What Is Nasal Oil and How Do You Use It?
The nose is directly connected to our brain and is the passageway to our consciousness. It is the doorway for prana, the life force, which enters our body through our breath. Uncongested breathing should, therefore, be a priority to ensure that prana flows properly to our brain and whole body.
When there is excessive fluid in our sinus, the best way to eliminate it is through the nose. Using oils infused with herbs will help in expelling the excess fluids more quickly. Nasal oils, or Nasya in Ayurveda, protects our nasal passages and provides relief from sinus congestion. Lubricating the nasal passage everyday helps in releasing the tension in our head and relieving our stress. According to traditions, nasal oil can also improve voice quality, enhance vision, and boost mental clarity.
In this article, we discuss the different types of essential oils used to relieve sinus congestion and how to administer them properly.
Lavender oil is a popular remedy for sinus congestion because it contains analgesic that provides relief from pain. It can also reduce swelling. Lavender oil is also widely used for its calming properties, which help some people feel relaxed and fall asleep easier.
Oil from the rosemary plant has anti-inflammatory properties that help in relieving a swollen sinus. Rosemary oil has also been found to contain sufficient amounts of antioxidants that aids in metabolism.
A lot of people have discovered that peppermint oil is an effective nasal oil because of its calming and cooling effect. The menthol found in peppermint helps the mucus receptors that are responsible for opening the nasal airways and clearing mucus. Studies also found that peppermint oil fights bacteria, which can trigger sinus congestion, and also reduce inflammation.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil combats bacteria and viruses that cause infection to the sinuses. The alpha-sabine compound found in Tea Tree Oil has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It also minimizes inflammation that causes the swelling of the sinus. People often use Tea Tree Oil in diffusers.
Another remedy for sinus congestion is oil extracted from the eucalyptus plant. Several decongestants contain eucalyptus oil. Cineole, a compound found in eucalyptus, was found to safely and effectively treat symptoms linked to sinus congestion such as headache, nasal obstruction, and runny nose.
Oil found in oregano plant can also help alleviate the symptoms of sinus congestion. Carvacrol, which is found in oregano, prevents the growth of bacteria.
Clary Sage Oil
Clary Sage is proven to have antimicrobial properties that ward off sinus congestion caused by a bacterial infection.
How To Use Nasal Oils
Lie down comfortably on your back and tilt your head back. Place a pillow under your neck for support.
Place two drops of nasal oil in each of your nostrils, thoroughly coating the mucous membrane. You may increase to 3-5 drops if necessary. If dropping oil directly to your nostrils is painful or uncomfortable, you may use your pinky finger to apply the oil on your nostrils.
Wait for a few minutes to allow the oil to penetrate your nasal passage.
We recommend using nasal oils in the morning on an empty stomach. It is normal to taste the nasal oil at the back of your mouth after you apply it to your nostrils.
The Nasal Oils of Singing Spring Botanicals have been handcrafted in small batches to ensure freshness. It contains essential oils from Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Ravensara, Roman Chamomile, and Jatamansi.