7 Best Herbs to Support Sinus Health So You Can Keep Breathing Easy*

Your sinuses are the first line of defense between your lungs and the rest of your respiratory system. Too often, they can become inflamed and clogged during seasonal challenges and exposure to environmental pollutants. Herbs can help support overall sinus health.*

Herbs can provide your body with support to help it keep functioning properly and maintaining a healthy respiratory system.*

In this article, we discuss the best herbs for sinus health so you can keep breathing easy.*

Herbs For Sinus Health

1) Oil of Oregano

Plant used to make oil or oregano

Traditional Uses

You might think Oregano is only good for flavoring your spaghetti, but Ayurvedic professionals have been using it for centuries to help support a healthy microbial environment throughout the body.*

Recent research shows that Oregano contains many volatile oils that function synergistically to support your body’s natural resistance to harmful foreign substances that can lead to respiratory issues.2

Oregano contains carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, both of which are believed to be natural decongestants and antihistamines. Because of this, Oregano is thought to be able to help maintain healthy lung function.*

How to Take It

 Gaia Herbs for sinus congestion

For a healthy dose of Oregano, add Oil of Oregano to your routine for antioxidant support and to maintain immune defenses so you can continue feeling your best.*

Take 1 capsule 2 times daily with meals. The suggested maximum time of use is 2-4 weeks.

2) Black Seed Oil

Plant used to make black seed oil

Traditional Uses

Black Seed Oil comes from the seeds of the Nigella sativa flower and has been used for thousands of years throughout its native environment around the Mediterranean to support lung, sinus, and respiratory health.*

Cold-pressed oil, like the Black Seed Oil used in Gaia Herbs’ products, is an excellent way to experience the benefits of this Ayurvedic herb for sinus support because the preparation process maintains the plant’s natural balance, keeps the oil as close to the original plant as possible, and preserves the seed’s full-spectrum of healthy constituents.*3

How to Take It
 Gaia Herbs Black Seed Oil Pills

Gaia Herbs has made taking Black Seed Oil easier than ever. Our Liquid Phyto-Caps® are simple to swallow and convenient to use at home or on the go.

Take our Black Seed Oil daily to help keep your sinuses, lungs, and respiratory system working optimally and efficiently.*

Take 2 capsules 1-2 times daily between meals.

3) Gaia-Grown® Nettle

Nettle herbs for sinus health

Traditional Uses

Nettle may seem like nothing more than a nuisance that leaves behind a rash if you touch it, but this herb has a long history of use by Ayurvedic professionals as a way to support the body’s inflammatory pathways, which, in turn, can support upper-respiratory and sinus health.*

You can even benefit from Nettle’s nutritional content, as this herb can be steamed and eaten like spinach or steeped as a tea.4 Learn more about Nettle here.

How to Take It

Gaia Herbs Nettle Leaf

Our favorite way to incorporate Nettle as an herb for sinus support is with Gaia Herbs Nettle Leaf. This herb is traditionally used for sinus support so you can keep breathing easy, which is especially helpful during seasonal transitions.*

Take 30-40 drops in a small amount of water 3-4 times daily between meals.

For added sinus support, try Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme® Sinus Support.* This harmonious blend of herbs — including Nettle, Feverfew, and Turmeric — helps you stay feeling healthy during seasonal transitions, and this formula also includes herbs traditionally used for sinus support.*

Take 2 to 3 Turmeric Supreme Sinus capsules twice daily with meals.

4) Yarrow

Yarrow herbs for sinus support

Traditional Uses

Yarrow is native to Europe and western Asia, where it has a long history of traditional usage as an herbal tonic.

Its use stretches back so far that the plant (scientific name Achillea millefolium) was named after the Greek hero of myth, Achilles, who is said to have used it to treat the bleeding wounds of his soldiers during the Trojan War more than 3,000 years ago.5

How to Take It

Sinus comfort from Gaia Herbs

One of the easiest ways to include the Yarrow herb for sinus health in your daily routine is to take Sinus Comfort.*

Add this synergistic blend of herbs including Plantain, Bayberry, and Gaia-grown® Nettle to your daily routine for additional sinus support, helping to maintain sinus health and keep you breathing with ease.*

Take 60 drops in a small amount of water 1-3 times daily.

5) Bayberry

Bayberry herbs used to support sinus health

Traditional Uses

Bayberry has a long tradition amongst Native Americans, who use the bark as an herbal tonic to help maintain various functions in the body, including sinus and respiratory health.*

Ayurvedic professionals value Bayberry for its high tannin count and its warming properties.

This unique combination supports the body’s natural defenses (which can help support your lungs and respiratory system even during seasonal challenges).*10

How to Take It

Because of their high levels of tannin, Bayberry herbs are best taken in combination with other herbs to offset the astringent taste.

