Sinol All-Natural Fast Headache Relief

Posted on April 10, 2008 by Allie


I get migraines and I’m stubborn about them.  I hate taking migraine medication, because it knocks me out and leaves me feeling funky for days.  Plus, there are all those fun possible side effects.

For the past three days, I’ve had a nasty headache that I’ve been barely controlling with Tylenol.  I know, that’s not the most responsible way to handle things, but it allowed me to stay functional, despite the discomfort.  I managed to get rid of the full-blown migraine horror, but not the nagging, aching headache that got worse whenever I moved my head.

By yesterday, I was at the end of my rope and really ticked at myself.  If I’d just taken the darn migraine meds when the headache first started, I’d have been feeling better, even with the day or so of funk that follows.

While shopping at our local natural foods store, I decided to check out the herbal aisle to see if they had anything for migraines.   They had a few options, but I decided on Sinol All-Natural Nasal Spray with Capsaicin, because it said “Fast Headache Relief” on the box.  Fast is good and I was desperate.

Capsaicin is the component that makes chili peppers hot and spicy.  The other ingredients are Purified Water, Eucalyptus Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Rosemary Extract, Benzalkonium Chloride, Sea Salt, and Vitamin C.  Sinol is non-addictive and has no harsh side effects.

The box warns:  “When used for the first time, one may experience a light burning sensation which lasts for 2-5 seconds.  This reaction actually relieves headache pain and will subside quickly, similar to eating spicy foods.”

I would like to clarify that the “light burning sensation” is probably akin to putting out a fist full of lit matches with your nostril and for the 2-5 seconds that the sensation lasts, you will want to rip your nose off and throw it far far away from the rest of your body.  That being said, this stuff works like magic.  After three days of being stuck in my awful headache haze, I felt better in seconds.  As soon as the fire was out in my nose (and it does go away quickly), my headache was completely gone, although the box says that it can take up to 20 minutes to work.

Sinol provides relief for migraine, cluster, sinus, premenstrual, menstrual, and tension headaches, and also for indoor and outdoor allergies.

It was a little pricey — I paid fifteen bucks and change, and the Sinol website is selling it for $19.95 plus shipping — but after three days of pain, it would have seemed cheap at twice the price.  And I am going to make sure I have a bottle with me at all times now, so I can stop these darn headaches right when they start.


  1. Thanks for the post Allie. I’ve been looking for a product to help clients when in pain from a migraine while we are working on the cause of their migraines. You may want to look at detoxifying your liver as that is almost always a factor in migraines and headaches.


    April 10th, 2008 at 4:09 pm
    Comment by Abbie
  2. Thanks so much for this great tip. I have a friend who suffers from contant migraines. I told her about this and wonder if it could work for her.

    April 10th, 2008 at 4:31 pm
    Comment by erikka
  3. Wow, the timing of your post is amazing. I’ve been fighting a migraine all day, and none of the medicine I usually take is working. I’m going to have to try this stuff.

    April 10th, 2008 at 4:54 pm
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  4. I’m so glad you brought this up Allie. Although I don’t use sinol, I use another product called sinus buster. They have a migraine product that uses capsaicin and feverfew and it’s the only thing that has ever worked for my migraines. I have been spreading the word about pepper ever since I started using it. I got my sinus buster at a health food store here inCali for $12.99.

    April 10th, 2008 at 5:26 pm
    Comment by Janice
  5. Detoxifying your liver?…uh, yeah.

    That’s really incredible that you found something on a whim that actually works. Headaches (especially the migraine variety) are hard to lick. When I was a kid, I got them something like every three weeks on a Tuesday. Whatever it was it was amazingly regular. Luckily I grew out of it.

    I’d leave the liver out of it if I were you.

    April 10th, 2008 at 6:29 pm
    Comment by mickey
  6. This is amazing. I purchased Sinol last night because of my premenstrual headches and poof, my pain was gone. I dont even know how long it took, I had a headache then I didnt have a headache it was very weird. It didnt seem to have that bad a burn to me, sort of like a nice piece of sushi with wasabi which I love. The websitesite shows what retailers carry it. I purchased at Rite Aid for $14.

    April 11th, 2008 at 11:33 am
    Comment by Andrea
  7. I have read for years that the herb feverfew is a great migraine preventative. I don’t get them (thank you god!) but it seems worth trying.

    April 11th, 2008 at 2:05 pm
    Comment by Roger
  8. Feverfew definitely seems worth trying. Thanks, Roger.

    Mickey, I really appreciate your concern for my liver. Maybe I’ll just drink some detox tea and leave it at that.

    Andrea, glad you found relief with it too.

    Janice, isn’t it amazing that docs will give you scary meds with scary side effects when all it takes is a little hot pepper?

    MG — Feel better!

    Erikka, I hope this helps your friend too!

    Abbie — what does one do to detoxify their liver? Mickey seems concerned about this.

