Using Essential Oils to clear and open the sinus passages for singing by Guest Blogger Jihan Thomas
Ever wake up excitedly for an upcoming performance only to realize that you can only breathe through your mouth and are talking like there is a clip on your nose? Clogged sinuses and sinus issues can be a nightmare for anyone but are especially daunting for singers and voice professionals when breathing normally would….well…come in handy.
Sinuses problems usually involve two scenarios – mucous buildup and/or inflammation. This can be due to a viral or bacterial infection, allergies, exposure to chemicals, etc. and treatment strategies should involve methods that can deal with both mucous and inflammation. If the proper treatment is not applied, you may find some relief but not the level of relief you need to get the job done. What has worked for me and my clients for many years are therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Essential oils are volatile, aromatic liquids found in plants that have been used medicinally for centuries. Modern day research has only recently given an indication as to why they work so well – essential oils are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and have a large variety of benefits to the physical body as well as to the mental/emotional/spiritual bodies.
Real essential oils are extremely versatile and have no harmful side effects. They are naturally balanced within the plant and are perfectly synergistic with the human body. Below I have listed some oils and their uses that can be used before an audition, speaking engagement, or performance that will be of great benefit. Here are some of my favorites:
Eucalyptus Radiata – Great for opening the airways. Apply 1-2 drops under the nose and on the chest. You can also put a few drops in your hand, cover your nose, and breathe in deeply. It is especially helpful after you have steamed your sinuses or after using nasal irrigation. Do this many times a day.
Peppermint – Also great for opening up airways. Put 3-4 drops in your hand and breathe in deeply. Also rub 1-2 drops along your cheekbone. Peppermint naturally contains menthol and you may feel the vapors in your eyes. This is not harmful. Just keep your eyes closed for a few minutes.
Lavender – This is especially helpful for allergy-induced sinus problems. Apply 1-2 drops along the cheekbones and put 3-4 drops under the tongue.
Lemon – This is very useful in cutting down mucous. Add 1-2 drops to your water and drink. Instead of the essential oil, you can also use a slice of lemon. Put it in a cup and pour hot water over it. Let steep for 5 minutes and drink.
Quick relief tip: Put 1 drop of Peppermint on your tongue and 1 drop of Eucalyptus Radiata under your nose. This will help to quickly open up the sinus passages. Be careful, it’s very strong!
PLEASE NOTE: Only ingest oils that have an FDA supplement label on the bottle.
The quality of the essential oils is very important. Many oils are really only perfume-grade. Do your research and choose wisely. I only purchase oils from the most reputable company- Young Living Essential Oils. They are the world leaders in research, quality, and medicinal usage. After trying many different companies, we settled on this brand because they are by far the best out there. If you do not have a proper essential oil, it may not work and can potentially be harmful.
The essential oils mentioned above can be used many times a day without any ill-effect.
Jihan Thomas is an educator on the benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils in everyday life. She has used Young Living Essential Oils successfully in her household and private practice for over 10 years. Visit us at www.TriHarmonyHealth.com for more information or at www.facebook.com/TriHarmonyHealth for all the latest tips and speaking engagements.
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