Snot it Out



noun (usually considered vulgar)

1. nasal mucus or discharge
2. (slang) a contemptible person

It started on a Tuesday night, I began to get a sore throat and I thought to myself  oh, no I am getting sick, I am getting a cold.  The next day I was fine until I woke up in the middle of the night with a painful sore throat and a stuffy nose.  A few days into this “cold” my partner said “Um, I think you have allergies.”  Turns out she was right. I never got a fever or any other cold/flu symptoms besides creating mucus at a rapid rate and dealing with sinus pressure in my face that later traveled to my ear.  Pollen was high.  (Side note: how ironic a Rebel Butterfly is allergic to pollen?!?! Sounds like a kid’s movie just waiting to be written. Ha.  Like Finding Nemo, a clownfish with one fin too small but still lives a happy life…)  Anyway, like I was saying, about a week into being a snot-creating machine my teeth began to hurt. Again my lovely partner, who is filled with simple and brilliant ideas, suggested that I look up sinuses and toothache. Sure enough I learned, thanks to the world wide web, that the inflammation caused by a sinus infection can lead to toothaches.  Whoa.  I went from having allergies to a full-blown sinus infection.  I am not into over-the-counter medicine* and even less into going to see a doctor to get some antibiotics to cure an infection.  With the current state of politics I had even more ganas to cure this infection sans prescribed drugs. Once again I went searching in the world wide web for solutions and ideas for curing a sinus infection naturally.  After a week of doing the following things I am feeling 99% better and no longer refer to myself as a snot-making factory nor do I  carry around tissues.

*In the beginning I did take a pain reducer at night so that I could sleep.  The pain in my face was too uncomfortable before I started the regime below.



Before I realized I had an infection I got a nasal spray called Xlear from a natural food store here in my town.  It helped a lot.




I learned how to massage my sinuses (again thank you world wide web).  I stopped many sinus headaches immediately after they started by learning how to massage my face.  Click  here to watch a How-To video.


once I realized I had an infection I went full force into getting myself healed 


I started Oil Pulling: I put 1 Tb of coconut oil into my mouth and gently swished it around for 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning.  When the timer buzzed I spit out the oil into the trash, rinsed my mouth out, brushed my teeth and flossed.  I had tried oil pulling years ago in California so I was familiar with the process.  I found that getting on social media, or washing dishing or making tea while I was doing the pulling made the 15/2o minutes go by really fast.  You can read more about oil pulling on the internet, just look it up.

after I flossed

I drank some water: sometimes half a glass to a full glass depending on how thirsty I was.  Next, I drank 3 Tbs of apple cider vinegar followed by another glass of water.  Drinking apple cider vinegar is like drinking pickle juice, it’s intense.  Some people water it down or add it to a tea.


I used a Neti Pot.  I had heard about the Neti Pot for years but I never had an issue with allergies until last year nor had I ever gotten a sinus infection.   I was desperate for relief so I got a pot at a natural food store.  It was helpful for a few days (I did it twice a day: once in the morning and once at night). As my sinuses began to dry up it became harder to do because at least one of my nostrils was clogged so the solution wasn’t able to drain.


I made myself fresh garlic & ginger tea – peel about 2-4 cloves of garlic and a good size of ginger, put it into a cup, boil some water, put water into the cup with the garlic and ginger and drink it up. I drank this every morning and sometimes at night as well.   You can also add a squeeze of fresh lemon and a bag of some kind of herbal tea.

then repeated it on the daily for about 5 days.  I am still doing the oil pulling, apple cider vinegar and tea every morning.


Other things I tried once during the healing process.


Steam – I boiled about 4 cups of water let it cool a little bit then put it into a glass bowl with a few drops of eucalyptus oil then put my face down over the water, draped a towel over the back of my head and inhaled the steam.  Took breaks to blow my nose.  I did this for about 15-20 minutes.  Side benefit – the pores in my face felt great. Next time I will put on a facial mask after the steam 😉  Also I wish I would have done this sooner.


Onions on my feet at night.  I can’t say if it worked or not. I only did it once and I was doing so many other things so can’t vouch for it but wanted to share that I tried it.
“For extreme cases of illness, I slice onion and garlic and place all over  the bottom of the infected person’s foot (rub olive oil on the foot first). I then wrap the foot in saran wrap and place a sock on overnight. Onions and garlic have been shown to pull toxins and help the body heal. Some natural practitioners even claim that having cut onions around will absorb toxins and keep others in the family from getting sick, though I have not tried this.”  source WellnessMama

other things I did daily


>rested as much as possible, whenever possible.
>ate fresh fruit and veggies (no meat, no dairy) – veggie soup of any kind strongly recommended
>drank homemade organic green smoothies (2 handful of mixed greens, a banana, orange juice, an apple and some frozen blueberries). YUM.




I have been reading a book by Louise L Hay titled  You Can Heal Your Life on and off for the past 15 years. Whenever I have a health issue I refer to the book. In the back of the book there is a list of symptoms, body parts and a possible explanations beyond the physical as to why one might be experiencing certain aliments in the body.  So when I looked up sinuses this is what I found:

Sinuses: I am one with all of life.  No one has the power to irritate me unless I allow it. Peace and harmony.  I deny any beliefs in calendars
Problem: Sinus Problems.
Probable Cause: Irritation to one person, someone close.
New Thought Pattern: I declare peace and harmony dwell in me and surround me at all time.  All is well.

I knew I was being very irritated by the news coming out on the daily basis and being highly critical of, well, almost everything, which lead me to be more annoyed so I stopped reading the news in the morning.  Started to be more grateful for things and people around me and repeated the new thought pattern several times a day.

That’s how I was able to kick a sinus infection out of my body with out using the medical industrial complex.

the end.

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