Dealing With The Most Stubborn Of Sinus Infections
Author: Karyn S.
Word Count: 312
Questions Received: 6
Testimonial ID: 10808-OR
Scientific Studies: 3
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I have battled chronic sinus problems for most of my adult life. Thanks to learning about essential oils, now I rarely get an infection. But every once in a while I succumb to a bad one.
Such was the case about a month ago. I tried my normal protocol to try to knock it out:
1. Taking Thieves essential oil blend and Oregano essential oil orally in a veggie capsule twice daily (6 drops of each plus 6 drops of coconut or V-6 oil).
2. Diffusing Thieves essential oil blend inside my home.
3. Rinsing my sinuses with Rosemary and Tea Tree essential oils twice daily.
The above routine will normally rid me of the infection within just a few days, but this time it was not helping.
I gave in and went to my doctor for a round of antibiotics. I completed taking the prescription, and still the infection lived on!
My doctor wanted to put me on a second round of antibiotics, trying something even stronger. However, I do not like taking meds at all and really hated the thought of putting more antibiotics in my system.
Before starting that second prescription, I decided to follow some advice from a friend. In a glass nasal-spray bottle, I mixed the following:
Tsp. of Sea salt
6 drops Frankincense essential oil
6 drops Lavender essential oil
I used this mixture religiously every 2 hours (spraying it in each nostril). In just two days the infection was completely gone!
I learned not only a new sinus remedy from this experience but also learned to not give up so easily. If one essential oil remedy is not working, simply try another!
UPDATE: I have now tried adding 2 drops of each Lavender and Frankincense (along with a premixed packet of salt) into my nasal irrigator bottle. I do this when I see evidence of infection coming on. It knocks it out!
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: antibiotic, deviated, neti, netipot, passage, passages, rhinitis, septum, sinusitis.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||"Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."||Link|
|2.||"The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."||Link|
|3.||"The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."||Link|
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