In addition to Bayberry, Sinus Comfort includes both Gaia-grown® Nettle and Yarrow (as well as other herbs) that provide your body with the support it needs to help maintain sinus health and help you breathe easy all day long.*

6) Plantain

Plantain herbs in the wild

Traditional Uses

The Plantain herb is unrelated to the often more familiar plantain fruit, which looks like a banana.

Plantain herbs have been traditionally used to support a healthy immune response both internally (when taken as part of a balanced diet) and externally (when applied as a topical agent).*

Because plantain naturally contains mucilage and has moist cooling properties, it has an inherent ability to support mucous membrane health.* It’s these properties that make Plantain one of the best herbs for sinus health support.*7

How to Take It 

Mighty lung pills from Gaia Herbs

One of the easiest ways to include Plantain for sinus support is to add Gaia Herbs Mighty Lungs herbal supplement to your wellness routine.*

With both heightened immune challenges and exposure to environmental pollution, our lungs work hard every day and play a key role in keeping us strong and well. Provide your lungs with the support they need to help you keep breathing easy.*

This powerful blend combines adaptogenic herbs and respiratory-supporting herbs to help maintain long-term lung health.*

And if you’re looking for a way to help support your child’s sinus health with Plantain, try GaiaKids® Sinus Support.

Developed by a Pediatric Naturopath, this formula provides sinus support to help your little ones breathe easy.* With this formula, your child can get the ideal combination of herbs to help their body maintain a healthy mucous membrane (vital for lung function).*

Depending on age, add 5-90 drops in water or juice three times daily.

7) Licorice

Licorice herb growing in nature 

Traditional Uses

The Licorice plant has been cultivated for generations and prized as a flavoring in food, tobacco, alcohol, and candy. The active ingredient in Licorice is glycyrrhizic acid, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar.

Licorice is considered a tonic plant in many traditional medicinal systems and is one of the most widely used and trusted herbs among traditional botanical practitioners.

The Licorice plant has traditional uses that support lung function, respiratory strength, and a healthy mucous membrane.*8

How to Take It

Follow the directions on the label of Bronchial Wellness Herbal Tea to receive a healthy dose of Licorice plus other herbs for sinus congestion.*

Inhale the essential oils of Peppermint and Eucalyptus from a steaming cup of Bronchial Wellness Herbal Tea, a clarifying herbal blend traditionally for respiratory and bronchial health.*

Gaia Herbs for Sinus Health*

Gaia Herbs for Sinus Congestion

When you choose a Gaia Herbs supplement for sinus support — including easy-to-swallow Liquid Phyto-Caps, gummies, liquid extracts, capsules, syrups, or powders — you get pure, potent herbs grown organically, sustainably, and intentionally to help you maintain your health.*

Our Certified Organic farm allows us to grow over 25-35 herbs each year without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified seeds.

And for herbs that we cannot grow in our North Carolina climate, we ethically and sustainably source our ingredients from trusted farm partners, ensuring the highest quality products.

Sustainability is at the core of everything we do, from the way we plant and grow to the way we water, harvest, and even package our herbs for shipment. We’re committed to transparency and want to assure you of the purity, potency, and integrity of our herbal supplements.

That’s why we created our Meet Your Herbs® program. With this herb traceability platform, you can learn about your product’s ingredients and take a deeper dive into each herb in your product — where it came from; how it was grown, harvested, and extracted.

You can be assured that our products are safely produced without the use of pesticides and other toxins that can damage our bodies and the earth.

To purchase our Respiratory Support herbal products, shop now at our online store. To find a store nearby that carries Gaia Herbs products, enter your zip code on our Where to Buy page.

REFERENCES:

1 Berberis aquifolium.
https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=18816#null

2 Chemical composition and bioactivity of different oregano (Origanum vulgare) extracts and essential oil.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236104725_Chemical_composition_and_bioactivity_of_different_oregano_Origanum_vulgare_extracts_and_essential_oil

3 Phytochemistry, pharmacology, and therapeutic uses of black seed (Nigella sativa).
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28236403/

4 Wild vascular plants gathered for consumption in the Polish countryside: a review.
https://ethnobiomed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1746-4269-3-17

5 Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics.
https://naturalingredient.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/leungs-encyclopedia-of-common-natural-ingredients-3rd-edition.pdf

6 Oleanane Acid from Myrica cerifera.
https://cpb.pharm.or.jp/cpb/200010/c10_1427.pdf

7 Chemical constituents and medical benefits of Plantago major.
https://europepmc.org/article/med/29028587

8 What is Licorice?
https://zotorganic.com/information/licorice/#:~:text=The%20plant%20is%20prized%20for,shrub%2C%20is%20officially%20a%20weed.

9 Main Flavonoids in the Root of Scutellariabaicalensis Cultivated in Europe and Their Comparative Antiradical Properties.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10696804_Main_flavonoids_in_the_root_of_Scutellaria_baicalensis_cultivated_in_Europe_and_their_comparative_antiradical_properties
https://zotorganic.com/information/licorice/#:~:text=The%20plant%20is%20prized%20for,shrub%2C%20is%20officially%20a%20weed.