October 18


Cold weather brings the season of colds and coughs, often with an added unwelcome companion - sinus congestion and pain

Sinus pain occurs when the sinuses become filled with mucus, and the nasal drainage system is restricted or blocked.  The blockage causes a build-up of pressure which is experienced as pain or discomfort in or around the sinuses. Sinuses are small cavities in the skull, designed to make the head lighter, and can be found around the eyes, in the cheeks, forehead and nasal cavity. If the mucus membrane within the sinuses becomes significantly inflamed or infected, this results in more severe symptoms commonly known as sinusitis.

The NHS advises that sinusitis is, “usually caused by a viral infection and often improves within two to three weeks”. So in cases where there is no significant bacterial involvement and antibiotics are not a suitable option, the following natural remedies can be effective, while reducing the risk of “anti-microbial resistance”. They have the ability to reduce inflammation and infection, whilst also draining the sinuses, relieving congestion and restoring health and wellbeing. When used correctly they have the bonus of significantly reducing, or indeed eliminating ones’ future susceptibility to sinus complaints, whether acute or chronic.


  • • EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL: Add 2 drops to a bowl of hot water and inhale the vapour. Alternatively, add a couple of drops to a hot bath or shower for a similar effect. Olbasoil can be used in place of an essential oil if necessary.


  • EUCALYPTUS TINCTURE Add 5 drops(children) or 10 drops (adult) to half a cup of warm water and drink up to 3 times per day. Particularly suited to congestion above the eyes. This remedy is also effective for influenza and relapsing fevers. Use as a throat gargle for sore throats and inflamed or ulcerated tonsils.
  • HEPAR SULPH. This remedy effectively drains the sinuses and has a particular affinity for the sinus congestion around the cheek bones.
  • KALI BICHROMIUM is suited to sinus congestion with pain at the root of the nose. This can be accompanied by a thick, ropy discharge. The pain is often focussed in one specific area. This remedy can also be used for chronic sinusitis with a “stuffed- up” sensation.
  • PULSATILLA For sinus congestion with yellow discharge, which moves between different sinus pockets.


  • KALIUM SULPHURICUM For chronic sinusitis with yellow nasal discharge, feeling worse in a warm room and better in the open air.
  • TUBERCULINUM For sinusitis with principally green discharge which is worse first thing in the morning or after sleep, but improves in the fresh air.


Complications of sinusitis are more common in children than in adults. If your child has had sinusitis and has swelling around the cheekbone or eyelid, it may be a bacterial infection of the skin and soft tissue or an infection of the tissue surrounding the eye. In very rare cases infection can travel to the bones of the skull. 

For further advice, information and remedies contact Daniela Karsten., R.S. Hom., Dip. Hom. ACH.

© Daniela Karsten


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