What do you recommend for intense sinus pressure?
Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for intense sinus pressure? I feel like my head is going to burst!” — Frank P., Green Bay, WI
A. Dear Frank, When it comes to your sinuses, I think eucalyptus and myrtle oils are very powerful natural medicines. Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat a 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 two oils up to three times daily.
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.
To address the pain, I think enhanced absorption curcumin, DLPA, and vitamin B6 (in the human form, pyridoxal-5-phosphate) can be incredibly useful. Additionally, magnesium and boswellia have both been shown in clinical studies to reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches. I would take these ingredients once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally