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Sinusitis - A very lowering and painful infection.

Updated on September 27, 2016
Sinus cavities
Sinus cavities
Running nose with thick yellow/green mucus
Running nose with thick yellow/green mucus
Position of the sinuses
Position of the sinuses
Chart of symptoms
Chart of symptoms

The inner nasal cavity is surrounded by what is known as the sinuses; these are effectively spaces within the bone of the skull along the path of the nose. Each of these spaces, which form the sinuses, is interconnected and each has a specific opening from which the fluids drain into the nose. These openings are known as Ostia and they are essential to drain away accumulated pathogens from the sinus spaces.

The sinuses themselves consist of four pairs of spaces in the bones that make up the face. They are found above the eyebrows and are known as the frontal sinuses, the maxillary sinuses are found in the cheekbones just below the eyes and to the sides of the nasal cavity are the ethmoidal sinuses. There are sinuses deeper within the bones of the skull behind the ethmoidal sinuses which are known as the sphenoidal sinuses. All of these different spaces are interconnected and open individually into the nasal sinus.

The sinus chambers and pathways are lined with mucous membranes and nasal infections can spread easily to them. This can cause them to become blocked and the infection trapped. The results are the patient becoming quite ill with raised temperature and severe headaches. Sinusitis is also very likely to be accompanied by the presence of a persistent cough, often caused by the mucus running down the back of the throat and substantial congestion of yellow/green mucus in the nasal area,

The first port of call is conventional medicine which will treat this with antibiotics but, long term; essential oils can offer excellent relief of the symptoms and cure the infection.

Steam inhalation is the most effective treatment (up to 5 or 6 times a day) and the following oils should be used.






Ti-tree (or tea tree)

These can be adjusted according to the symptoms suffered.

Lavender and Thyme when there is a lot of pain

Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Pine for blockage and stuffiness

Ti-tree to eradicate the infection.

The antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties of rosemary and oregano will help you fight infection and reduce swelling. Thyme is a bronchodilator, which help you breathe better.

Lemon balm - Known for its ability to fight bacteria and fungus, lemon balm is very effective for sinus infection also

Echinacea - This natural herb is available in capsule form and helps you develop a stronger immune system that functions better. It is also known to kill most viruses infecting the respiratory system and is a good remedy for sinus infection.

To prevent the formation of too much mucus, milk and wheat should be excluded from the diet and gentle massage around the nose and sinus will help to drain them.

At the same time acupuncture is known to be very effective used in conjunction with essential oils.

© 2012 Peter Geekie


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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear TwilightDream - I must apologise for the delay in responding to your kind comment. The good old fashioned steam inhalation my grandmother used is still the best.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Kingbell 6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Usage of essential oils for Sinusitis proves to be success. I use Eucalyptus when I get severe headache and nose blocks. It really works. Steam inhalation is also nice idea. Thanks for sharing these tips.