Tip of the Month

Put Oil in Your Nose!

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No, really. Go and do it! You will not regret it, there are numerous benefits, it’s not just some weird thing I’m suggesting you do. Putting a high grade, cold pressed, organic oil in your nose will lubricate your sinus passage. Have you ever woken up in the morning and had a terribly dry nose? Do you suffer from allergies? Do you have constant sinus congestion? Does the inside of your nose frequently feel dry and itchy? I know mine did before I started doing this. And no, I didn’t make this up, it’s practiced in Ayurveda, so it’s a pretty ancient technique used to calm your sinuses and moisturize your inner nose. It is also said that putting oil in your nose can treat any pain/discomfort/condition from the shoulders up. I would say that the effectiveness can vary, but you can definitely feel it treating everything from the shoulders up… So think of allergies or colds as little germ particles that you breathe in and they get caught in your sinuses either because they are dry and rough or because there are mucus blockages keeping those germs on the inside. If you begin a practice of putting oil in your nose, you clear the blockage and moisturize the tissue, this way when you breathe in those particles again, they come in and go right out, there’s nothing left to keep them caught inside of you! For this reason, cultivating a practice of oiling your nose helps to keep you healthy, particularly in cold and flu season. It is also said that putting oil in your nose helps with aches and pains, so if you have sore shoulders, neck, jaw, maybe a headache, doing this practice can help or even alleviate those issues. I don’t know if this has been scientifically proven, but I put oil in my nose every night before bed and I have to say it’s one of the most relaxing things ever. It’s probably the best nighttime ritual to get you ready for a great sleep. When the oil goes it and it slips down, you automatically feel at ease, do not be alarmed if you taste the oil as it comes down, this is natural! I can also tell you from experience that it soothes the vocal cords. If you had a day with a lot of talking or singing, maybe you were at a concert and you were screaming, any other reason that you could have a scratchy throat the next day, put oil in your nose and your throat will be 100% fine. My nose used to be so dry that I would sometimes get nose bleeds or just generally feel uncomfortable in my nose at all times, putting oil in my nose on a nightly basis has gotten rid of that feeling for me. My nose always feels great now! The best oils to use would be sesame, coconut, or olive oil because they work equally well for all constitutions. For me, in the winter I choose sesame oil, it’s slightly warming so it just feels amazingly cozy and warm. For the summer, I choose coconut oil, it’s slightly cooling, so it just feels so relaxing and smooth going down. I have only used olive oil once and couldn’t handle it because of the taste, I have to admit that I didn’t realize that olive oil had such a strong taste on it’s own! Anyways, putting oil in your nose can sound scary, but seriously, try it out for fun one day and see what a difference it makes!

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