Nasal polyps are also known as polypoidal masses. They are small benign growths around the edges of the nose or sinus cavities and are often sore and uncomfortable. The growth causes inflammation of the sinuses. Polyps are generally described as grape-like in shape, having either a gray, pink, or yellow hue to it and tend to have the consistency of jelly.
While it is not certain what causes nasal polyps, they are often linked to allergies and often aggravate existing allergic reactions. They may result from the sinuses chronically inflamed due to asthma, recurring infection or sinusitis; hay fever caused by pollen, or some types of allergies, such as an allergy to aspirin, can lead to the formation of nasal polyps.
Small polyps are not troublesome. At the same time, bigger ones may lead to migraines. Another change that could happen is the increase in snoring. Some facial changes may occur too, in certain cases. It is the larger polyps that cause stuffy nose, obstruct entry of air as well as mucus drainage making it difficult to breath while in a supine position, gives a feeling of mucus dripping down the back of the throat, as well as cause a decrease in the sensation of smell or taste. In some sufferers, symptoms may also include headaches, snoring, and a persistent runny nose. Some patients might face difficulty in hearing.
Surgical Treatment Or Natural Home Remedies
Common treatments for polyps include injections and surgery, but surgical treatments are being tried by many patients, who report that the polyps keep coming back after a while, in addition to being very expensive. With most sufferers not desirous of going under the surgeon’s knife, natural treatment methods can help in eliminating this problem in an effective manner. Natural treatments are the easiest to administer and inexpensive. Here are a number of natural home remedies that have been shown to reduce or even eliminate these irritating growths permanently.
NATURAL TIPS TO CURE POLYPS WITHOUT SURGERY
A nasal rinse, generally a Saline, Epsom salts, Rock or Sea saltwater solution can help remove allergens and irritants that can contribute to nasal polyps. Using a sterilized empty nasal spray bottle, syringe, a dropper, soft rubber ear bulb syringe, infant nasal bulb or neti pot apply the solution inside the nasal cavity through each nostril, and breathe in ensuring the solution travels through the entire nasal passages. Frequent nasal rinses will aid in keeping the nasal passages clear of allergens that may be contributing to this condition. Perform these Nasal Rinses/Irrigations/Washes every day until the polyps reduce.
Epsom salt Rinse
Prepare a solution by combining ½ teaspoon of Epsom salt in a cup of lukewarm water and use this to flush the nasal cavities daily to prevent sinus infections and allergic reactions.
Sea salt Rinse
The nasal region can also be rinsed on a regular basis using a solution made by mixing a cup of lukewarm water with ½ tsp of Sea salt; this will prevent the formation of nasal polyps.
Several commercial sinus rinse devices are available without a prescription. They are convenient to use and can be found in most pharmacies. But you can also make your own rinse at home with only two ingredients and at a fraction of the cost. In a clean container, mix 3 heaping teaspoons of iodide-free salt with 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda and store in a small airtight container. Add 1 teaspoon of the mixture to 8 ounces (1 cup) of lukewarm distilled or boiled water. Use less dry ingredients to make a weaker solution if burning or stinging is experienced. For children, use a half-teaspoon with 4 ounces of water. If it dried out your nose then start adding a couple of drops of food-grade glycerin (found in the health food stores) to the neti pot. It really helped.
Iodide-free or Rock Salt Water
Rinse the nostril with salt water. Mix a teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water and rinse. Use an empty sterilized bottle having a spray nozzle. Do this 5-6 times a day in each nostril. This will normally drive the irritation away. This treatment will cost nothing.
Salt, Baking Soda, Black Seed Oil
Rinse the nose with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1-2 drops of Nigella/Black seed (Kalonji) oil in warm distilled water for one month. You will start to smell and taste after two or three weeks.
Manuka Honey Sinus Rinse
Use manuka honey in sinus rinse. You notice a difference almost right away. Within a couple weeks, your polyps actually shrink and save you a trip to the ENT. It is not cheap, but it is cheaper than going to the doctor. Longer term use will help you recover some semblance of smell and taste senses.
