Sinus Infection Home Remedy Using Salt Water

Nasal passages and sinus cavities swelling connected with sinus problems can turn into incapacitating when it reaches the stage of infection. As the symptoms can resemble a cold or the flu, people do not realize an infection is involved. As soon as the trouble begins, if home remedies for sinus infection are started it works best. If sinus infection is not treated then it can spread to other parts of the body. In the following article there are tips of using salt water for sinus infection.

Sinus Infection Home Remedy Using Salt Water
A sinus infection is a swelling in the sinus cavities which are behind the eyes, forehead, nose and cheekbones. Bacteria, viruses, or allergic reactions are the causes. There are 2 main types of sinusitis, acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis. A lot of common symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, headache, facial pain etc are shared in sinusitis and a normal cold. The difference between acute and chronic sinusitis is by the duration of infection and not by the level of infection. Acute sinusitis will get better within 10 days to 3 weeks, while chronic sinusitis last for life span if remain untreated. Among people Sinusitis infection is very common and more than 90% of adults have at least infected once in their life time. The number of patients is getting increasing daily due to the rising of air pollution. The main cause of chronic sinusitis is when the mucous membranes of the nose, sinuses and throat become inflamed and thus blocks the sinus openings and prevents mucus from draining normally. A moist environment is created by the blockage of sinus that gives chance for bacteria infection to take place.

Symptoms of Sinus Infection:

  • Headaches
  • Facial Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Cough
  • Sometimes Fever
  • Postnasal Drip

Home Remedies of Sinus Infection Using Salt Water

Remedy: 1


  • 8 ounces filtered room temperature water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

Method of using:

  • In a clean container mix all the ingredients together.
  • Stand over the bathroom sink. If using a bulb syringe, tilt the head down and place the syringe into one nostril.
  • After that, give it a gentle squeeze so that the water comes out the other nostril. There may be some mucous in the water that comes out. It is usually done until there is no more mucous in the water.
  • Repeat for the other nostril.
  • Gargle with water.

Remedy: 2


  • Salt
  • warm water

Method of using:

  • Put a little salt in the palm of the hand and mix it with warm water.
  • Plug one nostril and sniff the salt solution up.
  • Blow the nose gently into a tissue.
  • Repeat with the other nostril.

Remedy: 3 Using Neti Pot


  • 8 ounces filtered room temperature water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

Method of using:

  • Fill the pot with lukewarm saline solution.
  • Insert the end of the spout to one of the nostrils.
  • Tilt the head to the sideways.
  • Hold the pot slightly above the nose level.
  • OPEN the mouth wide.
  • Keep breathing through mouth and stay relaxed.
  • Raise the neti-pot slowly to develop a steady flow of water.
  • The stream of water will flow through the nasal cavities into the second nostril and out. While flowing, the water pass between the eyebrows and through forehead may be felt.
  • During the process breathe through the mouth.
  • Reverse the tilt of the head and repeat the procedure with the other nostril.
  • When finished, exhale firmly several times.
  • Blow the nose gently.

Other remedies:

  • Gargle with salt water and flush sinuses out with salt water for effective sinusitis treatment.
  • Add some hydrogen peroxide or 1/2 tsp Betadine into 2 cup warm saline water several times a day. Use a neti pot to rinse the nostrils with Betadine – saline water. This is a good home remedy for sinus infection.
  • Add 1 Tbsp salt and 1 tsp of garlic juice to hot water. Cover the head and inhale the steam for a few minutes. Blow gently. Do it 2 times daily to get rid of the sinus infection in 1 to 3 days.
  • Add a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract to the neti pot. Only use the GSE in the neti pot with warm water with the salt water.

Video of Neti Pot ftw from youtube:

Video of How to Clear Your Sinuses from youtube:

  1. Mani Says:

    i’ve never tried this…but different video demonstration & discussing that useful 4 me!!

  2. Debbie Says:

    interesting idea – will try and see if it works

  3. Brian Says:

    I get bad sinus infections every year. Remedy 1 always does the trick for me. usually a day or two of taking it and it’s gone!

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