Use of Sesame Seed Oil for Sinus Relief

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Sesame plants are harvested throughout the world for their seeds. They are also harvested for their oil, which contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamins, for culinary use. Sesame seed oil is also antifungal and antiviral and possesses anti-inflammatory properties, making it a medicinal oil as well. Sesame seed oil is used for a variety of ailments, including sinus problems. Although the FDA does not list sesame seeds as an allergy-causing food, sesame seed allergies are a growing problem and can affect all ages, so seek a doctor's advice before attempting to use sesame seed oil for sinus problems.

Purchase sesame seed oil from a health or natural foods store. Refined, organic, high-quality sesame seed oil will work best in that it has no unwanted chemicals or additives. Unrefined oils may still hold impurities and should be avoided.

Blow your nose thoroughly into a tissue. This will clear the passageways and ensure there is no obstruction preventing the oil from coating the nasal cavity. Administered through the nostrils, the oil coats the mucous membranes in the nasal cavity and can ease discomfort and kill bacteria.

Pull several drops of oil into an eyedropper tube. Lie down or tilt your head back and start with one drop in each nostril. Keep your head tilted back until you feel the oil running down the back of your throat. You can either swallow the oil or spit it out. Administer this remedy up to three times a day. If the oil can be tolerated in your nostrils without irritation, increase the dosage to two drops in each nostril, but do not exceed three drops in each nostril.