I use kosher salt and a pinch of baking soda. And I love my neti pot! Imagine your nose, with warm salt water flowing through, this is the 'river' you create each time you wash your nose.
Your sinuses are stagnant ponds with small outlets allowing them to drain into the nose. When the saline solution flows past these outlets it creates a low-pressure stream that draws out the contents of the sinus cavities; just like a swiftly moving river would drain a small pond.
It is just common sense to practice this nasal cleansing as a part of daily nasal hygiene. You get rid of allergens, pollution, dust & stagnant mucus.
My allergist calls me a "success story" and congratulates me on achieving "normal" sinus health by practicing daily nose washing. She told me most patients of hers who have had sinus surgery like I did end up worse off. I never thought I would be normal. After my 3rd sinus operation - back in 1995. I got so depressed because all I could see ahead was more sickness, more surgery and no normal sinus health. But daily nosewashing helped me improve and normalize my sinus health. I can not say enough good things about it. I have also avoided colds by doing this. I swear! I used to work as a teacher and those germ bag kids were always sick.
I have not had a cold since 1999. I had one cold in 1998 & one in 1999. I did not retire from teaching until 2003. I began daily nose washing in 1995 so since 1995 I have had 2 colds and none since 1999.
Nose washing is one of the safest, easiest, cheapest & most beneficial things you can do for yourself. I don't want others to suffer as I did, that is why I encourage everyone I know to protect their sinus & respiratory health by washing the nose!
I make mine with a 3 parts salt to one part baking soda measure. I put the both in food processor & process to get the mixture combined and the salt powdered. This seems to work just fine. Store in airtight container and mix about 1/8 tsp. with warm water in Neti pot.
Can anyone tell me if using the Neti-Pot helps post nasal drip? I used it for two weeks and cannot tell any difference. It is so aggravating because it drips down my throat at night and the next morning sometimes I can hardly talk. I use the sea salt and water, not soda with it as my doctor directed. What does the soda do?
The mixture I use is fine sea salt and baking sode, at a ratio of 2 parts sea salt to 1 part baking soda. I mix it in a sealable container and use 1/2 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. My husband uses a whole teaspoon of the mix, so the mix to water ratio is by personal taste. The sea salt is easily found in the grocery store and does not contain iodine.
I don't even use a neti pot, I just use a cup from the cupboard, pour into my hand, much easier. Done this for several years. Can mix up 1/4 cup at time. It should not sit around, should be fresh each time you do it.
Have taught my nieces, nephews, granchildren as small kids how to do this too. Adults is harder for them to get it.
Practice in the shower. I am a swimmer, so the face in the water, nose in the water is not a big deal. I just use the koscher--a pinch to 1/4 cup warm water.
My Allergist gave me a pot to use, till in the drawer. More work than the way I do it.
I use fine, non-iodized kosher salt and a sometimes a drop of tea tree oil with 8 ounces of warm water in my neti pot. The tea tree oil is antibacterial, so I use it when my sinuses are particularly inflamed or infected, but it's pretty potent, so one drop is literally all you need.
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of NON-iodized salt and 8 ounces (one liquid measuring cup) of warm water. You can add a pinch of baking soda, if desired. I just use kosher salt from the grocery store, and baking soda from the pantry!
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