Treat Sinus Infections with Essential Oils

by Sumedha Rewar

Sinus Infections can be cured by essential oils. These oils can be taken through steam, post-nasal drip or diffusers and can be used for getting rid of the congestion, headaches, blocked passages and unclogging the mucus.

Sinus cavities are located within the skull area and each of them has a mucus lining. The purpose of sinus cavities is to get proper voice and air filtration. The condition of getting inflammation in sinus cavities is termed as sinus inflammation. The source of allergy could be a pathogen or allergen and it results in the swelling of sinuses or obstruction in the drainage of mucus. The condition becomes severe and the person gets stuffiness, congestion, and headaches.

Sinus Infections Treatment with Essential Oils

The main reason for congestion can be that the sinuses produce excessive mucus than it is drained off from the nasal cavity. It could also be the inflammation of sinus cavity which narrows the space for the elimination of mucus.

The easy way to clear nasal passages is to liquefy the mucus and help in its easy drainage. Water and a few drops of essential oils can really work well and treat sinus infections rapidly and more efficiently. These essential oils contain anti-inflammatory properties and can relieve congestion. Essential oils can work with water to resolve the mucus drainage issues. Taking an example, tea tree oil for sinus infection can relieve the problems and even gives a great smell to the patient by keeping them relaxed.

Common Essential Oils for Sinus troubles

Eucalyptus Lavender Tea Tree Sweet Basil
Lemon Geranium Menthol Chamomile
Pine Clove Peppermint Oregano

Choose the right oil

You can know about the right oil for your sinus infection by trying them out. There are many companies offering these oils but you need to make sure that you’re making the appropriate purchase from a right source. The quality and purity actually matter in picking the oil capable of curing your health issues.

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How to use Essential Oils for treating Sinus Infections?

Essential oils can be used in different ways and you need to know the right procedure to treat sinusitis. Here are some practical ways illustrated to use essential oils for getting rid of your sinus infection:

  • Inhaling Steam

This is the most common way of treating sinus infections. You can use steam to which 3-7 drops of essential oils are added. Make sure that you add the oil after the water starts boiling as its prior addition might boil away the oil in the process.

You can lean over the bowl to inhale steam and drape a towel or cloth over your head area to form a tent like structure. Inhale through your mouth and nasal cavity and you’ll soon start getting relief. Repeat this process and eventually, this mixture of essential oils will relief your sinus congestion.

  • Diffuser

Diffusing essential oils through a portable device can be a good idea for the sinus patients to keep at home or workplace. You can mix half a cup of water with 4-8 drops of essential oil and it will revolve around your environment and make you constantly inhale the oil.

  • Vaporizer or Humidifier

Vaporizers or humidifiers work on the principle of diffusion. It increases the moisture content in the air and helps to clean the sinus packages. Essential oils can relieve sinusitis and you can use them through humidifier to get dispersion in the room.

  • Bathing with Essential Oils

An addition of 8-10 drops of essential oils in the bathtub can cure sinus problems. These oils diffuse in the bath water and practically treat the sinusitis. The bath has to be made warm to hot and your comfort levels can go higher by bathing with essential oils.

  • Neti Pot

Net pot is similar to taking a steam in a direct mode. There is direct irrigation done for your nasal passages to hydrate the inner surface. You need to make a solution first: a cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of ground sea salt and 10 drops of essential oil. This solution is poured into the neti pot.

It is easy to get relief from sinus symptoms with neti pot but it could be difficult to use for the first-time users. Simply lean over the sink with the head turned to the side such that one ear faces the sink. Pour the solution into the upper nostril and drain out from the lower one. Breathe through your mouth during the process. Repeat the process with the other nostril.

Sinus Relief Essential Oil Recipes

Blended essential oils for curing sinus troubles can really help to get the effective results.

  • 4 drops Eucalyptus + 4 drops Peppermint + 4 drops Rosemary or Pine
  • 3 drops Peppermint + 2 drops Eucalyptus + 3 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Geranium + 5 drops Rosemary + 2 drops Eucalyptus + 3 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Rosemary + 1 drop Peppermint + 1 drop Thyme

These oils will be required as per the needs of the patient. 2-4 drops are sufficient for getting the required effects.

Diet for people having Sinus Infection

Some dietary changes can help in relieving sinus symptoms and minimize the anxiety. Soup, green tea, and hot beverages can thin out the mucus and cleanse the nasal passages. The hydration levels have to be maintained for keeping nasal passages hydrated. Spicy food also helps in promoting drainage and gives short-term relief to inflammation and thins the mucus. Avoid caffeine and dairy products as they can promote mucus production.


Sumedha Rewar
Sumedha Rewar
Sumedha Rewar is an expert in aroma-therapy and has experience in sharing valuable information for Reiki and Yoga articles as well. She is eager to know about the newest trends in the market and researching about them in the best way. Her experiments in essential oils with the scientific study have motivated her towards sharing the valuable information for the same.

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