3 Incredibly Easy Remedies to Help a Dry Nose

dry noseI’ve been on a kick doing home remedies to help with dryness lately because it’s an issue that is near and “dear” to my heart. Almost as bad as chapped lips is a dry nose-or more specifically, dried out nasal passages. As the weather gets cold and I find myself reaching for tissue more often, I am starting to feel the painful dryness set in. It gets so bad I just dread waking up in the morning. While many people turn for a little tub of petroleum jelly, I tend to steer clear of that-especially since you can end up inhaling it, which isn’t a good thing if you wind up with a glob in your lungs.

3 Simple Remedies to Help a Dry Nose- great to have for this winter!

1. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is simple, natural, effective, and it smells good. It also doesn’t glob like petroleum jelly does, so the risk of a big chunk getting sucked up isn’t there (although its solid at room temperature, it’s softened before use here.)

You will need…
-1/2 teaspoon or so of virgin coconut oil
-Cotton swabs
-A small bowl

Place a half a teaspoon or so of coconut oil in a small microwave safe bowl and warm it until it is soft enough to be easily applied (about 10 seconds.) It does not need to be melted down into a liquid, and in fact should be left semi-solid. Dip a cotton swab into it and generously cover it. Apply to the inside of each nostril so that there is a good through coating. Apply up to 3 times a day (and always before bed.)

coconut oil

2. Steam Bowl

Allowing steam to fill your noise can moisten the mucous membranes that have become dried out and painful. This really helps relieve discomfort in the short-term, and also clears out your nose so you don’t have to blow it a bunch (which dries it out even more.) With each breath it’s like a warm comforting wave of moisture is sinking into your sore nose and making it feel better by the second. I usually follow this treatment with coconut oil about 15 minutes afterwards.

You will need…
-A large bowl
-A towel
-Hot water

Bring several cups of water to boil and then pour into your bowl. Place your face over the bowl (not too close though, as the steam can be quite hot) and drape a towel over your head and the bowl to trap the steam. Breathe deeply for 5-10 minutes, and then follow up 15 minutes later with an application of coconut oil. If you don’t feel like making up a bowl of hot water just for your nose, even inhaling the steam from a cup of tea or taking a hot shower can really help.

steam bowl

3. Almond Oil and Aloe Vera Gel

Almond oil is a natural emollient, or moisturizer, helping the sensitive skin in the nostril to become softer and more pliable, therefore lessening the chance that it will crack. It may also help lessen evaporation. Aloe vera can help soothe the dryness quickly, but it won’t provide the same lasting moisture as the almond oil. I use it mostly for the initial relief (I refrigerate mine) but you can stick to just almond oil if you like.

You will need…
-1/2 teaspoon almond oil
-1/4 teaspoon aloe vera gel (optional)

Thoroughly mix almond oil and aloe vera gel. Soak a q-tip in the mixture and swab gently inside your nostrils. You can also apply with a cotton ball that has been soaked, but I find this way to be slightly more difficult.

When I find my nose dried out and painful I tend to sink into despair. It sounds dramatic, but when it gets so dry it cracks and bleeds it can really be a downer. Before actually realizing I could probably do something for it, it felt like I had to suffer through the whole winter, but with the above remedies (that are truly about as easy as it gets) a dry nose is one less thing I have to worry about during these frigid months.

aloe vera and almond oil for dry nose

Dry Nose Tips

-Turn down the heat, turn up the humidifier. The heat will dry out the air more than it already is, while the humidifier adds moisture. This will also help if you wake up with dry eyes/a dry throat.

-If you are suffering from a nose dried out because you have a cold and have been blowing it too much, using a saline spray can help loosen up mucous and provide moisture/relief in a less harsh manner.

-Since it’s colder in the winter it’s easy to drink less water, but it’s just as important to stay hydrated. If you aren’t drinking enough, where will your body get the moisture to keep your nose comfortable?

We Want to Hear from You! Let us know which remedies work and do not work for you, ask a question or leave a comment:


  1. Regena says:

    Is there some thing I can use besides almond oil because I have an allergic reaction to almonds ???

  2. Yvonne says:

    What I’ve done the past couple of years is use electric radiator type heaters in my house and don’t turn on the house heat anymore. It works great! For other times, I use a neti pot.

