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Best Essential Oils for the Sniffles

It’s that time of year. Cold winter winds just seem to bring with them a steady stream of germs and our sinuses take a beating. Colds, allergies, sinus infections and the flu can be a real downer especially around the holidays and stuffy noses make it almost impossible to breath under masks. Essential oil therapy might be just what the doctor ordered. Early research indicates that some essential oils may help open up airways, ease congestion and even reduce inflammation, fight bacteria and relieve pain. Essential oil therapy, more commonly known as aromatherapy, has long been used to improve the health of the body, mind and spirit. While it can’t cure the common cold, anything that helps with the sniffles is worth a try.

Here are some essential oils that may help when sinus congestion’s got you down.

Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil contains menthol. This compound may affect the mucus receptors in the nose, helping to open the airways and clear mucus. Plus, it’s cooling effect when inhaled feels good on inflamed tissue.

Eucalyptus Oil
Many of the over-the-counter decongestant products you grew up with like chest rubs contain eucalyptus oil. Many people believe that this oil can relieve the symptoms of colds and coughs, including sinus congestion and stuffiness.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil may improve sinus congestion by fighting two potential causes: bacteria and viruses. One study noted that a compound called alpha-sabine in tea tree oil has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal effects. Tea tree oil may also reduce inflammation which could help bring down sinus swelling. Reduced swelling often relieves the symptoms of congestion, such as a runny or stuffy nose.

Oregano Oil
Oregano may be useful in helping speed recovery from sinusitis due to a component called carvacroi. Found in oregano oil, carvacroi may help fight off bacteria and stop it from growing.

Rosemary Oil
Rosemary is anti-inflammatory essential oil that may relieve swollen sinuses. Researchers have found that rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and may also help manage metabolic syndrome.

Lavender Oil
A 2015 study suggested that this essential oil may have pain-relieving effects and might also reduce inflammation. Lavender oil may improve symptoms of sinus congestion by reducing pain and swelling. It’s also known to have a calming effect on many for people, making them feel more relaxed and able to sleep.

Clary Sage Oil
Considered to be a natural antimicrobial agent, clary sage can help fight sinusitis caused by bacteria.

How to Diffuse
While room diffusers work great in the room they’re being used in, here at Essence we’ve discovered a way you can enjoy the benefits of essential oil therapy no matter where you are. What started as a casual dinner conversation has turned into a tangible product that helps people everywhere enjoy pleasant smells while providing amazing health benefits no matter where they are. We call our small, discreet product a nose diffuser. The Essence Nose Diffuser is like a scented nose ring. It’s made of medical grade material that is flexible and can be infused with 100% Essential Oils. Our Essence Nose Diffuser allows you to control what you smell in any given situation and is perfect for use under masks. Use your nasal diffuser while flying, reading, shopping, working, jogging, driving, anywhere, for easily accessible aromatherapy each day. Combat sinus congestion with our Essence Breathe Easy Blend, Eucalyptus Scent, Allergy Relief and Respiratory Blend. Explore our selection of fresh citrus scents, lavender, peppermint and other stress relief and immunity blends. We invite you to try Essence for yourself. And with the holidays upon us, pick some up for friends. Essence nose diffusers make affordable, healthy, original gifts. Check us out at 

1 comment

Oct 04, 2023 at 12:05

If children are suffering from colds or nasal congestion, the use of Clove Bud essential oil may help enable their immune system to fight the issue faster. Due to its component “Eugenol,” the oil may help reduce swelling on the nose. As a consequence, you feel less irritation and pain if you have to touch your nose. Additionally, this oil can fight off infectious bacteria, making it a blessing for your nasal problem.

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