The winter months carry with them a whole array of different conditions that may not always be serious but are definitely annoying. I bet all of you have experienced a runny nose or a dry nose in your lifetime, probably even more than once. I have a chronic sinus infection that just comes back at the beginning of every winter, so I have tried a whole bunch of different remedies to alleviate my symptoms. One of my favorite ways to do this is to use essential oils in various different ways. Today we are going to talk about essential oils for a dry nose and what safety precautions we should always take into account when using them.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional. If you are feeling discomfort, please seek advice from a doctor before trying out any kind of home remedy. The advice you can find here is not to be a replacement for medical attention.
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Differents ways to Alleviate Dry Nose
This will definitely get some moisture right behind your nose. Sometimes I only need this trick to help me out!
The way to go about it is to put some water, together with some essential oil, into a pan to simmer on top of the stove. Once it hits the boiling point, take it out. Place it in front of you on top of a heat resistant mat – you do not want to burn your table!
Then, carefully and trying not to burn yourself – remember that the steam is at really high temperatures – inhale the steam. To keep the steam from getting away, you can use a tablecloth to cover your face and the pan.
Following the same idea, a room humidifier is an amazing tool if you suffer from this type of discomfort. It will help keep your room moist enough so as not to experience so many symptoms.
Another advantage is that you can also place some essential oil in it. This will not only soothe you but also provide some aromatherapy. You can also use it on other occasions, not only for when you are experiencing this type of symptoms.
A nebulizer can replace the home version of steam inhalation we mentioned before, but it also involves spending some money on it and it may not be the best option for everyone.
You can also add some essential oils to the water. It is a great tool for any time of year and for everyone that suffers from a dry or runny nose.
Always remember to read the instructions and follow them. Especially regarding the cleaning process. If you have an infection and you use your nebulizer, you need to sanitize it so that the infection does not stay in it. If not, the next time you use it you will catch it again.
You also need to amp up your hydration. Dry nose comes from a variety of reasons and not only for sinus infection. Getting extra hydrated while you are experiencing these symptoms will certainly help.
You can do this in a variety of ways. Of course, you should drink a lot of water, but you can also hydrate by drinking tea.
For these symptoms, we recommend some soothing calendula tea. It has some anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that will soothe you. Inhaling the steam that comes up from the tea will definitely really help.
Apart from using some essential oils and inhale the steam, you can also use some oil and place it into your nose to help ease the discomfort.
For this, you need a cotton swab or a dropper. One option is to apply some coconut oil in the area of the nose you feel it is dry. This will help moisturize it and heal the area.
If you feel discomfort a little bit further down your nose, you can place one little drop of sesame oil into your nose and inhale in order to moisturize the back of your nose. This will help ease the discomfort but you should check with a professional to see if it is a good option for you.
What Essential Oils to Use
This oil can help relieve sinus congestion and headaches. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Menthol, the main ingredient in this oil, can help numb the area as well.
This oil can be toxic if applied on its own, so you should always put a small drop of essential oil into a little batch of neutral oil, like jojoba or castor oil, in order to apply it directly. Ignore this step if you are using it in steam.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil is revered for its antiseptic properties. If you plan to use it topically, it also needs to be mixed with a carrier oil, just like peppermint. This is because it is very strong, so be careful!
You can rub the mix behind your ears, on your nose and chest. You can also add a few drops of this oil into warm water and gargle it. Do not forget to spit it out once you are finished.
It is usually used to open up blocked airways. It has properties like those of peppermint oil and also has a cooling effect. The best way to use it is to mix it with a carrier oil and then rub it on your chest. In this way, you breathe in its scent and it helps you soothe the symptoms.
In order to use it topically, dilute on a 1:1 ratio into a carrier oil. It has amazing properties to alleviate your sinus symptoms. Although more expensive, you should definitely give it a go.
It is antiseptic, anti-bacterial and also an expectorant, so it will definitely help you out.
Apart from relieving anxiety and stress, lavender oil can help you relieve sinus infection symptoms naturally. This one is best to use it as aromatherapy, with either a diffuser or a humidifier. You can also smell it just from the bottle.
It is a milder treatment, but also very soothing.
What do you think? Have you tried any of these oils to help you with your sinus? Tell us below!