Using essential oils in the treatment of a sinus infection is no old-wives’ tale, although they may have started out that way. Modern medical research has become increasingly open to alternative, natural ways to treat many ailments in lieu of commercial pharmaceuticals. This article investigated the use of essential oil s in treating sinus infections and concluded that essential oil therapy was at least as effective if not more so than Western pharmacotherapy.
Essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that make them especially potent in addressing problems such as sinus infections. Here are 5 effective essential oils for sinus infection you can try at home.
Oregano oil is particularly effective in treating a sinus infection because it has powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties. In fact, it has about 24 times more antioxidants than apples. The main benefit of oregano oil is the elimination of the cause of infection. Its anti-inflammatory action also facilitates healing because it makes it easier for the mucus to flow in the nasal passage. You can either place a couple of drops of the oil under your tongue or add it to a steaming pot of water and inhaling the fumes with a towel draped over the head.
Peppermint smells great and in household products it has a nose-clearing effect. However, the pleasant smell is a bonus as its benefit as a treatment for sinus infection is due to its antiseptic, expectorant and decongestant. It is also effective for other general respiratory disorders as well as lifting mental fatigue and depression (and not just from your clogged sinuses). It is non-toxic and non-irritating but pregnant women and very young children should avoid it. To relieve the symptoms and treat the cause of sinus infections, use peppermint oil as a chest massage or inhale in steam.
Pine oil is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent that relieves the symptoms and provides protection against sinus infections and other respiratory problems and general infections. It is one of the safer oils for humans because of its low toxicity but avoid excessive inhalation. It easily blends with other essential oils so it is ideal in aromatherapy, and it can be inhaled solo using steam to target your sinus infection.
Rosemary oil has many desirable properties including analgesic and astringent effects, and it smells crisp and clean, too. It stimulates the brain and improves memory, but more importantly it clears congestion in the respiratory tract. In combination with other essential oils such as peppermint and lavender, it immediately relieves the symptoms of sinus infection and facilitates recovery. However, it should not be used for pregnant women, epileptics, and people with high blood pressure. Rosemary oil can be used in vaporizers and burners.
Tea tree oil is an especially powerful antiseptic that makes it an ideal agent to treat the cause of a sinus infection. It is an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and expectorant properties. It is not the same as tea oil; it is an extract from the leaves and twigs of the Tea Tree which is native to Australia and is a popular herbal remedy down under for thousands of years.
It has a reputation for being a cure-all, and with good reason. Aside from sinus infections, it has been used with some success in treating many serious tropical diseases such as malaria. It is also a health and immune system booster and can help diseases from recurring. However, it is highly poisonous so it should not be ingested.
The best way to use tea tree oil for sinus infections is through inhaling its vapors using a steam bath. To relieve congestion, it can also be spread on the chest or a drop put on a pillow to be inhaled while sleeping. You will also see a marked improvement in your chronic back pain!