Have you ever heard the expression, “I need that like I need a hole in the head?” Well, it turns out that we really do need holes in our heads. Our “holes” are the four connected pairs of hollow, air-filled cavities in our skull called sinuses. These sinuses are located over the eyes in the forehead, between the eyes, below the eyes behind the cheekbones, and near the center of the head.
In some ways, sinuses are a mystery; scientists still haven’t unlocked the secrets to all of their functions. But, we do know that the sinuses may help insulate the skull, allow our voices to resonate, humidify and warm the air we breathe, and help to reduce the weight of the skull. Whatever their purpose is, they sometimes can be a pain—especially when you end up with a sinus infection or sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages)!
How Sinuses Should Work
Healthy sinuses are lined with tiny, hair-like projections called cilia. The cilia wave back and forth, pushing mucus out of the sinus cavities and into the throat where it is swallowed or into the nose where it can be blown out. But when the process doesn’t work correctly, you can be in for some real problems.
If thick mucus plugs up the sinuses so they can’t drain or bacteria/ viruses harm the cilia so they don’t efficiently push the mucus out, the lining of the sinus cavity becomes inflamed, the sinuses fill up, pressure builds, and the pain becomes intense. Worse still, a warm, moist, mucus-filled sinus cavity is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria—leading to a sinus infection or sinusitis.
Pain and pressure in the face is one of the most common symptoms of sinusitis. Which sinus cavity is involved determines where the pain is felt. Other common symptoms include: headache, yellow or green mucus discharge from the nose, stuffy nose, bad breath, fever, cough that produces mucus, and a reduced sense of taste and/or smell.
Acute sinusitis is a short-term event that resolves and goes away. However, when sinusitis lasts for weeks or returns again and again, you have chronic sinusitis. It frequently occurs in people with asthma and many people with chronic sinusitis also have allergies. Experts believe there is a possibility that constant exposure to inhaled allergens that are present year round, such as house dust mites, pets, mold, and cockroaches can cause chronic inflammation in the nasal passages and sinuses.
Sinus Relief from Eucalyptus and Myrtle
Eucalyptus is one of the most well-known plant oils for clearing the sinuses. In this case, the oil of Eucalyptus radiata is recommended. The concentrated oil of this plant contains 1,8-Cineole, alpha pinene, and limonene—compounds that have strong anti-inflammatory abilities.
This natural plant oil thins mucus, so it can drain more easily and it is also a natural antibacterial and antiviral which helps to treat sinus infections. Many studies on eucalyptus oil and its key compounds show that it not only reduces inflammation and destroys pathogens, but also helps to strengthen the immune system so that it can respond more quickly to infections.
Another concentrated plant oil that has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years is myrtle oil (Myrtus communis cineole). Like eucalyptus, myrtle has antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties. And, like eucalyptus, myrtle also contains 1,8-Cineole. This compound stimulates your cilia to move mucus along more quickly, so you can experience even more sinus clearing and comfort.
Many concentrated plant oils are potent medicines. They are very different from the oils that massage and aroma therapists use outside of the body, as infusers or used topically on the skin. And if you’ve ever used them for their aromatherapeutic properties, you know what a difference these essences can make to your sense of well-being. However, not all plant oils are intended for external use only. In fact, some of them are toxic if swallowed!
That’s why you need to be sure that the plant oils you use for clearing sinuses and preventing infections are meant to be taken internally. These oils have been examined and certified to be from the correct plant species, contain beneficial key compounds, are safe for internal use, and extremely concentrated. In fact, they are up to 100 times more concentrated than dry herbs!
You CAN Breathe Easy Naturally!
Chronic problems with sinus infection and congestion can get in the way of enjoying life to the fullest. They not only cause pain and discomfort, but they also interfere with your ability to savor your meals and smell the environment. At their worst, they can even interfere with your hearing as well!
By using the powerful concentrated oils from eucalyptus and myrtle plants for the congestion and discomfort in your upper respiratory tract and sinuses, it can begin to clear and your symptoms will start to dissipate—especially stubborn sinus problems. You’ll be amazed at the difference that feeling “clear” again can make in your life!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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