Headaches in general, have no schedule. Sinus headaches however, are a different type of headaches that are predictable. If you’re looking to treat this affection naturally, then essential oils are a very good option. You can try using many different oils, but sinus headache essential oils that actually work are only a few.
I’m talking about their medically proven anti-headache effects. And unfortunately, proven effects of these oils are not as many as one would hope to find. Out of the tens of essential oils that have great potential, only a few have been tested so far.
I’m sure that in time, more and more will be submitted to testing, though. Until then, I will talk about the ones I did find tests and results for. Their anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects are very powerful.
In this article, you’ll find:
- Details about 4 proven essential oils for sinus headaches, and how to use them safely and efficiently.
- Simple sinus headache relief blends.
- The answer to how these aromatic oils actually work to relieve headaches.
Sinus Headache Essential Oils That Have Been Tested and Found Efficient
Sinus headaches are an inflammatory condition that puts pressure on the forehead and eyes. These headaches are caused by sinus infections. These infections are located behind the cheeks, nose and forehead.
These types of headaches can cause a great discomfort. Unfortunately, they manage to drain the energy out of you, and negatively affect your lifestyle as well.
Luckily, there are some great natural alternatives to medication you could use on a daily basis. Essential oils don’t usually have side effects, unless they’re used in large amounts. Some of them can also interact with certain medications and trigger allergic reactions.
Others can also cause seizures (Wormwood, Fennel, Tansy, etc.). That’s why it’s important to always treat your oils carefully. I always recommend researching an oil on both positive and negative aspects.
The use of the right sinus headache essential oils can relieve the pain and discomfort and help you breathe better.
How to Use Essential Oils for Sinus Headaches
The best and most effective way of using these oils are topical applications. Essential oils are very concentrated essences however, and they must always be diluted!
Use any carrier oil you have at hand to mix it with your favorite essential oil (EO). You could mix up to 20 drops of EO per Oz carrier oil. You can use carriers such as Jojoba, Olive, Sweet Almond, Coconut, Argan, Hemp, Rosehip seed oil, etc.
Never, ever use undiluted essential oils in your nose, eyes, ears or mouth! Use vegetable oil to wash them off in case it happens. Since oils don’t mix with water, you’ll only make it worse if you try washing an essential oil off!
Other effective ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils for sinus headaches are:
- Steam baths. Add 1 drop into a bowl of boiled water and cover your head above it. Inhale deeply for 5 – 10 minutes to open up the nasal passages. This is a great practice for skin cleansing too.
Best Proven Essential Oils for a Sinus Headache
1) Lavender Essential Oil
This oil has significant health and beauty properties. It is extremely popular all over the world, and it has earned its reputation. This one experiment took 47 patients that suffered from migraines and headaches, and divided them into two groups.
One was a control (placebo) group and the other inhaled Lavender essential oil for 15 minutes. Researchers registered 159 headache attacks. From this total, 92 responded positively to the oil of Lavender.
- Lavender has significant analgesic activity and anti-inflammatory effects. This means it can stop the pain and inhibit the inflammatory response of the sinuses.
- It is a great mood enhancer and calms anxiety very well.
- It can also help you sleep better, allowing the body to recover overnight.
- Unfortunately, this oil can be adulterated and sold already mixed with other varieties of Lavender oils.
- Although it’s not too pricey, a cheap oil should make you think twice before buying.
- Some people may be or develop allergic reactions to lavender. Test it first on a small skin area and don’t use it undiluted. This practice may sensitize the skin and make the oil inefficient.
Why I like it:
The smell of Lavender essential oil is an acquired taste (for me). Once you get used to it, this smell will be the equivalent of all that’s peaceful and relaxing. It is great for skin care, as a bug repellent and especially for headaches.
2) Coriander Essential Oil
Surprising, right? While I can understand why this oil would be surprising for you, I know exactly why it is great for sinus headaches. In one study, this essential oil was used to make a syrup and given to 68 patients that suffered from migraines.
The mixture managed to reduce the level of pain and its duration, as well as the frequency of migraines.
- Coriander is one of the best sinus headache essential oils because it is a very good anti-inflammatory.
- It also has sedative effects and can help the cells regenerate after inflammation.
- The oil can also disinfect the area where the infection is causing headaches.
- Coriander is not recommended to people that suffer from epilepsy, renal failure or hypertension.
- Used in large amounts, it can worsen the headaches. Make sure you always ventilate the room if you diffuse it.
