Essential oils, incense, and similar items are often viewed as a way of eliminating

unpleasant household oils and smells. Here is a thought to ponder.

Sinusitis, frequent sinus infections, are diagnosed in nearly 30 million Americans every year. This makes the malady one of the most common health conditions in the United States. Even worse is recurrent sinusitis which is defined by three or more acute infections in a twelve month period. If left untreated acute sinusitis can make you more vulnerable for other infections. 

Granted, legitimate empirical research about essential oils and their ability to alleviate sinus congestion or aid in the recovery from sinus infections is difficult to find. However, there is ample historical data and some well developed studies that strongly suggest specific essential oils may relieve symptoms, and even speed the time for recovery. As an example, a review by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health working with the American Society for Microbiology published in 2006 found that tea tree, or melaleuca, oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Because sinus tissue inflammation and bacteria are often the culprits of sinus congestion, tea tree oil has shown positive results as a treatment.

In a 2009 university study researchers found that components in eucalyptus oil could be used as an effective and safe treatment for sinusitis that doesn’t include antibiotics. According to studies conducted by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, eucalyptus oils can be used to cleanse the air of bacteria and certain microbes, and in the process assist in the clearing of mucus from airways. As a bonus it is a natural cough suppressant.

A key to the use of oils as treatment is getting advise from a certified essential oils coach such as those that are part of the staff at Meli Lips. The reasons for this are simple. As an example, a primary component in peppermint oil is menthol, a common ingredient in over the counter nasal inhalers, vapor rubs, and throat lozenges.  Surprisingly some studies have shown that menthol may be more likely to increase congestion than decrease it. Menthol produces a cooling sensation that alleviates symptoms even though the nasal passages are still congested.

Oregano oils are often touted as a means of resolving sinus congestion and even mild infections. However, even though this oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, the evidence supporting this theory is anecdotal.

There are other reasons for seeking advice from a professional before using essential oils as treatment for sinus problems. Pure essential oils are powerful and when inhaled in small doses for brief periods, most are generally considered safe. However, if the dose is to high, dizziness, a headache, and nausea can occur. Ingestion of essential oils may cause toxic side effects or interact in with prescriptions as well as over the counter medications.

If you are plagued with sinus issues, and are interested in finding a natural way to address problems, stop by Meli Lips today.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America