Nasal Lavage is very useful in the treatment of chronic or acute sinus infections, or congestion after allergen exposure. (animal dander, pollen, dust, mold, etc…)
For acute conditions do nasal lavage 4 times a day or more to flush out bacteria or other organisms and mucous. For chronic conditions do nasal lavage 1-2 times daily for several months to flush sinuses and break up debris from prolonged infection, allowing the nasal mucosa to heal completely.
- Neti pot (as drawn above), bulb syringe, turkey baster, you may use a tea cup but it is messier.
- Sea salt (very important – no iodized salt!!!)
- Filtered or bottled water
- Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt with 2 cups of lukewarm water. (The closer the temperature is to the temperature inside your nose the more comfortable the treatment will be. Test temperature of water upon inside of wrist
- Put 1/2 of salt water mixture into netti pot, bulb, or turkey baster.
- Tilt head down in sink so you are looking directly into sink basin. Maintaining this angle and then tilt head to the side. Insert netti pot spout into right nostril. Breathe through your mouth. (See picture above.)
- Allow the water to flush through sinuses. The salt-water mixture and debris from your sinuses will flow out of left nostril. Maintain breathing through mouth.
- Repeat with other 1/2 of salt water mixture in left nostril.
- Blow remaining liquid out of sinuses with 15 short blows. Do not plug one nostril, this will create fluid backup into Eustachian tubes.
- Enjoy Free Breathing!
Other useful fluids that can be put into the Neti pot:
- Adding 1-2 drops of grapefruit seed or citrus seed extract to the above stated mixture can aid in healing. The seed extracts stated above can be used as a disinfectant to kill bacteria, viruses, yeasts, molds, parasites and fungi.
- Mix 2 cups of lukewarm Goldenseal tea (hydrastis) with 1 teaspoon sea salt. The Goldenseal is used to treat irritated and inflamed mucous membranes like those in your sinuses. This herb is also antimicrobial so it can kill the bugs that are causing the discomfort.
- Mix 2 cups of lukewarm sage and thyme tea with 1 teaspoon sea salt. Sage is used as an astringent herb used to constrict the mucous membranes. Thyme is used to remove mucus from the body. Together this mixture can dry the sinuses.
- Making a mixture of lukewarm elderflower tea with 1 teaspoon sea salt can be used similarly to the sage and thyme tea mixture to dry the mucus membranes.
- Adding Nystatin to the Neti pot mixture can be very helpful to treat fungal sinus infections.