3 Essential Oils to Clear Sinuses

3 Essential Oils to Clear Sinuses

Having clear sinuses is very important. Most people think that stuffy sinuses only happen during cold and flu season. Sinus trouble, however, can plague you at any time of the year and it can happen for several different reasons.

What’s Causing Your Clogged Sinuses?

The lining of the nose is more intricate than people think. Many things can cause irritation, leading to increased blood flow in the lining, and resulting in congestion. Though a common cold is the most likely culprit, there are a few reasons why you might feel like someone loaded your sinuses with cement, including:

  • Allergies– You can suffer with these at any time of year. They can be caused by outdoor irritants such as pollen, grass, and trees, or by indoor irritants such as pets, dust, and mold.
  • Weather– Nasal tissues can become inflamed from indoor heating in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, and overall dryness any time of year.
  • Deviated Septum– The septum is the wall that separates the left and right nasal passage. If it leans over to one side, it will block that air passage and feel congested.
  • Sinus Infection– Though it’s the most frequent cause of nasal irritation, many people mistake a sinus infection for a cold. If congestion lasts more than 10 days, it might be the culprit.     
  • Medication Overuse– If you use nasal decongestants constantly, they could be doing you more harm than good. Your nose will begin to rely on the medication and stop healing on its own.  

Using Essential Oils to Clear Sinuses

Different medications can be used to treat a variety of these ailments, but then you can run the risk of the last point: overuse. Luckily, there are several essential oils that can be used as an alternative to these medications. Essential oils can clear sinuses and help you relieve that annoying feeling. Not only can you use essential oils to clear sinuses, they can often treat the source of the problem, such as allergies and sinus infections.

3 Essential Oils to Clear Sinuses

The next time you feel the stuffiness take over your airways, try filling your nebulizing essential oil diffuser with one of these 3 essential oils to clear sinuses.

3) Peppermint Essential Oil. With its strong, minty scent, peppermint essential oil is commonly used to relieve sinus congestion and pressure. It also eases headache pain that can come from sinus infections or pressure when the weather changes. Plus, it’s a natural way to ease nausea. Peppermint essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties that penetrate the nasal lining for rapid relief when inhaled through a nebulizing essential oil diffuser.

2) Tea Tree Essential Oil. Made from the leaves of the Melaleuca tree, and used for hundreds of years in natural medicine, tea tree essential oil has highly antiseptic properties that can relieve congestion, ease a cough, and soothe a sore throat. It has a very strong and powerful scent that can cut through the most clogged nasal passages, making it one of the best essential oils to clear sinuses. Tea tree essential oil can also kill the germs that cause cold and flu.

1) Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Probably the most common of the essential oils to clear sinuses, eucalyptus essential oil is strong and pungent. It has a minty quality and has been a key ingredient in cough drops and syrups for many years. Eucalyptus essential oil has antibacterial, antispasmodic, and antiviral properties which help open airways and relieve congestion naturally. It can also help tame down mucus production while killing the germs that cause illness.

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3 Essential Oils to Clear Sinuses


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  2. Denise says:

    Place a few drops of either eucalyptus, tea tree, or peppermint essential oil along with lavender, & rosemary in a carrier oil (sunflower, almond, olive, etc), shake or stir & massage into bottom of clean feet at bedtime.

  3. Jay says:

    Do not use essential oils if you have asthma! They could trigger symptoms, as they are highly potent. Always, make sure you do a breathing test with a drop of essential oil on a napkin to make sure you are not allergic!
    Also, never ever touch oils directly to skin without a carrier oil, and use them very carefully or you could develop a sensitivity.
    Be very careful using them around pets and. Children, some could have negative effects! Never use essential oils around babies, period!

  4. Chassidy says:

    I’ve been suffering with phlegm and sinus issues for a long time. Can’t breathe or smell through my nose at all and I have asthma so when the phlegm gets stuck in my throat it’s hard for me to breathe and I end up at the hospital and but all they do is give me a breathing treatment and more medicine to take. I still can’t breathe through my nose or smell and I do the steam thing over the stove every morning and night to get a little relieve. I just bought eucalyptus and peppermint oil along with some natural herbs today to put in my steam hopefully it helps me. Wish me luck ! I just want to breathe better

  5. Sandra D Fisher says:

    I have had sinus issues for years and just bought me a diffuser. I got samples of oils with my diffuser and I tried the peppermint first. Oh my goodness it made me feel so much better. For the last month, I have been having a problem with sores in my nose too and trying everything to get rid of them and since I used the diffuser with the peppermint they are finally healing. So glad I found this post…

  6. Jana james says:

    I woke up with a sinus infection like I had a few months ago. I use good oils and take three in a capsule. Oregano, lemon and thieves. When I went to bed my nose starting running and sneezing and I knew it wasn’t going to be a good night. I tried the teetree oil, eculiptus and peppermint oil around my nose and immediately it worked all through out the night. Woke up feeling better. I’ll remember this. Thank you.

