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Essential oils and blocked nose


To have a blocked nose is very common. The feeling of not being able to breathe properly through the nose (nasal obstruction) occurs frequently in the case of a head cold. The essential oils can help you!

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Sometimes referred to as nasal congestion or obstruction, a blocked nose is due to the inflammation or irritation of nasal mucous. This condition causes a tightening of the air passage in the nose and the mucous cannot drain correctly. If the nose is blocked for a period of time, the inflammation will worsen and can turn into a head cold or sinusitis. A blocked nose therefore is a real bother if occurring daily and becomes tiring…

Objective no 1: liquefy the secretions to promote nose blowing and expectoration (spit) of mucous accumulated in the respiratory tract.

Easy recipes

The information provided in this post could not be considered as medical information nor engage my responsibility
or that of the Pacific Scents blog as to your usage of essential oils for yourself or anyone else.
I strongly invite you to compare the information with that of authoritative experts and the opinion of health professionals.
EO = Essential Oil

niaouli illustrationNiaouli

5 drops of Niaouli EO on a handkerchief or on your pillow. Breathe in 4 to 5 times a day.

recipes illustrationExpress Recipe

Mix 2 ml of Niaouli + 2 ml of Eucalyptus Globulus + 1 ml of Peppermint
Pour 3 drops of this mixture on a handkerchief to breathe in. repeat 5 times a day.


  • Not advised for pregnant or breastfeeding women and for children under the age of 10.
  • Not advised for asthmatics or people suffering from hormone-dependent or hepatic illnesses.

For children, the use of more gentle EO is recommended

Mix 2 drops of Thyme Linalol EO + 2 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata EO in 5 drops of VO.
Both are antibacterial and antiviral and eucalyptus is a good decongestant.
Apply this mixture on the chest, upper back and on the sides of the nose (be careful not to go near the eyes). Repeat 3 times a day.


Not advised during the first trimester of a pregnancy and if breastfeeding. Also not advised for children under the age of 3.


Good habits for a blocked nose

  • Wash your nose with a saline solution* so as to free the nose. Repeat this 3 to 5 times a day before breathing in essential oils. (*Recipe to make yourself: Boil 50 ml filtered water to which you have added one level teaspoon of fine salt (about 5g). Let it cool before usage).
  • Do not overheat your home because the air needs to have enough humidity and/or use a humidifier: the fact of breathing humid air will soothe irritated nasal tissue and soften the mucous. Taking a warm shower is also good. The vapor will act in the same way.
  • A warm wet towel wrung and pressed against your face can unblock your nose and lessen the pain
  • A magic trick to unblock your nose: Push firmly at the level of your eyes with your thumb and index finger for 30 seconds. Your fingers need to be bent inwards. Breathe in and out while making a small movement downwards.

What you need to avoid at all costs when having a blocked nose

stuffy nose

  • To blow your nose too much: if nothing comes out of the nose you are risking to increase the irritation and thus increasing the congestion
  • Fatty, fried or cold food. This is the reason why eating soup is recommended for blocked noses.
  • Vasoconstrictor products (reduces the calibre of blood vessels) such as nose drops.
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