  3. Roslyn Tanner Evans says:

    I will definitely try the coconut oil. I was a petroleum jelly user but not any more. Thanks for your useful info.

  4. Miller says:

    Thanks for the Coconut oil tip for dry nostrils. Living in dry New Mexico has given me only one health issue, and that is a dry nose. Doctors so far have only been able to recommend a Humidifier or a neti pot or both to eliminate dry nose. i decided to try your coconut oil and am very pleased with my first try. I assume the first half teaspoon of coconute oil can be re-heated if any is left in the small bowl. Is that correct? Thanks for your reply. Miller

  5. Colleen says:

    Thanks for the tips! Trying the coconut oil now, my nose hurts 🙁

  6. ananymoose says:

    Try milk.

    • Duko says:

      Milk, if you’re drinking it at least, may actually be a bad idea. Assuming your dry nose is related to a cold, milk would thicken the mucous which is often what causes that tickling in your throat that makes you cough.

      I can’t say anything as to the effectiveness of putting milk in your nostrils, but I doubt it would be a pleasant experience.

  7. karen says:

    I have every night blocked nose I am desperate to be able to sleep sound with out waking up snoring been to ent said I have chronic sinuous and nasal sprays I’ve used but not good for long term what can you suggest in foods natural therapy I would rather try thankyou hope you can help me

    • amr says:

      Hey Karin 😉 i had the same as you since i was 15 , i made a rhinoplasty and they took some of my nasal septum and now i breath good and no congession any more , tell the doctors to take some of your septum too

    • Robyn says:

      I have had recurring sinus issues for at least 20 years. My best treatment is castor oil – put a little on the end of your little finger and apply to each nostril just before bed. I have recently started using it in the morning as well after I douse my nostrils with warm water. Use a cupped hand or glass.

  8. Tina Johnson says:

    Thanks for the tips I will definely try. Yes I’m tired of the try nose issue.

  9. sunil Pariyar says:

    I am going to use coconut oil for dryness of nose but I have allergies,is it fine for me ?

  10. J says:

    The Coconut Oil tip is awesome! I’ve usually used the steam method, but it’s not lasted much longer than the steam.

  11. Cynthia says:

    Oh my God- Just now reading this and it was a big help. Thank you for posting this for everyone. I get so emotional about my nose being clogged that people in the house can not sleep. This will not only help me but them as well. Once again Thanks.

  12. Qazi Mahmudur says:

    In Bangladesh people use coconut oil for heir and skin since 1000 year of BC….. It is very useful oil..

  13. maria says:

    OMY! !! The coconut oil remedy, and the hot water inhalation helped EMMENSLEY!
    Thank you so much.I haven’t been able to sleep for 2 nyts,b coz of severe coughing and blocked nose.
    This was a life saver xx

  14. Lisa C. says:

    I am getting over a cold and live in the presently winter-bitten Massachusetts Berkshires. My nose feels like it is full of broken glass from accumulating dried blood (even the blood is lacking moisture in this dry air!) I study medical sciences and have a strong bias towards homeopathic remedies, whenever possible. Your suggestions are inspired and exactly what I needed. Thank you so very much for sharing your insights! ~My poor sore nose thanks you too 😉

  15. Mixy says:

    We’ll it seems coconut is the winner, so tonight, I start! Thanks to everyone for the tip, will give an update.

  16. Simon says:

    I recently stuck a bucket of water in the corner of my living room and another in the bedroom. The improvement I felt in my nose was quite dramatic over just 24 hours. Be sure to keep the doors closed as much as possible to retain the moisture. Change the water every 2-3 days.

  17. Rodger says:

    The coconut oil is helping me very well so far. I have been using it for a few days now. Thanks for the tip!

  18. Eric says:

    Thanks so much for the tip on using coconut oil for my nose that was sore and I’m not sure if it was dryness that was causing my problem, reguardless I felt relief as soon as I applied the coconut oil to my nose.

  19. Bongekile Ngcobo says:

    Better get the coconut oil ASAP my life right now is a living nightmare my nose is so dry i don’t want to sleep anymore.thankx for the tip will definately try it

  20. Ann says:

    Yipeee! Thanks for the info. Glad that I have coconut oil now. My nose so dry.

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