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Essential Oils For Sinus Infection

Updated on November 11, 2019

These Amazing Essential Oils for Sinus Infection can Heal You in No Time

People with recurring sinus infections face many difficulties. A sinus infection could be pretty stubborn. It can lead to runny nose, congestion, headaches, fatigue, facial pressure and even worse - fever. In short, this infection is equipped with everything to make you feel bad for days.

I have the simplest solution to cure your day-to-day sinus trouble that works like a miracle. Do you know that essential oils could be your superhero? Or super plant extracts to be more precise!

Many people might don’t like the idea of using alternative therapy for their chronic conditions. But wait a minute!

How about I provide you with the medical proofs of the benefits of essential oils for a sinus infection? Will you then use them? Not only sinusitis, furthermore, essential oils for sinus headache could also do magic and provide relief from pain.

It becomes easy to beat your enemy when you know their strategy. So, in our case, we need to know what is really happening inside the body when sinus infection occurs.

What is a Sinus Infection?

Let me make it easier for you. Just see this chart and know about your condition in a glimpse:

Medical name
Affected area
Nasal cavities become swollen, infected and inflamed
Causative agent
Viruses mainly, but bacteria and fungi could be the culprits as well
Conditions that lead to it
Cold, allergies, deviated sputum, nasal polyps
2-12 weeks
Several times a year

Difference between the Healthy and Infected Sinuses:

Your healthy sinuses are air-filled. Due to the above-mentioned conditions, these passages become swollen and inflamed. It eventually leads to fluid accumulation which offers the breeding ground for bacteria and viruses which cause infection.

You are not alone! Over 35 million Americans develop sinusitis every year.

Essential Oils for Sinus Infection

Medicines are good but they come with plenty of side effects. And when something is recurring, medicines become less efficient over time when you use them again and again. How did you come to know that a medicine you are taking would help you in your condition?

You didn’t do the research, but the scientists did! There are many researchers who believe that we should now switch to natural remedies. So they have done an ample amount of research on the benefits of using essential oils to cure sinus infection and other medical issues.

I have extracted the best essential oils that could help you on a bad sinus day. Let’s have a look at each of them to see how they can benefit you.

Lavender Oil:

Famous for the treatment of stress and anxiety, this essential oil could do more. Linalool is a prominent chemical present in Lavender oil and it has antibacterial and antifungal properties having many other benefits. Remember the name. This is a chemical that would help you with your sinusitis treatment if you like lavender oil. It is present in other essential oils as well.

One scientific report1 claims that essential oil of Lavender is expectorant (now what’s that means?). Well, it is something that helps in clearing the airways. In sinus congestion, inhaling it could clear the sinus and make you feel better. It also produces a sedative effect that helps you to fall asleep easily even when you are unable to because of your troubling nose.

Well! The lavender essential oil has something more for you. It is one of the known essential oils for sinus headache. That’s why it is popular as a topical massage oil as well that alleviates headache2 (obviously if you are fond of the smell).

Peppermint Oil

If you don’t like lavender, our menthol containing friend could be your nurse. Peppermint is not just a cool flavor but it’s a compound having antimicrobial and antioxidant properties3.

Now let’s check on how it can help you with your sinusitis.

When you inhale vapors of peppermint essential oil, they enhance the release of watery fluid in your respiratory tract, maintain drainage and ventilation of the sinuses, and reduce inflammation. Overall, it makes you feel good again in no time.

Peppermint essential oils have antifungal properties as well and they even perform better than an antifungal agent, according to research. 4

People have also reported great improvement when they have used peppermint essential oils for sinus pressure. Massaging the forehead and temples with dilute peppermint oil improves fluid circulation in the region and relieves pressure.

Thyme Oil:

Thyme is an aromatic evergreen herb belongs to the mint family. You must have used it in your cooking and it tastes great too, but it is now being studied deeply because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Thyme essential oil, in particular, is great for sinus infections. Its vapors can clear your sinus and help you breathe freely3.It also reduces inflammation and considered to be the low-price risk-free alternative of expensive medicines5. You can also apply it near the nose and ear after diluting it in a 1:1 ratio. Many individuals also use thyme essential oils for sinus pressure.

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea trees – called trees but they are shrubs of the marshy area – are cultivated because of their commercial importance. You must have drunk tea before and could be confused with the name. But tea tree and tree from which you get tea are different.

When consumed through mouth, tea tree oil is poisonous and leads to confusion and loss of muscle coordination. So, never ever take it to your mouth. But it can be applied topically without any trouble.

Tea tree oils6 have the ability to combat bacteria which may cause sinusitis and other respiratory infections. Furthermore, it also has antifungal and antiviral properties. To attain its beneficial effects, it is usually mixed with a carrier oil. You can rub it around your nose, on your chest, and behind your ear. It can make you feel better in no time.

Eucalyptus Oil:

From flavoring to pharmaceutical industries, eucalyptus oil has diverse usage. It is an antiseptic agent derived from the leave of eucalyptus. Australian natives, aborigines, have been using it for ages in traditional medicines for the treatment of fever, cold, body pains, and sinus congestion.

The modern scientists have taken into account their old formula. Now great research has been conducted on the effectiveness of eucalyptus oil. It is found that the antibacterial and antiviral properties8 of this oil make it effective for sinusitis and many other kinds of infections.

You must have used Vicks VapoRub in winters? You apply it on your chest and around your nose as well. It makes you feel better in sinus infection and it clears your airways? Do you know one of its major ingredients is Eucalyptus oil? You can also use eucalyptus essential oils for sinus headache.

Pine Oil:

Pine essential oils are very effective for sinusitis. It reduces inflammation and excess mucus9 that are the common symptoms of this condition. Next to this, it has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. It works in such a way that it recovers the working of the respiratory system along with fighting the causative agents.

Overall, using pine oil is one great way to cure your sinusitis naturally. It is usually inhaled by using a humidifier or diffuser. Also, its topical application leads to a better blood supply in the affected region that reduces swelling and inflammation.

Clove Oil:

Mainly used as a spice, the clove is greatly known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties now. People have been using cloves for ages in the home remedy of cold, flu, and sinusitis.

Clove oils work by two mechanisms in improving the sinus condition. First, it works by acting as an expectorant – that means it clears the air passages which make sinusitis symptoms better. Alongside this, it also boosts immunity naturally to make the body able to fight with the disease on its own.

You can inhale this oil to attain its benefits. Use in a humidifier or a diffuser. Its vapors are not only beneficial for you but for your home as well as they can make the air free from bacteria. Clove oil is highly concentrated. It is one of the best essential oils for sinus pressure when diluted. You can apply topically by making it highly diluted.

For hundreds of years, people are using essential oil for the cure of many common infections. Before the medical advancement, people contracted infections, but they didn’t have antibiotics to treat them. Our ancestors used natural ways to fight the germs. Do you want to go for their ways?

Instead of taking your regular medicine, try any of these essential oils for sinus infection. They won’t harm you at all and have no adverse effects. The best part about them is that their results are instant and present within 15-30minutes, according to different scientific studies.

To know the effectiveness, you need to trust the researches I have provided. Try them once and see if you have found the Holy Grail that can keep your sinusitis away for eternity.


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    • Teszra profile image


      2 months ago from Hawaii

      I literally just got done using tea tree oil for a sinus issue. I think it was just dry sinuses due to the environment but this is great info for the future.

    • Iammattdoran profile image

      Matt Doran 

      2 months ago from Manchester, UK

      Interesting article. I have problems with my sinuses and it seems to be more common than it used to be. I wonder if it's something to do with pollution levels in cities?


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