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Flush Allergens From Your Sinuses

November 6, 2012 by  

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.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Andrea

    Two recent deaths from the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri have been linked to use of neti pots. In both cases, the victims used tap water to fill the pots.
    Neti pots are a good way to clean and clear the sinuses. But the pots should be filled with sterile water — either distilled water, or previously boiled water — with a small amount of non-iodized salt added according to instructions.
    In June, a 20-year-old man in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, died from brain infection with the deadly amoeba. And this month, the state health department reported that a 51-year-old woman in DeSoto Parish died from the same rare amoeba infection.
    Both deaths came after the victims irrigated their sinuses with neti pots filled with tap water.
    Tap water isn’t supposed to be crawling with amoeba. Proper chlorination kills nearly all such bugs. But “nearly all” isn’t the same as “all” or “sterile.”
    Fortunately, N. fowleri amoeba can’t hurt you if you swallow them in drinking water. Although the amoeba are disturbingly common, they rarely cause human illness. Most cases occur in people who swim or play in very warm water. In the U.S., this nearly always happens in Southern or Southwestern states.
    Unfortunately, N. fowleri is attracted by the chemical messengers in human nerves. Once inside the nose, the amoeba travel up the olfactory nerve into the brain. It literally uses brain cells as a food source. Infection is almost always fatal.
    The CDC is assisting the Louisianan Department of Health in investigating the source of the amoeba infections. Before now, the very few N. fowleri infections from tap water have come from untreated water systems.
    Even if it turns out that the amoeba did not come from tap water, it’s a good idea to use sterile, distilled, or boiled water (cooled to body temperature) to mix neti pot solutions. Even water that is safe to drink may not be safe to pour through your nose.

  • Murray Grossan M.D.

    One teaspoon of salt to a cup (four ounces) of water is extremely hypertonic. The correct dose is one tsp to 16 ounces to make it isotonic, which is considered the correct salinity. The squeeze bottles, according to U of Penn reports, become contaminated due to back flow. The nasal bacteria flow back into the bottles and multiply. This is why people find they need to do irrigation daily; they reinfect themselves. When you restore nasal cilia function, there is no need to continue daily irrigation. In one report, 60% of his chronic sinus patients were cured when they stopped daily irrigation.
    Instead of irrigating, restore nasal cilia – humming, tea, pulse wave irrigation, etc.

  • Kathleen

    Irrigating the sinuses via the neti pot really works. I used to have copious sinus infections, requiring antibiotics. Since I started irrigating every now and then, I have not had any sinus issues in over 15 years.

    This REALLY works, and it sure beats needlessly paying doctors and big Pharma for the expensive antibiotics.


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