Forget antibiotics. Try oregano oil and lavender for sinusitis relief.

Spring is peaking just around the corner and if you’re anything like me you’re just itching to get out there after a long winter and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Unfortunately with the beautiful blooms comes all the pollen that causes runny noses and itchy eyes for so many people. When your nasal cavity becomes inflamed in a condition called sinusitis, your sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid where germs can grow and cause infections.

About 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis and when the infection does occur, antibiotics are the first line of defense that most doctors prescribe.

In the summary of article below citing a study in the American Medical Association it shows that the establishment as finally admitted that antibiotics are ineffective in treating sinusitis and nasal infections and pose dangers from overuse of antibiotics.

Furthermore, in a study published by PubMed, investigating 331 patients with acute sinusitis, natural essential oils from the myrtle plant as well as other essential oils have proven effective in dramatically relieving the symptoms of sinusitis over the use of antibiotics as a first choice.

Comparison to antibiotics is not really a testimonial for essential oils. If all essential oils did for sinusitis was cause no harm they’d be more effective than antibiotics anyway. However the recipe below is likely to give you a refreshing outlook on a speedy recovery.

Avoid the unnecessary use of antibiotics and try out this sinus rinse recipe for your sinusitis.

  • Mix 15 drops of 5% oregano oil, in 4 ounces of distilled water. 
  • If oregano strength is 10% only use 7 drops. If 20-% use 3 drops. or 50% use only 1 drop. 
  • Oregano oil strength without proper dilution in carrier oil.  
  • 1 drop of eucalyptus oil plus 1 of tea tree and 1 of lavender
  • add two pinches of salt and a few drops of olive oil.
  • Rigorously shake mixture in jar with lid and then pour into a neti pot to flush through the nasal cavity. 
  • Let the fluid drain from nostril to nostril. 
  • Follow guidelines on neti pot packaging.

 

Antibiotics don’t help sinusitis: U.S. researchers

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 18:54 EST

WASHINGTON — Antibiotics provide little help to people with sinus infections, according to a study released Tuesday which suggested doctors are prescribing the drugs too often.

The study appearing in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association found that using the common antibiotic amoxicillin for patients with acute uncomplicated rhinosinusitis “did not result in a significant difference in symptoms compared to patients who received placebo.”

“Patients don’t get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics,” said Jay Piccirillo of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, the study’s senior author.

“Our results show that antibiotics aren’t necessary for a basic sinus infection — most people get better on their own.”

Antibiotics are commonly used to treat the condition, which involves inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses, even though there is limited evidence supporting their effectiveness, the researchers said, warning about the dangers of overuse of antibiotics.

The study authors said one in five antibiotics prescribed for adults in the United States is for sinus infections, and that many people come to expect this treatment.

“We feel antibiotics are overused in the primary-care setting,” says Jane Garbutt, a professor of medicine and the paper’s first author.

“There is a movement afoot, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to try to improve the judicious use of antibiotics. We hope this study provides scientific evidence that doctors can use with patients to explain that an antibiotic is not likely to help an acute sinus infection.”

The research, one of many highlighting the problems of resistance to antibiotics, said such drugs should be reserved “for patients with moderately severe or severe symptoms.”

Instead of giving antibiotics, such as the amoxicillin used in this study, the researchers suggest treating symptoms, such as pain, cough and congestion, along with watchful waiting to see whether further treatment is necessary.

 

Laryngorhinootologie. 1997 Jan;76(1):23-7.

Effects of standardized Myrtol in therapy of acute sinusitis–results of a double-blind, randomized multicenter study compared with placebo.

[Article in German]

Source

Klinik und Poliklinik für HNO-Heilkunde der Universität des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In the management of non-purulent acute sinusitis, alpha adrenergic substances are administered topically and secretolytics systemically. Antibiotic therapy should be restricted to purulent forms. This study was designed to demonstrate the importance of the maintenance of permanent ventilation and drainage of the sinuses as a therapeutic concept.

PATIENTS/METHODS:

In a multicentric trial the efficacy and safety of myrtol standardized and another essential oil were investigated in 331 patients with acute sinusitis in comparison to placebo. Three hundred thirty patients were evaluated in an intent-to-treat-analysis and 291 patients remained for statistical analysis. The study was conducted in 16 centers in a double-blind, double-dummy, randomized design versus placebo. During an observation-period of 14 days the patients were treated for 6 +/- 2 days with the respective study medication.

RESULTS:

With respect to efficacy, both myrtol standardized and the other essential oil proved to be significantly superior to placebo. As to the tolerance, a slight advantage of myrtol standardized was demonstrated in comparison to the other verum substance.

CONCLUSION:

These results which do support the value of essential oils like myrtol as an effective treatment in acute, uncomplicated sinusitis instead of antibiotics as first choice, are confirmed by the existing literature.