I was rushing off to work this morning and didn’t want to stop and rinse my nose. It’s kind of gross and takes time that I didn’t really think I had, in fact, I never like to think I have it. Did I mention I think it’s gross? I commented out loud about rinsing my nose and Jon pointed out that he had just filled a rinse bottle this morning with boiled water, so I really had no excuse to not take a few minutes to do the rinse.
|Sinus rinse bottle and saline packet|
All my medical practitioners, my primary care, my allergist, my ENT AND my acupuncturist agree that it is a good idea to rinse your nose. They say that it rinses out viruses, bacteria and allergens, keeping me healthier all around. I think it’s yucky, but today I made the time to do it.
I use a commercial product called Neil-Med that comes with squirt bottles and saline packets. I’m sure you could make your own, but since its so inexpensive, it makes sense to me to go with the sterile, commercial product.
Does it rinse all that stuff out of my nose? Well, I’ll just have to take their word for it. I know that when I’m sick it rinses gunk out of my nose and I feel better. And really, that’s why I make the time to do it. I know that my nose feels better after a rinse, so I work at making the time in the morning and before bed, particularly when my head is stuffy.
We often make tea at night and make sure we boil enough water to have extra boiled water in the morning. Then we boil a fresh kettle in the morning that we use in the evening (Jon often uses boiled water to pre-warm the kids Contigo food containers). I have several squeeze bottles from Neil-Med as well, so I always use a fresh one and make sure I run them through the dishwasher between uses. We also have an electric kettle that makes boiling water as easy as filling and pressing a button. When the water boils, it turns itself off, so if we forget about it, we don’t have a kettle on the stove.