Monday, January 13, 2014

Saline & Essential Oil Nasal Spray


Nose problems got you down and feeling a bit like this?


Over the counter nose sprays can be a blessing and a curse. While they are not addictive in the true sense of the word, overuse can cause a rebound effect which make the symptoms even worse. You keep reaching for the spray to open your nose up, it opens up for about 30 minutes and then it's worse than before, so you reach for the spray....and it's a vicious cycle and you end up dependent on the spray.


A simple saline spray is much safer, and the addition of some Essential Oils will only make it better. It's like a mini nasal rinse in a bottle.






2 oz plastic spray bottle
2 oz plastic spray bottle

I was so excited to find these little bottles at Aroma Tools but a little disappointed in them when they arrived. The plastic is flimsy and the bottle is very hard to grip especially if your hands are small. They just didn't work like I had planned. I don't meant to be negative, they just weren't working for me, they might be perfect for you.


But....where there's a will there's a way.

The tops can't be bought separately from Aroma Tools, which is where I found these, but I decided it wasn't a complete waste. The tops fit the one oz glass bottles and the bottles are only 62 cents each, so still worth the money.


You could also just use an empty nasal spray bottle you have or salvage the top if it will work.


Saline & EO Nasal Spray


Saline & Essential Oil Nasal Spray


In a one ounce bottle add the following:

A small pinch of sea salt
2 drops Rosemary EO
2 drops Marjoram EO
2 drops Eucalyptus EO
2 drops Melaleuca EO

Finish filling the bottle with distilled or boiled tap water, give a little shake to dissolve the salt and you're good to go.

Before each use, give the bottle a gentle shake.
One or two sprays in each nostril should do the trick.

I've recently discovered the benefits of adding Marjoram EO to my sinus recipes. It really makes a difference.


Here's an easy reference picture to save for your journal if you like. Just right click and "save".





If you don't have any or all of these oils, you can purchase them here:

Spark Naturals


Be sure to use the coupon code PATTI at checkout for an additional 10% off your order.





19 comments:

  1. Thank you for this recipe! I am definitely going to try this!

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  2. It works very well for me, Becky!

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  3. Hello Patti, you are a life saver! My husband suffers with bad nasal prob's and sinus troubles a lot and asked me to find an EO blend he could use in a nasal spray. You are the answer to our prayers. I will let you know how he likes it. God bless you!

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    1. Hi, Robin. I hope it works as well for him as it has for me. You don't get that "rebound" addiction that you get with those otc nasal sprays. I keep my bottle with me at all times, of course I carry a purse...lol You might even find a smaller bottle that he could keep in his pocket. Let me know how he does!

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  4. Patti,
    Any idea about shelf life? Trying to wean off 2 prescription sprays. Do you use it year round?

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    1. Indefinite. Essential oils don't expire, with the exceptions being the citrus oils. It's best to keep them refrigerated. I use it year round, in fact, I keep a bottle in my purse all the time. Those prescription sprays can be a pain to wean from. You don't get the rebound effect with the oils.

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    2. Thank you, Patti! Good to know. Are you suggesting individual bottles of citrus eo be kept in fridge or the mixtures/sprays or both?

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    3. That's a very good question. I was actually referring to the individual bottles of oils. I don't keep my mixtures and sprays in there, because they will usually be used up before they would lose that much of their strength and properties.

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  5. Could you use an immune boosting EO for a nasal spray? Anything that is used for colds and flu, like Lavender, Thieves blend, Frankincense, or something along those lines.

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  6. Danyette, I would think so, you might try one drop to see. The Thieves/Shield Blend might be a bit hot for the nasal passages however. I would be a bit hesitant with that, it wouldn't damage you but it might sting a bit.

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  7. HI Patti,

    Could I use a saline spray to fill with instead of the salt and distilled water?

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    1. Hi, Julie. I'm assuming you mean the type you buy? I don't see why it wouldn't work, I think most of them are just salt and distilled water anyway. I have a newer blog on this also that I just did last week I think. It's basically the same, but I do mention that you can get the nasal spray bottles at Spark Naturals now.

      http://pattisplace2.blogspot.com/2015/07/saline-essential-oil-nasal-spray.html

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    2. gotoilsupplies.com is where i got my husband his pocket bottle same size as his old nasanex (sp?)

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  8. HI Patti,

    Could I use a saline spray to fill with instead of the salt and distilled water?

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    1. Julie, I don't know how I missed this, and my answer is very, very late. I'm very sorry about that. You could absolutely use the saline spray, it's basically the same things

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  9. If I need to make this like now and I don't have rosemary, could it be find without that oil?

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    1. Absolutely, Julia. With essential oils, always use what you have and just see. You'll be surprised how versatile they can be. I would say that the Rosemary is a very important ingredient in this blend, but you should still get good results without it.

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  10. I thought you were not supposed to have EO's come in contact with mucus membranes? Is it safe to use EO's in a nasal spray?

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