Why I like it:
I like Coriander oil because its fragrance is very uplifting. That lemon scent can make you feel better in an instant and it works great in blends with Lavender.
3) Peppermint Essential Oil
Who doesn’t love the fresh, mentholated fragrance of Peppermint oil?! Apparently, it’s not only its scent that does well to a sinus headache. This study tested a topical blend with 10% Peppermint oil on 41 patients. Their ages ranged between 18 and 65 years old.
These volunteers had to massage their temples and forehead with the blend repeatedly. They did so at 15 and 30 minutes. Researchers did not register any side effects. This proved that Peppermint blends are generally well-tolerated. The pain was significantly reduced and the effect lasted for at least an hour after the trial was over.
- A very good anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain reliever).
- It has uplifting and stimulating effects on the nervous system.
- Peppermint is a very cost-effective method of relieving sinus headache pain.
- The oil of Peppermint (mentha piperita) can be adulterated with other mint oil varieties.
- Used in high concentration, this oil can cause hypothermia. Hypothermia is an abnormal low body temperature, which usually occurs when you bathe in very cold water.
Why I like it:
First and foremost, I like this oil for its fragrance. I also like the freshness and cool sensation it leaves on the skin. This feature makes it very pleasant to use as a sinus headache essential oil.
4) Eucalyptus Essential Oil
I don’t think this aromatic oil needs any further introduction…we’re all used to its smell. It contains high amounts of eucalyptol (1, 8 cineole). This substance makes it forever good at relieving sinus pressure and headache. One randomized clinical trial on a group of patients used Eucalyptus oil in inhalations.
These patients suffered from knee replacements. The trial measured their pain levels, as well as the inflammatory response of the body after inhalation.
They’ve had to inhale Eucalyptus oil for 30 minutes daily, for 3 consecutive days. The group’s measurements showed significant pain reduction and a low blood pressure.
- This oil’s measurements showed an impressive analgesic (pain reliever) activity. The oil can stimulate the production of serotonin, which can help control the pain.
- It is great at killing viruses and inhibiting enzymes that cause inflammation.
- Smells invigorating and its price is very affordable.
- This oil is not recommended to people suffering from renal failure as it can affect the kidneys.
- It should not be used on young children because it can cause bronchospasms.
- The oil may have hypoglycemic effects.
Why I like it:
The fact that I don’t have to use a large quantity to get the results I’m looking for is a huge plus. This oil is very concentrated and it works great as a sinus headache essential oil.
Sinus Headache Relief Blend
- Peppermint essential oil: 3 drops
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 3 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 6 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix whatever carrier oil you have with these sinus headache essential oils. Shake the blend well before use. Apply a moderate amount all over the chest, the forehead and temples. You can also apply and massage the back of the neck for a sinus headache relief. Apply every hour until the pain disappears.
Sinus Headache Relief Diffuser Blend
- Lavender essential oil: 5 drops
- Coriander essential oil: 5 drops
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 7 drops
Mix these oils in a dark colored glass bottle and use 6 – 7 drops per diffusion. Pour them into the water recipient of your diffuser and let it diffuse for 30 minutes. Repeat every two hours if necessary. Also, make sure your room is always well ventilated while diffusing.
You’ll feel a lot better in a matter of seconds and the air you’ll breathe will also be purified. These sinus headache essential oils have the ability to kill germs and viruses in the air around you.
How Do Essential Oils Actually Work to Relieve Headaches?
Conventional headache pills work because they’re concentrated anti-inflammatories. Being synthesized substances, they only work one way. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, of course.
But when you have essential oils that do the exact same thing, and offer many other benefits, which one would you choose? The choice is usually the one remedy with as many benefits as possible.
That is why sinus headache essential oils are a great natural remedy. Once they’re mixed with a carrier oil and applied to the skin, they will absorb into it in a few minutes.
Skin absorption is slower than inhalation, though. But inhalations can only be done for up to 30 minutes every 2 hours. While skin applications can be used repeatedly, every time you feel the need.
Once they’ve seeped deep into the skin, the oils will start clearing mucous and making way for air. A better oxygenation to the brain will help relieve the headache. Plus the analgesic properties of the oils will relieve the pain and inflammation that causes the head to ache.
Sinus headaches should, of course, be taken seriously. First, try to treat the root cause. In this case, sinus infections are causing your headaches, and essential oils can once again help. A sinus headache can be relieved in a very natural manner when using a good sinus headache essential oil.
On top of this great benefit, these types of oils will also improve your mood and relax your mind and body.
What is your sinus headache relief? Have you used essential oils for this type of problem before?