The sinuses are cavities or sacs in any tissue or organ in the body. But, this term is usually used for the paranasal sinuses, for the air cavities in the skull i.e. cranial bones, particularly for those that are found in the nose.
Most common sinus-related issue is the sinus congestion that usually happens due to seasonal allergies. When you have sinus congestion, usually you have problems to sleep or breathe.
When It Comes to Nasal Sinus Cavities There Are 4 Pairs:
- The bones behind the nose called sphenoid sinuses that are found inside the skull.
- Sinuses between the eyes on the top of the nose called ethmoid sinuses.
- Maxillary sinuses found at the sides of your nose, and below the cheeks, this is the largest from all.
- The sinuses behind the eyebrow ridges at your forehead called frontal sinuses.
The Function of The Sinuses
On a daily basis, the sinuses and nose make around 16 ounces to 32 ounces of secretions and mucus. This amount of mucus passes through your nose, and as it goes at the same time, it cleans and washes the membranes, picks up the dust particles, air pollutants and bacteria.
The sinuses also can significantly affect the quality and the tone of your voice. But the primary function of the sinuses is to make mucus that can help moisturize and clean inside your nose.
A sinus infection or attack is actually inflammation of the sinuses and their soft tissues. To deal with this type of attacks, you may use essential oils.
Particular essential oils can help
open the sinuses naturally, get rid of infections and clear mucus.
1. Mentha Piperita i.e. Peppermint
The peppermint has origin from the USA and is steam distilled. This is said to be a necessity for the first aid kid.
The peppermint oil is an oil that has no color with fresh, clean and minty scent. Because of its decongestant properties, this oil is among the first options to relieve any type of congestion such as the sinus congestion.
The peppermint oil has an intense cooling action, and that is why you should not use it if you are under 21 or 22 years old, or simply do not use it on your children if they are below this age.
Word of Caution
You should use the peppermint oil only after it is extremely diluted. Do this, because the peppermint oil constricts the blood capillaries and cools the excess hot conditions.
To experience the benefits all you need to do is add in a dispersant from 1 to 2 drops and to put it in the bath water. According to research, this oil can aggravate GERD i.e. gastroesophageal reflux disease; this is a certain kind of heartburn.
2. Eucalyptus Globulus And Radiata i.e. Eucalyptus
The eucalyptus oils is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties and as a potent decongestant. This herb has origin from Australia and is a steam-distilled leaf, also it is said to be the best respiratory oil regarding aromatherapy.
It has long lasting, stimulating, pungent, fresh, camphoraceous, and sweet scent. This oil and its scent will remind you of the smell of medicine. You will relate it to the smell of medicine because most of the traditional medicines are made with eucalyptus.
You can use this oil to relieve and prevent symptoms of flu, bronchitis, and cold. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the painful and swollen nasal passageways and also it is the best option to treat respiratory problems.
3. Melaleuca Alternifolia i.e. Tea Tree
This is Australian steam-distilled leaf with a camphoraceious, spicy, fresh, warm and penetrating scent that has herbal notes.
This is believed to be first-aid oil because it is antiseptic and powerfully pungent. Most people are able to tolerate its medicinal smell.
4. Rosmarinus Officinalis ct. Verbenon i.e. Rosemary
The rosemary that is steam-distilled herb comes from France, Italy, and Corsica. Since ancient times this is known as an aromatic plant, that has a pungent and potent scent that is radiant, warm, fresh and camphoreceous.
When it comes to rosemary oil, you should know that less is more. From all essential oils, this oil has the highest content of hydrogen, and that is why it is a warming and powerfully stimulating oil.
Rosemary is an immune stimulant, and it is useful to relieve certain respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, sinusitis and strep and also symptoms of flu and cold.
Due to its expectorant, mucolytic and decongestant properties the rosemary has outstanding ability to help relieve conditions of excess mucus that are usually unsurpassed by other oils.
Recipe for Sinus Relief
- 10 Drops of Peppermint
- 70 Drops – Eucalyptus globulus or radiate
- 10 Drops of Tea tree
- 10 Drops of Rosemary verbenon
How to Use This Mixture
All you need to do is put all the ingredients mentioned above in a euro dropper bottle of 5 ml and mix. To obtain best results, you can use this mixture as a respiratory steam.
You can do this from the comfort of your own home. In a ceramic bowl, put hot steaming water and put from 1 to 3 drops of the mixture to this water. Remember to use a towel to cover your head when you are over the bowl for better effect.
Word of Caution
Do not forget to close the eyes, so the aromatic vapors that come from essential oils won’t get in your eyes.
Which Carrier Oils You Can Use
If you dilute the essential oil in appropriate carrier oil you can make your very own oil for sinus relief. There is a general guideline for suitable dilution of essential oil – 15 drops to carrier oil – 1 ounce.
1. Oregano Herbal Oil
According to research the oregano oil, one of the most powerful natural antimicrobials, because of its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, it can help and eliminate infections. You can buy infused oregano herbal oil, usually you can find it at natural food stores or simply make oregano oil yourself.
How to Make Infused Oregano Oil
In a clear jar put dried oregano ¾ full and then add liquid oil. Use a lid to seal the jar and leave it on your window where it is usually sunny. Leave it there for 7 days or longer.
This is necessary, so the oregano thoroughly infuses into the oil. Remember from time to time to shake the jar.
2. Sesame Oil
This oil is excellent to nourish your skin, warm your internal organs and body and to stimulate your circulation.
The sesame oil has the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound called sesamol. This compound helps relieve inflamed and swollen membranes.