How to Make a Saline Solution for Treating a Blocked Nose
A blocked nose or congested sinuses is not just irritating, it can cause bacterial infections that occur underneath the dry crust in the nose. Using a saline treatment helps keep the nose moist and clean when you are ill and your body is struggling to hydrate and protect itself. Making your own saline solution for nasal congestion is fast and easy, and is one of the most effective home remedies for the common cold.
Saline solution is one of the best friends you can have in fighting nasal congestion easily using a home remedy. Whilst you can get hold of a pre-made saline solution in a pharmacy, it's just as easy to make one at home. To do this you will need:
- 1 cup of of drinking water - preferably bottled
- ½ a teaspoonful of salt
- a pinch of bicarbonate of soda
- a container with a spray or dropper
Simmer the water in a small saucepan. This will make it easier to mix in other ingredients and remove any impurities that may have come into contact with the water. Add sodium bicarbonate, non-iodized sea salt and honey.
Mix all the ingredients until they are completely dissolved in the water. Manuka honey is not required for the nasal spray, but it may be helpful because of its antibacterial properties.
When the water is hot and you have added the extra ingredients and mixed them all in, take the water off the stove and turn it off. Wait until the water has cooled to room temperature and then you can fill up the container which you are going to use to dispense the saline spray.
Now you are ready to use your saline solution to relieve your blocked nose. If you have a container with a spray mechanism on you can simply spray the solution into your nasal cavities. If its a dropper, lean over a since and put a few drops in each nostril while tilting your head to one side.
To conserve the solution, pour into a clean container with a lid and keep refrigerated. If you suffer frequently from a blocked nose then you may want to look at more of our home remedies.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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