When was the last time that you went swimming in the Indian Ocean and a wave of salty water gushed at your face splashing onto your facial vitals and forcing the inevitable gagging at the bitter saltiness? Despite the major discomfort that such an experience might cause, it is extremely beneficial to your immune system as we are soon to find out.
Rinsing your nose with salt water can help fight allergies. Dr. Melissa Pynnonen from the Michigan sinus center says that nasal irrigation is an inexpensive way to find relief from allergies, stuffy nose, and nasal congestions. Not so bad as you can see.
The good news however is that you don’t have to go all the way to the ocean for this free medication if you are not a coastal dweller. It is actually advisable that the saline solution is administered in a more human-friendly manner as described further. Mix half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of baking powder in a cup of room temperature water. Using a soft rubber bulb syringe, administer the ‘medicine’ carefully by tilting your head to the side and inserting droplets into the higher nostril. Tilt your head and repeat the process for the other nostril. Breathe normally through your mouth as you do this and be careful to prevent the solution from going down your throat by positioning your head appropriately. You can also blow your nose gently so that the liquid doesn’t drain itself into your mouth.
However, this is no substitution to your nasal medication, rather, a simple relief to any nasal congestion.