I left few drops of lemon in both my nostrils and a liquid is coming out of my mouth continuously. Kindly help.

Q. Is it safe to instill lemon drops into my nostrils to prevent COVID infection?

Answered by
Dr. Farzana Roshan. M
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 01, 2022 and last reviewed on: Dec 05, 2023

Hello doctor,

I saw a video in which a person talked about an Ayurveda remedy for COVID. And as he said, I left three drops of lemon into both my nostrils, and in one minute, I had a continuous cough, and some liquid was coming out of my mouth and, according to him, I had to spit it out. So, it has been one hour, but still, it is continuously coming. So, I am worried. So, please give me proper guidance on whether it is risky and suggest how to stop it.

Thank you.



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Squeezing lemon in the nostrils will result in negative reactions in your upper respiratory tract. It looks like your nasal mucous has been irritated. So do not ever try doing that. Instead, I suggest you instill ayurvedic oil called Anutailam or warm sesame oil. Two drops in each nostril a day will be effective. I suggest you try steaming in hot water mixed with a few drops of turmeric and eucalyptus oil. It will immediately melt the phlegm in your nasal passage and throat. Also, people with sinusitis will experience this kind of reaction. So do not try using lemon drops. For prevention, I suggest the following,

Chyavanaprash lehyam (Amlas, Pippali, Svadamstra) one teaspoon twice daily after food. Ashwagandha churnam (Withania somnifera) three to four grams in warm water or milk two times a day after food. Guduchi Ghana Vati (Guduchi stem) in the morning and night before food. Ayush kwath (Tulsi, Dalchini, Sunthi) decoction 2 fl oz (2 teaspoons of powder boiled in 2.5 fl oz of water and reduced to 2 fl oz). If there is a cough or sneezing, I suggest, Fifatrol syrup (Tinospora Cradifolia, Berberis Aristata, Achyranthes Aspera) and Talisadhi churnam (Abies webbiana, Piper nigrum, Zingiber officinale) with 2 teaspoon honey.

Thank you.

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