of sinus problems. It's so bad that I vomit day and night and I'm not able to keep food in my stomach. I have tried everything out on the market for sinuses and also the doctor has given me prescriptions for "meds".

Right now there is nothing for me to take, so I was wondering if anyone knows of a herb or if there is something that I can do to resolve this problem that I have. I don't have much money and going to an ears, nose and throat doctor is really out of the question. I would really appreciate any help that anyone can give me.

Thank You



July 18, 20040 found this helpful

my daughter has sinus problems too, the dr. suggested nasal douching. In a 1 quaart glass (very clean) fill with warm tap water. put 2 to 3 heaping teaspoons of pickling or canning salt(no table salt) 1 teaspoon baking soda and mix. store at room temp. up to a week. 2 to 3 times a day use a bulb syring ( baby nose cleaner). put liquid in bowl , then into syring then place in nostrel , stand over the sink . I hope this works for you.

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July 19, 20040 found this helpful

Peppermint essential oil(NOT fragrance oils!) a drop on your tongue and/or mix a drop with 10 drops of sweet almond oil and put a bit on your forehead, over the area of conjestion. If it gets too "hot " on your skin add more pure sweet almond oil to cool it down. Repeat as needed.


Really opens up the sinuses in my experience.

Make sure you get the highest quality oil you can afford. This is a case where you get what you pay for. Select the highest price, essential oil available. Do not skimp here.

Keep you hands away from your eyes and other mucus membranes too or the EO may "burn". Cool with almond oil if you forget and get some in your eyes. I warned you!

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By Mary B (Guest Post)
July 19, 20040 found this helpful

Wendy, do you get headaches? I suffered with "sinus" headaches for almost 20 years (I even ended up in the ER a couple of times). I finally when to an ENT during one of my headaches and he stuck a scope up my nose. To my surprise he said it wasn't my sinuses but a migraine. He said that sinus headaches don't make you throw up. Changing my eatting habits and going off certain medications has helped temendously.

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By Evie (Guest Post)
July 19, 20040 found this helpful

Wendy, I have sinus problems also and I use the herbs echinacea and zinc. They work great for me . I have also been told to drink some red tea, I havent tryed the red tea yet. I have found all of these things at super walmart. I hope this helps.



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By lisa (Guest Post)
July 19, 20040 found this helpful

you really have to see a Ear, nose and throat dr.
It could be something that needs attention..
my nil dealt with sinus infection for a long time.. turns out it was something completely different.
I urge you to go !! NOW.. Please .. get a loan.. have mom or dad pay for it..
sorry to be so pushy.. but honestly is nothing to put off !!

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By Linda (Guest Post)
July 19, 20040 found this helpful

I use and swear by nasal irrigation using a "neti" pot - same idea as the bulb syringe, except you pour a steady stream of warm water with just a pinch of salt up one nostril, and eventually it works its way out the other. Sounds gross, but I am so much better and no longer suffer from sinus infections. Source for Neti Pot - search on "neti pot". Good luck!

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By Anna S. (Guest Post)
July 19, 20040 found this helpful

Go to ( and look for Lobelia. My father had severe allergies and would choke and not be able to breathe and he would take 15 drops in 2 oz. water and would be coughing up mucus and blowing nose in just 2 or 3 minutes, this worked when even a nebulizer would not. I eat Peppercini peppers and sip the juice to help clear my sinuses.

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By woofey (Guest Post)
July 20, 20040 found this helpful

Just a quick grating of fresh horseradish and even an inadvertant inhalation of the fumes sure wooks for me!

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By Fran Marie (Guest Post)
July 20, 20040 found this helpful

If there is any sign of infection take one clove of garlic (cut into pill-sized pieces) three times a day. It's anti-biotic and astringent. (This is also wonderful at heading off a sore throat! My son CHEWS the garlic [ew!] and swears it works better)

Fresh rosemary tea is also anti-biotic.

For the nausea-fresh ginger root. (Do NOT chew. It's spicy!)

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By Monekia (Guest Post)
May 15, 20050 found this helpful

what i have found to give me relief was irrigation and cool air. Drink plenty of fluids and and whenever possible sleep with a humidifier.

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By Shelia (Guest Post)
January 31, 20060 found this helpful

I did the irrigation thing yesterday and the water didnt go through to the other nostril. After I had such pressure that I thought I could not stand it anymore. Today is just a little better. Still have terrible pressure. I can breath fine. Help!

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July 19, 2011

I get sinus pain all up the front of my face. I also get bad headaches and a very bad upset tummy. Is there anything I can do or take to make this all better? Thanks for any answers.

By carmenr from Houston, TX

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September 18, 2019

I use a NeilMed bottle, but can't seem to empty it. There is always 1/4 to 1/3 solution left. What am I doing wrong?

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May 29, 2013

I'm not a big fan of reading directions and am nervous when trying something new. What is the easiest way to rinse your sinuses? This is for the purpose of removing pollen and when my nose is clogged.


By Karen

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June 10, 2013

I suffered from acid reflux which partially damaged my esophagus since then I have suffered from post nasal drip and sinus pressure and headaches. I am limited to taking different sinus medicines because of high blood pressure. Are there any home remedy treatments or over the counter medications I can take?

By Dan L.

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January 31, 2010

I sometimes get killer sinus headaches and I can deal with them in these ways. I use saline solution - or you could snuffle salt water - up my nose to my sinuses.

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