Is your nose sore from blowing? Here are seven natural sore nose remedies that will soothe the raw chapped skin around your nose.
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There’s nothing nice about being sick, but raw, sore skin from repeatedly blowing your nose just adds another layer of sandpaper-like torment when you’re already miserable.
The solution, besides preventing chapped skin when you blow your nose, is to apply a remedy that will help soothe the raw skin, create a barrier to protect the skin and moisturise the dry skin and help it heal.
Ways to Prevent a Sore Nose
Prevention is always better than cure and the tips below will help you avoid a chapped nose.
First, avoid scratchy tissue and use soft tissues instead. Some tissues are super-soft and they are infused with aloe vera. Pat your nose instead of blowing when possible to reduce rawness.
Alternatively, use hankies. In my opinion, THE BEST hankies are ones made from old flannel sheets or shirts. The cotton is soft and worn, making them gentle on the nose as well as being absorbent. If you want to make some hankies, check out this DIY hanky tutorial from an old shirt.
Other remedies that can reduce the need to blow your nose is to use a saline spray (as directed) a few times a day to flush your nose out or a neti pot.
Steam can also help clear out the nose, either using a humidifier, having a hot shower or putting your head over a bowl of steaming water. Adding a little Eucalyptus oil can also help.
Finally, don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Hot drinks, like herbal teas, can really help.
Essential Oils For a Chapped Nose
Some of the below remedies use essential oils to help heal the raw skin from blowing. Here are some of the most soothing essential oils.
- Chamomile Oil – helps relieve skin irritation. [source]
- Lavender Oil – soothes dry skin. [source]
- Tea Tree Oil – is antibacterial [source] and can soothe skin. [source]
- Myrrh OIl – used since ancient times for medicinal purposes to reduce inflammation and promote wound healing. [source]
- Rose Oil – Apart from the fact that it smells divine (!) rose oil is said to hydrate dry skin. [source]
- Rosemary Oil – hydrates dry skin. [source]
(Essential oil links are to our affiliate, Eco Modern Essentials, an Australian company that sources ingredients from ethical sources for social and environmental integrity.)
Using Essential Oils
For facial use, it’s important to DILUTE your essential oil with a carrier oil at a maximum of 1% for sensitive skin. That’s 1 drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
The best carrier oils are the ones listed below because they are super moisturising and will help soothe your nose.
In case of allergy, it is always best to patch test oils first. To patch test, add a small amount of the oil mixture to your wrist or under your ear and leave for 24 hours. If irritation occurs, rinse well and discontinue use.
Other Essential Oil Precaution
It’s important to note, that remedies for a sore nose are for EXTERNAL USE ONLY. They should only be applied to the outside skin and NOT inside your nostrils.
This is due to the risk of inhaling oils which can cause Lipid Pneumonia, where oil enters the lungs, causing inflammation. While it’s rare, it’s important to take precautions against this.
So all remedies are for external purposes only.
7 Natural Remedies for a Raw Nose
Instead of reaching for petroleum based products , use natural remedies that have been use for centuries to heal the raw skin on the nose fast.
1. COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is my number one go-to remedy, simply because it’s usually already in the cupboard. It’s a quick, easy and fairly inexpensive fix.
The oil is absorbed quickly into the skin, so it’s not greasy, but it effectively adds moisture.
The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil make it an excellent skin moisturiser. It also has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is high in Vitamin E, which is good for the skin too.
Scoop or pour a little out into a separate jar or container (I use a tea spoon) and apply regularly after blowing your nose.
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2. COCONUT OIL + ESSENTIAL OILS
Tea tree oil is an amazingly effective and versatile essential oil that should be in every home. Tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties that make it an effective natural remedy. It is used to treat cuts and wounds and is an effective acne treatment.
I use tea tree oil for treating cold sores, with good results and I like to use it when my nose is raw from blowing as a cold sore preventative.
