My head is pounding as I write this article. I suffer from a large assortment of seasonal allergies as well as year round allergies. Today the pollen count is really high in my area and it’s causing me to feel sinus pain and pressure. I also have a lot of congestion and my nasal passages are swollen. So, I am going to start my day off with a home remedy to get my nasal passages open and to restore freer breathing.
First off what you will need to prepare the solution is tap water, pickling salt, baking soda, one large empty and cleaned glass jar about 1 quart will do, and a small empty nasal spray bottle. I have used a Netti pot with this concoction in the past but I found it to be to messy so I will just stick with the spray bottles. All the supplies that you will need for this remedy you can find in your local grocery store or drug store. Check your cabinets first before running out to the store to purchase new ingredients.
Then you will need to fill up a tea kettle with tap water and boil for around 3-5 minutes. This will help get any impurities out of the water while sterilizing it. Then you will need to let the water cool down for a bit before pouring the boiled water into the glass jar.
After about an hour waiting for the boiled water to cool down, then you will pour the water in to the 1 quart glass jar almost to the top. Next you will add 2 teaspoons of the pickling salt in to the water. Some people choose to use table salt instead, but I find that the pickling salt is a little bit more gentle on the delicate nasal passages. Next thing to do is add 1 teaspoon of baking soda which is also known as pure bicarbonate. Let the mixture cool down before you stir or shake it up. Do not use mixture until mixture is fully cooled down.
When the mixture reaches room temperature, shake or stir it up well. Next you are going to pour the mixture in to your plastic spray bottle. You can take the plastic spray bottle and run it under hot water to warm the mixture up. I like to use it lukewarm, but its up to you , whatever you prefer.
Next your going to want to stand near a mirror over the sink or stand in the shower. Then you will squirt the salt water mixture into each side of the nose. Aim towards the back of the head for better results. You will be able to spit the mixture out if it gets in your mouth. Try not to swallow the mixture although it would be safe if you swallowed a little bit of it. You may notice some burning in your nostrils, but this will pass as you get used to using the mixture. I use the solution about 3 times a day and it helps me restore nasal breathing and improve sinus pressure. I have found this natural remedy to be very effective in restoring my nasal passages. This mixture also has cut down on my post nasal drip. So all around I am pretty happy with this natural remedy and I am sure you will be too.
You may want to consult with your doctor if the following symptoms are present.
You have a fever
You have thick green, yellow, or bloody nasal discharge
Your headache is severe with facial pain
These could mean that you have a sinus infection and you require doctors treatment.