17 DIY Home Remedies for Sinus Infection

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15. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm fights the bacteria that cause sinus infections.


  1. Boil lemon balm leaves for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain and use to gargle.
  3. Repeat twice daily.

16. Diet Plan

Your diet plays a major role in your overall health. Eating right will help your body fight infection and prevent it in the future.

  • Drink herbal teas regularly to flush out toxins and thin mucus.
  • Add ginger, garlic, onions, and hot chilies to your food. These help keep nasal passages clear.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin A like carrots, mangoes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
  • Eat foods that have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps prevent infection by draining excess mucus.
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, and caffeine.
  • Avoid dairy and highly processed foods. These cause congestion.
  • Avoid highly refined white sugar and flour. These increase mucus secretions.

17. Acupressure

With the pads of your fingers, gently apply pressure to both sides of your nose and between your eyebrows. This  alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and improves blood circulation to the membrane that lines your sinuses. Consult a specialist to ensure you are applying pressure to the proper areas.

Other Tips for Preventing and Treating Sinus Infections

  • Use a humidifier at night to open nasal passages.
  • Take hot showers and inhale the steam.
  • Get plenty of sleep and avoid stress.
  • Get plenty of fresh air.
  • Elevate your head while sleeping to help drain sinuses.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Take fermented cod liver oil capsules to boost your immune system.
  • Seek treatment at the first sign of a cold or allergies so they don’t lead to sinus infection.
  • Avoid pollution.
  • Avoid using chemicals that emit strong fumes.
  • Wash your hands often as bacterial and viral infections are most common causes of sinusitis..

Have you tried any of these home remedies for sinus infection? Do you know of any others we haven’t mentioned? Share your experience with us!

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