Congested nose is the most common problem in viral infections, colds, allergies. A runny nose can make breathing significantly more difficult and make your days and nights truly unbearable. At such times, quick-acting nasal decongestants are often resorted to.
Among the most effective in this regard are nasal drops and sprays containing xylometazoline hydrochloride. However, this active ingredient is as effective as it is taxing on the nasal mucosa. Xylometazoline hydrochloride has one side effect when used too often and for a long time - it can dry out the nasal mucosa, which can lead to discomfort and problems later.
That is why it is good to turn to some gentle and he althy, non-aggressive methods to unblock the nose. Among them are essential oils.
Caution! The article is informative. If you suffer from a persistent runny nose, be sure to consult a doctor
How to use essential oils for stuffy nose?
The most suitable way to use essential oils is the diffuser. With its help, the aromatic molecules are dispersed throughout the air in the room, thus inhaling them relieves a stuffy nose.
The other way that is just as effective is to smell the essential oil directly. You can do it from a soaked cotton pad or from the bottle. You have to be more careful, though, because the scents are much more intense from such a close distance. Do not touch the tampon too close to your nose.
You can also apply the essential oil directly to the skin. It should also be noted here that most essential oils are very concentrated and applying them to the skin is best done in the company of a base oil.That is, it is recommended to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil so as to make it tolerable to the skin.
What are the best essential oils for stuffy nose?
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve a stuffy nose and help relax the swollen mucous membrane. This essential oil has a relaxing effect that further relaxes and predisposes the body to deal with the infection.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a good friend and helper in beauty care. However, it also has the ability to unclog a stuffy nose. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, thanks to which it neutralizes pathogens in the nasal mucosa. Because tea tree oil is very saturated, avoid applying it directly or inhaling it. Do it after discharge.
Eucalyptus oil has a very soothing effect. It creates a cooling sensation. It has pronounced antiviral properties and unclogs the stuffy nose.
Mint also cools the skin and creates a feeling of instant relief. It has the ability to unclog the nose quickly and suppress inflammation in the mucous membrane.
Gentle and delicate, with a pleasant aroma, lavender oil is a great care for a stuffy nose. It relieves runny nose and cough if inhaled. It has a very relaxing effect on the nervous system, which also helps with good sleep.