Winter and sinus congestion go together like two peas in a pod. While the weather plays a role in feeling congested, bacteria and viruses are too easily passed nowadays. If the immune system isn’t functioning optimally, these viruses will take you down, resulting in a three-way battle of sniffles, coughing, and blowing your nose. Fortunately, we have a bath soak that can help relieve congestion.
When you are congested, there is no better feeling than the moment you are able to fully inhale through your nose without any blockage. It’s almost as if the clouds have cleared and the sun shines through for a brief moment of glorious breathing. Then the sky becomes overcast and it’s back to being the person with a stuffy nose. This is the moment when you turn to essential oils that clear the sinuses to allow for easier breathing.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is one of the most concentrated and intense essential oils, which is why it is paramount to dilute it when it comes to topical application. The menthol in peppermint essential oil works to provide relief from respiratory problems, including coughing, congestion, sinusitis, bronchitis, or the common cold. Lab studies have found that peppermint essential oil may fight the various bacteria that are responsible for sinus congestion, and it also works to reduce inflammation.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil has been used as an alternative remedy for sinusitis and congestion for many years, with several over-the-counter products containing eucalyptus extract or oils. People often enjoy eucalyptus in diffusers, steam rooms, or baths to help clear stuffiness. Eucalyptus essential oil contains cineole, a compound that helps to treat runny nose, headaches, and nasal obstruction. This makes eucalyptus a go-to essential oil if you are congested.
DIY Sinus Relief Bath
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- ½ cup baking soda
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- Add the Epsom salt and baking soda to a glass jar and mix together. Add the essential oils and continue mixing.
- Seal the jar and now you have a decongestant bath salt ready to go whenever you feel congested.
- When you want some relief from sinus congestion, draw a hot bath and add about 2-4 tablespoons of this mixture to the bath and stir. Soak in the bath from 20 minutes and relax.