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neti pot add-ins

Hey folks.

Well, thanks to a lovely cold, I dug my neti pot out of the closet. I remember reading about different things you can add to your neti liquid - xylitol, and maybe essential oils? But I'm awfully fuzzy on details, and having trouble finding much info anywhere.

What do you all add (if anything) to your neti pot?

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gows
Dec. 12th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
I do a (roughly) 60-40 mix of baking soda and sea salt, along with a few dashes of eucalyptus essential oil into the dry stuff. I make up a batch that will last me for a few weeks or so at a time.
atalanta0jess
Dec. 12th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Do you mix the dry, and then add it to water each day? Or mix up with water and use that over time?
gows
Dec. 12th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
The former. Otherwise, the water would get to be too chilly for comfort. I usually chuck the dry mix in the pot (for me, a sinus irrigator), add shower water, wait a few minutes for the water to cool enough for my sinuses to deal with it, then use.
dakotakym
Dec. 13th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
My advice from practical experience is: be very sparing with any essential oils you apply directly to the mucous membranes (ie. asking the above poster what proportion dry ingredients to essential oil is crucial; and perhaps err on the side of using less EO to see how you react to it.. eucalyptus can really burn and be very irritating/cause inflammation if you use too much of it-> I made this mistake once, and it was very painful).
atalanta0jess
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for the warning. I am DEFINITELY wary!
gows
Dec. 13th, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
*dook dook dook dook dook dook*

About six dashes to 4-6 oz dry goods. Most of which don't last beyond a couple of weeks, AFAI Can Tell.
just_shai
Dec. 13th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
If you are on well water, use bottled water, PLEASE. And that's all I have to contribute.
atalanta0jess
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Thanks. I am on city water, but I've been using distilled water. For some reason I had the salt/water blend down good when I started using the pot, and then for a long time couldn't quite get it right, so I switched to distilled. Not sure if it really makes a difference, but its a nice placebo anyway! ;)
gows
Dec. 13th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
. . . Whyfor?

I use well water. It's heavy on the mineral side, but I've not noticed any issues. I'm rinsing tissue that naturally sheds its cellular lining, after all.
imustconfess
Dec. 14th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
brain eating amoeba's?
cordelia_sue
Dec. 13th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I've never heard of using essential oils. I would worry about those on the mucus membranes.

I use sea salt, xylitol, and a pinch of baking soda. Works great for me. The sea salt is standard, of course, and the xylitol goes a long way to preventing secondary/bacterial infections. It makes your mucus membranes harder for bacteria to adhere to. Pretty cool science trick. :)
atalanta0jess
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Hm. It could be that I mis-remembered.

The xylitol - is it the same stuff that you can buy as a sweetener?
atalanta0jess
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I mean, I know xylitol is a sweetener - do you use it in the "fake sugar" form? Or does it come somehow other than granulated?
cordelia_sue
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, I just use it granulated, the stuff I get from the store. You stir it in just like you would salt. It dissolves readily.
atalanta0jess
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
thanks!
tess_azure
Dec. 13th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
I use buffered salt, and when I'm really congested and/or fighting a cold I also add a "chaser" of a solution called Alkalol that my doctor recommends with the neti-pot: http://www.alkalolcompany.com/index.php It helps break everything up really nicely, but should DEFINITELY be used sparingly. Their material says somewhere to use it at full strength, but I can't for the life of me imagine anyone actually doing that...it definitely burns if you use too much of it!
atalanta0jess
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Interesting. Thanks!
zenturbo
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
My boyfriend and I use this and we like it quite a bit. It does take some getting used to; I would add a small amount to my pot and gradually increase it until I was able to handle it full strength.
atalanta0jess
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Interesting. Thanks!
maynda
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
I use 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 2 - 3 drops of GSE (grapefruit seed extract).
suicidekttn
Dec. 13th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
I second this.
new_shit
Dec. 13th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
I usually just use salt, but sometimes I add colloidal silver. Lately I've been fighting off a sinus infection and I've just been putting drops of colloidal silver up my nose. If you decide to buy it, get a strong potency (like 500ppm), which costs only a little bit more than the low strength ones. You can always dilute it if you want a lower strength. It's not irritating either.
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