Oregano Oil and Sinusitis
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is the inflammation of the paranasal sinuses and is often associated with bacterial, viral or fungal infection. It can also be related to an autoimmune disease or an allergic reaction. It is also referred to as rhinosinusitis because it is often coupled with a runny nose and associated inflammation.
Sinusitis can be classified according to location. It’s called maxillary sinusitis when the largest part of the paranasal sinuses, the pyramid-shaped sinuses in the maxillary or cheek area is affected, frontal sinusitis if the pain and pressure is felt in the frontal sinus cavity behind and above the eyes, ethmoid sinusitis if the inflamed sinus is the one behind and between the eyes and sphenoid sinusitis when pain is felt in the area behind the eyes or the vertex of the head. Depending on which sinuses are affected, toothache and headache may also be experienced. Other symptoms include fever, nagging cough, facial swelling and watery eyes.
It can also be classified according to the duration of the illness. It is called acute sinusitis when the duration of symptoms is less than 4 weeks, subacute sinusitis if it goes on for 4 to 12 weeks and chronic sinusitis if it goes on for over 12 weeks.
How can oregano oil relieve sinusitis?
Components of oregano oil that aid in the relief of sinusitis are carvacrol, rosmarinic acid and terpenes, which experts say are nature’s very own anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory and decongestants. First, if your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial, viral or fungal infection, oregano oil has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that can deal with these microorganisms. Both carvacrol and terpenes have antimicrobial properties (Hersch-Martinez, et al., 2005), while thymol can work against the fungi (Guo, et al., 2009). Flavonoids have anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that can further treat sinusitis.
If your sinusitis is caused by an allergic reaction, oregano oil can quickly halt its progression. Oregano oil is very reliable in fighting allergies because of one of its components called rosmarinic acid which can effectively reduce inflammation in an allergic reaction (Osakabe, et al., 2004). It works much like an antihistamine without the side effects so it is an amazing treatment for your sinusitis and accompanying rhinitis. It can reduce the inflammation that’s causing your symptoms (Landa, et al., 2009).
Along with the vitamins and minerals found in wild oregano oil that can facilitate quicker healing, you can be sure that oregano oil will be able to alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing.
How should oregano oil be used for sinusitis?
If you’re experiencing nasal congestion, simply place a few drops of oregano oil in a diffuser and inhale its vapors to clear your airway. You can also place a few drops in a small piece of cloth to be sniffed for quick results. Make sure you’ve diluted the oregano oil to a carrier oil like extra virgin olive oil before doing this.
You may also place 2 drops of the diluted solution under your tongue, followed by a full glass of water or placed inside a capsule to be taken by mouth. Do not take oregano oil internally without consulting with your doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or before giving it to very young children or older adults.
Find quick relief from your sinusitis using the powerful wild oregano oil from the mountains of Mediterranean. Try it out and you might be surprised at how effective it can be.
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