Try These 11 Incredible Essential Oils for Sinus

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Everyone who has had a sinus infection can tell you how miserable they feel and how painful they are. It seems like a lot of people are turning to unconventional treatments for sinus infections or sinus congestion. The norm is to go to your local physician tell him the symptoms and he prescribes for you a strong antibiotic. Usually the antibiotic should kill the sinus infection in ten days. Sometimes without medication they can drag on for weeks. Anyway, the unconventional treatments people are turning to are essential oils. They may be effective if so many people are turning to them to relieve their sinus infections and sinus congestions.  

What is a sinus infection?

(A sinus infection, also called rhinosinusitis, is an inflammation of the soft tissues that line the sinuses. There are two kinds of sinusitis. A short-term or acute sinus infection can occur after a cold, an allergy attack, or from pollutants in the environment.) Obviously the ideal i to never get a sinus infection but if you do happen to develop one a short-term sinus infection is much better to have than an acute sinus infection. Let’s look into 11 effective essential oils to treat a sinus infection or sinus congestion.

Sinus Infection Symptoms:

  • Pain or pressure in the upper part of your face
  • Congestion
  • Nasal discharge (white or clear if the infection is caused by a virus or an allergy; and yellow or greenish if the culprits are bacteria or fungi)
  • Toothache
  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat and cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Of course lavender essential oil would be in the list to help fight sinus infections. It provides relief while treating the sinus infection. It fights the infection by clearing out the sinuses then it goes to the heart of the matter. It starts to fight the actual infection itself. It gets rid of the bacteria that causes the infection and it reduces inflammation as well. Lavender essential oil is definitely a sinus infection fighter.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

The smell of peppermint essential oil alone should be enough to kill any sinus infection. You cannot go wrong using peppermint essential oil in steam inhalation therapy for the infection. This essential oil has powerful properties that will fight off sinus infections. Peppermint oil is antiviral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

3. Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile essential oil is a very strong antiseptic. It eases the areas around the infected sinuses to provide relief. It has anti allergic, antiseptic, and sedative properties that help when you massage the nose all the way to the temples.

4. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is considered to be one of the most effective oils to treat sinus infections. It is best used if you add a few drops to a pot of boiling water removing it from the stove, draping a towel or shirt over your head and inhaling it so that it can loosen the phlegm in the sinuses. Take deep direct prolonged breaths for the best results.

5. Clever Clove Essential Oil

Clove Essential Oil

Clove has been known to treat a variety of respiratory ailments. It can readily treat a sinus infection because it has antifungal and antiseptic properties that make it a very effective remedy to fight sinus infections. It also has a soothing effect because it can really cool sinuses down. Treatment is by adding a few drops to a vaporizer or diffuser for up to 20 minutes. You can also massage the oil right onto the nose and sinuses to help open up the passageways. Just don’t take it internally.

6. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano is very well-known in cooking circles but it can help to fight sinus infections. Oregano essential oil has powerful antioxidant properties and it has established antibacterial properties. The best way to use it to treat a sinus infection is the same method used with tea tree essential oil. Simply, put a few drops in a pot of boiling water then start inhaling the fumes directly from the pot.

7. Sweet Sweet Basil Essential Oil

Sweet Basil essential oil can help ease the headaches that usually come with sinus infections. Those two are real bosom buddies. The oil has amazing antispasmodic, analgesic, and antidepressant properties. If you put 10 drops ina vaporizer you can expect relief in about 10 minutes.

8. Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary is a stimulant as well as having fabulous antimicrobial and analgesic properties. These qualities make it a very effective sinus infection fighter. Using the steam method this oil will open the nasal passages, get rid of blockages, and remove any inflammation that may be in the sinuses.

9. Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium essential oil is an anti-inflammatory and it helps to ease the headaches that come with sinus infections. It will work the best if you apply drops of the oil at the temples on each side of your face as well as right under the nose.

10. Thyme

What would a list of essential oils to treat sinus infections be without thyme. Thyme  helps to relieve sinus infections by reducing the swelling and inflammatory in the nasal passages this helps them to become unblocked. It also helps to relieve pressure that builds up in the sinus walls.

11. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential is an antimicrobial

Lemon essential is an antimicrobial that is notable for solving sinus issues. You can use the tented steam treatment and inhale the lemon oil to relieve your sinuses or you could just rub it on each side of your nose and around your sinuses.

12. Pine Essential Oil

Pine essential oil clears up the phlegm and mucus you may experience with a sinus infection. You can apply it directly to your nose and nasal passages and its clean cool smell will begin to open up your passageways.

