Sinuses Became Blocked After Using Remedies

Posted by ML on 03/02/2009

Hi Ted

I've been a fan of Earth Clinic since the link was sent to me last year by a work colleague.

I have also been oil pulling (with sunflower oil) regularly since then and have seen many benefits, though I am thinking of swapping oils to something else plus my teeth are no longer whitened ...

My deep concern is my sinus are now completely blocked apart from short moments of relief and I'm desperate to know how to return them to normal?

On Thursday morning 27 Feb, I oil pulled as normal, then instead of drinking plain water after rinsing and brushing, like I normally would, I drank a cup of water with 1 teaspoon of Aspall Organic Cyder Vinegar. All was well.

On Friday morning 28 Feb, I repeated the above, but this time (after reading of its benefits on Earth Clinic), I added less than one-eighth of a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda to the vinegar and drank. Again all seemed well.

About 4 hours later, my nose began to feel stuffed. It has gotten progressively worse over the Saturday and Sunday. Almost closed up like I am suffocating. The mucous is clear, there is no pain or swelling, though I feel tired. Just severe stuffiness in between sneezing, with a small amount of drainage down the back of the throat. Its making me feel a bit panicky.

I should say, my health is okay generally. I have an okay diet, not too much junk food, veg, fruit, chicken, fish, houmous, salads, wraps, stevia, water, lots of green tea and regular oil pulling. No or hardly any artificial sweetners, no fizzy drinks, not much alcohol but I do smoke, about 8 a day. I managed to not be off sick from work all last year, which I am sure is down to the green tea and oil pulling!

I've tried sniffing vicks vapour rub and putting it under my noise, I also tried olbas oil (which only temporarily opens sinus), inhaling hot water and cyder vinegar (again temporary relief) drinking a little sea salt in water. I've flicked some of the cyder vinegar water up my nose. Plus Panadol for sinus relief. Nothing has worked.

I notice that when I went outside, to the shops, my sinuses opened up, and I sneezed only a few times, but on returning to my home (the heat?) makes my sinuses close up again.

Can you advise what might have happened to my sinuses? Did I upset the PH balance of my body/nose or something? Do I appear to have an allergy to the Bicarbonate of Soda? Its seems to work for everyone else.

What can I do to get better as soon as possible, please?

Sorry for the long email, I just wanted to go give you all the background information - thank you for your help.

Kind regards

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Dear ML:

A very common problem is the fungus that is what caused the nose to close when going to homes. Most homes, at least in U.S. have high fungus count and sinus the major caused turned out to be fungus. The major source is from the carpets, but worse is the wall to wall carpeting and the dirty air conditioning or heating filters (if they have any!). The best way to get rid of stuffy air of a home filled with fungus is the 10% solution of ammonium chloride, or a weak 1-3% BoPeep ammonia cleaner with 97% (roughly) water and put that on a sprayer and spray lightly over carpets, etc. The ammonia sprayer needs good ventilation. After spraying leave the room for a couple of hours or preferably half a day or more. This is the usual procedure of removing fungus. I used a more complacted solution, which is 10% ammonium chloride with 1% - 2% milk of magnesia solution, and 5% xylitol for example is a rough mixture I used and may change the formulation from time to time.

In any event the sinus was triggered when oil pulling supposed to be rinsed and not swallowed. A vinegar or apple cider vinegar I would usually add baking soda otherwise acid loving virus may take advantage of that situation especially if the body's bicarbonate levels are low.

The other thing is a low potassium level can result in acidity of the throad, sinus areas causing a sinus issue. The remedy I used is simply 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, plus 1/4 teaspoon potassium citrate (tripotassium citrate) or potassium bicarbonate if potassium citrate isn't available dissolved in 1/2 or 1 glass of water taken twice a day. In some cases 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in 1/2 glass of water will clear the sinus, as the sea salt reduces the swelling bought on by hypoosmolarity from low electrolytes as in sodium, potassium and magnesium. Hence a small amount of sea salt for a couple of days plus baking soda with potassium and removal of fungus in th ehome should be able to resolved some of this issues. In any event an oil pulling, they should be rinsed with water, so the bacteria won't get recirculated is an important one also.