I was once addicted to medicated nasal sprays, the kind you buy over-the-counter. Once was more than enough – it took me months to wean myself off of them.
If you live near the ocean, or you spend time swimming in it, you know that your sinuses clear right up while you’re swimming. That’s because of the salt, a key part of the human body (which comes out in our tears and perspiration).
If you look hard enough, you can find drug-free saline nasal spray in just about any drug store. Unfortunately, it costs about the same amount as the medicated kind.
Since saline is just another word that means salt water, it makes sense that saline nasal spray would clear up most sinus congestion problems (but not all). There is an easy way to prepare it for yourself and save a ton of money in the process, if you consider how often you’ll be using it. The only problem is that you need an empty spray bottle. You can use an old saline spray bottle or you may be able to find empty ones in certain drug stores. I use the former.
There are only three things you need to prepare it: The spray bottle, table salt, and bottled water. You don’t want to use tap water because tap water has things that may actually cause your sinus condition to get worse.
This is what I do: I use an 8-ounce glass filled with bottled water and add a teaspoon of table salt. I stir the water until all the salt is dissolved into it. Then I take the top off the empty spray bottle and fill it with the water. There is always leftover water, but I’m not going to drink it. It’s way too salty.
Whether you choose to make it yourself or buy it at the drug store, it’s entirely your choice. I recommend using it instead of a medicated nasal spray and you don’t have to worry about being addicted to salt.
With the medicated nasal sprays, you have to be careful how much you use. Use too much for a congested nose and you automatically develop post-nasal drip, going from one extreme to the other.
With a saline nasal spray, you don’t have to worry about that. Once your sinuses are clear, you’re good to go. The extra salt is ejected by your sinuses automatically and you can breathe easy. The only disadvantage, that I’ve found, is that you need to use it quite often when you’re sick.
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