Save Money with Homemade Sinus Rinse


I’ve mentioned before how I love my NeilMed Sinus rinse and am willing to pay for the expensive refill packs.  Well thanks to an article in Parent & Child magazine (that my kindergartner brought home free from school), I think I found a great way to save money by not having to pay for the refills and still get the great benefits.

The article details the difference in symptoms of a common cold and allergies.  Then it offers allergy help for your kids without making them sleepy.  One way suggested was to wash the allergens away using a homemade sinus rinse solution.

2 Cups Lukewarm Water
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda


They even suggest putting the mixture in a Netipot.

My sinuses have really been acting up the last couple days so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try this out.  I don’t use the NetiPot, but instead have the Sinus Rinse.  This holds 1 cup of water so I halved the recipe. 

My conclusions (and it’s only been an hour):

It gave me a similar feeling around the eye sockets as the regular Neilmed mix.  It feels like everything is opening up.  It also helps clear a lot of drainage from my nose.  The one difference I noticed was a slightly saltier after taste.  I don’t mind that too much since it is natural and will help me save money.

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  1. While this may sound like a good idea, it can be extremely dangerous to put unsterilized things in your nasal cavities. Please research the risks before trying this at home, there have been tons of reports of infection, some resulting in death due to putting unsterilized items in neti pots.

    • I’ve heard about the risk of infection before but I thought that was more with the pot being dirty. I followed the neilmed sinus rinse sterilization directions before doing it today.

  2. 1. Sterilize a clean glass jar by boiling it for 30 minutes. 2. Boil water in your kettle to remove the chlorine. 3. Allow it to cool to room temperature and pour into sterile jar for storage. 4. Use Neilmed or home-made mix, be careful not to overdo the salt. I prefer to use sea salt not iodized. 5. Combine in clean rinsed sterile (you can boil this too), Neilmed sinus flush bottle. Make sure you leave the the top off and warm mixture in container in the microwave. Try 10 second intervals until you get the right combination of time and power level. 6. Test on wrist like a baby bottle. should be only very slightly warm; remember you’re putting this in your nose with very delicate and temperature sensitive mucous membranes which can be easily damaged. 7. Use as frequently as necessary to cleanse nasal passages. Best if 4 times per day, breakfast, lunch, supper and bedtime. 8. Research how to care for sinuses, about blowing your nose properly, the side effects of over the counter nasal sprays, etc. Some self-medications can make sinuses problems worsen. Speak to a Respiratory Therapist in a hospital about sinus care; they can educate you about things you didn’t know that you didn’t know about caring for your nose and how to avoid and prevent sinus infections.

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