• The best remedy is regular steam inhalations, up to five times a day, using one or more of the following essential oils: lavender, ti-tree, benzoin (in the form of Friar’s Balsam — a proprietary preparation, which is much easier to use for inhalations than the essential oil), thyme, eucalyptus, peppermint or pine. These essential oils all help clear the head and sinuses, thereby relieving congestion, headaches and pain around the eyes and face. They also have powerful antiseptic properties to help prevent infection occurring.