Neti Pot Solution
Allergist-Approved Saline "Recipe"
A healthy neti pot solution should be a saline solution that has the same salt-to-water balance as your natural bodily tissues.
You can usually purchase pre-made packets along with your neti pot. These are convenient and easy to use. However, if you want to create your own neti pot solution, here are some tips:
For the salt, use:
- Plain cooking salt, sea salt or kosher salt.
- Use the finest grind of salt – coarse salt crystals are more difficult to dissolve.
For the salt, AVOID:
- Table salt. Additives like aluminum or silicone keep your salt from clumping in the salt shaker, but aren’t helpful for sinus rinsing.
- Iodized salt. The iodine may be useful when digested, but again – not for your sinuses.
- Rock salt. This larger, coarser salt is great for grinding and cooking, but has additional minerals and is harder to dissolve in water.
- Vegetable or flavored salt – again, you don’t need any additional ingredients.
For the water, use:
- Distilled water. This can be found in a hardware store or grocery store.
- Boiled tap water (let it cool before using.) Recent news stories have discussed rare cases in which brain infections appear to have been caused by using untreated tap water in a neti pot.
Neti Pot Recipe:
Use these ratios to achieve your body’s ideal saline solution:
- ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt to each 16 ounces (two cups) of warm water
- Some prefer to add an additional ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, per cup, to the mixture.
Store it in a sealed/covered container for no more than five days.
The solution should be as close to body temperature as possible when used.
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