    April 11th, 2008 at 4:10 pm
    Comment by Allie
  9. This line cracked me up: “probably akin to putting out a fist full of lit matches with your nostril and for the 2-5 seconds that the sensation lasts, you will want to rip your nose off and throw it far far away from the rest of your body.”

    Thanks for making me laugh. And thanks for letting me know of another non-prescriptive treatment to add to my arsenal! Must purchase ASAP.

    April 14th, 2008 at 6:51 pm
    Comment by Janet Geddis
  10. I have tried so many things for migraines after 15 years of suffering. Now, could I just ask, How long have you had headaches, and or/ migraines??
    I need to really know that to be a believer!

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:45 pm
    Comment by Denise
  11. I’ve had “sick headaches” since I was a kid, but they’ve only been identified as migraines recently. I had a super bad one right before Christmas that drove me to after hours care.

    April 14th, 2008 at 8:34 pm
    Comment by Allie
  12. I used Sinol yesterday for my allergies, and it worked so amazingly fast that I actually thought, ‘I can’t wait for a headache to try this!’ I’m so glad to have found these posts…. it really validates how great I thought the product is!

    April 22nd, 2008 at 7:36 pm
    Comment by Dana
  13. My doctor gave me Sinol at The New England Center for Headache. They have been using it for patients since 2007. If you suffer from migraines like I do, use the Sinol. I am on other medication for my cholesterol and the doctor told me I could use Sinol with any medication. Seems too amazing to me that a natural product works so well. I get 2-4 bad headaches a month and have so for 27 years, same year I got married, haha. Sinol gives me relief, sometimes I have to use it 2-3 times and it does have a bite to it but that goes away after regular use. I’m on my 5th bottle and buy it also at Rite Aid even though it Says “Sinol Allergy” on the box its the same as the Sinol headache. Now I can enjoy my wine again in the evenings, thank God for that!

    April 22nd, 2008 at 7:41 pm
    Comment by Jean
  14. I tried sinol but it didn’t work. then I tried Sinus Buster and it did the trick right away. Sinus Buster is stronger and they have a special migraine formula made with capsaicin and feverfew. I bought mine at Hi-Health in Scottsdale, AZ. I also read that Sinus Buster was the first capsaicin nasal spray ever which was put on the market in 2003.

    April 23rd, 2008 at 8:15 pm
    Comment by Maria
  15. I have tried both sinusbuster and sinol and for me the stronger sinusbuster helped more. I think it’s the feverfew that makes a difference. jmo.

    April 29th, 2008 at 5:37 pm
    Comment by Gwen
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    April 30th, 2008 at 7:01 am
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  17. I tried Sinol for my migraines after reading some of these posts, and I agree on two points. 1…the burn is NOT that bad at all, and 2…it worked within minutes. If you ask me, the cost is a very small price to pay to get rid of such horrendous pain. I’m also relieved to find something that’s all natural, because I’m especially conscious these days of all the chemicals and junk that gets put in our foods/medications etc. What a relief!

    May 9th, 2008 at 1:15 pm
    Comment by Allyzona
  18. Sinol works!!!

    August 13th, 2008 at 6:50 pm
    Comment by Chrissy
  19. I tried Sinol. It works… BUT…
    benzalkonium chloride does not sound like an ALL Natural Ingredient. I was shocked to see what it is.

    Also, I went to Sinol’s website and that ingredient is not on their site… but clearly on the package of the product.

    August 21st, 2008 at 10:45 pm
    Comment by George Davis
  20. I have been following this post as I am a physician and suggest Sinol to my headache patients. All natural products are the roots of medicine in this country and they can be very effective. I have discussed the additon of Benzalkonium Chloride with the company and it is less than .01% and keeps the bacteria out of the product and your nose. Without a bacterial fighting agent natural plant extracts can make you exyremely ill. It is used in eyewashes, hand and face washes, mouthwashes, spermicidal creams, and in various other cleaners, sanitizers,disinfectants and known to be very safe especially in this dosage. If you like all natural products they have to use an effective bacterial fighting agent or else the shelf life would be a few months and no retailer would ever sell a prodoct with such a short life span. Nice job Sinol and thank you for such a wonderful new product!!

    September 6th, 2008 at 9:12 pm
    Comment by Dr Mark
  21. I’ve had migraines for 15 years and the last five, I’ve had them anywhere from 7-22 migraines a month. I’ve tried about 10 different preventative medications that I had difficulty tolerating and didn’t get any relief. My neurologist recommended that I try this product. So far, it seems to have helped decrease my migraines. I haven’t had one in a week – and for me that’s great. I’m using Sinol every day not just when I get a migraine. It burns a lot. I tear up every time I do it but if it can keep my migraines away or at minimize them, then I’ll deal with it. So far, it seems to be living up to all the good reviews.

