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A Healthier, Cost-Effective Nasal Saline for Children & Adults Alike
Everyone gets sick with a stuffy nose once in a while and it always helps to use a little bit of nasal saline solution to assist you in clearing it. This is especially helpful with infants and children because they do not have the ability to blow their own noses yet. However, this solution, depending on what brand you purchase, can be quite costly; not to mention addictive, as some nasal solutions are known to be.
The following nasal saline solution recipe consists of a few simple household ingredients that are, most likely, already in your pantry. It is so easy to make; simply mix them together and use.
I acquired this recipe from my mother who got it from the doctor's office where she took me when I was a child. I vaguely remember it, but she said I was really sick and the doctor I went to at the time, gave her this recipe. His instructions were to go home, mix it up, and use it 3 times each day until I no longer had symptoms. Since then, every time I have a stuffy nose, I use this solution. I have also used it with my own children from the time they were infants. It seems to break up the mucous and makes it a lot easier to get it out.
My mother mixed it up and put it into a small spray bottle for me when I was a child and so I have found that to be the easiest method of administration. Spray bottles can be purchased at most home improvement stores or even most dollar stores have them. Simply spray it into each nostril and sniff, then blow your nose.
For an infant or small child, you may not want to use the spray bottle, but rather an eye dropper of some sort for administration. Then you can use a small bulb syringe to remove whatever mucous drainage that you can.
You can repeat the process up to three times per day. You may want to mix up new solution every couple of days just to make certain that it remains clean and safe for consumption.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon white karo syrup
- 6 ounces warm water