This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
My allergies have started bothering me, with itchy, watery eyes, early morning congestion, sneezing, signaling the start of the fall allergy season.
At my last physical check-up my doctor asked me if I’ve had any health issues bothering me, and I did mention my sinuses bother me every fall and spring. I can always tell the seasons by my chronic sinus congestion. I told him I already take antihistamines, but sometimes they don’t help, and I don’t really want prescription inhalers if I can avoid it. A fellow allergy sufferer himself, he recommended I try the new nasal rinses in the market. I told him I was not successful with the Neti-pot, but he said the new ones are actually just sinus rinses that work by spraying. This is the one I tried:
I gave it a try, and it actually gave me some relief. I used up the pre-made packets, but instead of buying more, I am making my own. After doing a bit of research, I found a mix that works. (Please note this is for informational purposes only and not intended as medical advice. Check with your own doctor before trying out any health remedies.)
Here are the ingredients:
8 ounces lukewarm distilled water (DO NOT USE TAP WATER or any other water except distilled. Using tap water or non-distilled water can be dangerous since viruses or bacteria may enter your system.)
3 tablespoons non-iodine salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix all together, fill in a sterile bulb syringe and use as a nasal spray. (Discontinue use if you feel any irritation/ discomfort or if it doesn’t work for you)
So far it’s worked for me and it does not feel any different than the store bought kind. I am still keeping a few of the pre-made packets for emergencies and travel, but for now, I am using the homemade version. I still keep the antihistamines handy, but in an emergency, I am glad I have a backup remedy for nasal allergies.
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