When I lived in New York City, I occasionally got colds, but I never had sinusitis. Once I moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, I had my first attack of sinusitis, which showed up as a very painful but brief headache. It took me a while to figure out what had invaded my head and still longer to figure out why.
I was holistically oriented and not a fan of antibiotics. I was determined to find a natural treatment for my sinus condition, and I found an answer in aromatherapy. Essential oils have made a big difference in my health.
I use essential oils in two ways. In the winter, when sinusitis can often be aggravated by dry heat in a home, I place a cold mist-producing device. The one I used is called a Mist Maker, and you can find it for various prices on the Internet.
I put the Mist Maker into a deep pot (you can also get a splash guard to prevent the mist from splashing on the surface where you’ve placed the pot) and add water. You’ll know when you have enough water in the pot. It won’t make a mist if the level is too low. I put a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the water, and it goes all night. When I get up in the morning, my nose feels clear.
The other way I use essential oils is to put a few drops each of thyme, cinnamon leaf, and clove oils into a facial steamer. Each of these oils is believed to have antifungal and antibacterial properties. This is helpful especially because bacteria love the closed, damp spaces that are our sinuses. This treatment helps to kill those bacteria.
Once the machine begins to produce steam, inhale deeply, either through the nose or the mouth, and hold the steam inside. Then slowly exhale and repeat the process for 3-5 minutes. Initially, it’s optimal to do this 2-3 times a day. Depending on how fast your condition improves, you can decrease the number of treatments.
A side benefit is that the room in which you do the treatment will smell wonderful. Family members may get fringe benefits from breathing in the scented air.
It’s important to buy high-quality essential oils. My favorites are Avraham Aromatherapy (formerly known as Tiferet) and Young Living Oils. However, if you have a brand of essential oils that you like, that should be your first choice.
I am very pleased to have found a natural treatment for my sinus condition. I want to make it clear, though, that this information is in no way intended to be a replacement for the advice of your doctor or other practitioner.