What Essential Oil Is Good for Postnasal Drip?

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If you’re in the market for a naturally effective solution to pesky mucus, you’re in luck! Having a runny nose is no fun. WOW's 100% pure essential oils can be quite helpful for treating specific conditions, such as postnasal drip. 

Let’s break it down!

What is Post Nasal Drip?

Postnasal drip is the medical term for the overproduction of mucus. It is normally not very noticeable and is constantly occurring inside your nose, stomach, throat, intestinal tract, and respiratory tract. But your body might produce more mucus than usual due to sickness or other factors. 

The mucus plays a crucial role in your immune system, as it traps bacteria and viruses before they can enter your body properly. Instead, those bacteria are dissolved in your stomach acid alongside the mucus.

Essential oils can soothe symptoms of postnasal drip that can be caused by:

  • Common colds
  • The flu
  • Sinus infections like sinusitis
  • Allergic reactions
  • Pregnancy
  • Changing weather or humidity
  • Certain foods – ever eaten something spicy? Mucus flow probably followed shortly after unless you were used to the spice
  • Chemical fumes
  • Long-term conditions like a deviated septum characterized by a crooked wall between both nostrils

We get it, these constant symptoms can get annoying. Opt for the natural route with anti-inflammatory essential oils to soothe these stubborn symptoms! 

How Can Essential Oils Help?

The unique thing about essential oils is that different ones can help with post nasal drip in different ways. Antibacterial essential oils fight bacteria in your nose. Others might relax the muscles in your chest or throat, reduce inflammation, etc.

The key is to understand HOW to apply these natural remedies properly. To treat something like a postnasal drip, you need to inhale the essential oils so that it can be absorbed by your nose, throat, and chest. 

Be careful not to use them in high concentrations. For aromatherapy, you’ll want to add 1-2 drops to a dedicated diffuser or just add a few drops of essential oil to a candle. The resulting fragrance is easy to breathe in, so the essential oils can get to work!

The Best Essential Oils To Use

Eucalyptus

The essential oil derived from the eucalyptus plant is one of the best choices for dealing with post nasal drip and other bacterial issues. That’s because eucalyptus essential oil itself is antiviral and antibacterial – in fact, it can also be used to treat bug bites and other bacterial conditions. There are a ton of different uses for eucalyptus, which are detailed on our blog here

Many over-the-counter anti-congestion medications actually use eucalyptus oil for its amazing benefits. It’s commonly used in steam baths to help clear away stuffiness and congestion. The antibacterial properties in eucalyptus essential oil are the star of the show. You might also experience ancillary benefits, like headache relief or general relaxation from inhaling properly diluted Eucalyptus essential oil.

WOW Skin Science’s Eucalyptus Essential Oil brings all of these benefits together--soothing aromatherapy properties, enhanced skin health, and a stimulating hair conditioner!

 

Tea Tree

Like eucalyptus essential oil, tea tree oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties to help symptoms of various infections or inflamed tissue conditions. 

This means that tea tree essential oil works great for combating any foreign agents that are lurking in your nasal passages or throat, that might be causing your postnasal drip. If your sinus is swelling and causing the post nasal drip by itself, tea tree’s anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe the swelling. Many colds cause your sinus to swell, which is what causes a runny nose in the first place. A few drops in a diffuser of water is all you need to enjoy the benefits. 

Tea tree oil is a great choice for general cold relief, not just post nasal drip. Wow Skin Science’s Tea Tree Essential Oil is a 100% pure option to try at home!

Peppermint

Peppermint oil is one of the most common essential oils used in anti-cold treatments. The refreshing, sinus-clearing effects of this essential oil are particularly great at helping to clear away blocked sinuses. Enjoy the cooling sensation in the nose and throat - super relieving after feeling congested and stuffy all day.

These effects occur because of a compound in peppermint essential oil called menthol. It can help clear away mucus and open your airways for better breathing.

Due to its natural cooling effect, peppermint oil can easily be combined with hot water or steam for a refreshing aromatherapy session. Try Wow Skin Science’s Peppermint Oil for a therapeutic grade option. 

Oregano

You may think oregano is just a spice, but it’s so much more! While oregano is most commonly used as an herb for cooking, you can also use the essential oil derived from its leaves to fight bacteria and congestion. 

One of the main components in oregano essential oil is carvacrol, which can stop bacteria from growing and spreading. Using oregano essential oil in a diffuser may help limit the severity of your cold as it progresses to help your body fight off the infection. 

Lavender

Lavender essential oil also boasts antibacterial and antiviral properties to help reduce pain and swelling. If you’re feeling under the weather from a cold, melt away that stress. The relaxing effects can help you wind down and sleep better after a stressful day.  Use a few drops in a diffuser of water, or put a few drops in a candle to set the mood. 

Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so promoting deeper sleep is important for a faster recovery. Add 1-2 drops to a cotton ball, and tuck into your pillowcase to inhale the scent during your slumber. You’ll feel better after a good night's rest!

 

Rosemary

The last essential oil we love using is rosemary essential oil. The amazing anti-inflammatory benefits can help relieve any swollen sinuses that are causing your runny nose, etc. This essential oil is packed with antioxidants. These special compounds, including several vitamins, fight free radical molecular damage to your skin, hair, and more. 

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Hopefully, you learned some tips and tricks to shorten the length of your stubborn cold! Natural health boosters like essential oils are great for their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Use essential oils for post nasal drip as a decongestant and to get rid of excess phlegm. Just be sure you only use a few drops of any given essential oil at a time when diffusing, so you can enjoy your aromatherapy safely and properly. Good luck!

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/postnasal-drip#1

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2221169115001033#bib42

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22044355/

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