My daughter has always had a lot of nosebleeds. Kids’ nosebleeds are common, but it’s still upsetting every time one happens, so I began searching for ways to prevent them. When I started using essential oils, I found some anecdotal evidence that Lemon essential oil can be used in the treatment and prevention of nosebleeds, so I decided to try it. Here’s how we now stop nosebleeds using lemon essential oil!
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There are many possible reasons for nosebleeds including dry air, trauma to the nose, respiratory infections, allergies, exposure to chemical irritants, etc…( Source).
We live in an extremely cold, dry climate and my daughter suffers from more frequent/ chronic nosebleeds in the winter. There’s no way to escape the cold in the winter months, so I wanted to find something to help her deal with the inevitable onset of winter nosebleeds each year.
There are many recommended treatments for nosebleeds including staying calm, sitting upright, gently blowing your nose, using a nasal decongestant, pinching your nose, applying petroleum jelly to the inside of your nose, or in more extreme cases packing or cauterization (Source 1, Source 2).
There are several oils that have properties that can help to stop a nosebleed, but Lemon is the most commonly used. It’s also the cheapest and easiest to find.
Note : Make sure you are using a pure, high quality essential oil or it won’t be effective. Some “essential oils” on the market contain fillers, artificial scents and/or other harmful ingredients. I use this Lemon Essential Oil (you can use my referral code 19017226 in the sponsor/enroller field at checkout to purchase).
Lemon essential oil is hemostatic, meaning it helps stop bleeding by speeding up coagulation/ blood clotting process (Source).
Cypress essential oil is another oil that has been shown to help promote blood clotting however, it is considered a “hot” oil in that it should be diluted before use. When a nosebleed is starting I find it much easier to reach for lemon oil, which can be used immediately!
Helichrysum essential oil has wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties and can also be helpful for nosebleeds. However, it’s much more expensive than lemon oil!
When my daughter felt a nosebleed starting, we had her inhale deeply several times while holding an open bottle of lemon essential oil directly under her nose. Then she sat down and held a tissue with a couple of drops of lemon essential oil on it over her nose and pinched just below the bridge of her nose (while sitting up straight) until she was sure it had stopped.
In the past, she has had nosebleeds that gushed for at least a couple of minutes. However, the last few times when we’ve caught them right when they start using lemon oil they have stopped immediately and not progressed to the gushing stage at all. Success! She now has a bottle of lemon oil in her backpack and one in her desk at school and she feels much more confident knowing that there is something she can do to prevent her nosebleeds when she feels that telltale trickle!
Note: I have heard of people applying lemon oil directly to the inside of their nose, but I am cautious when it comes to ingesting oils or applying them directly to delicate membranes or surfaces. I would talk to a relevant medical professional before I tried something like that and wouldn’t feel comfortable personally recommending it.
Lemon essential oil can be used for more than stopping nosebleeds. In my opinion, lemon is one of the most versatile essential oils. Here are a few of the ways we use lemon essential oil in our house:
If you have success stopping a bloody nose with lemon essential oil, I’d love to hear about it. You can leave a comment below! For more information about using essential oils at home check out How to Use Essential Oils