#36alive 248: Make Your Own Cold-Weather Nasal Oil (Nasya)

The key to staying healthy throughout the changing seasons, is the ability to successfully adapt. For thousands of years, cultures have been utilising nutrition, movement, mindfulness and lifestyle to allow the body to find harmony with the world around it through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

When we reach Autumn and the colder months, the air becomes drier, and this cold, dry air can cause nasal and throat passages to become dry, and less able to defend the body
from viruses, eventually resulting in cold and flu. The cooler temperatures of the nose also make it an ideal place to harbour the rhinovirus – the very thing that causes oilinyournose_thumbcommon cold and flu symptoms.

By using a nasal oil, just as those who followed the principles of Ayurveda, or ‘life knowledge’ have done for so many years, we provide the nose with warmth, moisture, and antibacterial properties that create a strong defence against viruses.

The most basic nasal oil could very simply be olive oil or sesame oil (ensure the oils you use are considered ‘warming’. Coconut oil is a ‘cooling’ oil and doesn’t work as well in cold months. It’ll also solidify in the nose…). Rub the oil inside the nose, and you’re good rosehip-oil-dropper400to go. Do this about 3 times per week so the body doesn’t grow tolerant to the oil. Use this especially when you know you’re going to be in dry, air-conditioned rooms for a long period of time.

To make the oil even more effective, add a few drops of antibacterial essential oils like lemon, lavender, tea tree or rosemary – or all four! Add 10 drops maximum in total of all oils, and mix with the olive or sesame oil well. Use a dropper if you can for hygiene reasons, and add 2-3 drops of oil to each nostril a maximum of three times per week.

Have a go and let us know how you get on this Autumn and Winter, or in your air-conditioned office!

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