What is it, and how it happens?
Our nose is rich in blood vessels and is located in a vulnerable position on our face. Any injury can harm this protruding part, leading to nasal tensions and bleeding. Nasal bleeding can also occur due to cracking up and drying of the nasal membrane. Moreover, people taking blood-thinning medications like aspirin, tend to get it more often because their blood isn’t in a healthy state of clotting and any stressful muscular contraction can lead to nasal bleeding. The bloody nose can be a problem with children as well, exertion and nose-picking can be the common reasons, besides some people are more prone to this and others aren’t. This thing is quite common during dry climates with low humidity.
What might help, tips to control nasal bleeding
Most of the times it can be treated at home by following a step by step guide, here are a few tips,
1. Sit straight with your head tilted forward, leaning back or lying can make the blood run down the throat causing vomiting and further muscular tensions.
2. Spit out and gently blow. You need to spit the blood collected in your mouth and gently blow the blood clots out of your nose, the bleeding may slightly increase, but that’s okay, and you should not let the clotting collect inside your nostrils.
3. Pinch, gently pinch the fleshy part just above your nostrils with your thumb and index finger for 10-15 minutes and not more than that, keep applying gentle pressure.
4. Compress, the pinched part should be compressed against the comes of the face, keeping the face firm, until the bleeding stops.
5. Sit quietly, do not panic or move your head too much, if required, pack some ice in a towel and keep it on the bridge of your nose.
Make it stop fast
The majority of nosebleeds are Anterior, that is, originating from the lower septum. This kind of bleeding is mainly caused by dryness and can is at home with the help of essential oils. The other type of bleeding is Posterior, originating from the branch of arteries; this kind of bleeding is more severe and requires medical attention immediately.
The best way to find out if it’s anterior bleeding is to observe if the blood is coming out of only one nostril, moreover make sure there’s no blood coming out of your mouth, if it is, don’t wait for too long if the bleeding doesn’t stop.
7 essential oils to control nasal bleeding
Before we go on and start with our list, don’t forget to use a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba or almond. Undiluted essential oils can even cause an allergy and trigger irritation.
1. Lemon Oil: Is excellent and safe unless the bleeding is caused due to some injury, in that case, restrain from it because it can cause burning. This essential oil can help strengthen the blood vessels causing blood to clot and stop further bleeding
2. Frankincense: Is a therapeutic oil, with a fresh, woody aroma. It is said to help in removing nasal blockages if inhaled and can help in the case of the bloody nose by easing the blood vessels and preventing bleeding.
3. Helichrysum: A popular essential oil to prevent nose bleeding, similar to eucalyptus, is often used in aromatherapy. It affects the mind and body, can help to relax the blood vessels and muscular contractions inside the nose, bringing relief and help in clotting. It is entirely safe to be used with children and infants too.
4. Myrrh: Mostly comes in the ratio of 60% Jojoba oil mixed with 40% Myrrh oil, has useful healing properties and a balsamic aroma, is an ayurvedic ingredient that speeds up healing and cures allergies.
5. Geranium: It’s a medicinal, therapeutic oil with anti-microbial properties, can soothe the nasal membrane and help in congestion as well, cleaning the nasal passages and bringing ease.
6. Rose: An excellent remedy for sore throat, tonsilitis, and other ENT related issues, this can even work great with a diffuser, a fantastic source of plant therapy, this can relieve stress and help to maintain the natural blood clotting system thereby preventing further bleeding.
7. Lavender: Some people can be allergic to this, but if you’re not, it is a great option. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic oil that can immediately help with nasal bleeding and is entirely safe for anyone.
How to use
Mix a few drops with a spoonful of career oil, apply diluted oil to tissue and dab around the nose and nostrils. If bleeding does not stop within 15-20 minutes, seek medical advice.