The other night right before bed my sinuses started to fill up and I had visions of turning over only to drain one side to the other and then finally mouth breathing when they both fill up ... not fun! : ( .... so of course, I pulled out my doterra ... peppermint to the head and Breathe to the nose and voila .... sinuses drained and a very peaceful night! : ) .... thanks doterra! : ) ... saved me yet again ... and by the way, even my skin has been looking better this last week ... these oils truly are amazing! : ) ... here's the info on doterra for Sinus Infection:
Sinus infections can be bacterial, viral, or fungal in origin and can be in the various sinus cavities or the nasal passages. An acute sinus infection refers to those of short duration whereas those with chronic sinus infections have episodes lasting more than 10 days and occurring 3 or more times per year. There are four sets of sinus cavities; frontal sinuses (in the forehead), maxillary sinuses (behind the cheek bones), ethmoid sinuses (between the eyes), and the sphenoid sinuses (behind the eyes).
Besides the three forms of infections allergens may also trigger sinusitis. The irritation of allergens or the damage done by infection causes inflammation and an increase and thickening of mucus. These then compound the restriction of airflow and the normal passage of mucus. Since the normal passage of mucus removes undesirable bacteria so restriction then again compounds the problem by not expelling bacteria and potentially leading to a secondary infection.
Essential oils are particularly effective since many are antibacterial, antifungal, as well as antiviral. Other oils are effective in dealing with the symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, etc.
Oils, blends & products recommended:
Oils & Blends: Breath, clove, eucalyptus, OnGuard, peppermint, rosemary
Essential oils based products:
Also consider: ravensaraTo address infection and symptoms (light):
· OnGuardApply topically to sinus areas and cup and inhale or diffuse.
To address infection and symptoms (medium):
· 2 drops lavender
· 2 drops melaleuca
· 2 drops rosemaryApply topically with a cotton swab inside the nostrils or mix the above with a cup of warm water and, using a Neti pot (nasal irrigation device available at most drug stores) irrigate the nasal passages.
To address infection and symptoms (heavy duty):
· 1-4 drops eucalyptus (1 sufficient for most, 4 is very strong)
· 2 drops rosemary
· 2 drops frankincense
· 1-2 teaspoons sea saltMix the above with 2 cups of warm water and, using a Neti pot (nasal irrigation device available at most drug stores) irrigate 2 times per day (or more).
For added help:
· 4 drops frankincense
· 4 drops OnGuard
· 4 drops oreganoAdd the above to a capsule and take 3 times per day.
Repeat daily as needed.
To address symptoms:
· Use Breath with cup and inhale or diffuse.
· Or use lavender, lemon, peppermint
Experiences and Testimonials of others
healthmom - I get a yearly bout with sinus infection. I've used essential oils to combat symptoms with good results sometimes and other times with moderate success. The one thing I know is that when I have not used essential oils, things become horrible. Has anyone had success with essential oils and sinus infection that maybe I could try for improved results?John - I have had bouts with the same thing. It took me a few years to develop a protocol that seemed to be effective, but every year for the last 6-7 years I've had to deal with an annual war against sinus infection or sinus fungus. The cool thing has been to see how much more effective the protocol is using doTerra oils.
The turning point for me is when I learned to use a nasal irrigation devise or Neti pot. This was hard for me because the methods of moving liquids through my sinuses were very uncomfortable for me. I had a near drowning experience when I was a child, and as I used the irrigation method, I would encounter very vivid feelings that resembled drowning.
It has become very second nature to me now, and I use it at the first sign of sinus problems. I mix 2 cups of warm water with 1-2 teaspoons of quality sea salt to make a saline solution. Then I add 4 drops of eucalyptus, 2 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of frankincense. I irrigate at least twice a day, sometimes more, and the I put Breath on my neck and along my nostrils. Finally I take a capsule of 4 drops oregano, 4 drops OnGurard and 4 drops frankincense. I do this three times daily. It usually takes about 3 days of the protocol, and I do it more if I still feel effects.
Also rotate diffusion of OnGuard and eucalyptus in your bedroom.
