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Essential Oils for Sinus Congestion

Essential Oils for Sinus Congestion

Sinus congestion can be painful and distracting. The pressure and pain caused by sinus congestion is hard to ignore and often leaves you feeling tired and hopeless.

Read on to learn more about sinus congestion and how you can use essential oils to get relief and get your life back to normal.

What is Sinus Congestion?

Your sinuses are a system of air pockets and tubes that are located in your face. You have several sinuses: some beside and behind the nose, some in the forehead and cheeks and more around the eyes.

These sinuses get congested as a reaction to harmful bacteria or viruses invading your body, which causes irritation and swelling.

Swelling prevents your sinuses from draining properly and causes them to clog, restricting airflow. Unfortunately this creates pressure in the head and face that is uncomfortable at best and painful at worst.

Why Use Essential Oils for Sinus Congestion?

While there are many over the counter medications for sinus relief, you may want to consider an alternative treatment such as essential oils.

Some common reasons why people choose essential oils over other medications are:

  • Multiple Health Conditions — Some people are taking other medications. These medications may not mix well, and could potentially be harmful, when combined with over the counter sinus decongestants. In this case essential oils are the safer choice for symptom relief.

  • Difficult Side Effects — Many prescribed and over the counter medications for sinus decongestion have undesirable side effects. For those who experience negative side effects from synthetic decongestants, essential oils can be a great option.

  • Pregnancy — Some pregnant women may be recommended or want to use more natural treatments for the duration of their pregnancy. Small amounts of essential oils can help relieve symptoms without putting unnecessary chemicals into the bloodstream that eventually reach the fetus. But always talk with your doctor before using essential oils to make sure they will not harm you or your baby.

  • Antibiotic Allergies — Some people have allergies and experience negative side effects from antibiotics. Essential oils for sinus congestion can be a good alternative for those who cannot take antibiotics.

Essential Oils for Sinus Congestion

Some essential oils will help relieve sinus congestion more than others. The best essential oils for sinus congestion are:

  • Tea Tree Oil — also known as melaleuca, has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties making it good at clearing your sinuses by reducing swelling and fighting bad bacteria.
  • Eucalyptus Oil — a natural cough suppressant that also has been shown to fight bacteria, eucalyptus oil does not contain antibiotics. It can act as a decongestant by reducing the negative bacteria and other microbes in the nasal passage.
  • Peppermint Oil — composed of menthol is good for immediate relief as it provides a cooling sensation. However, it does not help fight bacteria or reduce swelling, therefore it is not a long-term solution for congestion.

How To Use Essential Oils

There are several ways to inhale essential oils and start getting relief, some common methods of inhalation are:

  • Inhaling straight from the bottle
  • Putting a few drops into steaming water and inhaling the steam
  • Adding drops to a hot bath
  • Putting a small amount under your nose

If you are experiencing sinus congestion book an appointment with a PlushCare physician today to learn more about your treatment options.

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Leah McCabe

Leah McCabe

Leah likes writing about health and science subjects. Through her writing she hopes to help people of all backgrounds have equal access to information and quality healthcare.

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