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 06, 2022

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,

1) Chyavanaprash lehyam one teaspoon twice daily after food.

2) Ashwagandha churnam three to four grams in warm water or milk two times a day after food.

3) Guduchi Ghana Vati in the morning and night before food.

4) Ayush kwath decoction 60 mL (four gram powder boiled in 100 mL of water and reduced to 60 mL).

If there is a cough or sneezing, I suggest,

1) Fifatrol syrup or bresol syrup.

2) Talisadhi churnam in four gram honey.

Thank you.

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