Sinusitis

The most common type of Sinusitis cases are classed as acute. It generally lasts less than four weeks and is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. In a few cases it can also be the result of a fungal invasion. Alternatively, Chronic Sinusitis can be less severe but often lasts months and is often the result of a condition or disease that causes inflammation of the sinuses. Symptoms of Sinusitis include a persistent, dull headache, pain or pressure around the face, particularly where the sinuses are located, above, behind and around the eyes, and the area between the nose and cheek bones. These pains are increased when bending over and leaning forward, or lying down. Often linked with respiratory tract problems, Sinusitis can often be accompanied by a cold, fever, tooth ache, nasal congestion, a cough or in the case of Chronic Sinusitis, nasal discharge.Both the causes and symptoms of either type of Sinusitis can be significantly helped by the use of essential oils.

With this type of condition, an inhalation of oils such as Myrtle, Rosemary or Eucalyptus which all help relieve congestion and kill bacteria can be extremely beneficial. Myrtle is an especially good option to use in the evening as it does not have the stimulating affects of the other two. Teatree and Fragonia are exceptionally useful oils in the treatment of Sinusitis as they will fight viruses, bacteria, fungus and boost the immune system. A couple of drops of one of these oils along with pain relieving and anti-inflammatory oils such as German Chamomile or Lavender on a warm damp compress over the face would help relieve symptoms. Using these oils in a warm bath will also help to relax you as well as helping fight the infection. Frankincense is also a useful oil in treating Sinusitis as it not only assists in pain relief, it is also an expectorant, which helps promote the removal of mucus from the respiratory system. Some other expectorants are Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Eucalyptus. A combination of any of these oils in a carrier oil would be helpful rubbed over the chest on in a neck massage at the base of the skull which will help to open the sinuses. Peppermint oil can be added to a carrier oil and carefully massaged into the temples, taking care to avoid the eyes, to relieve a headache, kill the bugs and clear congestion.

A good example of a chest rub blend would be:

50ml Jojoba Oil

10 drops Myrtle

10 drops Lavender

2 drops Teatree