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Can Olive Oil Cure Snoring?

By April 18, 2010

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There is no shortage of free advice in this world, and the website AltUse offers plenty of suggestions for alternative uses of common household products. One of the suggestions is the use of olive oil as a cure for snoring.

Many things can cause an individual to snore, including a deviated septum. Excessive tissue in the back of the nose or throat can lead to a partially blocked airway that causes the sound of snoring. If it becomes totally blocked, this may lead to sleep apnea.

Can olive oil cure snoring? It ultimately depends on the cause. I suppose the theory is that if you moisten the tissues in your throat by sipping a small amount of olive oil, the contact will be reduced. Therefore the air may move through more smoothly and you'll snore less. I rather doubt this will be very effective for most people. However, olive oil has other benefits, including improved heart health, so it may not be a worthless endeavor. If you try this alternative use, share your experience on the effectiveness by commenting below.

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April 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(1) Melissa S. says:

Interesting theory, although I doubt this would work (I was hoping someone would post their experience trying this). Wouldn’t that be funny if insurance companies mandated this as a first step to sleep apnea before CPAP? I can just imagine the looks on those patients’ faces! Priceless….

April 28, 2010 at 2:55 am
(2) Treatment for Sleep Apnea  says:

great article, i don’t think people really understand the problem of snoring unless someone they live with suffers from it

August 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(3) snorer says:

great post… it’s quite interesting…

December 4, 2010 at 4:14 am
(4) John Philip says:

makes sense I guess, but I think instead of using olive oil on a regular basis people should try some of the natural exercises to cure snoring.

August 2, 2012 at 5:11 am
(5) home health products says:

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February 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm
(6) Stefani says:

I never heard of this, but i may just try it.

March 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm
(7) Denise Gabbard says:

Interesting, and certainly worth a try.

May 22, 2013 at 12:42 am
(8) Keisha Hoy says:

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May 23, 2013 at 2:50 am
(9) stop snoring says:

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June 1, 2013 at 2:21 am
(10) best stop smoking aids without gaining weight says:

It is created or caused due to the tissues in then nose, mouth accompanied by the throat.
A blocked airway makes for a rough and obnoxious airflow
rather than a smooth-quiet one. The Ka sound works on the muscles of the throat in
a pretty much different way than the La sound.

June 1, 2013 at 6:39 am
(11) Jim says:

I tried one teaspoon of olive oil before sleeping at night. It has been only one night but I can feel a positive difference in my breathing….enough that I want to research it more. It would be amazing if this simple thing would work better than other remedies….so far I am A M A Z E D.

June 12, 2013 at 12:04 am
(12) ConnieGraceFarr says:

I just found your site. I like it very much.

June 14, 2013 at 1:50 am
(13) Brent says:

Hey guys,

My wife came to me about 3 days ago and told me of this theory that she found on Facebook, sniffing approximately 3 drops in each nostril will cure snoring, I asked her can this be? Taking into consideration that my snoring has gotten to the point where I sleep in another room, not very good for married life I must add.

Any case I thought what the hell let me try it, by gosh it worked for me, I mean I used to cut down a forest when I used to sleep now not a sound at all, my only concern was how healthy is it for you, I mean sniffing oil is by far the strangest thing I have done.

For application I do the following, I have an eye dropper and use approximately .5 ml for each nostril, tilt my head back squeeze and give a good squirt and a hard sniff (keep a napkin handy for roll back excess oil) and I do this just before I go to bed now every night, happy wife equals happy marriage.



July 12, 2013 at 2:49 am
(14) Matt the Painter says:

Tried the olive oil treatment to stop my incessant snoring. Took it for 6 nights in a row, including a few ‘post golf’ beer and wine sessions…..stopped the snoring in its tracks. Had one night off and the snoring returned. Certainly works for me!!!

December 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm
(15) steve says:

It works so well for me that my wife calls it ‘freaky’

April 2, 2014 at 1:06 am
(16) College Student says:

So, I have been suffering with snoring for years now due to some respiratory problems I have had since youth. I even had nasal surgery in order to open up my nostrils but all that pain was useless as the snoring seems to only have gotten worse.

Living Uni life one can imagine how detrimental this is, and rather embarrassing but as I am far from home and not in my typical environment it is difficult to find an answer for such a problem as this that even the mainstream has no set remedy.

I live with someone at the moment so it will be fairly easy to test it out. I will do so this week and update!! Because if this does indeed work I hope to help anyone else that has this frustrating problem!!

All the best

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