Essential oils are a treatment option for curing sinusitis naturally. People suffering use these to relieve out sinus pressure, unblock a stuffy nose and encourage drainage of mucus. 

How Essential oils work for treating sinus infections?

People rely more on over-the-counter decongestants or antibiotics to relieve sinus congestion and infections. But these tend to cause side effects such as drowsiness, headaches, restlessness, etc. Hence often people prefer to choose natural remedies for getting relief from sinusitis. When sinusitis occurs due to allergies, common cold, bacterial attack or inflammation, essential oils can be an option. 

Types of Essential oils that can treat Sinusitis

  1. Eucalyptus oil

    The body can easily absorb this oil. This is so because the oil contains eucalyptol- a compound that increases the size of blood vessels. Therefore, more blood flows and circulates throughout the body that alleviates the body from aches and pain. Owing to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, this oil is a must for all who want to get rid of headaches due to sinusitis. You can take eucalyptus oil by adding a few drops in warm water and inhaling the steam.

  2. Peppermint oil

    This oil contains menthol that can decongest nasal congestion. Moreover, it is also loaded with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and expectorant properties. All these properties play a significant role in getting relief from various sinusitis symptoms- stuffy nose, pressure around the eyes, etc. For best results, mix a few drops of peppermint oil in hot water and inhale the steam once a day. 

  3. Lemon essential oil 

    Extracted from the lemon rind, this essential oil is very effective in curing sinus infections. The oil works in two ways- helps to alleviate sinus infections as well as boosts up the immunity by fighting off infectious agents. People with recurrent sinusitis should take this oil as this exhibits antibacterial and decongestant properties. Inhale the steam of this oil preferably before going to bed. 

  4. Lavender oil 

    The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of lavender oil work in treating sinus that may be caused by infection. It is well known for its sweet, distinct smell. Lavender oil is used as a decongestant to unclog the nasal airways and relieve out sinus pressure. This oil naturally exhibits anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and analgesic properties. In addition to this, this essential oil is used for its relaxing and sedative properties that can help to calm and soothe the mind and body. The best way to use lavender oil is by adding a few drops to bathwater and soaking in the bath for 15-20 mins. 

  5. Oregano oil

    The antimicrobial benefits of oregano oil can help in treating various sinusitis symptoms. However, its application is different. This is also rich in phenol content. In order to use oregano oil, mix it with coconut oil and massage it around the nose and chest once or twice a day.

  6. Rosemary oil 

    This essential oil contains analgesic properties that will help to relieve the body from aches and pain. This reduces the signs of cellulitis as well as promotes healing. This neutralizes any bacteria that is present in the sinuses responsible for the infection. Try to mix this oil with lavender or eucalyptus and apply it to the throat as well as on the forehead. 

  7. Chamomile oil 

    Widely used for antiseptic effects, using chamomile oil not only treats the sinusitis but also lowers the flare-ups that follow. Moreover, it also has anti-histamine as well as sedative properties that can help in sleeping when there is a headache due to sinus. To use, massage it with any carrier oil, and massage it near the chest and nose. 

  8. Tea tree oil 

    Tea tree oil is used to relieve out a variety of infections that can develop due to bacterial and viral invasion. This works by drying up the excess fluid build-up. This essential oil is rich in anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce inflammation as well as pain. You can use this oil by heating a few drops and then adding a teaspoon colloidal silver, two tablespoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

  9. Clove oil 

    Due to its antiseptic properties and antifungal properties, this oil can reduce inflammation as well as prevent the infection from coming back again. 

  10. Frankincense oil 

    This oil helps to alleviate sinus infections by breaking the phlegm in the respiratory tracts and relaxing the muscles of the lungs. Frankincense oil is rich in antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. 

How effective is an essential oil for treating sinus infection?

According to a study published in the journal, “American Society for Microbiology”, tea tree oil is rich in antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, tea tree oil can help in treating inflammation and bacteria responsible for sinus congestion.

People suffering from chronic sinusitis complain of repeated episodes of sinus infection. If you want a permanent cure for sinusitis, home remedies, medications and other options will not be helpful.

Moreover, the patients suffering from sinusitis, often lack knowledge about the disease and treatment. Also, using essential oils can further complicate the problem and irritate them further. 

When the problem escalates to more severe stages, it becomes necessary for surgical intervention

Precautions before using Essential oils for Sinus Infection

Here are some warnings that you should follow before using essential oils-

  1. Without diluting the essential oils, do not apply these directly to the skin. 
  2. In order to check sensitiveness or allergic reactions to certain essential oils, do a patch test before using the oils. 
  3. Pregnant women or someone suffering from asthma should consult with the doctor first before applying the essential oil.
  4. Use only prescribed amounts of essential oils.
  5. Keep your children away from the essential oils.
  6. Consume the essential oils only once you have consulted with a doctor

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  1. “Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil: a Review of Antimicrobial and Other Medicinal Properties”, Jan 2006, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360273/   accessed on 22nd May 2020
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