I was able to eliminate my sinus infection using home remedies. However, I am not a doctor, my website is educational, not diagnostic, and this is not medical advice.
I don’t want to just treat these issues… I want to heal them. I’ve been working my way through books and blogs and anything I can get my hands on to try to understand more about the holistic approach to medicine. I desperately want to be better equipped to treat my family!
A couple of weeks ago, I caught the cold that my toddlers had been passing around the house. It had just been a cold for everyone else, but for me, it laid me out flat for days. What happened to me? I used to be able to handle getting sick, but now that my immune system is on the fritz, a cold does me in?!
Naturally, my cold progressed into a sinus infection, and I had a decision to make. I could go down to the clinic and get an antibiotic (which wouldn’t work if it was viral), or I could try to treat it naturally.
My sinuses usually get pretty bad. Thankfully I don’t get them often, but when I do, blowing my nose usually leads to negative pressure in my sinuses because they’re too swollen to let air back in. Then I get severe pressure and pain in my face and teeth. Awesome, right?
I’ll be honest, as someone who has given birth naturally, twice; I may actually prefer that to the facial pain that comes with a sinus infection. There’s just something about the sensitive nerves in your face throbbing with no relief that really does you in.
So after doing some more research, I found that most sinus infections are viral and will actually go away without antibiotics, and since I am trying to rebuild my gut health, antibiotics should not be my first choice. I decided to give it a few more days, and throw everything I had at it.
Treating A Sinus Infection Without Antibiotics
I started with doing a nasal rinse 3-4 times per day. I use the NeilMed, and I use a drop of tea tree oil and a drop of rosemary oil in it. Be sure you boil and cool the water first to kill anything that is in the water! The tea tree oil is amazing at killing off bacteria. One drop is it though, otherwise it’ll burn and it doesn’t feel great. Don’t ask how I know.
Then, I parked myself on the couch next to our diffuser and I set up a combination of thieves, oregano, and tea tree oil in it. This was really my turning point, I think it was the oregano getting all up in my sinuses. It helped a ton with the swelling, and I noticed that when I was sitting next to the diffuser, I was able to breathe so much easier.
Additionally, I found this sinus spray at our local Sprouts, and it is incredible for really helping clean out the sinus cavity. We use the regular one daily, but the Max or the Rescue ones are great for treatment of a sinus problem! (Sprouts also carries a tincture called Sinus Blaster, and that helped immensely too!)
Diet-wise, I loaded up on raw garlic, organic raw honey and cinnamon, throat coat tea and echinacea tea, and homemade bone broth. Taking in as many liquids as possible was key, because it helps thin the mucous, allowing it to drain easier. I also made elderberry syrup to help boost my immune system and kill the virus.
I also got some oil of oregano capsules to take in case things didn’t start getting better. It works similarly to an antibiotic, but doesn’t carry the risk of antibiotic resistance.
The final nail in the sinus infection was this amazing concoction called colloidal silver. Oh. My. Goodness. Y’all, it is MAGIC. I picked up this stuff from Whole Foods, and started with it right away. The next morning, I was already feeling so much better.
I kept up with the nasal rinse 2-3 times that day, and the colloidal silver spray, but I didn’t even use the diffuser. My sinus infection was basically gone by the end of the 2nd day! No joke, I couldn’t believe it. It was gone before I would have even been done with a dose of antibiotics.
The swelling in my sinuses took probably another week to subside, but with the infection being gone, that was just a matter of me not blowing my nose too often. The sinus rinse really helps to decongest everything without having to blow your nose too much!
I am so thrilled that I was able to heal this sinus infection without antibiotics and setting the healing of my gut back. I wholeheartedly believe in antibiotics, but I also believe they are seriously overprescribed and .
My goal is to treat the smaller things that often go away on their own (ear infections, sinus infections, anything viral) naturally, and save the antibiotics for things we don’t want to mess with!
Always, always, always trust your gut when it comes to deciding how to treat yourself and your family. If you’re not sure, see a doctor!
This post was originally written in February 2016. It was updated December 2018.
I am not a doctor and this information should not be considered medical advice. You should seek the advice of your own medical professional for your own situation.