Benefits: Herb-infused sinus oils (also known in Ayurveda as Nasya oil) can be used for immune system protection. When our sinus cavity becomes too dried out, we are more prone to invaders such as viral and fungal infection. Herbal sinus oils can provide relief from congestion and other seasonal conditions.
Below is also an ideal blend to use while feeling microbially compromised, such as when traveling on long flights when the sinuses get very dry, and we are more easily susceptible to infections.
- 1 cup (8oz, 236.58 ml)- olive oil soothing, tissue healing
- 2 teaspoons (11.38 grams) ground ginger root- heating, moving, congestion relieving,
- 1 teaspoon (5.69 grams) turmeric powder– warming, moving, soothing inflammation, antimicrobial
- 4 tablespoons (68.28 grams) ground dried basil leaf– warming, mild ketone* containing to help decongest
- ¼ cup (32 grams)- ground dried rosemary leaf– warming, energizing, stimulating, antimicrobial, mild ketones* containing to help decongest
- ¼ cup (32 grams) –ground spearmint–cooling, tingling, mild ketones* help to decongest
Optional Essential Oil additions for use with greater congestion and or infection:
- Lavender –Lavandula officinalis oil – 10 drops
- Eucalyptus Radiata – 10 drops
- Peppermint – Mentha piperita oil – 5 drops
Directions: Grind all herbs as finely as possible in an herb grinder or a well-cleaned-out coffee grinder. Pour into a clean glass jar or mason jar. Cover powdered herbs in olive oil completely and shake well. For two weeks, shake often and store in a warm. but not hot area.
After two weeks, strain through cheesecloth and a strainer into a clean measuring cup.
Your infused oil will be rich in beautiful volatile aromas that also offer potent antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal and decongestion benefits.
Apply the oil to a tissue and insert in your nose, in contact with the mucous membranes. After a few minutes, remove oily tissue from nostrils. Try this 2-3 times per day if dealing with an acute dryness for up to one week. The sinus oil can also be applied lightly behind the ears and to sinus points. Avoid eye contact.
*Do not use essential oils in a sinus oil on a daily or regular basis for more than a week! For regular use, consider plain olive oil, sesame oil or an infused oil only, without herbs.
*Do not use essential oils in this formula with children under 12, with asthma, epilepsy, and or sensitive individuals.
My intention with the considerations in this blog is to stimulate thoughts and actions if appropriate for you. Each person is unique. If any of my suggestions don’t feel right, or sound good to you, pass. There is not one herb or herbal path that is right for everybody. Listen to yourself. Listen to your primary care provider. Look into drug herb interactions if you are on pharmaceutical medications. Herbs are potent. Herbs are medicine.