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Old 05-11-2008, 08:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I've had this nagging sinus infection for the past four weeks (yes, you read that right...*sigh*). I react horribly to antibiotics so they are my last resort. Anyway, it's an upper sinus infection, mainly on my left side (right above my eye..I think they are called the sephenoid (sp?) sinuses or something?). What's bad is that I don't have any drainage at all, it's just a lot of pressure, dizziness, fatigue, low grade fever, and sinus headaches. Drives me BATTY, and makes me worry about possible complications. Saline rinses don't seem to help at all, and I tried putting lemon juice in my nose which helped a little bit, but didn't cure it. I read that eating garlic could help because it's a natural antibiotic, so I boiled a clove and at the whole thing (EWWW)...so should I do that everyday? I've also heard that therapeutic sesame seed oil helps too...any ideas on that?

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The garlic has to be raw and unprocessed. Cooked garlic or the capsules have no antibiotic property (though they do have other benefits). You have to eat 5-7 raw cloves a day for 7-10 days. I did it by mashing them into a paste with olive oil and a little coarse salt, and eating it on crusty bread. It was edible, not too horrible that way. Also you must eat within 15 minutes of peeling/ mashing.
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You're better off with raw garlic, rather than boiled garlic, if you want the antibacterial qualities.

When I'm sick, I'll chop up a clove and swallow the pieces whole, like pills. I take 3-5 raw cloves per day, plus about 1,000 mg (1 gram) of vitamin C each time I eat a clove.

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Okay, thanks! Off to get some more garlic cloves and some Vit. C tabs.

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Is this ok to do while pregnant too? I'm still a bit fuzzy on which herbs are ok in large amounts during pregnancy.

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