I get sinus infections frequently because of my chronic allergies. Far too many times, I’ve gone to the doctor or the pharmacy, only to receive medicines that don’t work or cause intolerable side effects. I have tachycardia, or elevated heart rate, so stimulant decongestants like pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine can cause my heart to race to uncomfortable or even dangerous levels.
As an herbalist, I’ve usually self-managed my recurrent sinusitis with a combination of naturopathic interventions. In the past, saline rinses, oral herbal supplements, and hot packs have relieved my sinusitis symptoms. However, a recent aggressive case of sinusitis forced me to try a new treatment.
A naturopathic nose spray, known as SinuOrega, contains a combination of anibacterial and pain-relieving essential oils, including oregano oil, sage oil and bay leaf oil. The oils are suspended in a saline base made from sea salt and purified water. Although I had never used essential oils in the form of a nasal spray, I decided to give the product a try.
When I first used SinuOrega, I was overwhelmed by the intense burning sensation that filled my nasal passages and sinuses. For a moment, I questioned my ability to endure the pain, but it did pass after several about one minute.
After the severe burning sensation passed, I noticed that my sinuses felt signifcantly clearer than before. I was able to blow my nose and finally loosen some of the congestion that had been trapped in my nasal passages. The intense pressure above my eyes became much more mild. I took two more doses, which were equally painful but ultimately tolerable.
Although SinuOrega didn’t completely eliminate my sinusitis, it did make my symptoms more tolerable. Based on m understanding of SinuOrega’s mode of action, I believe that the infection is likely to resolve within several days.
However, it is important to note a few potential dangers. SinuOrega is not approved as a drug by the Food and Drug Administration. If someone with a severe allergy to any of its ingredients were to use the product, it could lead to fatal results. Additionally, I was concerned by the light-headed, “high” feeling that I got after using the product. No well-designed studies have investigated the use of any essential oils directly in the sinuses or nasal passages, so it’s unknown if it causes intoxication, respiratory problems or other potentially serious side effects.
If you have a persistent sinus infection, SinuOrega may be worth a try– if you can tolerate the intense burning sensation when the oils hit your sinuses. Talk to your doctor before using SinuOrega if you have allergies, lung disease or neurological problems.