If you suffer from allergies or chronic sinus congestion, use an all-natural solution to help relieve your drainage, sneezing and nasal pressure.
Instead of alcohol-based nasal sprays, prescription meds or rounds of antibiotics, simply rinsing your sinuses with a salt water solution can help loosen mucus and flush allergens. This can help ward off bacterial infections that may build up in your nasal passages. Here’s how to conduct this procedure at home:
Mix together ½ to 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt with 1 cup of warm water. Pour the mixture into a reusable sinus-rinse bottle or draw it up into a nasal bulb syringe. Holding your head over the sink or using while in the shower, gently squeeze the saline solution into one nostril while you hold your mouth open. This should flush mucus out through the other nostril or out through your mouth. Keep rinsing that nostril until the solution comes out clear. Then, blow your nose with a tissue to catch any drips. Repeat this same process, with a new batch of saline solution, for the other nostril.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, this saline irrigation remedy can be performed on a daily basis or several times a day during heavy allergy seasons. If possible, conduct the rinse at least two hours prior to bedtime to ensure that you don’t experience drainage in your throat during the night.