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