Sinus Congestion

Sinus congestion can happen at any time, but it especially seems to occur during a change in seasons, like the beginning of spring or fall.

When plugged sinuses occur, it's easy to identify.  It presents itself as stuffiness in the head and typically exists with the common cold or allergies.

Along with this uncomfortable problem, a runny nose, post nasal drip, sneezing, and a sore throat may also exist.

Home Remedies for Sinus Congestion

There a number of remedies people try when their nasal cavities become full. These include inhaling steam, drinking hot tea or eating warm soup, and taking a warm shower.

I've found therapeutic-grade essential oils to be the best remedy for occasional sinus congestion.

Here are some of the applications I find reliable...

  • Rub the blend Breath Again on the bridge of the nose with a roll-on.
  • Work a couple of drops of peppermint into the scalp while inhaling deeply.
  • Place a drop of peppermint on the tongue and press it to the roof of the mouth.
  • Apply oils to the Vita Flex points on the feet, such as R.C., peppermint,
    or Eucalyptus Blue.

Other oils that have proved helpful are tea tree, rosemary, Thieves, and Raven.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

If plugged sinuses do not clear up, it may lead to a sinus infection, or sinusitis.

An infection of this type normally has at least some of the following symptoms:

  • a headache
  • pressure behind the eyes or cheeks
  • pain on the top of the teeth
  • yellow or green nasal discharge
  • post nasal drip

When sinusitis occurs, we've found diffusing and steaming to help make breathing easier... and we typically choose from the oils mentioned above.

For diffusing, half a dozen drops in a diffuser by the bedside enables the oils to work continuously while resting.

For steaming, the same number of drops in a bowl of hot water while inhaling deeply with a towel draped over the head can help the body cope with symptoms almost immediately.

In either case, R.C. or rosemary are often our oils of choice.

Nasal Irrigation

When the problem persists, we've found the following regimen recommended by Daniel Penoel, MD to be extremely helpful.

Nasal Irrigation Regimen

  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 6 drops melaleuca 
    (M. alternifolia)
  • 8 Tbsp. very fine salt
    (salt flower)

Next, mix the essential oils thoroughly in the fine salt and keep in a sealed container.

For each nasal irrigation session, dissolve 1 tsp. of this salt recipe into 1 and 1/2 cups distilled water.  The solution is then placed in a neti pot.  From there, just irrigate the nasal cavities through each nostril while bending over a sink.

This simple remedy has brought positive results for many.

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