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Rejuvenating Your Sinuses With Essential Oils

Updated on December 27, 2015

Rejuvenating Your Sinuses With Essential Oils

Pure essential oils are believed to have a wide range of therapeutic benefits and uses. The method applied can greatly affect the result. You have to use essential oils within an hour or so, depending on your body's absorption and response rate. It is also said that the choice of the method of administering the essential oils greatly depends on the goal. Rejuvenating your sinuses with essential oils usually involve steaming and a lot of inhalation sessions.

What are Sinuses?

Sinuses are the air-filled chambers found around the nose, between eye sockets and nasal passages, around the cheekbones and on both sides of the forehead. The main role of the sinuses is to warm up the air as it is inhaled. It also lays a role in relieving the weight of the skull and in helping with voice resonation. You can notice that people who have colds or suffer from sinusitis sound a bit "honky" when they talk. When the sinuses become obstructed or infected, the mucus forms and collects in the pockets causing swelling and pain.

What Is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis literally means the inflammation of the sinuses. This condition is more prevalent in the winter months.

Common Causes of Sinus Problems

Sinus problems are often causes by bacterial infection, viral infection, too much dairy in the diet, allergies, poor circulation, air pollution and lack of exercise. There are suppressive OTC medications that can alleviate the sinus problems but sometimes, they can produce harmful side effects. The OTC medications for sinus are also believed to offer just short-term relief.

Distinguishing Sinus Problems From Traditional Colds

The pain and discomfort brought about by sinusitis is far worse than experiencing a traditional cold. You will feel a pounding, throbbing sensation that will increase as you move or bend forward. Other symptoms of sinusitis include bad breath, unexplainable headaches, and nasal discharges. You can also feel a sensation of heaviness or fullness in your face – as if there is something heavy weighing down your skull or face.

Anyone can be a victim of sinusitis, especially those who are prone to allergies and have a weak immune system. Sufferers from hay fever may also be at high risk for sinusitis. There are lots of treatments available for sinusitis but as mentioned earlier, the medications may eventually bring about harmful side effects in the long run.

An alternative way to cure sinusitis is by using essential oils. Treating sinusitis the natural way will not only save you money but you will also be saved from the harmful side effects that harsh medications bring.

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Treating Sinus or Bronchial Problems

For smoother inhalation, you can add 5 to 7 drops of essential oil(s) to a bowl of hot water, then make a “towel tent” over your head to capture the steam being emitted by the hot water. You should close your eyes while doing so and inhale until the water cools or when you can no longer smell the scent of the oil. You can repeat this process as often as you want, or if necessary, just repeat this process every 4-5 hours.

Direct Inhalation

This method is said to be the most used method in Germany. This stimulates the circulation of the blood, the nerve and lymph flow through rhythmic breathing. The aromatic oils inhaled greatly enhances the delivery of the body’s system. Aromatic oils are also believed to send a signal to the brain’s neuro-receptors which triggers the electro-chemical responses in the body.

Through breathing or cellular respiration, the aromatic vapors can enter the lungs for immediate release of the vapour into the bloodstream. Consequently, this will be distributed into every cell in the body. Studies have proven that the essential oils remain the bloodstream for up to 6 hours.


You can use a nebulising diffuser to break the oil into millions of micro-particles. In case of sinus or breathing problem, you can inhale near the mouth of the nebulising machine. In this way, your air passages can become more relaxed and open thanks to the scent of the essential oils.

You can start by diffusing your chosen essential oils about 15 to 30 minutes a day. As you gradually become accustomed to the scent of the oils, you can increase the time of diffusion. When you are ill or you experience nasal problems, you can then use the nebulising machine by breathing in the air emitted by the mouth of the nebulizer. A short session of inhaling the oils (4-5 minutes) will greatly help in alleviating your sinus and nasal problems.

Air Diffusion

This involves a basket or container wherein a pad with drops are applied. It requires a small fan to blow cool air through the essential oils while lifting them for air dispersal. This is known to be a cost-effective way to diffuse the oils. It also has the same benefits with micro-diffusion.

Cold Air Diffusion

Studies show that oils that undergo cold-air diffusing may reduce unpleasant odors, mold, fungus and bacteria in a room. It can also relieve tension and clear the mind. Essential oils can also help with weight management (affecting the gustatory senses in the mind through inhalation) and improve mental clarity, alertness and concentration.

Eucalyptus Can Be Used to Treat Sinusitis

You can use eucalyptus oil for inhalation. Eucalyptus oil is extracted from its leaves by the process of steam distillation. Eucalyptus can be found in commercial inhalants and rubs made specially for colds and chest complaints.

In treating sinusitis, you can put a few drops of diluted eucalyptus oil in your vaporizer, nebulizer or burner. This will help keep viruses at bay as well as prevent the virus from spreading to other people staying with you.

There are other essential oils that you can use to heal your sinusitis. Rejuvenating your sinuses with essential oil is the safer and more economical route than using harsh medications. Try using essential oils rather than medicines and you can really experience the benefits of natural healing.

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