The Most Effective Home Sinusitis Remedies Out There

by Walter Johnson

Posted on Saturday 10th of September 2011

Almost daily I am bombarded by questions from patients concerning the newest sinusitis remedies that promise to be the best and quickest fix for sinus problems. The majority of these are poorly researched and thus rarely give any symptomatic relief. But there are a few time tested sinusitis remedies that bring true relief. So here’s a list of ones I’ve found to actually work with patients

Food Allergy Cross Reactions

Very often people who suffer from seasonal allergies also suffer from food reactions. Most attention of allergies in sinusitis is focused on reducing seasonal pollen exposure or other environmental exposure, but many foods have the same property or are similar in structure to pollen that it causes the same reaction. We call this cross reaction. Here is a list of common seasonal allergies that foods often cross react with

If you are allergic to berch pollen the foods that can cross react include apples, celery, hazelnuts, peaches, pears and raw potatoes.

If you are allergic to ragweed pollen the foods that can cross react include bananas and melons.

If you are allergic to grasses the foods that can cross react include kiwi and tomatoes

If you are allergic to mugwort pollen the foods that can cross react include apples, carrots, kiwi, peanuts, parsley, coriander, fennel seeds and caraway seeds.

Consider avoiding the foods that can cross react to your allergen for a few weeks. A basic search on the internet can also help you find foods that can cross react to other seasonal pollens.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Fan of spicy foods? Then this is the right remedy for you. Capsaician from red hot chili peppers has great medicinal properties for your sinuses. This little molecule helps break up mucus congestion and dilates the sinuses to help promote appropriate drainage. Try using recipes that call for red hot chili peppers on a regular basis and you’ll quickly notice sinus relief after these meals. These peppers are actually very easy to grow and I have a few friends who grow them indoors throughout the whole year.


For those of you who can’t seem to stomach red hot chili peppers, this one is for you. Its medicinal properties mirror chili peppers as it helps reduce mucus buildup and facilitates proper mucus drainage. I prefer using this in a tea, drinking it 2-3 times a day. Be prepared to experience a slight sweat after drinking this tea. Also for those of you who have sinusitis dizziness, this herb will clear that up quickly.

Dietary changes

By far this tends to be the most effective method – albeit it is also the most life altering. Many patients are either afraid or not quite convinced that certain foods they ingest can actually be the culprit behind their sinusitis. What it really comes down to is not an allergy reaction but a response to the innate properties of certain foods that cause excessive mucus secretion. As we all know excessive mucus in the majority of causes is the causative agent of sinusitis. So what are these foods? The number one food I have found with patients contributing to their sinusitis is milk. Yes, despite the slogan of “It does your body good” it also happens to be the worst food every for sinus infections. The next time you drink a glass of milk, pay attention to your body for the next 30 minutes. Most likely you’ll have to clear your throat or spit out thick saliva. That’s because milk thickens your natural secretions within minutes. Another mucus secretion food – soy. I usually put my patients on a rice, almond or potato milk substitute for a month when I believe milk is an issue. Sound hard, come on, anyone can do a month without dairy. Not only will your sinuses clear up but often I hear patients telling me they have lost weight or just seem to have more energy.

Vitamin C

One of the best sinusitis remedies on the market. Its antioxidant properties are already known but it also has been shown in research to inhibit mast cell degranualtion. Mast cells secrete histamine that is a major mediator of mucus congestion and other sinusitis symptoms. The problem with Vitamin C though is that most people don’t take enough. Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize winner for Vitamin C suggested taking large dosages to get this effect, in the 3-5 gram range whereas most people take milligram doses (1000mg is one gram). I typically stick to Linus Pauling’s recommendations by taking 2-4 grams daily. Vitamin C is extremely safe and your body will tell you if it’s getting to much by causing slight diarrhea. If you do experience diarrhea, back off the vitamin C slightly until it stops and that is your dosage to take.

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