When it comes to spring allergies, colds, sinus congestion, post-nasal drip and a stuffy nose, don't forget about this cheap and extremely effective way of cleaning out the nasal and sinus cavities.
Nasal irrigation involves rinsing the nose and nasal passages with a saline solution made with warm water, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and optional 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.
There are a number of ways to use this solution. Many pharmacies sell 4oz. bottles that you fill and squeeze the solution up through the nasal passages and out through the other nostril.
Many prefer a Netti pot, which actually looks like a miniature tea pot. With this method, the solution is poured into one nostril and out another instead of squeezed.
I have found nasal irrigation extremely beneficial when it comes to sinus problems. Of course, it is always a good idea to find out why you are having the sinus problems and treat the cause.
Alison Finger, ND