Tea tree oil, Salt, Grape Seed Extract, Goldenseal
Fill half neti pot with boiled distilled water put in ¼ tsp salt, a few drops of tea tree oil, a few drops of concentrated Grape Seed Extract, and a few drops of Goldenseal. Do it twice a day.
Eucalyptus oil, Tea tree oil, Grape seed oil
Get a reusable nasal spray bottle and fill with Distilled water, add 1 drop Tea tree oil, 1 drop Eucalyptus oil, and 1 drop of Grape seed oil. Use it as you feel you need it or Put some drops with a nasal spray into each nostril. After 1-2 weeks, you feel like the swelling is mostly gone.
Tea tree oil, Distilled water
Mix with distilled water about 60% and 40% Tea tree oil. I put it in a nasal spray bottle, shake well and spray. You will see how it goes but that first spray helped.
Colloidal silver, Xylitol
Add one-eigth teaspoon Xylitol to one ounce of colloidal silver to make the rinse solution. Xylitol is available in most health food stores. For additional comfort warm the sinus rinse solution to slightly above body temperature or approximately 100 degrees F. This solution may also be used with a sinus irrigator to flush out the sinus cavities if a sinus irrigator is available. Perform this procedure with true colloidal silver only. Do not use silver protein products. Silver protein products can cause a serious sinus infection if used in the sinuses, adding to a sinus infection symptom.
Mesosilver can be used in a nasal spray type bottle and sprayed directly in the nose as an adjunct to the sinus flooding procedure. No Xylitol is needed when using a nasal spray bottle. This method can be used several times throughout the day to improve the sinus healing benefits. This is especially convenient and transportable.
Colloidal Silver, Tea tree oil, Peppermint oil
Rinse sinuses with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of good quality colloidal silver, ½ drop of tea tree oil and ½ drop of peppermint oil in some sterilized water in the neti pot.
Clove oil, Salt, Baking soda, Warm water
Prepare a homemade nasal wash with 1-2 drops of clove oil, a small pinch of salt, ¼ tsp baking soda and warm water - help to clear out some nasal congestion and like the HP 3%.
Sodium bicarb, Sea salt, Borax, Sodium carbonate
Add to the sea salt a level tea spoon of sodium bicarb, a half tea spoon of sodium carbonate (washing soda) and a dash of borax it is much, much more effective.
Grape seed extract, Salt, Baking soda, Xylitol
Add a homemade nasal wash - a nasal spray bottle of water, a small pinch of salt, ¼ tsp baking soda, 2 drops of grapefruit seed extract, and a pinch of xylitol. This was fairly helpful.
Hydrogen peroxide, non-chlorinated water
A tablespoon of 3% Hydrogen peroxide added to 1 cup of non-chlorinated water can be used as a nasal spray twice a day. Or Use Hydrogen peroxide of 3% internally starting with 3 drops and going up to 10 to 15 drops per day in boiled water. Depending on the degree of sinus involvement, one will have to adjust the amount of peroxide used. It will kill the parasites.
Hydrogen peroxide, Salt, Baking soda
Make nasal irrigation with a solution of ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp bicarb and ¼ tsp Hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water. (Use a bit of boiling water to dissolve the salt and bicarb) This seems to be working very well - if you use more peroxide it burns - you will have to test how much you can take.
Hydrogen peroxide, Bloodroot tincture
Use the following concoction in a neti pot: ½ tsp salt, 12 drops of bloodroot tincture, filled to ¾ with the hottest tap water, then top off with Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Use this once a day and the sinuses just don't appear to be producing a fraction of the mucus.
Baking soda, Sea salt, Glycerin, Thyme tea
Combine 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp glycerin, 4 ounces of thyme tea (just brew thyme like you would any kind of tea for 10 minutes and strain), and 28 ounces boiled distilled water. Use a dropper to put squirts in the nostrils, 3-4 times per day.
Hydrogen peroxide, Tea tree oil
Combine 50/50 water/hydrogen peroxide plus tea tree oil to get some relief and shrinkage. It truly does work, it also stings and hurts a fair bit but it is, at least, a way to avoid surgery.
