A simple homemade nasal wash can be a terrific remedy for stuffy noses due to colds or allergies, 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!