Allergy, bacteria or virus invasion can be the culprit for an unpleasant sinus congestion. While some are acute sinus congestion that last for a couple of weeks, others are here to stay for up to 3 months or longer. As you search the internet for a solution, you will find varying home remedies to combat those issues and one of which is through the use of aromatherapy. It is no secret that essential oils have been identified as a natural treatment to relieve sinus congestion and promote sinus drainage. Here, we have 3 simple yet effective aromatherapy home remedies to fight those nasty sinus congestions. Read on to find out more.
Essential Oils that Ward Off Sinus Congestions
Peppermint essential oil is capable of reducing discomfort that comes from respiratory symptoms such as congestion of airways. The cooling effect of menthol, a natural compound found in peppermint, alleviates blocked nose and stuffiness. It is also known to affect the mucus receptors hence, opening the airways and clearing the mucus.
Eucalyptus essential oil has a minty yet sweet profile. It soothes inflammations and decongests respiratory related conditions. You may realise that many over-the-counter decongestant products at the pharmacy, such as chest rubs, contain eucalyptus oil. It is believed that the oil can ease colds and coughs, including nose block and stuffiness. Cineole, a compound contained in Eucalyptus, has been known to improve many sinus symptoms like headaches, nasal obstructions and running nose.
Tea Tree oil is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. Derived mainly from the Australian native plant, melaleuca, it has been widely used throughout Australia for numerous medical studies to kill several strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi including the ones that cause nasal or respiratory congestions
Try our easy step-by-step aromatherapy home remedies to fight sinus congestions
You will need:
- A regular or large bowl
- Boiling water
- Essential oil (Peppermint/Eucalyptus/Tea Tree)
- Pour boiling water into the bowl to make a steam bath.
- Add 3-5 drops of essential oil (Peppermint/Eucalyptus/Tea Tree) into the bowl.
- Place your head over the bowl and inhale the steam infused Peppermint scent until the stuffiness subsides.
Essential Oil Peppermint
Essential Oil Eucalyptus
Essential Oil Tea Tree