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Aromatherapy... For Your Nose!

Updated on March 6, 2010

When Your Nose Needs Aromatherapy

The nose is a pretty special body part. In some people, it's quite a distinctive feature. Not having one stinks, although I can't imagine how...

Sometimes the nose just can't be stuffed, but when it is, well, there are a few things you can do about it. The common cold is a regular culprit for a stuffy nose. Other causes include allergies, air pollution and, like most medical conditions, stress.

When your smeller is full of snot, never fear, I nose what to do.

Using Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly aromatic natural plant extracts. They are taken from tiny oil glands on various locations in plants like stalks, seeds, flowers, roots, gum, leaves etc. These essential oils are used in aromatherapy and have individual therapeutic properties.

In aromatherapy, you get the benefits from essential oils that will benefit your condition through one or more of the following methods:

  • applying or massaging the oil into your skin
  • adding a small amount to your bath
  • inhaling the essence through steaming water
  • through vaporization using a candle burner
  • applied in a compress

Tell Colds & Flus To Sniff Off

The following essential oils have been known to help remedy colds & flus:

  • aniseed ** - good for coughs
  • basil ** - nausea relief
  • citronella
  • eucalyptus - probably the most well known in Australia through the product Vicks Vaporub
  • frankincense
  • juniper **
  • lavender - good for headaches and stress relief as well
  • lemon / lime
  • grapefruit
  • orange ** - for bronchial coughs
  • peppermint **
  • tea tree
  • thyme **

** Avoid these if you are pregnant.

Other Good Nose Unblockers!

I must admit, as a man, I don't use many essential oils. I do chop onions a lot though. The fumes from that does a really good job at cleaning my sinus cavities, as well as my tear ducts. A little bit of hot english mustard or wasabi might also work, especially if consumed.

Top 5 Aromas That Help Me Get Through My Day

The following is what I consider everyday aromatherapy for the rest of my body and me!

  1. Coffee - The smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning gets me perky and motivated to begin work.
  2. Roses - Or any fragrant flowers that emit such a beautiful aroma is always helpful to reduce your stress and feel relaxed. If you can, keep some near your desk.
  3. Women's Perfume - Sometimes catching the scent of perfume worn by a nice young lady walking past me in the office just makes my day.
  4. Food - At lunch time, some people bring left over dinner that just smells to die for. It leaves me salivating all over my keyboard.
  5. Success - the smell of success in any minor task performed at work helps to keep me going and gives me confidence to move on to bigger and better things. If this aroma happens to smell like poo, well then I know I'm probably sitting in the wrong cubicle!!

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    • marcofratelli profile image

      marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

      That nose dispenser's cool! :) I nose about this topic cause it was the pick of the day!! Thanks guys.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Good hub. I love the smell of morning coffee also and I know that is not an essential oil, but it doesn't matter.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      About this hub, Marco - nosey but nice.

      How do you nose so much about this topic?

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I got grossed out by the nose dispenser. Nice hub.