13. Eucalyptus Essential oil and Menthol

Eucalyptus and menthol essential oils are aromatics which can help relieve the sinuses if you put the oils in the a humidifier this will open up passageways. You can use the steam inhalation process as well with the two essential oils.   

Ways to Use Essential Oils for Sinus Infections:

Simple Warm Compress Recipes

  • Steam inhalation: The best way to do this is to use tap water or distilled water and heat it in a bowl. Add your essential oils – around 7 or 8 drops – and stir. Put a towel over your head as you lean over the bowl and breathe in the steam through your nose and mouth. You can reheat the water when it cools down.
  • Humidifier: This is an easier way to get the best of your essential oils. Put 25 to 30 drops of your preferred essential oils in the humidifier and keep it on in the room where you spend the most time.
  • Diffuser: A diffuser takes about a half cup of water and about 4 to 6 drops of essential oils. Try to sit as close as you can to the diffuser to get the most benefit and breathe deeply.
  • Bath: A nice hot bath is not only relaxing, it can help break up the mucus and phlegm from your sinusitis. Put from 8 to 10 drops of the essential oil you prefer on a sponge and let it sit in the bath while you bathe.
  • Massage: Massaging certain essential oils right on your nose and around the sinuses can help to relieve your sinusitis. You can also rub the oils on the pressure points to help relieve headaches or any pain you may be experiencing.
  • Oral consumption: If you have a bad cough you can take 1 or 2 drops of fennel oil that is therapeutic grade with a tablespoon of honey. It is safe for consumption according to the FDA.
  • Neti pot: In order to benefit from the neti pot, you need to have your head turned to one side. Put the solution you are using into one nostril so you can drain it from the other one.

Essential Oil Recipes:

Simple Nasal Decongestant Steam Inhalation Formulas:

Steam Inhalation Recipe Method

Recipe One:

  • 3 drops pine or rosemary
  • 3 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops eucalyptus
  • Bowl of hot, steaming water

Recipe Two:


  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 1 drop thyme
  • 1 drop peppermint

Instructions for both Recipes:

  • 5 to 10 minutes before your treatment clear the nasal passages by blowing nose and apply 1-2 sprays of an xylitol based sinus spray.
  • Next add your essential oils, drop by drop, to a small, non-reactive bowl filled with boiling water.
  • Grab a towel and cover your head with it and lean over the bowl, with just you and the steaming bowl blanketed underneath the towel
  • Keeping your eyes closed, inhale the steam vapors deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Repeat several times a day.

Simple Massage Oil Recipes to Ease Congestion:

Recipe One:


  • 4 drops eucalyptus
  • 4 drops pine or rosemary
  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 5 tsp carrier oil (argan, coconut,sesame, sweet almond, jojoba,grapeseed, macadamia)

Recipe Two:


  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops geranium
  • 3 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops eucalyptus
  • Carrier oil

Recipe Two Blending Directions:

  • Blend essential oils together using the proportions listed above. Feel free to make a bigger batch of the blend, just stick to the proportions
  • Use 5 drops of resulting blend for every teaspoon of carrier oil

Recipe Applications:

  • Thoroughly mix together essential oils with your base carrier oil in a non-reactive bowl.
  • Massage resulting mixture into:
    • The back of the neck
    • Chest
  1. Behind and in front of the ears
  2. Over the cheekbone
  3. On your nose
  4. On your forehead
  5. Soles of your feet
  • Repeat application 2-3 times daily, or as desired.

Easy Diffusion Recipes:

Recommended oil blends for diffusion:


  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Thyme

Soothing oils for Evening / Nighttime:

  • Marjoram
  • Lavender
  • Myrtle


Either diffuse these oils by themselves or synergistically together. It’s recommended that you use an an essential oil diffuser for this.

Simple Inhalation Recipes:

Direct Tissue / Cloth / Handkerchief / Pocket Square Inhalation Recipe:


  • 6 drops rosemary
  • 3 drop geranium
  • 3 drop eucalyptus


  • Combine essential oils
  • Apply 1-2 drops of mixture to a tissue and inhale.

