Essential Oils for Dry Nose (with Recipes to Soothe Your Symptoms!)
Is it cold season where you are? Perhaps your nose is raw and dry. The good news is – essential oils can help! Essential oils can support moisture and reduce irritation in the dry mucous membranes of your nasal passages and help provide relief for you dry nose symptoms.
Do you have spots that rub and get irritated? Try essential oils to smooth the skin and speed the healing process!
The most common cause of dry nose is blowing your nose too frequently. This can happen during cold and flu season but also if you have seasonal allergies as well. It can also be caused by living in or visiting in a dry climate.
Essential oils can help to reduce the symptoms, soothe the skin in and around the nose, and as a bonus it can support your body’s immune system to prevent colds too!
Essential oils help dry nose by helping to reduce redness, pain, dryness, irritation, and often speed cellular healing.
Since dry noses can cause additional labor on the body and often the skin on and around the nose can bleed, crust, and have open sores, essential oils can also reduce the risks of any open areas becoming infected.
How do Essential Oils Work?
Essential oils are careful extractions of the most powerful and delicate parts of a plant. Sometimes these oils come from exotic plants from all over the globe, but they also come form everyday plants and herbs you may have heard of, like basil.
These powerful parts are extracted via steam distillation or cold-press technique.
The result of this process is powerful plant medicines that are highly concentrated versions of the plant’s healing properties and can be used to heal the body on various levels.
The Best Essential Oils for Dry Nose
This type of problem can sometimes be prevented with essential oils, it can also speed the healing process along nicely. I’ve seen this work with other skin problems like with the most painful skin chafing.
Additionally, these dry areas are subject to infection so you don’t want to leave it untreated.
Here are some of your best bets to heal quickly:
1. Tea Tree (Melaleua)
This essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties for healing quickly.
This oil can help to open and ease the discomforts of a dry nose.
Lavender essential oil is a calming and anti-inflammatory oil that can cool the burning and painful dry nose quickly. It also stimulates cellular turnover so you can heal faster.
This is great for any inflammation but particularly useful healing a dry nose especially when combined with my other recommended oils listed.
I love Peppermint essential oil as a long standing and cost-effective method for healing skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that swiftly improve the health of even the most chafed skin.
How to Use Essential Oils for Dry Nose
It is critical to know when you are using essential oils to support your dry nose that you must pay careful attention to which ones you may use topically and which ones you must use aromatically.
Essential oils are very strong, which is a good thing because it means they are powerful healing tools, but if used topically instead of aromatically in this case, it can cause pain and even burn the delicate skin in and around the nose.
There is a healthy amount of respect needed to use them safely. More isn’t always better.
Even ensuring you are using the right mode for the essential oils, when you are using the topically, dilution is required.
Mucous membranes are highly sensitive and susceptible to damage. Anytime you are using essential oils for your dry nose, you must remember to dilute them and to keep some extra carrier oil handy if things get too intense.
Water will not work for this, adding water to an area that is stinging or burning because of essential oil application will intensify the burning. Essential Oils are hydrophobic – meaning they don’t mix with water.
When you are working to heal your dry nose with essential oils, the primary mode is aromatically, this is for all five oil suggestions.
If you required some topically, you could mix a dilution of carrier oil and Lavender, Tea Tree, and/or Frankincense. Eucalyptus and Peppermint would be the only essential oils you would absolutely not use topically for this situation.
How to Apply Essential Oils for Dry Nose
It’s worth repeating here – you only want to use Eucalyptus and Peppermint for dry nose.
And just like using essential oils for respiratory congestion, you only want to use these aromatically.
To begin, select your oils. You can choose one oil or pair them up, or even a combo of three.
There’s not much reason to mix more than three oils. You can sometimes cause chaos if you try to mix too many oils and sensitivity reactions can occur.
You can make a selection by checking with symptoms you need the most help with in the list of oils above.
You will likely notice that many oils have similar healing abilities, so go with the one you have available or the one you are most drawn to.
Here are a few suggested pairings for maximum results:
Frankincense, Tea Tree, Lavender
This is a beautiful topical combination to promote healing, decrease chances of infection, improve cell turnover, and reduce inflammation.
Peppermint and Eucalyptus
This combination is invigorating and opening to help reduce the symptoms that led to the dry nose to begin with.
Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Lavender
This will open and reduce symptoms while helping to relax you.
If you are worried about mixing up the combos or creating your own, remember that you can’t break an essential oil blend. If you experiment with a blend and it doesn’t work then try again.
You will learn what resonates most with your body’s needs.
Application Methods for Fast Relief
Below are my favorite and most effective ways to get your nose lining feeling good as soon as possible.
Topical Application Essential Oil Recipe for Dry Nose
Since this is delicate skin we’re talking about and not like with trigger finger and essential oils, we have to change up how we normally apply. Read on!
You are going to need a carrier or to start with, this step can’t be overlooked. You must dilute your essential oils appropriately with a plant-based carrier oil such as grapeseed oil.
If you don’t have Grapeseed Oil, any plant-based kitchen oil will work just fine too.
- Place 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (or plant-based oil of your choice) into a small glass bowl.
- Select your oil(s) from above and drop 2-4 drops of each oil or 4-6 drops total into the tablespoon of carrier oil.
- Stir the bowl lightly so that the oils mix.
- Then apply to the affected areas on the nose. You can even take a cotton-tip and gently put it on the interior of your nostrils.
Make sure you have extra carrier oil on hand in case of increased burning or stinging.
Reapply this same formula 3-5 times daily until your nose is feeling better gone.
Aromatherapy for Dry Nose
For the next technique, you have the option of using a couple supplies or just the essential oil.
Simply select the essential oil above and then hold it near your nose and inhale 2-3 times. You will want to use caution not to accidentally touch your nose with the oil bottle.
You can repeat this process multiple times a day, as often as you need.
You will need:
- 10 drops of the essential oils you choose from the list above
Additionally, you will either need either a diffuser or boiling water.
You can place 10 drops of essential oil in a diffuser and use a set it and forget it method. The diffuser will add moisture to the air and to your nose. And you don’t have to do anything but be in the same room.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a diffuser you can create your own, by using steaming water you can add 10 drops of essential oils and inhale the steam.
You could even do this in the shower!
The next time your nose is dry, reach for a combination of oils to help soothe the tissue and ease inflammation.
Essential oils combat the issues associated with skin irritations and can prevent it from becoming infected.
Remember to dilute so that you provide relief for your nose and not further irritation.