Nasal Polyps

Nasal Polyps are soft growths, which appear on the inner linings of the nasal cavities and are usually benign (non-cancerous). The growth causes inflammation of the sinuses. They are almost like jelly when touched with your fingers. They are off-white in color and pose considerable difficulty in breathing.


If you constantly suffer from blocked or a stuffy feeling in the nose, reduced or complete loss of smell, difficulty in hearing and constantly running or dripping of mucous in the nose, there are chances that these symptoms could be a result of a polyp in your nose. Small polyps cause no symptoms at all. Larger ones can cause obstruction in the air passages of the nose causing stuffiness or blocked sensation.


Polyps occur due to chronic inflammation in the lining of the nose. Although the reason for this chronic inflammation is not clear but polyps tend to occur more in those who suffer from chronic nasal problems like sinusitis , chronic colds , asthma and nasal allergies. Chronic inflammation causes the blood vessels in the lining of the nose to become more porous, causing them to accumulate lot of water in the cells. When over a period of time gravitational force acts on these heavy water-laden mucous lining, polyps develop.
You can treat and cure nasal polyps without surgery; you may need to know about herbal remedies which can heal nasal polyps. Natural treatments are safe & the cure is permanent. Nasal Polyps will regrow after surgery & you may need to undergo surgeries continuously to remove recurring nasal polyps.  Over-the-counter and prescribed medications used to treat nasal polyps, but natural remedies using herbs help you to avoid the potential side effects of medications.  Herbal remedies are potent and are not meant for continuous use. Natural herbal remedies can be taken in the form of herbal teas or infusions for a maximum of 10 days. So it is advisable to follow at Natural herbal remedies which can cure your Nasal Polyps permanently.



Goldenseal was used by Native Americans to treat many ailments and is effective against many varieties of bacteria, yeast and fungi, including candida.  It is used to treat mucus membrane infections, including sinus infections.  It also helps alleviate sinus and chest congestion. Goldenseal tea can also be used as a snuff, or inhalant, for nasal polyps because it will act on infected mucous membranes and reduce inflammation. Goldenseal may affect the uterus, so do not ingest it if you are pregnant.


Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is a very strong herb known to clear out nasal passageways in a rather effective manner. It contains compounds that loosen and drain mucus. Place some grated horseradish root in your mouth and remove it when it loses its taste. Because of its strong flavor, however, many people do not like to eat it plain. Mixed with honey, horseradish is a little easier to consume. To help eliminate nasal polyps, mix 200 grams (about 2 cups) of grated horseradish with two cups of natural honey. Take one teaspoon of this mixture by mouth each morning and each night until it is completely gone.


Cayenne peppers contain capsaicin that has the ability to naturally decrease the size of nasal polyps.  It can also be used to treat headaches that sometimes accompany nasal polyp growths. Herbalists use red chili pepper (Capsicum annuum), to stimulate circulation and strengthen capillaries. The rich of compound pepper capsaicin has anti-pain and styptic actions. Cayenne, among its many health benefits, stimulates and detoxes our lymphatic system.  Cayenne tea (combined with honey and lemon) is an excellent morning detox.  Cayenne is especially useful against polyps when diluted with water and sprayed into the nostrils.   Cayenne may cause irritation if not diluted enough.

4.Hay flower

Nasal polyps can be relieved by drinking a strong herbal infusion made from herbs such as the hay flowers and the steam of such an infusion can be inhaled on a regular and daily basis.


Magnolia officinalis, is a deciduous tree with fragrant white flowers native to China. In traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, practitioners use the bark and flowers to treat nasal polyps and sinusitis because magnolia disperses pathogenic wind and clears nasal passages. Magnolia bark breaks up mucus. It is an astringent and protects the nasal mucous membranes while improving blood circulation in the nose. Do not use this herb if you are constipated.