Hand Held Pocket Inhaler Recipe:

Ways to Use Essential Oils for Sinus Infections


  • 4 drops eucalyptus
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 4 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops pine
  • 4 drops tea tree


  • Combine essential oils in a small non-reactive bowl.
  • Place the inhaler wick from your pocket essential oil inhaler in the bowl and allow it to absorb all of the liquid.
  • Insert the wick back into your inhaler and cap and screw it closed.
  • Use inhaler up to 5 times a day. Use your xylitol sinus spray before every inhalation session

Simple Warm Compress Recipes:


  • 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop peppermint
  • 1 drop pine
  • 1 drop tea tree
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Clean piece of cloth


  • Pour one cup of relatively hot water into a non-reactive bowl
  • Add your essential oils to the water
  • Sit well to disperse oils
  • Soak your cloth in the bowl of infused water
  • Wring out enough water so the cloth doesn’t drop
  • Place the cloth on your nose and sinus area for as long as desired.
  • Repeat often, being careful to not allow any of the mixture to get into your eyes.

Methods for Using Essential Oils for Sinus Infections:

Method #1:  Inhalation

This is so easy and effective that it is almost embarrassing.  Drop 1 or two drops of the blend onto a clean hanky (or tissue if you must) and inhale.  Breath deeply and repeat often.

Method #2:  Topical Treatment

After mixing your oils, dilute 3 to 5 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or, my favorite, DIY Simple Salve.  If using a liquid carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, you can add the oils to a roller ball. Massage this blend around the neck then up and around the ears.  Massage an additional amount over the cheekbone, nose, and forehead. Avoid the eye area and remember with essential oils, less is always more!

If using a liquid carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, you can add the oils to a roller ball. Massage this blend around the neck then up and around the ears.  Massage an additional amount over the cheekbone, nose, and forehead. Avoid the eye area and remember with essential oils, less is always more!

Are you  having trouble figuring out the roller ball dilution?  One teaspoon equals 5ML and most rollerball bottles are 10ML.  In a 10ML rollerball, use 6 to 10 drops of the blend.

Method #3:  Diffuser:

In many respects, this is one of the best ways to use this blend.  Add 4 to 6 drops of the blend to a diffuser.  Not only will the air smell good, but the healing benefits of the oils will be available to everyone in the room.  This is especially effective at night since it helps keep the air passages clear, resulting in restful sleep.

Sinus Steam Inhalation Blend:

  • 1 quart very hot water
  • Eucalyptus – 2 drops
  • Tea tree – 2 drops
  • Ginger – 1 drop
  • Thyme – 1 drop
  • Pour hot water into a 2 quart glass bowl, add the essential oils. Hold head over the bowl, drape a towel over head and bowl.
  • You do not need to use boiling water. Just plain hot tap water will provide the necessary ‘steaming’ action to excite the essential oil molecules and to increase moisture in the air while you are ‘steaming’.
  • Breathe for 5-10 minutes. You can repeat this up to 6 times a day.
  • You may not be able to breathe under the towel continually for the 5 – 10 minutes. Breathe for a little while then remove your head from the ‘steam room’ and then when ready, after a minute or two, return to your little ‘steam room’!

More Methods for Using Essential Oils to Treat Sinus Issues

1. Add to a Humidifier or Vaporizer

Humidifiers and vaporizers work on the same principle—they increase moisture content in the air which in turn helps your sinus passages. Adding essential oils into the mix can further relieve sinusitis and its symptoms. Add 25 to 30 drops to the device in question and allow it time to disperse throughout the room.

3. Use with a Neti Pot

A neti pot works similar to steam but in a much more direct way. Instead of merely increasing moisture in the nasal passages, neti pots provide direct irrigation. Using essential oils with a neti pot requires making a solution first.

The solution is made by taking a cup of warm water (warm, not hot, this is going up your nose after all) and adding one tablespoon of ground sea salt. Add in nine to ten drops of the essential oil of your choice and stir the mixture until the salt is dissolved. Pour the solution into the neti pot.

Using the neti pot itself to relieve sinus symptoms is simple, but can be awkward for first-time users. Lean over the sink with your head turned to the side so that one ear is facing the sink. Carefully and slowly pour the essential oil solution into your upper nostril while keeping your head still.

The water will go in through the upper nostril and drain out the lower one. Make sure to breathe through your mouth during this process, then switch to pouring into the other nostril.

4. Take a Bath with It

Apply eight to 10 drops of essential oil to a sponge and place it in your bathtub. Let it float as you bathe and diffuse the oils into the bath water. Since this method partially relies on using essential oil-infused steam to treat your sinusitis, you will need to make the bath as hot as possible while still allowing you to be comfortable.

Essentially the Conclusion

Customer Reviews for Grow Ease Essential Oils

We have listed here some good essential oils to use to treat sinus issues with. They seem to work as they are growing in popularity as alternatives to the traditional treatments. Hopefully, if you ever have a sinus issue (we hope you don’t) one of these essential oils can help ypu get rid of that sinus issue fast.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.