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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 being gentle when you wipe or sniffling, which is awful, is to apply a balm that will help soothe the raw skin, create a barrier to protect the skin and moisturise the dry skin and help it heal.
Here 7 effective natural ways that I’ve tried to treat a sore nose starting with the easiest.
(Update: in case there is any confusion, this is for EXTERNAL use on the skin around your nose. NOT inside your nostrils and not on babies and young children. As a commenter pointed out below, there have been cases where INHALING can cause pneumonia.)
1. COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is my number one go to remedy, simply because it’s 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 + TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil is an amazingly effective and versatile essential oil that should be in every home. Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and 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.
I do have a word of warning though: applying ‘neat’ directly to sore skin stings like a banshee scream. Mixing a few drops into some coconut oil is a gentler way to apply the oil and you benefit from all the moisturising properties of the coconut oil.
Quality matters when you’re applying essential oils to your skin (not so much when you’re using them to clean with). I get mine from here.
Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into a tablespoon of coconut oil and apply as needed.
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3. ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe vera helps treat skin conditions, it’s moisturising for dry skin, it is useful for treating wounds and minor burns, skin infections, sunburn 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.
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5. VITAMIN E OIL
Vitamin E oil has long been thought to be beneficial for the skin because of it’s 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 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 oil or make your own.
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. THE BEST FOR LAST: SUPER EASY HOMEMADE SALVE
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.
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.
You need 2 basic ingredients: 1 part cosmetic beeswax and 5 parts oil.
Melt the beeswax and oil gently in a bowl over simmering water. Mix thoroughly, pour into a clean container and cool.
Then apply as needed.
Which oil should you use? Anything from the list above!
A nice calendula infused oil with a few drops of Vitamin E or Rosehip oil would make a lovely salve. Or you could make a coconut and tea tree salve that both soothes a saw nose and helps prevent the dreaded cold sore from appearing.
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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 an effective, gentle solution.
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.