SINUSITIS

ESSENTIAL OILS

Eucalyptus. Helps to open the sinus pathways, clearing out mucus.

Peppermint. Helps reduce the swelling associated with sinusitis.

Thyme. Contains carvacrol, which reduces inflammation.195

Lemon. Supports mucus clearing in nasal and sinus regions.

Research
An active ingredient in thyme oil, thymol, has been shown to be effective against multidrug- resistant bacteria strains, showing promise as a therapy for highly drug-resistant infections.

Home Remedy
Vapor Rub. Pour 1⁄4 cup of olive oil, 1⁄2 cup of coconut oil and 1⁄4 cup of grated beeswax into a jar; place the jar in a pan with water over medium heat. Once melted, stir. Allow it to cool slightly. Add 10 drops each of peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil. Allow it to set. Rub the mixture onto your chest multiple times each day.

Background
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses that often causes an infection and can result in mucus build-up and pain. It’s an incredibly common condition, with almost 40 million Americans suffering from sinusitis each year. Causes include respiratory infection, allergies, nasal polyps and a weakened immune system. Symptoms of sinusitis may include fever, weakness, fatigue, cough, congestion and mucus drainage in the back of the throat, called postnasal drip. About 90 percent of adults seen in the U.S. by a general practice physician for sinusitis are prescribed an antibiotic, even though antibiotics may not always be the best remedy, according to recent research and physician experts.194 Your body should be able to naturally overcome mild or moderate sinusitis without medication that can cause antibiotic resistance. Essential oils can greatly help with sinusitis symptoms, allowing your immune system to do its job.

Suggested Supplements

» Xylitol-Based Nasal Spray. Has been shown to be an effective disruptor of biofilms, which are protective measures used by germs that have invaded your sinuses.

» Colloidal Silver. Supports the immune system’s ability to fight infections. Can be consumed orally or in a nasal spray.