Pat - Breathe is an excellent oil for sinus infection, also eucalyptus, peppermint, wintergreen, and OnGuard.
Jessica - I have had great results personally and with others with ravensara on a Q-tip placed far up the nose. A little uncomfortable for about five minutes then your head drains and you feel so much better! Usually doesn't take more than four applications.
Luke - I'm not sure about ravensara in a single bottle but there is ravensara in the Breathe blend. Along with lemon and melaleuca which would be good for killing the infection. Also there is peppermint and eucalyptus radiata to clear your head nicely.
Pat - I have used the Breathe blend quiet a few times and it is fabulous. The minute you breathe it in you can feel it go through your head and down to your lungs.
Protocols folks recommend for children
Debbie - Last Sunday around noontime, I visited my friend Marla. She told me that her daughter Emily is sick again. Upon returning home, I took my Lotus diffuser along with a bottle of Citrus Bliss and went back to her. After showing her how to use it, I went home. That night, she phone me, amazed how fast-acting the oil was! She said that after diffusing the oil for an hour that afternoon, an orange-watery like fluid oozed from her nostrils! Marla diffused again that Sunday night with the same result except that more greenish-watery like fluid drained out. Emily says that she can breath better. Could we say that the oil unclogged her nasal congestion, or her sinuses?
What an amazing result!!!
Jen - I think my 5 yr old might have a sinus infection. Symptoms: stuffy sinus', headache, fever, puffy sore eyes. What's the best thing to give him and how often?John – I would diffuse Breathe blend in his room at night for sure. Sinus issues, especially for children are tough. I would also try Breath and eucalyptus on his feet and chest.
Rob - great advise from John. Using a hot damp compress after application of oils to the chest will help. Be consistent and cover the feet and chest after application to inhibit cross contamination. If someone ever faces sinusitis as an adult, using a nasal irrigation with salt (saline rinse) and good respiratory oils like eucalyptus, melaleuca and rosemary would also be great.
What Science & Research are saying
Eur J Med Res. 2009 Dec 7;14 Suppl 4:205-9.; Rantzsch U, Vacca G, Dück R, Gillissen A.; St. George Medical Center, Robert-Koch-Hospital, Leipzig, Germany.
Myrtol standardized is established in the treatment of acute and chronic bronchitis and sinusitis. It increases mucociliar clearance and has muco-secretolytic effects. Additional anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties have been confirmed forMyrtol standardized, eucalyptus oil, and orange oil in several in vitro studies.
The aim of this study was to prove the ability of essential oils to reduce cytokines release and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production derived from ex vivo cultured alveolar macrophages.
MATERIAL AND METHODS:
Alveolar macrophages from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, n=26, GOLD III-IV) were pre-cultured with essential oils (10(3)-10(-8)%) for 1 h and then stimulated with LPS (1 microg/ml). After 4 h and 20 h respectively a) cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) using 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein (DCF), and b) TNF-alpha, IL-8, and GM-CSF secretion were quantified.
In comparison with negative controls, pre-cultured Myrtol, eucalyptus oil and orange oil (10-4%) reduced in the LPS-activated alveolar macrophages ROS release significantly after 1+20 h as follows: Myrtol -17.7% (P=0.05), eucalyptus oil -21.8% (P<0.01) and orange oil -23.6% (P<0.01). Anti-oxidative efficacy was comparable to NAC (1 mmol/l). Essential oils also induced a TNF-alpha reduction: Myrtol (-37.3%, P<0.001), eucalyptus oil (-26.8%, P<0.01) and orange oil (-26.6%, P<0.01). TNF-a reduction at 1+4 h and 1+20 h did not vary (Myrtol: -31.9% and -37.3% respectively, P= 0.372) indicating that this effect occurs early and cannot be further stimulated. Myrtol reduced the release of GM-CSF by -35.7% and that of IL-8 only inconsiderably.
All essential oils tested have effective antioxidative properties in ex vivo cultured and LPS-stimulated alveolar macrophages. Additionally, Myrtol inhibited TNF-a and GM-CSF release best indicating additional potent anti-inflammatory activity.