Sinus infection is the irritation of the sinuses and the nasal passages. It can cause headache or pressure in the nose, eyes and cheeks or on one side of the head. An individual suffering from sinus infection might also have cough, fever and bad breath along with nasal congestion and thick nasal secretions. Aromatherapy is an alternative health treatment that uses essential oils to stimulate the senses in order to treat symptoms of illness or imbalances. These strong essential oils are taken out from fragrant plants and then assorted in carrier oil.
In sinus infection, essential oils help in the stimulation and clearing of nasal congestion as well as used as antiseptic for treating sinus infection. The steam inhalation therapy of sinus assists in the lessening of mucus in the sinuses, easing congestion and growing circulation due to hot moist steam. In steam inhalation therapy, hot shower bath or sitting in a steam bath helps in getting relief from nasal congestion.
Essential oils for steam:
Eucalyptus oil: Eucalyptus oil is recommended by many practitioners for relieving the nasal and sinus congestion that arises usually from cold and flu.
It has to be done two to four times a day to relieve the symptoms. The oil acts as an analgesic, antiviral, antiseptic, decongestant and so on. This oil is toxic to bacteria that cause cold and sinus congestion. Eucalyptus is elating, clarifying oil that revitalize and energize the body and mind. It facilitates in weaknesses, headaches and fatigues.
Peppermint oil: Other than eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil is also well-known as fragrant oil for steaming. Peppermint essential oil is very good anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiviral and antiseptic oil that is very strong and blends well with other oils. Peppermint oil is uplifting and reviving as smells great when used for steam inhalation.
Rosemary: Rosemary is herbaceous oil that is very scented for steaming. This oil disinfects the respiratory system and sinus passages and is also helpful in treating sinus conditions. Rosemary is an analgesic, stimulant, antiseptic, antimicrobial oil that has an outstanding ability to remove excess mucus conditions as well as clearing blocked sinus conditions, relieving stuffy nose and sinus congestion.
Steaming for 15 minutes would be effective and more than 15 minutes will not be of much help. Again too many drops of essential oils would not be much help. Just 4-5 drops of essential oil is enough for steam inhalation.
Individuals suffering from congested heart failure and pregnant ladies should avoid steaming. Essential oils should not be taken internally or directly onto the skin.