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How to Use Clove Oil (in your nose) to Prevent Colds and Runny Nose is what I do early on if I find myself fighting a cold. In this post, I share how to use diluted clove oil to gently kill germs before they multiply.
Does clove oil kill viruses
Yes, clove oil kills viruses to such an impressive extent that scientists are even looking into its ability to address Covid-19:
Interestingly, traditional medicines have used clove since ancient times to treat respiratory ailments, whilst clove ingredients show antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Other interesting features are the clove … antibacterial effects. Thus, in this review, we discuss the potential role of clove in the frame of anti-COVID-19 therapy, focusing on the antiviral … effects of clove and its molecular constituents described in the scientific literature.
Clove oil also has antifungal, insecticidal and antimicrobial benefits.
Recipe for diluted clove oil
Instructions for how to use clove oil in your nose to prevent colds
- Start by blowing your nose. Any mucous carries germs and prevents clove oil from filling the space instead. So clear out your nose first.
- In a small dish, measure castor oil and clove oil. Use a cotton swab (like these), to stir them together well.
- Insert oiled cotton swab up into each nostril, going just higher than might usually be considered comfortable, but do not cause yourself pain. (This process does not hurt like getting tested for certain viruses.) You want to wet the area just above where a finger could fit, where germs breed. Do so gently, rotating swab in a circular manner, so as to wet the area and touch the outside circumference of your nose.
- After doing both nostrils, squeeze the top of your nose and move your fingers around a bit to spread the oil throughout that area.
Then: Address your throat, too! See the next section for how …
What to use with clove oil to fight colds
This section is extra important in my opinion. That’s because we don’t want to just kill germs in the nasal cavity to avoid a cold.
In order to fully fight off a cold, I find it’s most effective to also address the throat and ears. I do this with an apple cider vinegar gargle. You can read more on how to do that here: Apple Cider Vinegar Gargle for Sore Throat Recipe.
Lymphatic massage (easier than it sounds)
I also use one other line of defense:
- Watch this video to learn how to do a really effective and simple lymphatic massage. (Don’t be intimidated by the sound of it. After you’ve done it a couple of times, it becomes very easy and very effective.)
I need to do my own version of this video, so I can add what I’ve learned over the years about using it to prevent colds, but the video is a great place to start — and I add my additions below (although a video showing you will be better).
As she mentions in the video, when you’re new to this, the fluids don’t move as readily. But the longer I’ve done it, I get amazing results!
Clearing out extra mucous really helps to clear out the breeding ground for germs, so it’s a wonderful line of defense.
What to add to the lymphatic massage
I’ve added two things to this massage routine over the years which really help:
- Brush your teeth, and really focus on brushing the back of your tongue. Then allow yourself to cough up mucous, and spit and spit until it’s all comfortably out.
- Secondly, I like to do the lymphatic massage with a small amount of castor oil on the fingers. This oil cleaning of the skin is wonderful and facilitates the massage:
- Put half a dime size of castor oil in your palm. Be sure your hair is tied back, and do the massage with the oil on your hands and finger tips.
- If you’re already sick, this routine also helps with recovery and preventing infection, such as with sinus infections.
Homeopathic for preventing full flare of cold virus
Lastly, I do also find some success with Cold Calm homeopathic. If you haven’t tried it, follow the instructions on the box, or use it as often as every 5 minutes with initial symptoms. For some colds, I find it works very well. I actually have it on Subscribe and Save from Amazon because we use it often.
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