Do you suffer from sinus infections such as sinusitis? And did anybody told you that you can use essential oils for sinus infections?
Well, they are right.
It’s tough to live life when you have to deal with the chronic pain, stuffy and runny nose, congestion, etc. on a regular basis, the actual culprits are your sinus infections.
So, how do essential oils come into the picture?
Used for centuries to relieve and cure a number of conditions, essential oils are naturally occurring compounds that are there in the seeds, flowers, stems, roots, and barks of various plants.
And, these essential oils can even cure your sinus infections!
I’ll tell you all there is to know.
In this blog post, I would like to share with you the top 10 scientifically-backed essential oils to cure sinus infections and provide instant relief.
How to Use Essential Oils to Treat Sinus Infections
Before I tell you which essential oils to use, I want to go through how you can use them.
That’s where most people make mistakes!
You need to use essential oils correctly for them to work for you and, as with any alternative and natural remedy, you must always give it time. In this section, I’ll explain to you how to use essential oils correctly for best results.
Let’s take a look!
- Diffuser– If you’re using an essential oil diffuser, you must add five drops of essential oils per half a cup of water. Sit close to the diffuser and take deep breaths
- Humidifier– With a humidifier, you must use at least 25-30 drops of an essential oil and use it in a small room where you spend a lot of time—like your office or bedroom
- Steam Inhalation– After boiling tap water, you must add 5-7 drops of essential oil to it and stir to mix it in. After that, all you have to do is put a towel over your head to cover the bowel and inhale
- Bath– For sinus infections, you can ready a hot bath and put 10-15 drops of an essential oil on a sponge and allow it to sit in the bathtub while you’re bathing
- Oral Consumption– You must first look up if you can ingest the essential oil. If you can, use only 1-2 drops. You can also dilute it with honey to help with congestion
- Carrier oils– You can apply essential oils topically on your skin by diluting them using carrier oils such as jojoba, almond, coconut, olive, etc. at a specific ratio
And, that’s how you correctly use essential oils!
Let’s now take a look at the top 10 essential oils for sinus infections that are scientifically-backed and worked for me.
Keep reading to know more!
The Top 10 Essentials Oils For Sinus Infection
In this section of the blog, I would like to share some essential oils that have been effective in treating and curing sinus infections.
I, too, suffered from sinusitis and decided to try essential oils when I was sick of antibiotics.
Here are a few oils that worked for me!
1. Peppermint Essential Oil
Known to have antifungal, antibacterial, as well as anti-inflammatory properties, Peppermint essential oil is most effective when inhaled.
How can it help you? I’ll tell you…
The active ingredient in this essential oil is Menthol which has been used for more than two thousand years in natural medicine and aids the body to heal itself and has sedative properties as well.
This is a great, scientifically-backed alternative!
Research suggests that this essential oil works well alone and in combination with antibiotics for treating and curing sinus infections.
2. Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile essential oil is most commonly ingested in the form of a tea.
The good news is that the antiseptic properties of this essential oil work really well on sinus infections!
Other than that, this oil also has strong sedative and anti-allergic properties!
I loved this one.
It works like a charm and can even be massaged on to the nose and temples for instant relief.
3. Tea Tree Essential Oil
This oil is an all-in-one solution for several problems!
This essential oil is best known for its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties.
And, this oil works like a charm on sinus infections as well!
Best used when inhaled, this essential oil helps in relieving congestion by unclogging your sinus and fighting the disease-causing bacteria.
4. Rosemary Essential Oil
Popularly known to be a stimulant, the Rosemary essential oil also helps in relieving and curing sinus infections thanks to its antimicrobial and analgesic properties.
This oil even helps build and strengthen your immune system!
Backed by research, this essential oil works by opening up your nasal passage by reducing inflammations. It relieves chest congestion as well, and you can apply it topically using a carrier oil.
And, trust me, this oil smells amazing, too!
5. Clove Essential Oil
A common kitchen ingredient, the clove is one of the most popular choices to treat respiratory conditions.
This essential oil works rather well when inhaled and helps reduce inflammation and provides you with a soothing effect.
You can even massage it on your forehead and nose for excellent results!
Keep in mind that in order to be applied topically you must dilute this in a 2:1 ratio where you use 2 drops of a carrier oil and 1 drop of clove essential oil.
This oil can even burn your skin because it is so potent!
6. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is famous all over the world for its antimicrobial properties which help you get instant relief from respiratory problems.
This oil also helps in boosting your immune system to fight against relapse.
Inhaling lemon essential oil can not only provide instant relief, it can also help you cure your sinus infection with time. You may even apply it topically using an essential oil in 1:1 ratio.
You need to be patient with this one!
7. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of the Eucalyptus essential oil makes it one of the best essential oils to cure sinus infections.
You may even find eucalyptus extracts listed as an ingredient in popular nasal sprays, balms, and other topical medications.
Effective when applied topically as well as inhaled, this essential oil will definitely work for you!
It did for me.
8. Lavender Essential Oil
This one smells amazing!
Even though the Lavender essential oil is known to be less potent, it works well for sinus infections as it has the necessary antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that will give you an instant relief.
As this is a mild oil, you don’t really need to dilute it and can apply it directly to the skin or inhale it.
This oil has been one of my favourites!
9. Oregano Essential Oil
No, this has nothing to do with pizza!
The oregano essential oil is a versatile and popular one.
Historically used to treat infection, this oil contains high levels of carvacrol and thymol which are known to have powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which help treat respiratory problems.
This is a powerful essential oil!
To treat sinus infections, you must always apply this topically with a carrier oil or inhale it using a diffuser.
10. Cinnamon Essential Oil
This is the final one on my list for today.
The cinnamon essential oil is a powerful one as well—and it smells like freshly baked cookies.
This is probably the one I used the most, to be honest. You can also look for an essential oil starter set that contains most of these olils.
Known to have antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, this woody, and spicy essential oil works wonders for sinus infections.
But, hold on!
This essential oil is so potent that it can even burn the skin.
You must use it once a day. If applying topically, you can use a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba.
Summing Up: The Top 10 Essential Oils for Sinus Infection
Sinus infections can be a nightmare to live with.
What’s worse is that the body, after a point, stops responding to antibiotics and you’re left with two options:
- Increase your dosage
- Choose another option
And, they’ve got side effects as well.
So, how can you find relief and even cure your sinus infection without taking more pills?
That’s where essential oils come in handy!
The thing is, essential oils—like all other alternative medicine— need regular use to help you heal your sinus infections.
These oils have been used for years in natural medicine and have been backed scientifically in several research studies.
I hope that this blog post was able to help you tackle your sinus infection. If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments section, I will be happy to help you!