I’m sure most of you have seen or heard of neti-pots, saline nose sprays, or those spray bottles that spray saline wash into your nostrils.
In my opinion, saline wash is a life-saver. Really.
Today I am going to show you how you can easily make these sprays yourself to save a ton of money and hopefully save yourself from needing antibiotics.
I’ve been making saline wash for years.
I remember in my 20′s (yikes! – That was a long time ago.), my grandmother buying me some premade nasal spray in a bottle and telling me how helpful it was.
I thought it seemed ridiculous, but then I was brought up in a home where I was given antibiotics for just about any little sniffle or bug.
Hence a lot of the health problems that I deal with today.
You can read more about how much I avoid anti-biotics now in my post “Escape from the Pink Stuff – How We Avoided Antibiotics”.
I will go to great lengths to avoid that stuff. Even though they’re free at our local pharmacy – that “free” comes with a heavy health price tag.
Anyway, as the years went on, I started using different forms of saline washes — and found that they work great!
In fact, am now a self-declared expert in making saline nose wash .
However, one of the things that bugs me is that you go into your local drug, grocery, or health food store, and buy one of those little neti-pots or saline spray containers, and the give you some little packets of pre-made saline mix to get you started.
Only to have you feel the need to come back and buy more of their little packets.
Well, if you’ve looked at those packets, really the only thing that is in them is….
you guessed it–salt and maybe baking soda.
Pretty simple, eh?
So I decided to figure out how much of each I needed to use in order to avoid the highway-robbery of buying those little packets (not to mention all the extra garbage they generate. Sigh.)
Why Make Your Own Saline Nose Wash
1. It saves a TON of money.
2. Reduce waste from those little packets of saline mix.
3. You can control how much of everything you add easily.
Here’s how to do it:
How to Make Your Own Saline Nose Spray
1 cup (8 oz.) water
1 tsp. salt (you can add more for more “punch” but it does sting)
pinch – 1/8 tsp baking soda
1. Warm the water to a temperature that is as warm as you can tolerate.
2. Add salt and baking soda to your saline container (neti-pot or saline spray bottle).
3. Add water and mix / shake to combine.
4. Follow directions for using your saline wash container.
5. Make sure to rinse out your container after use and leave it open to air dry.
- Use only purified water. Here is really icky documentation of folks who got brain eating amoebas from using tap water. Yuck!
- Use only pure salt like sea salt or my favorite, Real Salt. Table salt has lots of other things like anti-caking agents, silicon dioxide and even sugar sometimes. I don’t want those in my nose, thank you.
- For added sinus-cleansing action, after putting the saline solution into your nose, inhale a bit and hold some of it in your nose for about 10 seconds, and then blow out. I found this technique on my saline bottle’s insert and it supposedly helps the saline solution get into all the nasal cavities.
- What type of bottle or neti-pot to use? I like this brand, but I think they are all good. Personally, I don’t think that the neti-pots work as well since the spraying action seems to get the saline rinse in my sinuses better than the force of gravity.
- Some advise against continual use of saline washes. I found this article interesting. If you use yours year-round, it might not be a good idea.
- I am not a doctor – so don’t use this instead of medical opinion, KO?
If you find yourself in a real pinch and don’t have a saline rinse container, you can mix this up in your hand (of course, make sure it’s clean!) I actually did that for awhile. I had a boss from Russia who said that they would do this all the time with a bunch of warm water and salt. It works but it’s harder to control than the neti pot or spray bottle.
A personal note – and optional additions
Over the past few weeks I have been fighting an illness and I ended up making tons of my own saline nose drops (the stuff you put in neti-pots or saline spray containers, like the one pictured above) with all kinds of variations.
I thought it was allergies, but it turned out to be a doozy of a sinus infection.
Since I was pretty desperate, I added a bunch of different things to my saline bottle to aid in my healing. Here are the possible additives for the nasal rinse that I read about and tried (I tried all except the honey)
- apple cider vinegar (just a drop or two. Don’t make the mistake I did by adding about 1 Tbsp. Ouch!)
- colloidal silver (from a drop to more.)
- grapefruit seed extract (GSE) – this is supposed to be a great anti-viral agent. Just add a few drops.
- essential oils (I tried eucalyptus, frankincense, and rosemary. I am thinking melaleuca or peppermint would be great too. Just a tip – even one little drop of oregano oil is waaaay too strong.) (And yes, I am hoping to post the sequel to Which Essential Oils are Best.)
- xylitol – some say it aids in making the solution non-stinging. It is also supposed to kill candida and since a number of sinus infections are thought to be viral, this might be a help as well.
- Manukka honey – I didn’t try this but I have read it’s an option.
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How about you? Have you used saline sprays?
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