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Eucalyptus Mist: Natural Therapy for Sinusitis

Eucalyptus Mist: Natural Therapy for Sinusitis

In addition to standard therapy for sinusitis, suggest that patients breathe in steam from water that contains eucalyptus leaves or oil. Eucalyptus leaves can be purchased at a florist shop, and eucalyptus oil is available over-the-counter at most pharmacies. Have the patient pour boiling water into a bowl, add a few leaves or 1⁄2 teaspoon of oil, create a tent over the head with a newspaper or towel, and breathe in the steam for at least 10 to 15 minutes. A “window” can be cut in the paper to permit TV viewing. The patient can repeat this treatment 3 or 4 times a day until symptoms disappear. Eucalyptus mist can also be used prophylactically for patients who are predisposed to recurrent sinusitis.

—— Ali Ahmadizadeh, MD
Riverdale, NY

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