Sinuses are hollow cavities located on the cheeks, around the eyes, nose and the forehead. These sinuses are connected to the nasal cavities by little channels that are lined with mucous membranes. When these mucous membranes become inflamed due to a cold or allergy, they block the nasal passages along with the entire drainage mechanism of the sinuses and thus restricts breathing. This blocking of the sinus can lead to an infection referred to as sinusitis.
Why Do So Many People Use Essential Oils For Relief In Sinusitis?
There are many natural ways of obtaining relief in conditions like sinusitis and one of them is using aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is a science that treats medical conditions with the help of essential oils. Essential oils have been used since long for conditions like sinusitis for their ability to unblock the clogged passages, improve breathing and minimize mucous secretions.
Several people opt for Aromatherapy because it is natural and the person does not have to depend upon Allopathic medicines, which in many cases are not easy on the body. Essential oils are safe and adapt quickly to the human body, including children and elderly people recovering from other ailments.
7 Ways You Can Use Essential Oils For Sinusitis Relief
1. Steam Inhalation
Boil distilled water or tap water and pour it in a 5 cm deep heatproof bowl. Thereafter, add 7-8 drops of essential oils and stir well. Lean over the bowl, cover the back of your head and inhale the steam through your mouth and nose. Do this as long as the water is hot and steam is coming out. When the water has cooled down, just reheat the water. You can repeat this process as often as you want. The best essential oil that is recommended for use in this process is peppermint. Just dilute a drop of peppermint oil in 2 drops of calendula, grape seed or sunflower base oil and inhale the vapors coming out of the blend.
Alternatively, put a couple of drops of essential oil of fennel on a clean handkerchief and inhale the vapors to alleviate the sinus discomfort. Fennel oil is a potent antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-toxic and an efficient expectorant.
Perfect recipe for steam inhalation
For immediate relief from the signs and symptoms of sinusitis, use the following essential oils in the amounts mentioned for steam inhalation:
2. Using essential oils in a humidifier or vaporizer
Add 25-30 drops of the essential oil of your choice to a vaporizer or humidifier and use it in the room you stay for longest time. I recommend eucalyptus, lemon, basil and blue cypress essential oils for use in a humidifier as they have effective antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties that freshen up the indoor air, settle the dust and neutralize pollutants.
3. Use in a diffuser
While there are many types of diffusers available in the market, all of them work by dispersing essential oils into the air, from where you can breathe them in. Generally, people mix about half a cup of water with 4-6 drops of essential oils for use in a diffuser. In order to get the maximum benefit, sit as closely as possible to the diffuser and breathe deeply. This approach can be quite useful if several members of your family are suffering from sinusitis.
4. Take a long hot bath
Sprinkle 8-10 drops of essential oil on a sponge and put it in your bath or shower while you bathe. Let the water be as hot as possible; however, make sure that you are comfortable with the temperature of the water, and stay in the bath for as long as you desire. I have found best results with essential oils of lavender, peppermint, cinnamon and juniper as all of them have great antibacterial properties.
5. Using essential oils in a massage
Blocked air passages interfere with the breathing and promote sleep problems. In order to decongest these blocked passages; mix 3-4 drops of each of the geranium, lavender, orange and lemon essential oils in an ounce of grapeseed oil and carefully massage the neck, temples and back of the neck. Unwind and breathe deeply of the decongestant vapors.
Alternatively, softly rubbing 2 or 3 drops of ginger, eucalyptus, white fir or rosemary oil on the sides of the nose bridge can help relieve congestion. You can also rub the essential oils on the pressure points of your face and the forehead: beside each nostril, under your nose midline, at the beginning of each eyebrow and the forehead. However, avoid contact with the eyes at all costs. The pungent and stimulating odor of these oils can quickly relieve issues like nasal blockage.
Massage oil recipe for sinusitis
In order to prepare perfect massage oil for relief in sinusitis, mix the following essential oils in amounts mentioned to 10 ml of carrier oil of your choice:
- 2 drops Tea tree oil
- 4 drops Geranium oil
- 4 drops Rosemary oil
- 3 drops Peppermint oil
- 3 drops Eucalyptus oil
6. Oral consumption
You can calm a nagging cough, by ingesting a blend of 1-2 drops of therapeutic grade fennel oil and 1 tablespoon of natural honey. FDA has declared therapeutic grade Fennel essential oil safe for human consumption.
7. Water the sinuses using a neti pot (lota)
Put the essential oil solution in a neti pot and lean over the sink, turning your head on one side so that your ear is facing the sink. Gradually put the solution into the upper nostril, keeping your head stationary and drain that out from the other nostril. Make certain that you breathe through your mouth in order to do this process properly. Repeat with the other nostril.
In order to create an essential oil solution for use in neti pot, combine the essential oils of your choice in equal amounts, but no more than nine or ten drops in total. In a bowl, take a cup full of warm water (not too hot to burn the nasal tissues) and add one tablespoon of finely ground sea salt. Stir until the salt is dissolved. Add the essential oils and mix well.
Few More Tips For Sinusitis Relief
- In order to keep the discharge thin so that it can drain easily, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water.
- Try to avoid dairy products such as cow’s milk that promotes mucus production. This is not a blanket statement but a general recommendation as some people might not be sensitive to cow’s milk.
- Avoid the consumption of alcohol at all costs as it can irritate your sinuses.
In case the use of essential oils is not offering you the relief you were expecting, or if your condition is getting worse, get in touch with a health care professional immediately and have a proper diagnosis.