Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

How to Naturally Care for Sinus Infections


Have you ever had a sinus infection? I can tell you they are no fun!

It is a pain you do not want to know! Symptoms of a sinus infection (Sinusitis) may include:

  • Sinus pressure behind the eyes and the cheeks
  • A runny, stuffy nose that lasts more than a week
  • A worsening headache
  • Slight dizziness when shifting position
  • A fever
  • Cough
  • Bad breath
  • Thick yellow or green mucus draining from your nose or down the back of your throat
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Pain in your teeth and upper jaw

Please know that if your teeth are hurting you, it may not be your teeth, it may be a sinus infection. I have read countless stories about people who kept going to their dentist because their teeth hurt, only to find there was nothing wrong with their teeth. It is because it was not their teeth, it was a sinus infection!

Before starting on my holistic way of life, I would have turned to the doctor and asked for antibiotics to treat this painful condition. I would take those antibiotics while also downing copious amounts of Ibuprofen to deal with the pain.

Well, last week guess what? I developed a sinus infection! The entire right side of my face was throbbing.

The first thing I did was grab my Essential Oil Desk Reference to find out what oils I should be using to combat this condition. Let me say this – One thing I keep reading over and over is that when you are using essential oils, you need to make sure you are using enough of them and that you are using them often enough. You cannot put a couple of drops of an essential oil in your diffuser and think everything is going to be okay.

Be aggressive! Use your oils!

After doing my research, here is the protocol I came up with for myself and am happy to report that I am feeling much better.

Coconut Oil

I put a tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil with 6 drops of my cinnamon and clove essential oil blend in my mouth and swished it around for about 5 minutes, then swallowed.  You can find out more about the benefits of coconut oil here.

Copaiba for managing discomfort

When I first started using oils to support my family’s health, one thing I was concerned about was what I was going to do about relieving discomfort. I can get horrible migraines if I don’t nip my sinus headaches in the bud. Then I discovered Copaiba and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been using this to help alleviate the discomfort from the sinus infection. You can read more about Copaiba here.

Holistic Care

Lastly, I would take a teaspoon of Coconut oil and add the following:

12 drops of Cinnamon/Clove blend, 2 drops of Frankincense and 6 drops of Oregano

I would swish this around in my mouth for about a minute, then swallow. I took this 3 times a day: morning, afternoon and evening.

Other Home Remedies for a Sinus Infection:

1. Steam – Put some Peppermint or Eucalyptus essential oil in a steaming hot bowl, drape a towel over your head and inhale.

2. Garlic – Raw garlic is a natural antibiotic. I like to use this recipe: 1 tablespoon raw garlic, 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, mix and take a tablespoon of this mixture and CHEW the garlic. The chewing is what releases garlic’s antibiotic properties.

3. Neti pot – I was afraid to use this the first time, but now do it regularly.

4. Ginger – Ginger is another one of those super roots that can help you fight off infections.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar – You want the kind with “the mother” in it.

6. Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Peppermint essential oils are all great oils to use when suffering with this condition.

All of these things have worked for me in battling a sinus infection. I hope it helps you as well.

* Please note that the information contained on this website is my personal opinion, and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice and treatment. If you have medical concerns, please consult with a physician or other qualified health professional. The information about the health topics is for informational purposes only.

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am a mom who looks for natural ways to support her family’s health through nutrition, exercise and alternative, holistic methods. Any statements made on my blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else.

Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

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