The saline solution is ideal for doing nasal washes, and cleaning the nose with it on a regular basis. Find out how to make your own solution to wash your nose naturally.
Every year during the autumn and winter months, cases of colds, flu and ultimately other conditions and diseases that affect our respiratory system tend to grow enormously. But these times of the year are not really the only ones. And it is that also in the spring, with the presence of pollen in the environment and other related allergens, allergic reactions are common.
In one way or another, it is common for many people to suffer from the most annoying symptoms of rhinitis every year, a disease that mainly affects the nasal mucosa and which among other symptoms causes sneezing, itchy nose, obstruction that can prevent breathing normally and also the existence of annoying nasal secretions.
In the case of rhinitis, one of the most common is known as allergic rhinitis, which, as we mentioned in the previous lines, usually has its peak (in terms of volume of cases) during the spring months, since one of the main factors that cause its appearance are known as aeroallergens.
What’s more, it is also common the rest of the year because dust mites – so common in our house – also become another of the indisputable “culprits”.
Be that as it may, when rhinitis affects us or ultimately any other respiratory disease such as flu and common colds, the key is to try to maintain proper nasal health and cleanliness.
In fact, in the case of respiratory problems such as asthma (or other lung problems), they can be worsened by the presence of secretions from the nose and Para nasal sinuses, especially at night.
That is why it is interesting to discover the benefits of seawater against mucus, and more especially, why it is so important to perform nasal washes regularly, preferably with pure seawater or simply with salt water. Did you know that they are especially useful for alleviating the majority of annoying symptoms that affect the upper respiratory tract?
In the particular case of seawater, it becomes an excellent natural antibiotic and bactericide, as well as acting as a wonderful ant allergic, useful precisely for those people who are hypersensitive to different allergens. But it is much more than that, since it is capable of regenerating our cells, reducing tissue irritation, and acting as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
And what to do if you cannot go to the beach and submerge your head in seawater, as a way to eliminate mucus or reduce the discomfort related to rhinitis, sinusitis or the simple cold? Very simple: you can choose to make a very simple saline solution at home, ideal for nasal washes.
We must remember at this point that nasal washes are tremendously useful because they help us clean the mucus present in the nose, eliminate the presence of possible allergens and irritants in it, and also reduce the annoying swelling that may in turn be causing the appearance of nasal congestion and mucus.
How to make your own saline solution for nasal washes:
To make your own saline solution at home, ideal for nasal washes, you only need 1 glass of water, 1 pinch of sodium bicarbonate and 1 teaspoon of salt without iodine (this is very important, since iodine tends to cause irritation if used by long periods of time).
The process is very simple: you just have to add the water in a small glass and heat it a little. Then let it cool until it is lukewarm. Now add the salt without iodine and the baking soda, and mix well with the help of a spoon.
Ready! You just have to put this saline solution in a bulb and perform the nasal wash as you usually do. Of course, if you have a lot of nasal congestion you can use all of the solution you just prepared.
And, in case you have excess, the ideal is to remove it and when you go to do a new nasal wash, prepare it again.
And how to perform the nasal wash? It’s very simple: wash your hands and tilt your head down over the sink. Insert the knob into one side of your nose, and with your fingers squeeze the other side of your nose (this will prevent the solution from leaking out). Now gently tighten the knob.
It is done! You just have to repeat the process to do the nasal wash on the other side of your nose.