Alkalol, Tea tree oil
Mix ¼ part Tea tree oil with ¾ part Alkalol (a nasal wash and oral rinse, unique blend of invigorating extracts and essential oils) in an old sinus spray bottle and use twice a day for one week. It sounds like first you fill the sprayer ¾ full with the nasal spray that originally came in the sprayer and shake gentle. Then you fill the remaining ¼ of the sprayer with the tea tree oil. A sinus polyp fall out and to ensure these never come back.
Hydrogen peroxide, Colloidal silver
Use nasal saline rinse with 1tsp of hydrogen peroxide, collodial silver spray in the nose. It can shrink nasal polyps.
Ascorbic acid, Hypertonic saline
Adding 1000 mg of ascorbic acid to 8oz of hypertonic saline in the form of nasal irrigation seems to help.
Bloodroot tincture, Zinc Chloride
Mix 1 Tbs of Bloodroot tincture and 1 Tbs of Zinc Chloride (ZnCl2) in 8oz (240ml) of water now use the tea as a nasal spray.
Colloidal Silver, salt, water
To use colloidal silver in the neti pot, prepare the pot with just a ¼ cup of warm water. Add a pinch of salt. Then apply 15 to 30 drops (one to two droppers) of colloidal silver to the pot. Make sure the salt is completely dissolved. Then, administer half of the solution through one nostril and half through the other. (If all of this measuring sounds a little tedious, don’t worry. After a few tries, you’ll be able to quickly estimate the proper amounts of salt, water and colloidal silver to add to your net pot.)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Put 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a large coffee cup, along with water. Heat until it steams, and then inhales the steam. Clears up polyps.
Tea tree, Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove oils
Use an inhalation steamer bowl (any spare bowl) or facial steamer. Place a few drops of tea tree oil, cinnamon oil, thyme oil and clove oil. You can just add one or two of the suggested oils or all of the oils. Use while you are out and about and don't have time to steam
Take a fresh Turmeric finger and hold it over a flame until it smokes and inhale the resulting smoke through the nostrils to relieve congestion and discharge mucus.
Cardamom seeds, Charcoal
To relieve congestion, a common symptom of nasal polyps, burn a couple of Cardamom seeds in hot Charcoal and inhale the fumes. Consuming pepper seeds or inhaling eucalyptus oil will also provide same results.
Mint leaves or Peppermint essential oil
Steam inhalation done with adding some mint leaves or a drop of peppermint essential oil will open up the nasal passages and help in breathing better, loosen the polyps from the mucosal lining, eventually getting rid of them when done on a daily basis.
Turmeric, Garlic cloves, Basil leaves
Put several broken Basil leaves and 4 crushed garlic cloves in a basin of boiling water. Add a pinch of turmeric. Put a towel over your head and inhale for 20 minutes for real and lasting relief if done daily.
Salt Crystal Inhaler
A ceramic salt inhaler filled with Himalayan salt crystals, which penetrates and cleanses the entire respiratory system including sinuses, nasal cavities, throat and lungs. This salt is all-natural and pollutant-free. It also helps with allergies, sinus infections and breathing difficulties. The effects can help to resolve night's sleep problems, including mouth breathing, less snoring.
Tea Tree Oil
Tree Oil is an anti viral, anti biotic, strong anti fungal and probably keeps the passages moist too, if there was any surface fungal growth that would be taken care of by the Oil. Apply Tea Tree Oil directly to the polyps using a cotton bud / swab or Q-tip. The polyp will fall off within a week.
Apply organic, cold pressed Castor oil drops about 3-4 drops 'inside' nostrils each night before bed for 10-15 days. Within the week, polyps will shrink so much and you can breathe out of both nostrils.
Hydrogen peroxide/ h202
Dip a cotton swab in straight h202 3 times daily and swabbing the polyps. They will stop tickling and shrinking rapidly, your sense of smell will back; you can breathe a lot better! It costs $1 or two at the dollar store for enough to last for months. Or take the h2o2 capsules (food grade), pour out the powder, and cotton swap it onto the polyps and immediately you feel a tingling sensation after waiting approx 30 mints you find that it is incredibly easier to breathe, and the polyps shrink, the process needs to be repeated 3-4 times a day.
Manuka Honey - nice honey, bit expensive and might be beneficial to a nasal infection, but didn't seem to shrink the polyps. You can get some relief from using honey a drop in each nostril once or twice a day.
