6 Best Essential Oils For Sinus Congestion
Sinus pain. Sinus pressure. Chronic sinusitis. For some of us, those words inevitably conjure up images of sneezing, red, itchy and puffy eyes, runny noses and continual tissue supplies.
Many of us know the inconvenience of living with sinus pressure and what it feels like to suffer through bouts of congestion and, even worse, extreme pressure, headaches, and infection.
Sometimes pressure builds so much that it leaves you feeling dizzy and even nauseous.
When left unattended, continual sinus pain, congestion, and pressure can lead to an acute form of sinusitis, otherwise known as a sinus infection. When this occurs, all of the pain and pressure that is normally felt with regular symptoms of sinus issues are augmented and feel a thousand times worse. In this first instance, it is always advisable to seek medical attention.
Along with medical attention, there are some natural ways that can help you. Below are some natural alternatives. A person can treat sinus pressure with medication, but plenty of home remedies may also help to ease symptoms and speed up recovery.
Some people find that applying pressure to various points on the face provides temporary relief and helps to dislodge some of the mucus, thereby allowing the passageways a bit of movement.
Using your index fingers to push on either side of the nose just at the base and holding that for about 3 minutes may offer some relief.
You can also press your finger into the corner of the eye socket just above the eye for as long as desired, slowly moving your finger to the outer part of the socket just beneath the brow.
Finally, slide your index finger under the eye just above the cheekbone, applying light but constant pressure for as long as feels comfortable.
These are all simple techniques that can be done anywhere, at any time that really help relieve pressure, even if only temporarily.
Using steam to open the passages in the nose can help to relieve sinus pressure.
Steam inhalation is easy to do at home. Boil water, pour it into a large bowl and lean over, so the face is directly above the water. Cover the head with a towel, and breathe through the nose.
Another way to increase the effectiveness of the inhalation is with Essential Oils We will go more into this now.
Other Essential Oil Delivery Methods
Use a good quality diffuser. This is an easy way to have long term access via inhalation. Diffusers can be set on timers so are particularly good to run safely overnight.
Place 1-4 drops of the essential oil in your hand and rub hands together. Place your hands over your nose in a cup-like manner and breathe deeply, slowly, and repeatedly. You can also simply open the cap of the essential oil bottle and breathe deeply and repeatedly if you are on the go.
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You can also place a drop of essential oil, mixed with a carrier oil, just beneath the nose above your upper lip. In addition to that, you can place a drop of oil behind the ears.
If taking a bath, place 10-15 drops directly into the water. Breathe deeply and enjoy the decongesting benefits.
Taking a long, hot shower is a common way to relieve congestion, and adding essential oils may speed healing and bring comfort. Simply place a few drops of oil directly into the bottom of the shower. Using very warm water to shower, breathe in the steam to expel mucus and reduce sinus pressure. The heat from the water will activate the healing properties of the essential oil.
Top 6 Essential Oils for Treating Sinusitis
Many essential oils may alleviate sinusitis, including tea tree, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, pine, rosemary, and clove oils. These oils can be used alone or blended to achieve maximum benefits. Each essential oil has distinctive properties—experiment to find which works best for you. Try using different oils, oil blends, delivery methods, and even, times of day, to find your optimal remedy. Then, continue to use essential oils to stave off future infections while cleansing your body and the air you breathe.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural first aid kit in a bottle. This oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and functions as an immunostimulant. The oil helps eliminate germs causing infection in the sinuses while boosting the immune system, preventing future infections. Because of its ability to eliminate bacteria, tea tree oil is used as a treatment for a host of conditions such as skin irritations and acne, dandruff, fungal infections, bacterial infections, and colds and flu.
Inhaling tea tree oil via a diffuser is a quick way to take advantage of the oil’s expectorant and antibacterial properties. Tea tree oil can also be used in the shower. When combined with steam, tea tree oil can effectively open the sinuses, loosen mucus and congestion, and generally relieve sinus pressure. Tea tree oil can also be combined with a carrier oil and applied topically on the chest, behind the ears, or sparingly under the nose for lasting effects.
While Lavender is commonly used for creating a relaxing atmosphere for sleep or stress relief, it can also be a helpful addition to any sinusitis remedy. Lavender has antibacterial properties that may clear the sinus cavities and kill bacteria causing the infection.
Further, lavender is an anti-inflammatory that may relieve pressure due to sinus swelling.
Lavender oil is best used at night to break up phlegm while promoting deep sleep and restful healing.
Peppermint is ideal for treating sinusitis. This oil is antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, so it clears germs while reducing painful swelling in the sinuses, providing simultaneous pain relief and healing.
Peppermint oil is particularly effective as a decongestant because it has a high concentration of menthol, which has been used medicinally for thousands of years, in many cultures. Menthol has a cooling effect that opens sinus cavities and calming coughs.
Peppermint oil can be used topically when mixed with a carrier oil and is beneficial when applied to the chest or under the nose. It is also safe for long term use, making it a great go-to for sufferers of chronic sinus issues.
Eucalyptus has been used to soothe cold symptoms for years. It is derived from the same plant family as tea tree oil and also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Eucalyptus can be used in a variety of ways to treat sinusitis. It works well inhaled via a diffuser, or when used in a hot shower. This oil can also be added to a carrier oil for a homemade vapour rub, simply apply to the chest or under the nose.
In addition, eucalyptus can be used in a diffuser to eliminate airborne particles that lead to infection.
Lemon is known for its cleansing properties, which extend to the immune system, too. Because of its high concentration of vitamin C, lemon oil boosts the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial properties as well. Additionally, the oil supports the lymphatic and respiratory systems as it breaks down mucus to relieve congestion.
Additionally, lemon oil can detoxify and cleanse the air when used in a diffuser.
Not just a herb for cooking, rosemary can also be used to strengthen the immune system and alleviate pain caused by sinusitis. This essential oil is antibacterial and antiseptic, making it a great choice for cleansing the lymphatic system and increasing antioxidant levels. The latter is necessary for fighting bacterial infections in the sinuses and throughout the body. Rosemary oil stimulates the respiratory system, quiets coughing, and soothes sore throats, too.
Steam is an effective delivery method for rosemary oil, so it may be used with a diffuser.
Sinus troubles are not necessarily caused by hayfever, hayfever may play a part for some people.
One way to help with hayfever is what we call a 'Hayfever Bomb' – diffuse Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender together, it truly helps!
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