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Best natural antibiotics for sinus infections

Eucalyptus clears clogged nasal passages.
Eucalyptus clears clogged nasal passages.
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What do you mean the best natural antibiotics? Natural antibiotics can treat sinus infections? Yes there are many natural antibiotics that can treat sinus infections and other ailments. These antibiotics are anti- fungal too, which helps keep bacteria from forming in nasal passageways. Here are just a few of the best natural antibiotics for sinus infections.


Garlic is most potent when fresh. This natural antibiotic will clear the sinuses quickly. Use a garlic press to release the aroma of the garlic. Inhale deeply for several minutes to clear the sinuses. Deliver garlic's antibacterial and anti-fungal properties directly to the nasal passages. The effects of garlic on sinus infections provides immediate relief.


Onions are more anti-fungal than antibiotic. Once again, inhalation provides the key to the cure. In addition to being an eye irritant, the odor of onion also clears the sinuses. These are the combined reasons we cry while cutting onions. If inhaling freshly cut onions irritates your eyes, try boiling them and inhaling the steam from the water.

Tea tree oil

Anyone familiar with natural healing knows about tea tree oil's natural antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. This natural antibiotic has many uses. For sinus infections, use 2 drops of tea tree oil dissolved in two cups of boiling water. Do not drink the water. The steam of the tea tree oil water is inhaled for several minutes to deliver the antibiotic to the sinuses.


Eucalyptus has been used for centuries to clear lung congestion. This natural antibiotic works to break up mucus in sinus passages as well. You can use eucalyptus essential oil as the tea tree oil was used above. Look for eucalyptus oil in over the counter chest rubs as well. These are wonderful for nighttime natural treatment of sinus infections.

White tea

This natural "antibiotic" works in two ways to treat sinus infections. Although white tea is not a true antibiotic, it does work like one. White tea contains a huge amount of antioxidants. These antioxidants work in the immune system to eliminate illness in much the same way as antibiotics. Sip on hot white tea throughout the day to clear nasal mucus as well.

Pau d' Arco

Pau d' Arco is an herb from South America with natural antibiotic properties. Use it in the same way as tea tree oil. Dissolve a couple drops in 2 cups of boiling water. Inhale the steam for several minutes to deliver the natural antibiotic herb into the nasal passages. Once again, this natural antibiotic is not meant to be ingested.

Sinus infections can cause serious health issues if not properly treated.

Natural antibiotics are meant to be used as a supplement to conventional treatment. See your doctor if symptoms of chronic sinusitis such as thick dark mucus, severe sinus pain, earaches, muscle aches or fatigue appear. Conventional antibiotics may be necessary, especially when infections last longer than ten days.

Please note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is not intended to replace professional medical advice.


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