Nasal Saline Recipe
Nasal Saline is a buffered hypertonic solution that loosens dry or thick mucus when sprayed or rinsed through the nose and provides soothing relief of congested nasal airways.
Pickling and Canning salt can be found at the grocery store with canning supplies.
What you will need:
- Pickling and Canning Salt
- Baking Soda
- Distilled, boiled or faucet level filtered water
- A teaspoon(the kind you eat with)
- A measured 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon
- A measuring cup ( 8 oz size )
- Small airtight container
Mix these dry ingredients:
- (3) Heaping teaspoons of canning salt
- (1) Rounded teaspoon of baking soda
Mix these well and store in an airtight container.
This will give you enough mixture to make a number of batches of nasal saline when mixed with water as outlined here.
How to mix the solution for use:
- Add a 1/4 to 1/2 measured teaspoon or less of the salt and soda mixture to 1/2 cup (4 oz) of warm distilled, boiled or faucet level filtered water.
- Stir well to dissolve and use.
- If the solution causes a burning feeling in the nose, add less of the salt and soda mixture to water.
Important: Once the salt and soda mixture is dissolved in water, it must be used in (7) days to avoid bacterial contamination.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 01/27/2012
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