    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:11 am
    Comment by Karen J.
  22. [...] All Natural Fast Headache Relief Sinus Buster is stronger and they have a special migraine formula made with capsaicin and feverfew. I bought mine at Hi-Health in Scottsdale, AZ. [...]

    January 21st, 2009 at 7:58 pm
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  23. Tried both sinol and sinus buster. Feels like sinus buster has higher capsaicin level as it worked better than sinol. Plus sinus buster is truly all natural. No benzalkonium chloride preservatives.

    March 13th, 2009 at 12:37 am
    Comment by Amy
  24. I have used Sinol for the past two days for my sinus headaches and have experienced the worst “Pepper In, Pepper Out” you could imagine. I have been burned in both directions, and have not seen anyone else commenting on having this problem. So let me be the first to say -YES- it works and -YES- it will burn blisters on your bum coming out the other side….

    March 19th, 2009 at 12:47 pm
    Comment by Julliete
  25. I am a huge fan of capsaicin up the nose for migraine. I use Sinus Buster myself, but no doubt a home brew would work fine if the Rite Aid price seems a too steep.

    Anyone thinking of trying Sinus Buster don’t be scared off by the posters who claim it causes painful burns. It’s just a pleasant little tingle compared to the migraine. No comparison; not even in the same galaxy of discomfort. In fact, you might even like it.

    On the other hand, Tylenol has been shown to be little more than a plecebo for migraine. Useless. And it can hurt the liver.

    March 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm
    Comment by Jeff
  26. I just read the “Pepper In, Pepper Out” post by Julliette. That seems incredible. You do realize that you spray this product up the nose don’t you?

    March 26th, 2009 at 10:48 pm
    Comment by Jeff
  27. After reading through these posts and looking at both Sinol and Sinus Buster I would only recommend the Sinol formulas. Sinol has proven clinical evidence that is listed on their site and they have a tremendously impressive physician backing. Sinus Buster seems more like an elixir and it does seem that Sinol is the real deal here.

    April 11th, 2009 at 1:34 am
    Comment by Dr Bob
  28. I went to the sinol website and those clinicals don’t say anything really.. Bunch of horse poo if you ask me.. Afrin rules………

    April 16th, 2009 at 10:28 pm
    Comment by Paul
  29. If you want the “real deal” go to sinus buster. all natural. no chemicals like benzakonium chloride as in sinol. i looked at sinols clinical. as far as i can see, the data said that if you use sinol it helps you a little bit more than using NOTHING! Duh – may as well spray water up my nose.

    May 4th, 2009 at 7:50 pm
    Comment by Amy
  30. sinol clinical basically says that using sinol is a little bit better than using NOTHING!! Heck, i may as well spray water up my nose. It would probably work just as well. And i wouldnt breathe in the chemicals that are in sinol.

    May 4th, 2009 at 7:52 pm
    Comment by Gail R.
  31. !!! Dr Mark and Dr Bob both don’t have last names?? Come on lol. I’m smarter then you both. Give up the names so I can call you and make you submit to my intellectual prowess.

    May 7th, 2009 at 10:53 am
    Comment by The Debunker
  32. Came across this and wanted to share some info hoping it may help someone out there. I recently gave a bottle of Sinol-M headache to a migraine sufferer and he used it immediatley. He said he found “instant” relief and that it was the best nasal spray he had ever used. He said it was very refreshing! Loved the fact it was all he needed to thwart off his headache. So give it a try, it may be all you need too!

    October 10th, 2009 at 9:03 am
    Comment by cassie
  33. I compared Sinol clinical trial to Sinus Busters. Here is the deal folks: sinus buster had double the number of particpants in it; it used a placebo control (sinol used nothing) and was run by an independent medical doctor/clinician.(Apparently Sinols study was run by individuals with a financial interest in that company). For my $13.99 – give me sinus buster.

    March 29th, 2010 at 4:17 pm
    Comment by Elaine
  34. I’ve just had my 6th sleepness night with bunged up sinuses and other unpleasant cold(?) symptoms. I made myself a lemon and ginger tea, which helps, and then had a spoonful of Asda’s chilli cheese, which happened to be sitting in the fridge – and instant relief! That’s why I’m now researching this site for a chilli pepper spray. Could this be the answer? I’m going to give it a go anyway!

    April 8th, 2010 at 2:07 am
    Comment by Clare
  35. I’ve suffered migraines since 7 years of age and got this about a year ago and remember it helping with the sinus/barometric pressure migraine I have certain times of the year. I would have tried sunus buster but feverfew doesn’t agree with me…feverfew can bring on menstruation and when I used it a few times it messed up my cycle and I get menstrual migraines also…so that is out. But I love sinol, to have something without the horrid side effects from different meds, or have rebound migraines from taking more than three days in a row is awesome! In fact the “burn” isn’t so bad compared to a nasty old migraine. :)

    June 20th, 2011 at 12:00 am
    Comment by andrea

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