The fall season has come faster than we thought it would, and you know what that means? Colds, cough, and most notably congestion, which can lead to other illnesses.
As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, certain germs can invade the immune system more efficiently and make you sick. During times like this, we need a solution to getting rid of congestion. How about a nasal saline spray?
Cold season starts in September and lasts throughout the winter. Colds are usually caused by rhinoviruses, and while there are no vaccines for colds, you can reduce your risk of getting sick or spreading it to others by being conscientious about washing your hands and using a simple and effective way to keep all those germs away.
Why Do We Use Nasal Saline Sprays?
One of the most common reasons for colds and flu breakouts during the cooler winter months is the fact that colder temperatures tend to lead to drier air. This dry air dries out the nasal passages and without any lubrication, the nose is unable to flush out bacteria, resulting in a place of refuge for germs.
A saline nasal spray is a remedy that can be used to help flush out bacteria and mucus. And by adding moisture to the nasal passages, it also helps combat congestion, stuffiness and further infections.
There are several different options that are readily available for using saline spray. You can purchase your own can of saline spray, which is sold at almost any grocery store for about $9, but you’re better off just creating your own nasal spray with ingredients you know and trust, and plus it’ll save you a couple of bucks too.
Homemade Nasal Spray
This recipe contains only a few ingredients that work together to make a big difference. The salt and baking powder present helps to thin mucus and clear out irritants. This solution is packed with an extra kick because of the addition of a drop of eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties, which help open airways and calm inflamed nostrils.
- 1 cup of purified or distilled water
- 1/8 tsp of sea salt
- 1/8 tsp of baking soda
- 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil
- Combine all these ingredients in a container and shake vigorously until the salt and baking soda dissolves.
- Then, pour the mixture into a container that you could use as a delivery device and use as needed to manage sinus symptoms.
Recipe inspired by HealthLink BC.
When using your saline spray, make sure you insert the bottle into your nostril and squeeze gently. Make sure you aim the saline syringe toward the back of your head as opposed to straight up. The saline wash should be sprayed through the nose and out of the mouth or the other side of the nose.
Make sure you gently blow your nose after the administration and cleanse the syringe or bottle after each use.