Spring allergies? Try a neti pot

It’s that time of year when the days get longer, the trees burst into bloom and the pollen counts skyrocket.

Ah-ah-ah choo!

And every year I’m thankful for my neti pot. I’ve touted the benefits of neti pot before, and think it’s one of the best health tools I’ve ever bought.

When the pollen counts are high, I use it every day and it really, really helps. It works by washing the pollen (or other allergens) out of your nasal passages. It also keeps your sinuses moist and healthy.

I remember how nervous and skeptical I was the first time I tried it. But allergies and a constant stuffy nose (couldn’t sleep) and red eyes (couldn’t wear contact lenses) were making my life miserable, so I finally decided to give it a go. Truly, the neti pot significantly improved my quality of life.

Here’s a good YouTube demonstrating how easy it is to use a neti pot.

Notes:

  • I use a microwave to heat the salt solution; room temperature or a little higher is perfect. Take care the water is not too hot; the tissue in your nasal passages is very thin and sensitive.
  • I make my own salt mixture. It’s cheap and easy! Mix 1 cup non-iodized salt with one teaspoon baking soda. That’s it  😉

Over-the-counter medications and sprays are fine to use on occasional. However, they can be expensive and cause multiple side effects, such as drowsiness, a rapid heart rate and dry eyes and nasal passages.

So consider getting a neti pot and trying it first!

neit pot

 

Sláinte,

Frugal Nurse

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