Do you suffer from sinus infections?
Almost 40 million Americans suffer from sinusitis each year. Sinusitis is inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses sometimes causing an infection that creates mucus build up and pain and tenderness.
It can be caused by:
- respiratory infections
- nasal polyps
- a weakened immune system
- mucus drainage in the back of the throat, or postnasal drip.
- sinus pressure/tenderness
Anytime a patient comes into the medical office that I work in, they are prescribed an antibiotic for a sinus infection. Although recent research shows that your body should be able to naturally overcome mild or moderate sinusitis without medication¹. Certain essential oils can help with your sinusitis symptoms, the key is to start using them as soon as you start feeling any of the symptoms. The best oil to use for helping to clear out mucus and open the sinuses is Eucalyptus. It can also ease symptoms of respiratory conditions by dilating the blood vessels and allowing more oxygen into the lungs. Peppermint helps to reduce swelling of the nasal passages and helps with headaches, and Lemon also supports clearing out mucus in the nasal passages and sinus regions. You can use them topically by combining with a carrier oil like coconut oil, to rub on your chest at night or diffuse them in water with a diffuser so that you can inhale the oils while you work or at home. Inhalation of essential oils is an effective way to treat nose, throat and lung ailments. The properties of the oils are absorbed into the blood circulation faster by inhalation than by oral application. The diffuser also humidifies the air and helps prevent your skin from getting dry. You can also try a roll-on application of Peppermint for your forehead and temples. This helps relieve headache symptoms.
One more excellent oil that I recommend for daily use throughout cold and flu season is called Germ Fighter by Plant Therapy. It’s a combination oil that contains a unique blend of Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon Cassia and Rosemary oils formulated to keep you and your family safe from germs. It smells like cinnamon and cloves – I love it. I even brought this one to work and we have been diffusing this one throughout the flu season. I swear it’s what’s keeping us all healthy!
Most diffusers cost between $20 – $40, depending on how much water you want it to hold and if you want alternating led lights. They come in various sizes and colors. I picked three different ones that I believe are fairly priced and the best quality.
Essential Oil Diffuser 300ml Anjou Aromatherapy Diffusers, Ultrasonic Aroma Humidifier (Up to 8H Use, Mist Control, Waterless Auto Shut-Off, 4 Timer Settings, 7 Color LED Lights, Wood Grain, BPA-free)
Dairy products cause you to produce more mucus and so does sugar. Sugar and alcohol suppress your immune system. You need to do as much as possible to support your immune system. Drink plenty of water, preferably lemon water (the lemon helps to loosen the mucus) or hot tea with lemon and get plenty of rest.
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¹The Journal of the American Medical ASsociation, retrieved from http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=209649