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Monday, September 23, 2013

Nasal Rinsing

I am a judgment broker that writes often. The first time someone reads or hears about rinsing out their sinuses (most of the sinus cavity within your head), they usually think something like "yuck".

However, after you learn more about nose rinsing, you might decide it is for you; either once in a while or several times a day, depending on your needs. People usually learn about nasal rinsing when they have a serious allergy problem, cold, or nasal congestion; or work in a dirty and/or stinky situation where cleaning your insides sounds like a good idea.

The basics of nose rinsing is to use about 8 ounces of warm salt water, at low pressure, guiding it up one nostril and letting it run down the other nostril; which removes a lot of the dirt, boogers, phlegm, etc.

There are several vendors of the cheap and simple devices and supplies needed. Perhaps the most popular, and the brand I use, is NeilMed; available at most drug stores, pharmacies, and online.

The basics of a good nasal rinsing session includes a bathroom, a nose rinsing device, a microwave oven, clean water, a salt-based additive for the water, some regular water to rinse your mouth with, a soda or juice-like drink to remove any salty aftertaste, and optionally, entertainment.

The private place is a locked bathroom, because a sink is needed, and nose rinsing is private; and is not something you want anyone to ever post online. Entertainment is optional, perhaps music or a podcast; while you do the deed, and during the draining time afterward. Entertainment and a ceiling fan also helps to mask any "funny" sounds.

The cheap nose rinsing device(s) needed is either a squeeze bottle, a small vessel that looks like a teapot, a gravy-boat looking thing, or a small powered pump device. I do not like the gravy-boat type of devices, because they make it less convenient to mix in the (usually required) salt mixture. The other devices seal, so there is the convenience of being able to add the salt mixture, and shake it to mix.

If you use hot or cold water, or water with no salt; it will sting. Warm, properly salted water does not sting. Clean water is required, for example distilled, or well-filtered water. A microwave oven is the quickest way to warm the water, and most nasal rinse equipment is microwave safe. It takes about 30 seconds to warm the water in the microwave.

The salt solution is made using salt and perhaps something else; however I prefer the cheap and convenient single-use packets made by NeilMed.

What does nasal rinsing feel like? It slightly reminds me of swimming. It should not hurt at all, and of course, you must breath through your mouth while your nose is full of water.

Sinus rinsing is done over a sink, with your mouth open most of the time. Keep your head leaned down and to one side, while you hold the device to allow the water to flow into one nostril and (sometimes eventually) out the other. Usually, you use half the water for each nostril.

Obviously, nasal rinsing is always done at low pressure because it is your face, and high pressure would be dangerous. With a squeeze bottle, you must squeeze gently; with a teapot or gravy-boat device, gravity does the work. Powered units use low pressure and/or low volume.

While you are rinsing, you alternate (gently and slightly) sniffing and then blowing your nose. Sniffing draws the water into the deeper upper areas. When the water comes back down, most of the junk and water comes out your nose, but some might come out of your mouth. This might cause a slight gagging sensation. If it's not comfortable, then stop; and restart the rinsing, taking smaller sniffs, to release less junk per sniff.

After the salt water reservoir is nearly empty, you finish by blowing your nose and spitting a few times. Then, slowly tilt your head back for a few seconds, then a few seconds right and left, and then down (for ten seconds), and blow your nose and spit again.

Then, only if you are not totally plugged up; leaning your head to one side and gently plugging up one nostril with your finger or Kleenex, and then very gently blowing your nose, can help remove more junk much quicker.

In a minute or so, when you are mostly drained, take a sip of clean water and swish it around and then spit out any remaining salty taste. Then, take a sip of some soda or a tasty drink (at night perhaps a beer?), to put that better taste into place.

It may take an hour for the few remaining drops of water to drip out of your nose, however 99% comes out within 10 minutes or so. After 5-10 minutes you can leave the bathroom, however be ready to quickly return, or have a drain cloth near you. About 10 minutes later, lean your head down to release the last traces of trapped water. Obviously, one should not nasal rinse right before bed or leaving the house.

Some people with deep congestion may want to nasal rinse more than once, or more than once a day. It is better to gently rinse twice, than to force it all out on the first try. Also, the full benefit may not be known for an hour, so most people should wait a while before rinsing again.

Once you get used to nasal rinsing, you may enjoy it, especially the way you feel afterwards. I nasal rinse daily for my nasal congestion, and will rinse every time I BBQ or do yard work.


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  1. Someone recommended Grapefruit Seed Extract to be added to my nasal rinse, tried 3 drops in my squeeze bottle with salt solution, it was
    bitter and OMG it made me release much much more junk that an 8 ounce rinse ever did, this is cathartic and should only be done early in the day.

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    1) It's like doing 3 nose rinses, cleans me out painlessly and quick. 2) It does not get me high or impair me in ANY way. For anyone with sinus congestion issues - try weed, especially White Empress... It's time to wake up world. Prozac almost killed me, Resparadone gave me parkinson's disease for a week, 1 puff of White Empress is VERY good for my health and saves me from having to rinse my nose. I still rinse ONCE per day as I think its good for me. But 4-10 times a day was not good for me and White Empress means no matter what, once a day sinus rinsing is all I need. Please understand there are 171,000 or so strains of weed, and weed works better than pills for many people. I no longer take any drugs (well, I have a cup of coffee in the AM, one puff of White Empress, and at night 1 beer (to clear me out better) and 1/2 a melatonin tablet. Turns out weed increases your melatonin levels, I used to take 2 melatonin tablets. As another article I wrote said, take melatonin 2-4 hours before going to sleep. Thank you White Empress.