Herbal Remedies: Sinus Congestion

Sinus Congestion

Sinus congestion can come from many different problems.  Common causes are viral or bacterial infections, but also allergy and irritation from air borne substances too.  This time of year, my allergies are in FULL swing.   And with our winds kicking in…well, that’s double trouble!

If your feeling all stuffy, congested and you just can’t breathe or function…don’t give up, there is hope!  Some of the best herbal treatments for chronic sinus problems are Yarrow, Elder Flowers and Peppermint.  Yarrow & Elder Flowers reduce inflamed sinuses and, along with Peppermint help to drain them.

Sinus Congestion Tea

1 tsp. EACH Yarrow Flowers, Elder Flowers, Peppermint Leaves & Elecampane Root

1 qt. boiling water

~Pour boiling water over herbs and steep for at least 20 minutes in a covered container.

~Strain out herbs, drink 3X a day or if severly congested every 30 minutes.

Sinus Steam or Inhaler

1-2 drops EACH Peppermint, Bergamot, Eucalyptus Essential Oil

For Steam:

Add 1 qt Water

~Heat water in a pot until it boils. Remove from heat. Add essential oils. Place face over steaming pot (careful not too close to steam), place towel over head to trap in steam.  This creates a mini-sauna effect.  Make sure the steam isn’t too hot and keep eyes closed so essential oils do not sting.  Breathe steam at least 2X a day.

For Inhaler:

Add 1/4 tsp. coarse salt

1 drop of each essential oil mentioned above

~Place the salt in a small vial (glass is best), with a tight lid (5/8 dram is the perfect size).  Add essential oils to glass vial. The salt will absorb the oil and provide a convenient way to carry the oil without danger of spilling it. Open the vial, inhale deeply as needed.

Sinus pain

I would also suggest a little massage or accupressure relief with the trio of essential oils mentioned above (Go HERE to see which brand of essential oils I ALWAYS use).  Used with a little carrier oil such as coconut or grapeseed massage on the accupressure points would bring immense relief.

I hope these various herbal and essential oil recipes and techniques will help you get through the spring allergy/sinus season.  Remember to drink plenty of water, keep your immune system built up and be proactive in your healthcare and wellness.  Planning and preparing is MUCH easier to do than defend and recuperate!

How do you prepare for allergy season?  What works for you?

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  1. Thanks for sharing these herbal methods for blocked nose. My doc suggested me to take Afrin, or a generic version, twice a day for 3 days. But personally don’t like any chemical medications to treat nasal congestion. Will try these methods and hope they work


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