There are certain times of the year when the noses begin to run and the sinuses are backed up. When this happens we are uncomfortable and miserable and sometimes all of the cold medicine in the store will not help us. That is usually because we are not reaching for the right type of medicine. The next time your sinuses are clogged you need to try sinus irrigation.
The most common of these is the Neti pot. These come with a special solution that is poured into the nasal passages and will clear out the mucous. If this is too much for you to try right now or you do not want to spend the money than why not try to make your own rinse? It will save you money and it is all natural!
The first thing that you need to do is get some salt. The best type that you should be using is the plain or non iodized salt that you have in your kitchen. This is considered to be a pure form and can really help. You can still use some that is iodized if you prefer. In fact some people feel it really help to prevent sinus infections. You might even want to use sea salt. Just choose what will work best for you.
Gather clean water. If you are getting it from the tap than run it through the filter first or boil it. You want to remove any bacteria or other minerals that are contained within the tap water. You do not want this to get inside of your nasal passages and possibly make things worse for you.
Pour around a quarter of a teaspoon of salt into one cup of water. It is best to start off with a small amount for those people who have never done it before or who have sensitive nasal passages. Too much and you will cause the inside skin to become irritated and this will make matters worse on you.
The next thing you need to do is add in just a pinch of baking soda. This is used to help the mucous to dissolve and to wash away completely. Add it to the salt and than pour them both into the water. Mix them together and make sure that the water is warm – but not hot. That is how to make your own sinus irrigation system. Remember to buy a small pot to put it in.