Euphrasia officinalis is a traditional remedy for eye complaints, but herbalists also use the aerial parts to treat sinusitis. Eyebright’s chemical contents and its effect on the nasal passages may make it useful for shrinking nasal polyps. You can also relieve general congestion and stuffiness with eyebright. Eeybright can be taken as an herbal infusion or by taking 3 milliliters of an herbal tincture three times a day. It is not recommended as a compress unless combined with the complimentary herb goldenseal.


Xanthium, or Xanthium sibiricum, is an East Asian herb also known as “cang er zi” and “fructus xanthi” in traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM. Healers use the dried bur to treat rhinitis, sinusitis, nasal congestion and nasal polyps. Xanthium clears wind and dampness – the TCM explanation for nasal polyps — and to open sinus passages. Xanthium is an ingredient in “Bi Yuan Wan,” a TCM formula for shrinking nasal polyps. Do not use this herb if you have diabetes or allergies to plants in the Aster family.

8.Ginger Tea

Ginger has been used for clearing nasal blockages traditionally. It is effective in reducing throat and respiratory tract infections as it has antibacterial properties. 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,

9.Essiac 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 dark dry area. 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 completely.  To prepare these herbs as a tea, 
Bring two gallons of distilled water in stainless steel kettle to a hard boil. Put the 1 cup (8 ounces heaping) of the Essiac mix into the boiling water. Stir and boil hard 10 minutes then turn off stove and let sit. Scrape down sides of kettle so all Essiac is under water allow sitting for 12 hours. Turn on high heat and heat Essiac for 20 minutes. Turn off stove and immediately pour the contents through a stainless strainer into a second stainless kettle. Clean the first kettle thoroughly then strain contents a second time from pot two back into pot one. Bottle the tea immediately into dark amber glass bottles and seal when hot. Fill each bottle to the top so no oxygen can enter. Tighten caps and let the bottled Essiac cool to room temperature. Retighten caps and store in refrigerator.
Heat two ounces (four tablespoons) of distilled water, and then mix it with two ounces of Essiac tea taken directly from the refrigerator. Essiac should be taken at bed time on an empty stomach, at least two hours after eating. It can be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. If taken in the morning, do not eat for at least two hours after taking the Essiac. Keep the Essiac refrigerated at all times. Shake well each time before pouring.          

10.Ant tree or Pau d'Arco Tea

Drinking Ant tree or Pau d'Arco will be quite beneficial and it provides immediate relief from polyps. 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.

11.Other Herbal Teas for Polyps

Drinking hot, clear fluids will help to drain the sinuses. Green tea is particularly beneficial, containing the most antioxidants and polyphenols.  Mint, Ginger and Echinacea/Coneflower are excellent choices for herbal teas; Mint fights infections and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while ginger and Echinacea have numerous benefits.

12.Castor Oil

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.   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.

5 Steam Inhalations

1.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

2.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.

3.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.

4.Ginger, Thyme

Boil a large pot of water with 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, 2 1/2 tablespoons of thyme and 1 teaspoon of salt. After it has come to boil, turn off heat and let it cool slightly, then set it on a table. Sit near the pot with a towel over your head and slowly breathe in the vapors, which should bring relief to your symptoms. Ensure that the water is not so hot that it causes damage or burns to the inside of your nostrils. Sit close enough to take in the vapors, but not close enough to injure you.

5.Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is powerful enough to open up your nasal passages as you breathe it in. The easiest way to do this is to boil a pot of water. Add ten drops of eucalyptus oil to the water. Place a towel over your head and hang over the pot of water. Spend at least five minutes breathing in the steam. The mucus in your nasal passage will become like a liquid and begin to drain out. You can do this as often as you need to.

3 Nasal Rinses

1.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.

2.Tea tree oil, Distilled water

Mix with distilled water about 60% and 40% Tea tree oil.  put it in a nasal spray bottle, shake well and spray. You will see how it goes but that first spray helped.

3.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.

3 Application Remedies

1.Neem Oil

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.

2.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.

3.Castor oil

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.

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