Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dry Cold Air

Cold temperatures have arrived and that means dry air.  Of course we have a kettle on the wood stove to put moisture in the air but it still seems dry.  This is one of the best remedies I know.

Mix 1 cup (8oz) of warm water with 1/4 tsp of non-iodized salt (such as pickling or canning salt) and 1/4 tsp of baking soda. Stir until dissolved.

A simple yet effective technique is to pour salt water solution into one nostril and let it run out through the other while the mouth is kept open to breathe, using gravity as an aid.  The flow of salt water through the nasal passage flushes the dirt, airborne allergens (dust and pollen), pollutants and bacteria-filled mucus.

There are many different neti pots available for this purpose.  You can also use a bulb syringe.  Remember to wash your hands and all pots or syringes.  Then air dry them. 
It's important to keep it all clean you don't want to introduce germs but wash them out while you are rehydrating your nasal passages.


  1. Ohmigoodness. I can't can't can't bring myself to do that. The concept makes my nose water. (Yes, I intentionally used nose instead of eyes!)

  2. See it really does work... your nose is already running. (smile)
    Robin from the Roost



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