Regardless if I’m using the Neti pot or the squeezy bottle, I do use the same pre-measured salt packets in them. You could DIY it and mix up do a big jar of it, but I prefer these little pre-measured packets. It’s some kind of buffered salt mixture, not just plain table salt – that would be scratchy. I keep a bunch of these in a waterproof container in the shower so they’re right on hand.
For the times when I don’t have the time to do the whole squeezy bottle thing, I keep these handy little saline canisters around. It just squirts a small measure of saline solution in your nose. I always keep one in my desk at work and I have another one in my toiletries kit for when I go on trips. These things are brilliant.
I kept the best one for last. I’ve literally recommended this little steamer unit to half a dozen of my friends. This steamer is the BEST – that warm steam is so soothing and it gets hot enough to kill about a million germs.
I had the Vicks model that is about $10 bucks cheaper, but it was junk. Didn’t get hot, you couldn’t put oils or anything in it, and it didn’t get nearly as hot or “steamy” as this one. This gives off a nice thick cloud of steam, plus it has a little compartment that you can put essential oils, salt water, herbs or whatever you like in it. It works quickly too – you can do a whole treatment in about 9 minutes. It does get HOT though, so I put a small washcloth or a folded paper towel over my upper lip to keep it from feeling like it’s burning.
I hope these little tips will help you manage your own sinus problems and be less miserable through them.
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