There is a broad spectrum of sinus infection remedies, including plant oils. A number of research studies proved that natural concentrated plant oils kill unfriendly bacteria and ease inflammation of the paranasal sinuses and drain the mucous from both nasal passages and sinuses. This article focuses on two such oils.
Eucalyptus has astringent, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Eucalyptus oil is one of the most commonly used plant oil to clear the sinuses. The oil liquefies the mucous, facilitating drainage of the mucous, healing of the sinus infections and opening up of the sinus channels. The oil kills pathogens and resolves inflammation and strengthens the immune system.
Add the oil in the water used for steam inhalation to clear sinuses and nasal passages. Inhaling eucalyptus vapor is safe and an age old remedy. Many commercially available decongestant rubs also feature eucalyptus oil. However, Eucalyptus is ineffective in case of viral sinusitis.
Since ages eucalyptus has been used to treat sinusitis, sore throat, cough and runny nose due to its decongesting, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In 2004, Laryngoscope published a study that revealed that eucalyptus eases inflammation of the paranasal sinuses.
Myrtle, an evergreen plant found in Mediterranean region, has shiny green leaves that are a storehouse of oil. The plant bears white flowers. The beautiful plant grows well in shade. Myrtle is cherished as symbol of chastity and innocence.
Myrtle oil, concentrated oil that is popular in Europe, has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Myrtle, an expectorant, aids in treating sinus infections, bronchitis and colds.
The oil can be used for massage and / or as an air spray.
The oil has cosmetic uses as well. For example, perfumes industry uses it.
Both myrtle and eucalyptus feature 1,8 cineole, a compound that stimulates cilia within the sinus cavities, enabling mucous movement and drainage, and aids in opening the blocked sinuses.
Cineole is also called eucalyptol that is main component of the eucalyptus oil. A study stated that cineole may reduce dosage of antibiotics for the sinusitis patients. However, cineole may irritate the stomach membrane, so caution is required while using it. Another research study concluded that cineole reduces discomfort due to non-purulent rhino sinusitis.
How to select plant oils
Look for Bio-Typed oils that are packed in soft get capsules. Bio-Typed oils mean that the product is tested for its effectiveness, purity and safety using advanced technology. There are hundreds of types of eucalyptus, but all eucalyptus trees are not included in the sinus infection remedies.