Monday, April 12, 2010

Recipe for Saline Solution

Note: We are not currently using this recipe. Since new research came out that tap water is not safe to use in sinus rinses, we have switched to using distilled water and sinus rinse packets.

Here's the recipe our ENT gave us for rinsing out Peter's nose. It is an awesome way to fight infection and mucus in the sinuses and Jacob and I have our own sinus rinse bottles for times when we are sick or congested.

Choose a one-quart glass jar that is thoroughly cleansed and sterilized, and fill with distilled water.

Add to the water:
  • 2-3 heaping teaspoons of pickling or canning salt. (NOT table salt as it contains a large number of preservatives.)
  • 1 teaspoon of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda (pure bicarbonate)
Mix ingredients together and store at room temperature. Discard after one week. Do not put used solution back into the quart because it contaminates your solution. If you find this solution is too strong, you may decrease the amount of salt to 1 or 1.5 teaspoons. With children it is often best to start with a milder solution and advance slowly.

1 comment:

  1. Matt does this at least once a day, sometimes twice for his sinus' too. One thing his specialist said was that the warmer the water the more it brings the blood to the surface in the sinus canals and actually causes more irritants. So it's a good thing Peter likes them cold! Matt's having to change his ways! I didn't know about the table salt thing. Guess we'll start changing that too!



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