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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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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.
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?
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.
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).
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for the warning. I am DEFINITELY wary!
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.
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.
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! ;)
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.
Dec. 14th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
brain eating amoeba's?
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. :)
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?
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?
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.
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
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!
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Interesting. Thanks!
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.
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Interesting. Thanks!
Dec. 13th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
I use 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 2 - 3 drops of GSE (grapefruit seed extract).
Dec. 13th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
I second this.
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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