Homemade Saline Solution Recipe

Saline solution recipe

Spring is officially here! For many of us, the glorious season of blooming bulbs and budding leaves also heralds the beginning of allergy season.

A simple homemade nasal wash can be a terrific remedy for stuffy noses, and I like making it in small batches so it’s always fresh. It costs pennies, and best of all, you can warm it a little before using it so your nose feels like it’s going to the spa.

I’ve tried a number of recipes, and we find this combination is just right—strong enough to be effective, but gentle enough that it doesn’t sting.

Homemade Saline Solution

  • 1/2 cup filtered water, boiled and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • tiny pinch (half of a 1/8 teaspoon measure) baking soda

Heat the water so it’s just a little warmer than room temperature. This takes about 13 seconds in our microwave, but your time may be different so you’ll probably need to experiment. You can also heat the water in a saucepan just until it’s comfortably warm.

Stir in the salt and baking soda until completely dissolved. Use the solution in a clean aspirator or neti pot, and discard any that you don’t use. Makes 4 ounces.

Has spring arrived in your part of the country yet? Here in Colorado we’re just starting to see the first signs, with crocus blooming and bulbs emerging. Here’s to un-stuffy noses so we can enjoy all the wonderful scents of spring!

Hugs,

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Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

2 comments to Homemade Saline Solution Recipe

  • Carolyn

    Can’t wait to try it! I’m sold on the saline solution nasal rinse but it can be pricey. Tried just noniodized salt and it did burn. Your recipe just might be the ticket!

    To your/our health!

  • This sounds great! Could you add the salt and baking soda in the water just after it boils so it will dissolve better?

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