Tips for Fighting Colds and Allergies with Nature

     I’ve struggled with sinus problems my whole life. I had asthma and croup as a child, had 7 years of allergy shots and many respiratory infections as an adult. When I finally made it to the right ear, eye, nose and throat doctor I was surprised by his advice. My primary care physician had me on one antibiotic after another and I thought I just hadn’t found the right one. He left the room and came back with a box. It was something I hadn’t seen before and quite frankly I thought he was a weirdo. With his flashlight headband, he went on to give me a live demonstration of washing & clearing my sinuses. He recommended that I do it daily, and even two to three times if I was sick. That’s how I was introduced to the sinus rinse.

     The first time I tried to rinse my own sinuses I laughed. I laughed so hard that I choked on the salt water and shot it out my mouth. There is noooooo way I can do this, I thought. I have to hold my nose to go under water when I swim, no way I can purposely pour water directly into my sinuses. I tried it a few more times and despite my initial skepticism I became accustom to rinsing my sinuses. Turns out the salt water helps for many reasons. 
  • Allergens and irritants can cause an increase of mucus production in the sinuses, encouraging the growth of illnesses.
  • Clears out mucus for better passage of air through the nose and throat. 
  • Reduce the need for medications and the onset of sinus grown illnesses. 
  • Alleviate pressure and pain caused by clogged and swollen sinuses.         (1)

     So, you know why rinsing sinuses is important, but how? After seeing a news broadcast of several individuals who experienced a brain parasite from water, I started to question the neti rinse I use. I was using luke warm tap water, sometimes a little cooler if I needed to reduce inflammation, but directly from my faucet. Turns out, the safest water to use is the purest. I purchase distilled water or boil my own well water and allow it to cool, ensuring that any bacteria or parasites are destroyed in the process.
     There are two types of sinus pots from NeliMed. While I have had the ceramic neti pot in the past, my toddlers think they’re very cool and can’t resist touching them. After my last pot smashed on the floor, I thought I’d stick to plastic and am thrilled to have these samples from GreenMomsMeet & NeliMed for my review. The first post, blue, is the traditional neti pot. I stand over the sink, lean foward and breathe through my mouth. I tip my head to one side, the side the water comes out points towards the sink and I place it in the top nostril. Quite frankly I’m shocked at what comes out sometimes and I’m glad to get rid of it!
     The other rinse doesn’t require bending over the sink, clear bottle, and shoots up into my sinuses. I’ve found that this helps more with forehead sinus pain and really gets up there. It’s quicker and can be more forceful if I squeeze a tad harder, but overall works well but a bit differently. For sinus sufferers like myself I think it’s beneficial to have both devices around, especially when I’m not feeling well.

     In addition to the adult rinses seen above, there are children’s devices too. This is the Naspira from Nelimed and it comes in handy when baby is stuffy, but unable to blow his nose. It can be used as a bulb, or with the suction tubing seen below for increased booger retrieval. While I primarily use this on my baby, it’s even great for my older children who blow their noses, they don’t always do it effectively. While I’ve tried several bulb syringes in the past, like the one given out by the hospital, I’ve found them to be ineffective. I use a little spritz of saline from our pediatrician and suck out the boogers. Gross but totally effective and it doesn’t go into my mouth and this comes with 7 filters. That was a major concern of mine and I’m glad that it doesn’t! There is a filter (blue part) at the bottom of the bulb that prevents it from entering the tube. The orange part is the mouth piece and it works like a little booger nose vacuum.
You can get $3 off the Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator for babies & kids at Nelimed’s website with the code “MomBlog” and you can also find these products on my affiliate Amazon. 

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Disclosure; I received product samples in exchange for my honest opinion. This review does not attempt to diagnose, treat or provide medical advice for any sort of medical or other condition. It is an account of my personal experience. Please consult your physician as needed. 


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good info to have on hand with fall and winter coming.