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Nasal Wash


Okay this is going to sound gross to anyone who hasn't heard this before, but my cousin recently told me about Nasal Washes to clear out your sinuses.  It sounded a little weird at first but now that I have a wonderful blend of a cold/seasonal allergies, I'm thinking it might be my only relief!!

Basically you can buy a saline nasal wash from the drugstore that you spray up your nose to irrigate the gross stuff up there.

Has anyone tried this before??
Sep 09, 2010 @ 11:05 am

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good stuff.....

I have used them before...with great results.

You also may want to try a neti pot

Sep 09, 2010 @ 01:48 pm

currently having a monstrous sinus headache

That's it - I'm heading out to try this now! My congestion often turns into a full blown sinus infection so I'm willing to try anything.
Sep 09, 2010 @ 02:18 pm

Couldnt live without it!

I have the Neilmed bottle and a Neti Pot.I prefer the bottle its more affective if you have allergies and bad sinus problems this one is a better way to clean your sinus.The neti pot is more of a gentle stream.I had sinus surgery many years ago and this was advised by the surgeon I use it daily.I also put one drop of rosemary oil and Eucalyptus oil(Essential Oils only when I have a cold)It helps tremedoulsy with headaches and just clearing stuff out of your sinus...It does not hurt it actually feels very soothing.It is a little weird how it will come out the other side of your nose.I usually mix my own baking soda/ non -iodized salt mix instead of buying the packs.I also sometimes add a little Glycerin this will keep your nose from drying out.There is also a spray in health food stores that is called Sinus Buster.Its made out of capsicum and rosemary and eucalyptus oils.It is a little of a shock at first because there is a bit of a sensation of heat.But it does kill a headache instantly.The Sinus Bottle I swear by you will feel dramatic results really quickly for allergies/headaches.
Sep 09, 2010 @ 06:00 pm

please elaborate!

I'm very interested to hear more, Bren. Can you explain how you mix, the quantities, how you get it in (snort? use a mister? inhaler?), etc? I have several colds every winter and it makes me insane. I would love to try these remedies you suggest!
Sep 10, 2010 @ 08:58 am

Sinus rinse how to

@mamaluv Check out www.neilmed.com. They have two step by step videos of how to use both the bottle method and the neti pot...You can buy these kits at any store that has a pharmacy they are everywhere.In the kit you will get your bottle or neti pot which ever kit you decide to get and about 100 little packs of the mix(non-idozed salt and backing soda)When you use it Be sure NOT to try this before going to bed because there is still solution in your sinus and it will drip in your throat.So you just mix your pack in the bottle(there is a fill line shown and add warm clean water(they dont advise using it from the tap.)Then just bend forward and tilt your head to the side and put the nozzle to one of your nostrils and gently squeeze the bottle the solution will come in a stream out the other nostril.Check out the video it will show exactly what to do.This is the best way to go the kits are really cheap and then you have you packs already mixed and ready to go and your going to be getting them in your kit anyways.When there gone if you want to make your own mix then its just
half teaspoon of non-iodized salt and half teaspoon of baking soda(double for both nostrils)Also on facebook there are two like pages for neilmed you can request to get a free bottle or neti pot...Just a warning with that it takes about 6 months to get to you!!!!You can request one but they are so reasonably priced that you can just just the kit at your local store.It doesn't hurt at all it feels really soothing.The only after affects for me is that my nose feels a little stuffed for about half hour.But you will breath so much better by doing this to relief inflammation/allergies etc..It is recommended by health practitioners so it is 100% safe!Also in your kit is a big step by step color insert.BTW on the web site its on the left hand side it says instructions-video check it out.Hope it helps you out!
Sep 10, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

Sinus rinses CAN be good but ...

I do agree with Bren581 that the Neilmed bottle can be very good and very helpful for people who have allergies and sinus problems. The only thing I wanted to say about the sinus rinses is that they can hurt if the salt to water ratio isn't correct and if the water is not warm enough (it should be body temp.) or is too hot. If that's the case, then it can really hurt and sting very badly! For some reason( and I don't know if this was just me or if perhaps Bren581 could also attest to this) I had problems with water dripping out (this may sound gross!) whenever I would bend over about 1-2 hours after having done the nasal wash. Sometimes this would happen in public and it was very embarrassing. Just wanted to warn everyone about this particularly strange little quirk I experienced with the sinus rinse. This is not the kind of thing they tell you about in the instructions, that's for sure!
Sep 11, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

Thanks for reminding me

YES!Thanks Schmoopie I forgot to mention that you really need to have the water temp at body temperature or do NOT overfill the bottle it can sting.LOL I forgot about mentioning the bending over as well because theres still the solution in your sinus if you bend over out dribbles solution(oh so sexy! lol)I have bent over a few times after wards to pick something up and out dribbles the solution and my boyfriend looks at me mortified!I think we may be scaring people now Schmoopie lol.( I feel sorry for you if that happened in public!)
Sep 12, 2010 @ 01:03 am


Oh this is so funny and informative all at the same time :)
Sep 13, 2010 @ 09:55 am


I have heard great things about NeilMed, can't wait to try it the next time I have a cold. ;)
Jan 15, 2011 @ 11:56 am
Ali de Bold

Watch the neti pot commercials

Amazing amazingness.
Jan 17, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

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