Essential Oils That Will Help Your Sinuses

The winter season is coming and that means one thing – sinus problems. Runny noses, colds, all the bad stuff that make you incapable of breathing.

Well, this year, we’ve decided to let you in on a little secret. Essential oils can actually help you out in this. And we have a list of 10 essential oils that are going to do wonders for you:

1. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is one of the most beneficial oils when it comes to treating sinus infections. It has the well-known minty fragrance and is widely used in cough syrups and drops. You can use this oil on toddlers of 3+ years, but in moderation.

Shopping List:
  • 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 1 bowl of hot water
Instructions:
  1. Add the drops to the hot water.
  2. Cover your head with a blanket, close your eyes, and bend over the bowl.
  3. Inhale the hot steam until there is steam.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this whenever you want to get relief from congestion.

2. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and expectorant properties, all of which can help relieve the symptoms of sinusitis.

Shopping List:
  • 3-4 drops of peppermint oil
  • Diffuser
Instructions:
  1. Add 4 drops of the oil to a diffuser.
  2. Inhale the air dispersed from the diffuser.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a day.

3. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is very rich in antibacterial and decongestant properties and can be beneficial for managing sinus infections.

Shopping List:
  • 25-30 drops of lemon essential oil
  • Humidifier/Vaporizer
Instructions:

Add 25-30 drops of lemon essential oil to a humidifier and find a place for it in your room.

How Often You Should Do This

Once a day, before going to bed.

4. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has one of the most amazing smells, while also being rich in anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties.

Shopping List:
  • 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Epsom salt
  • Water
Instructions:
  1. Add the lavender essential oil drops and Epsom salt to your bathwater.
  2. Stay in the bath for at least 15-20 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

3 times a week.

5. Oregano Oil

Besides the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, oregano oil also has high phenol content.

Shopping List:
  • 1-2 drops of oregano oil
  • 1 tsp of sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil
Instructions:
  1. Mix a drop of oregano oil with a tsp of any carrier oil.
  2. Massage this mixture onto your nose and chest.
How Often You Should Do This

1 to 2 times daily, at the very least

6. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil can help reduce sinus infections and relieve the inflamed nasal passages – oh, and it also smells amazing.

Shopping List:
  • 2-3 drops of rosemary oil
  • 1 tsp of sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil
Instructions:
  1. Rub the oil softly across your forehead.
How Often You Should Do This

Whenever you’re having sinus congestion or irritation.

7. Chamomile Oil

Camomile oil is widely used because it’s very rich in antiseptic properties that are very helpful when it comes to treating the infection that’s causing your sinuses to flare up.

Shopping List:
  • 3-4 drops of chamomile oil
  • 1 tsp of sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil
Instructions:
  1. Mix chamomile oil with any carrier oil.
  2. Massage the mix on your chest and nose.
  3. It can also be used in a diffuser.
How Often You Should Do This

Several times per day

8. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is so rich in antibacterial properties that it’s among the best essential oils for sinus infections. It acts as a decongestant, it’s an absolute lifesaver.

Shopping List:
  • 1 drop of tea tree oil
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 tbsp of sea salt
  • A neti pot
Instructions:
  1. Add the tea tree oil to a tbsp of sea salt.
  2. Add the mix to the warm water and mix until dissolved.
  3. Bend over a sink and pour the solution into the nostril.
  4. While keeping your head steady, drain this solution out of the other nostril.
  5. Don’t forget to breathe through your mouth.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a day

9. Clove Oil

Clove oil is greatly used to treat sinus infections because of its antiseptic and antifungal properties.

Shopping List:
  • 2-3 drops of clove oil
  • A diffuser
Instructions:
  1. Add the clove oil to a diffuser.
  2. Inhale the dispersed air.
How Often You Should Do This

Once per day

10. Frankincense Oil

Frankincense oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and expectorant properties and it breaks up the phlegm in your respiratory tracts.

Shopping List:
  • 1-2 drops of frankincense oil
  • 1 tbsp of honey
Instructions:
  1. Add the oil to the honey.
  2. Consume this mixture.
How Often You Should Do This

At least 1-time per day

 

Sources:

www.healthline.com

www.nysinuscenter.com

www.livetotum.com