This is the second time this year I’ve had a sinus infection.
Q. Dear Terry, “This is the second time this year I’ve had a sinus infection. My head is so congested I can barely even think! Please help!” — Tasha S., Providence, RI
A. Dear Tasha, When it comes to your sinuses, I think eucalyptus and myrtle oils are very powerful natural medicines. Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and has been traditionally used to treat runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. These are two oils that I strongly value for natural treatment of sinusitis and sinus infection. I suggest taking these oils up to three times daily.
When choosing a formula, make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity, and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
I think you should also consider adding nutrients like elderberry (Sambucus nigra), vitamins A, C, and D, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, to your daily regimen to help keep your immune system strong throughout the year. Together, these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, and immune-supportive properties.
Terry . . . Naturally