There’s something about being a grown adult and feeling so completely helpless when you get sick. All I thought for the first two days of my cruddy cold was, “I want my mommy! I miss my mommy!” And not only am I a grown adult, but I’m also someone else’s mommy, so when he and the husband both got sick, I was having to be an uber-mom to all 3 of us.
Any time I’m dealing with a cold or allergies or any nasal congestion, I turn to my neti pot. It helps clear out any crud hiding up in your nasal cavity and moisturizes the lining so pollutants are less likely to stick along the walls.
Here are the supplies you need for the ultimate neti pot-ing experience:
- Neti pot (ceramic is a little gentler on your tender nostril)
- Distilled water
- Salt (non-iodized) – I use pre-measured packets by NeilMed
- Something to measure and mix – I like the squeeze bottles that came with the NeilMed Sinus Rinse set
- Alkalol Nasal Wash
I used to just turn the hot water on until it gets to a nice body temperature. And then these brain amoebas surfaced in the media and how they killed people who neti-potted with tap water. So… I now use filtered water and microwave it on high for 50 seconds.
** 50 seconds is the magic number for my microwave that brings it to a perfect body temperature. Obviously, if the water is too hot to the touch, let it cool a bit. **
I’ve tried eye-balling some kosher salt into the water in the past, and it’s ALWAYS too much. So I now buy a giant box of NeilMed pre-measured packets that conveniently come with the 8 oz squeeze bottles from Costco. The bottles are microwave safe, and 1 packet of pre-measured salt is perfect for 8 oz of water.
Notice I don’t fill the water to the full 8 oz so I can leave a little bit of room for my new best friend, Alkalol.
I was recently introduced to Alkalol by a friend (I misread it too and thought, why would I put alcohol up my nose?), which is sold at CVS or Walgreen’s next to all the other nasal irrigation supplies. It contains herbal extracts and essential oils like eucalyptus, spearmint and menthol to help soothe all the inflammation.
Before I tried it out, I asked my friend if it would burn, and it doesn’t. IT IS AMAZING STUFF. It’s so cool and refreshing! My sinuses were definitely much happier. I only added maybe a tablespoon and a half into my usual neti pot solution, but you can experiment with how intense you want it to be.
Once you have the salt and the Alkalol added to the water, give the bottle a good shake to mix everything up. Pour half into the neti pot for each side.
The final step is to put the spout against your nostril, position yourself over a sink and tip your head to the side. Don’t forget to BREATHE THROUGH YOUR MOUTH!!! And smile. 🙂 Your sinuses will thank you.
Since my husband and I both loved Alkalol so much to get us through that cold (and now allergies), I approached the company to give away some product to my readers. So folks, here is your chance to win some bottles of Alkalol to try in your neti pot!
How to enter: Answer the question below and include your email address (so I can contact you if you win). You can earn bonus entries by doing any (or all!) of the following: Like Finding Drishti on Facebook, follow @findingdrishti on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway and follow @Alkalol on Twitter. Up to 6 winners will be chosen at random next week when the giveaway ends 4/23 and then contacted by email. For US residents only. No purchase necessary.