Cod Liver Oil
Cod Liver Oil applies directly over the entire nose will certainly help; you may smell fish for a few hrs but it's worth it.
Tree tea oil, Sweet oil
Dilute the Tree tea oil with sweet oil (Olive oil), and then applies it into the nose. This works very quickly in the treatment of polyps.
Apply a few drops of Neem Oil into each nostril and suck back what you can. Neem oil is not only an anti-fungal/anti-bacterial, but it is also a strong tonifyer to the mucous membranes, like Goldenseal as well.
Coconut oil, Tea tree oil
Dab a Q-tip into coconut oil and tea tree oil and apply it directly to the visible polyps and surrounding tissues. It will balance the bacterial-fighting properties with some tonifying properties and help rebuild damaged tissues.
Take a teaspoonful Castor oil daily for one week. Castor Oil prevents from polyp surgeries. Castor oil can be taken by itself or mixed in soups or juices to make it more agreeable to one’s palate. The excess body heat brought about by consumption of castor oil will expel moisture from the polyps and reduce them to a smaller size. Castor oil is also used to help the body in bringing down inflammations. Also, castor oil will boost the individual’s immune system, enabling their body to fight against viral and bacterial infections that can set in due to these abnormal growths in their sinuses.
Turmeric, Ginger root, Horseradish, Goldenseal
Combine 3 parts turmeric, 3 parts ginger root, ½ part horseradish, and ¼ part goldenseal. (Example: 3 teaspoons each of turmeric and ginger, half a teaspoon of horseradish, quarter teaspoon goldenseal) All powder forms. Cap in 00 capsules, take 8-10 everyday will help in reducing the polyp size.
Cod liver oil, Flax seed oil, Hemp oil
Add cod liver oil, flax seed oil, and hemp oil on a rotational basis to cooked vegetables and salads to eventually get rid of nasal polyps. These oils contain essential fatty acids that help in curing inflammation-related body disorders.
Horseradish herb is known to keep the nasal passages clear as well as seems to help in effectively eliminating nasal polyps. This herb is strong-tasting and hence a little difficult to in-take. To make it easy for consumption, mix 2 cups of grated horseradish with 2 cups of pure honey and take one teaspoon of this every morning and night. By the time the mixture is finished, most or all of the nasal polyps may have disappeared completely.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Tea
Put 2 tsp of organic ACV in hot warm drink and this tea Or have a cup of ACV 'tea' sweetened with stevia and occasionally spiced with cayenne pepper. Do not buy ACV from the grocery store because it has been filtered.
Ginger is a patent herb used for clearing nasal blockages traditionally. Drink at least 2 cups a day with deep breaths from the nose. This technique didn't cure the polyps but make it more tolerable. Similarly regular intake of dandelion tea, Basil tea, nettle tea,
Make a fine powder of 16 oz sheep sorrel, 6 ½ cups burdock, 1 ounce turkey rhubarb and 4 oz slippery elm and save in a vessel. Use these four herbs commonly known as Essiac Tea in liquid or caps twice a day for about one month. It helps to shrink the polyps.
Ant tree or Pau d'Arco Tea
Drinking Ant tree or Pau d'Arco will be quite beneficial and it provides immediate relief.
The dried inner bark of Ant tree or Pau d'Arco can be used as a tea which has a taste that is just a little bit harsh.
Citric acid and Baking soda
Taking the citric acid ¼ tsp and baking soda ¼ tsp formula three times a day just over 1.5 months now and yes it works slow, but it works to cure migraine and polyp.
Methylsulfonyl Methane (MSM)
MSM is rapidly establishing a reputation as a safe, natural effective solution for many types of pain and inflammatory conditions MSM contains sulfur, which the body needs to form connective tissue. MSM also seems to act as a painkiller by quieting nerve impulses that transmit pain and sulfur is beneficial in fighting pain. The sulfur compound MSM is found naturally in the body and in animals, fruits, vegetables, and grains. Take 2-3 gms of MSM powder daily in drinks for 2-3 months and have found it works for polyps (nasal passages, allergies, fungus) better than anything else and keeps improving every day.