Inhalation with essential oils
Inhalation can be performed in several ways.
a) If you have a quality diffuser (the one which doesn’t heat the essential oils), you can use it to inhale the oils. You should inhale the oils 2-3 times a day during the acute state, once a day is enough while the inflammation is dormant.
b) If you don’t have a diffuser, you can easily preform inhalation the “classical” way, with the help of warm, steaming water. Put one drop of essential oil in steaming water, lean above the pot to inhale the vapour for one to two minutes. Then add another drop and inhale for another one to two minutes.
It is not necessary to cover your head with a towel. The same as in the case of diffusers, you should do the inhalation therapy 2-3 times a day during the acute state, and once a day while the inflammation is dormant.
Together with the inhalations, warm compresses on your nose, cheeks and eyes will help.
c) A very practical way of inhalation can be with the help of a mini inhalator stick (a stick you put in your nostrils).
You can buy an empty inhalator stick in some of the specialised stores, but if you cannot find it, you can use an existing, already used inhalator stick.
In that case, open it with a small knife, leave the cartridge in an airy place until all the old ingredients evaporate and then put your essential oils on it.
The usual amount of essential oil for one mini inhaler is about 20 drops. Keep it closed tightly and it will last for a long time (several months, even a year).
Insert gently the mini inhaler in each of the nostrils and take a deep breath (or two).
The process should be repeated several times daily. The whole idea of a mini inhalator is very practical, because you can carry it with you and inhale during the day.
You can make the mixture of essential oils for sinusitis like this:
30 drops essential oil eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata)
25 drops essential oil tea-tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
10 drops essential oil peppermint (Mentha piperita)
15 drops essential oil rosemary ct. verbenone (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone)
15 drops essential oil cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
20 drops essential oil spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia)
Put the mixture in a dark glass bottle and keep it away from the heat and light.
I have to mention here that in various relevant literature there are many different recipes for the essential oils mixtures used for sinusitis. The above mixture is only one example.
If you don’t have all the mention essential oils, you can use only some of them, for example only tea-tree and eucalyptus radiata. Still, it would be much better if you use all of the oils, because each of the oil has its own function in the treatment.
You can irrigate the nostrils with physiological saline or isotonic sea water. Also, ideally you can use isotonic hydrolates (tea-tree and/or peppermint), which also have an antibacterial function.
Dermal application of essential oils
Balm or oils mixture with essential oils is applied to the forehead area, and if needed, also on cheeks and the side of the nose, at least three times a day, in a thin layer.
Always be careful not to apply the mixture close to your eyes.
Even if you haven’t ever made any kind of aromatherapeutic preparation, it is very simple and fail proof to make an oil mixture.
In a dark glass bottle of 10mL put 25 drops of the inhalation essential oil mixture mentioned earlier and fill the bottle with vegetable oil. It can be any kind of cold pressed and unrefined vegetable oil you have in your home. It is best to use certain quick absorbing oils such as macadamia or hazelnut, but if you don’t have it, olive or sunflower oil will do.
Close the bottle with a cap and shake it well.
Note: The concentration of essential oils is high – use it with care, only in very thin layer, not close to your eyes. Make sure to stop the treatment if any irritation occurs, or dilute the mixture with more of vegetable oil.
Shea butter balm
For a little bit more advanced aromatherapeutic enthusiasts I recommend preparation of a balm based on shea butter. It is also very simple, but some care needs to be taken while making it.
Put 30 grams (roughly 3 soup spoons) of shea butter in a pot. If needed, first mix the butter with a whisk or a spoon, in order to obtain a nice creamy texture. Put 75-85 drops of essential oil mixture, and mix it well with a spoon or a whisk. Keep the balm tightly closed, away from heat or light.
Note: The concentration of essential oils is high – use it with care, only in very thin layer, not close to your eyes. Make sure to stop the treatment if any irritation occurs, or dilute the mixture with more of shea butter.
For experienced users, maybe the most practical product is a beeswax balm, which resembles a lip balm by its texture. You can carry that kind of balm in your bag – there is no danger of spilling from the pot.
In a heat proof glass measure:
4.5 grams of beeswax
22.5 grams of vegetable oil of your choice
Put the glass pot in hot water (it must not exceed 70˚C), stir until it melts. When everything is completely melted, add quickly 75-85 drops of inhalation essential oil mixture, stir with a spoon and pour it into the pot. Let it cool and solidify, then close the pot.
Note: The concentration of essential oils is high – use it with care, only in very thin layer, not close to your eyes. Make sure to stop the treatment if any irritation occurs.
Combined with everything mentioned, you can use two remedies orally.
The first is a pineapple extract, goes by the trade name Bromelain. It is used to reduce swelling and inflammation and to liquefy the mucus.
Bromelain can be found in pharmacies.
Also, during the acute stages of sinusitis you can take special oleo-capsules based on essential oils (the capsules usually contain, among other oils, essential oil oregano). Such capsules are tremendously effective and I highly recommend them. They can be bought in pharmacies or specialised health shops.
By applying the described therapies, as well as precautionary measures I mentioned in the first part, the acute state of sinusitis can be relatively quickly alleviated, and consequentially the chronic state can be prevented.