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Sesame Oil for Nasal Congestion

A study from Goteberg, Sweden shows that a sesame seed oil nasal spray helped to relieve the irritated stuffy noses of people during cold Swedish winters.

During winter in cold climates, air is heated, which markedly increases its drying effects on nasal and lung membranes, causing many people to suffer itching, burning, and crusting in their noses and bronchial tubes. Many people buy over-the-counter salt solutions to spray in their noses. This study shows that sesame seed oil is far more effective in relieving the itching, burning and crusting caused by breathing dry air. However, you will have to look for a commercial preparation. If you spray regular sesame seed oil into your nose and it gets into your lungs, it could cause coughing and shortness of breath.

November 2001, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Checked 2/9/14

May 31st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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