  7. Nick says:

    Yes you can use all three of these oils together however you will only need about two drops of each oil in a diffuser. Tea tree oil peppermint and eucalyptus are great together as they offer antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties.

  8. Ji says:

    Net specialist I was sent discouraged use of neti pot for sinuses. She said it spread infection throughout sinuses.
    Can anyone help me with a question please?
    With essential oils is it safe to rub them under the stuffy nose?

  9. Ash says:

    I love using peppermint oil for sinus congestion it works wonders, I like to put it on my temples and a tiny bit on my nose it really does relive my sinuses and stuffy nose

  10. Julie Herren says:

    All work great!! If thinking of diffusing when children are present, you should replace the eucalyptus with lemon since it can be hazardous to children. Essential oils are wonderful, but should be studied and used with caution. 🙂

  11. Sandy says:

    This is much neede information. I have the oils but no diffuser. I need quick relief. Is there a way to set up a homemade diffuser or use the oils topically?

  12. Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit says:

    I always appreciate when people share important information about essential oils. It shows a real generosity of spirit. I prefer peppermint essential oil. There is so much we can do with it from uplifting our mood, to cleaning the house. And it can even help in the grieving period for giving us a bit of a mental lift when we’re feeling down.

  13. Cherie says:

    Going out to purchase oil diffuser this week after reading this!
    Long time allergy and sinus sufferer.
    And am Sooo Tired of doctors shoving pills or steroid nasal sprays my way, which I refuse b/c they can cause other issues. Been on every variation of allergy pill since a kid.

    Older I get, less allergy and more sinus issues every Nebraska winter. Sinus infections every year. Stuffed up or runny nose depending on which OTC med I take, and sometimes sneezing in winter which don’t quite get except had in past been told may have dust & mold allergy but now doesn’t show up on skin tests, only inside nose sensitive.
    Do Neti Pot when desperate
    Or pop the OTC meds as needed only.
    So trying this along with my huge floor model humidifier and hoping to cure my every winter sinus issues!

  14. Norma Hollis says:

    I used what I had because I was so desperate. Peppermint oil and Tea Tree oil and it worked. Will add the eucalyptus oil the next time. Thanks much!

  15. Robin Hamilton @ Wellness Wires says:

    I am so glad that I found this helpful post. The essential oil can help us live a healthier life. I always use eucalyptus essential oil to clear sinuses.

  16. Stephanie Grant says:

    I’m going to have to try these, right now the allergies here have me all kinds of stuffed up and miserable!

  17. Dana Matthews says:

    I live in the Mississippi Delta. As I’ve gotten older, sinus issues have gotten to be a year round problem. Planting and harvesting soybeans, cotton, corn and rice puts so much in the air along with crop dusters and the chemicals they spray. It’s never ending. After reading this, it is something I’d be willing to try. Any relief is good relief!

  18. Lily says:

    Great oil choices! When unwell, I usually pour a splash of Australian Eucalyptus oil in the corner of the shower. The warmth and steam of the shower is great at distributing the oils, and your airways are open to receive the full effects.

  19. Monica Kirkham says:

    I’ve tried peppermint oil, but the smell makes me nauseous. However, my son suffers from severe allergies, so I’m going to try the others out and see how that works!

  20. Candice Force says:

    There are so many health benefits we can get from essential oils. Having a more natural approach to treating my sinus issues is great. Love your products. I will happily try the suggestions in this article. Thank you for posting such a helpful article

  21. Karen Bayne says:

    I bought the diffuser from here and it is my favorite one I own. I love how oils in different ways and with allergy season here it’s a must. I love making inhalers.

  22. Susan P. says:

    A word of caution; some people are allergic to Melaleuca trees so before using any essential oils do a test to see if you’re allergic.

  23. Scotty says:

    Thanks my sinuses feel like they are always clogged to one extent or another. Rarely are both nasal passages fully open.

    Definitely going to try these out.

  24. Carol says:

    I have used oregano oil, ecyluptus oil,and tea tree oil with carrier oil on tips putting two in each side for 15 min per Helped a lot for infection. But, I have allergies bad as well and the sinus infection never completely goes away. Taking allergy shots as well.

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