No one should use a nasal flush with tap water. Please boil it first or use distilled water. If contaminants get into the water it can cause serious illness, sometimes fatal. I use a nasal wash faithfully, but I don't use tap water since I heard on the news that people were dying due to bacteria in tap water.
I've been using a mix for awhile but decided to include glycerine. You can feel that the wash is smoother and goes through your nose easier. I found it in a bottle near the bandaids section (Rite-Aid) and it looks like clear corn syrup. I swear by nasal irrigating and use an attach. that goes on my Water Pick (designed for irrig.). Thanks Lightly Toasted, for posting, Roxygirl
I use a similar recipe that uses 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 t salt and 1/2 t baking soda and I use a plastic bottle. They sell sinus irrigation bottles in most drug stores for about $5 (or you can get a kit that also includes saline solution packets for around $10) and I've found it to be much easier to use than neti pots or cups. You want the water to be lukewarm, and I've found that 30 seconds in the microwave will make room temperature water just right for irrigation. The trick is to do it daily regardless of how your sinuses feel--don't slack off! If you make it part of your daily routine you will see huge improvements.
NOTHING like this for sinus health. I use tap water, very warm but not hot. Anyone who has sinus problems should be using this.
I wish I had found this a couple of days ago when I was at my worst. Tried it tonight for a sinus infection. (I'm also on antibiotics). It did help! Used warm water (not distilled), but everything else I kept exactly the same as the recipe. Thank you so much, Elissaz! NOTE: I have not used glycerin before, bottle says it's poison (external use only) and to keep it away from children. For God's sake don't swallow!
When my ENT first gave this to me, it included Vodka (which sterlized). Later, another ENT told me that the Vodka wasn't necessary, but I still use it at times. I have alway done it, just holding my head down over the toilet and flushing my sinuses, using a bulb syringe. I've found out that warm water helps dislodge the "gunk" easier that cool water.
Thank you! I feel so much better and my poor sore nose even thanks you!
Great thankyou,been using neilmed sinus rinse at great expense,this is much better,I have terrible post nasal drip and this gives me relief,though only for a short time.Bliss while it lasts.
Very nice! I love the fact it doesn't burn. Feels very soothing.
Congrats! I looked up all the nasal irrigation recipes here on Zaar and yours is the only one I found that is isotonic (the exact proportion of saline to replace our tears). I tried this just now with my neti pot and there was no burning. I haven't found distilled water necessary and I am using kosher salt since table salt (because of the iodide) isn't recommended. I plan on blending my kosher salt with the baking powder in a larger quantity and keeping that by my bathroom sink with a measuring spoon. Only problem is that the neti pot will only take 6 oz of water so I may have to adjust it for that.