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Can Oil Of Oregano Help Sinusitis Problems?

Sinusitis is generally defined as the inflammation of the mucous membranes of any sinus, especially the paranasal. Symptoms include nasal drip, hay fever or rhinitis (runny nose).

The inflammation could be caused by a fungal, viral or bacterial infection. This condition is difficult to treat because the cause is very hard to determine. However, recent studies conducted at the Mayo Clinic showed that there are around 40 different molds growing inside the sinus cavities of people with sinusitis. This could mean that oil of oregano can be helpful to people suffering from this ailment.

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Oregano oil is known as an antimicrobial substance that can stop the growth of fungus. Since mold is a type of fungus, this essential oil can be used to treat people who have sinusitis. This oil is not only effective against fungus, but it can also kill bacteria and viruses. Therefore, whatever is causing the sinusitis this essential oil can effectively stop it from worsening. Oil of oregano has this ability to stop and inhibit the growth of microbes because it contains powerful chemical substances. The most active of these substances are carvacrol and thymol. These two substances act synergistically in killing pathogens that cause diseases.

The essential oil comes from the wild oregano plant Origanum vulgare. This plant is indigenous to several Mediterranean countries like Turkey, Portugal and Greece, where it is used for medicinal purposes. The leaves of the plant are crushed and the oil is extracted from the leaves. To preserve the potency of the substances contained in the oil, cold processing is used with little or no heat involved. Only the essential oil from the wild plant that grows in these countries can be considered as authentic oregano oil. The special soil minerals and the climate in this region are believed to be the reasons for this oil’s extraordinary powers against harmful microbes.

Regarding sinusitis, it is generally classified into three types. The first type is acute sinusitis which usually lasts for up to 4 weeks. The sinuses of the patient is inflamed and swollen, resulting in the build up of mucous that stops nasal drainage. Home remedies are usually effective at this stage. The second type is Subacute sinusitis which can last up to 12 weeks. This is a natural progression of acute sinusitis which has grown worse. Treatment may now include antibiotics. The third and last type is chronic sinusitis which can last more than 12 weeks and often recur frequently. This can be caused by an infection or nasal polyps. The patient may find it hard to breathe through their nose, and can experience headaches and a throbbing pain in their face.

The typical treatments for sinusitis include the following: steam inhalation, taking of decongestant tablets and sprays, nasal irrigation, warm compress and pain killers. A better alternative is now gaining acceptance because of its effectiveness in improving the condition without leaving any side effects. This is the use of oil of oregano.

Using oregano oil for treating sinusitis is relatively simple but very effective. Here are some guidelines to relieve the inflammation of your mucous membranes and the congestion of your nasal cavities.
• Put 1 to 5 drops of oregano oil in a glass of water or juice and drink it. Do this two or three times a day. You can also put 1 to 5 drops of oreganol under your tongue. If your condition persists, increase the dosage to suit yourself.
• Rub 2 to 3 drops of this oil diluted with water on the outside of your nose and cheeks and leave it there for a while. This will help relieve your sinuses by opening the nasal passages. 
• Oil of oregano is strong substance; therefore always dilute it with olive oil or coconut oil to soften its effects on the skin and your internal organs.

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