Sinus infections can be bacterial, viral, or fungal in origin and can be in the various sinus cavities or the nasal passages. An acute sinus infection refers to those of short duration whereas those with chronic sinus infections have episodes lasting more than 10 days and occurring 3 or more times per year. There are four sets of sinus cavities; frontal sinuses (in the forehead), maxillary sinuses (behind the cheek bones), ethmoid sinuses (between the eyes), and the sphenoid sinuses (behind the eyes).
Besides the three forms of infections allergens may also trigger sinusitis. The irritation of allergens or the damage done by infection causes inflammation and an increase and thickening of mucus. These then compound the restriction of airflow and the normal passage of mucus. Since the normal passage of mucus removes undesirable bacteria so restriction then again compounds the problem by not expelling bacteria and potentially leading to a secondary infection.
Essential oils are particularly effective since many are antibacterial, antifungal, as well as antiviral. Other oils are effective in dealing with the symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, etc.
To address infection and symptoms (light):
· Respiratory Blend
· Protective Blend
Apply topically to sinus areas and cup and inhale or diffuse.
To address infection and symptoms (medium):
· 2 drops Lavender
· 2 drops Melaleuca
· 2 drops Rosemary
Apply topically with a cotton swab inside the nostrils or mix the above with a cup of warm water and, using a Neti pot (nasal irrigation device available at most drug stores) irrigate the nasal passages.
To address infection and symptoms (heavy duty):
· 1-4 drops Eucalyptus (1 sufficient for most, 4 is very strong)
· 2 drops Rosemary
· 2 drops Frankincense
· 1-2 teaspoons sea salt
Mix the above with 2 cups of warm water and, using a Neti pot (nasal irrigation device available at most drug stores) irrigate 2 times per day (or more).
For added help:
· 4 drops Frankincense
· 4 drops Protective Blend
· 4 drops Oregano
Add the above to a capsule and take 3 times per day.
Repeat daily as needed.
To address symptoms:
· Use Respiratory Blend with cup and inhale or diffuse.
· Or use Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint (see allergies protocol).
Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.