Respiratory infections like colds and flu often come with infection and inflammation of the sinuses. Symptoms can include severe headaches, earaches, dizziness, toothaches, facial pain, pressure in the head, a loss of the ability to smell, fever, a stuffy nose, and plenty of mucous discharge. Even when you feel like your sinuses are clear, there can be residual symptoms of sinus infection hiding deep in your sinus cavities. This residual infection can compound over time and contribute to serious chronic inflammation and send a steady load of free radicals throughout your body over an extended period of time. this could lead to future respiratory infections.
Essential oils are a powerful sidekick to fight respiratory infections and can do wonders with chronic sinus conditions where other treatments, especially antibiotics, fail to produce results or to supply support to them. With the involvement of your health care professional, try these in-home 11 remedies:
- If started early enough, steam inhalations using a few drops of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, breathed deeply through the nose, can sometimes prevent upper respiratory infections from spreading into the sinuses. Eucalyptus is known for its antiviral activity against human viruses. Lemon is an efficient bacteria killer;
- At the first sign of sinus discomfort, begin running your cold-air diffuser in a steamy room (during your shower) once or twice a day.
- You can put a drop of essential oil into your humidifier. It disinfects the water while it helps to disinfect your sinuses and lungs.
- Put a few drops of one of these respiratory oils into boiling water, put a towel over your head and inhale. Put more drops in as the aroma disappears. Continue for about 10 minutes.
- Throughout all the stages of your cold, continue to irrigate your sinuses with a mild saline solution and an added trace of Tea Tree oil. You can put a pinch or two of salt in a bowl and put one drop of Tea Tree down the side of the bowl. Wipe away at least half of the drop so you get only a trace of Tea Tree in the solution. Add about a fourth of a cup of warm water and sniff the solution up each nostril. You can use a Neti pot to accomplish the same thing. Just put a tiny amount of Tea Tree in the solution. It will work wonders to help clean out your sinuses. If you have a water jet oral irrigator like a Hydrofloss with a very low setting, it can be used to shoot this solution high in the sinuses and help reduce the problems associated with infected sinuses.
- If your sinuses become painful during the day, you can try putting a drop of one of these oils in tissue and breathing through it. Or you can put a drop of one of these oils in the palms of your hands. Cup your hands over your mouth and nose and breathe deeply.
- To help with pain from sinus headaches, rub a couple of drops of undiluted Peppermint or Frankincense on each temple. Keep the oils away from your eyes.
- For quick temporary relief from a stuffy nose, mix a drop of Peppermint in a teaspoon of honey and hold the mixture in the back of your mouth until the vapors rise through the nasal cavities from the back of your throat.
- Breathe 20 drops of any of these respiratory essential oils diffused in a cold air diffuser through the night while sleeping, especially Eucalyptus and Peppermint.
- Until you feel totally back to normal, be sure to increase the amount of water you drink every day with a drop of oil in it. Try Peppermint or Lemon. Avoid mucus-producing foods like dairy, highly processed foods, white flour, and all kinds of sweeteners. You’ll never permanently rid yourself of chronic sinus problems unless your diet is healthy. Even the best use of essential oils cannot overcome the overuse of highly processed foods with lots of added sugars and empty starches.
- After your symptoms have cleared up, continue your most effective remedies for an additional 10 days to make sure that the cleansing is deep and complete. If you stop these habits too soon, the infection or inflammation may come back or transfer elsewhere in the body and do more serious damage.
Here I leave you the list of essential oils used for these 11 tips if you want to buy them separately:
The list of essential oils for respiratory infections used here is based on medical research. If you are a beginner I recommend you to get a sample pack of essential oils like this one. Each one of these sample bottles will give you approximately 200 doses, or 200 drops, enough to start testing the aromas and benefits of all these wonders of nature.