Mix a 1 drop of tea tree oil (or other essential oil) per 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (or other oil) for a skin soothing remedy.
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3. ALOE VERA GEL
This hardy plant helps treat skin conditions and it’s moisturising for dry skin.
Aloe Vera is useful for treating wounds and minor burns, skin infections, sunburn, sore raw skin and a whole heap of other conditions.
You can grow your own Aloe Vera plant, which is a cheaper way to use the gel. And they’re easy to grow! Despite constant neglect, ours has sprouted a whole load of babies all throughout the garden.
To harvest, cut an outer leaf off at the base with a sharp knife, remove the serrated edges and skin and you have the gel which you can keep in the fridge for a week or freeze for later. Here’s a video that shows you harvest your own Aloe Vera gel.
Apply gel regularly and after blowing your nose.
4. ROSEHIP OIL
Rosehip oil is a lovely little luxury that’s amazingly effective. It’s not an essential household item, and it’s certainly not the cheapest option, but it is a lovely skin oil.
I keep a little bottle to use as a night cream (when I can be bothered) and to promote healing and reduce scarring after wounds (like after cold sores).
Rosehip oil is high in Vitamin E, C and A, essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9 and anti-oxidants. It is used to reduce sun damage, scars, stretch marks, burns, acne scarring and it’s supposed to reduce wrinkles (if only!).
Apply after blowing nose to help soothe and moisturise your skin and promote healing. You can also add a drop of essential oil to rosehip oil.
5. VITAMIN E OIL
Vitamin E oil has long been thought to be beneficial for the skin because of its anti-oxidant properties. It is used to fasten the recovery of injured or chapped skin.
It is also an effective (albeit heavy) moisturiser which combats dry, rough chapped skin. These two properties make it an excellent choice for healing sore, dry skin from nose blowing.
Apply to your skin as needed.
6. CALENDULA OIL
Calendula (Marigold) has been used for centuries to promote and speed up wound healing and soothe skin conditions. It contains anti-sceptic, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Unlike essential oils, which are distilled, calendula oil is made by infusing the dried flowers in a carrier oil. You can buy ready-made calendula ointment or make your calendula oil.
Make your own calendula oil by placing dried calendula petals in a jar and cover with a carrier oil like almond or olive oil. Cover and let the oil sit for a month to infuse. Drain oil and store for up to 1 year. If you’re enterprising, you can grow and dry your own calendula flowers.
Apply a dab oil directly to sore nose as needed.
7. HOMEMADE SOOTH SALVE FOR A SORE NOSE
This is the best solution, but because you have to prepare it ahead of time, it’s not as easy rolling out of bed and applying coconut oil straight from the cupboard.
Sore dry chapped skin is often treated with ‘Vasoline’, which is a petroleum bi-product. What petroleum jelly is very good at is providing a protective barrier over the skin but it’s not natural or sustainable.
You can get similar results with a natural alternative by applying a salve made with beeswax. A salve contains moisturising and healing oils to help soothe and heal your nose, along with the beeswax, which creates the barrier to help protect the sore skin.
A basic homemade salve is easy to make. Here’s how:
- Heat-proof bowl
- 200ml Storage Container
- Melt the beeswax and oil in a bowl slowly over simmering water.
- Pour into a clean container and cool until set.
- If you're adding essential oil, let mixture cool for 5 - 10 minutes before adding. Add essential oil, stir and then pour into a clean container and continue to cool until set.
- Use as needed.
For ADULT EXTERNAL USE ONLY.
If desired, add an essential oil to the mix. For a 1% dilution, add a maximum 40 drops of essential oil.
The recipe above uses calendula infused oil – a skin soothing oil. You could add a few drops of Vitamin E oil or substitute part or all of the Calendula with Rosehip oil.
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Petroleum-based products don’t have to be the go-to solution when you are suffering from a sore nose when you have a cold. Instead, look in your pantry or your natural home medical kit for effective natural sore nose remedies.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.