8 blends for the nasal rinsing pot

nasal rinsing chamomileThe sinusitis is acute an annoying affair, but chronic a full-grown nerve tease. The body must be supported systemically with healthy nutrition, vitamin C, zinc and Co. Don’t forget to drink a lot so that the mucus stays liquid and can flow off well. But on site, in the nose itself, you can also actively support the body with a nasal rinsing pot. I like to use a nasal rinsing can like this (

), because the part can also be put into the dishwasher and is more stable than all the other jugs.

Why do I write this article?

I tried all these mixtures to get rid of my chronic sinusitis. Eventually it worked, but not only with nasal rinsing: My experiences with the treatment of chronic sinusitis

Everything you always wanted to know about nasal rinsing you can find out here: Nasal rinsing>Nasal rinsing

Isotonic saline solution

A nasal rinse with an isotonic saline solution is the gentlest way to cleanse the nose with nasal rinse pot. Isoton means that the salt concentration is exactly the same as salt concentration in the blood or in the body (not only in the blood the human body is salty).

Excursion: Osmosis

Promised, this digression will be short and shallow.

feels attracted by salt and always wants to go where the salt is. In the event of a drop in blood pressure due to blood loss, a physiological saline solution is administered via a drop. If you took simple water, the red blood cells would burst.  More precisely: If normal water was administered intravenously, this water would diffuse into the blood cells due to the osmotic pressure caused by the higher salt concentration in the blood cells. The red blood cells would burst like balloons because they do not have enough volume for so much water. Likewise, saltwater fish have adapted to the salt concentration of seawater. Saltwater fish would not survive in freshwater.

A . Conversely, too salty water would in turn draw water from the cells because the osmotic pressure always moves in the direction where the higher salt concentration prevails.

Hypertonic saline solution

A good liquefaction of the mucus with a long lasting effect and a noticeable improved decongestion of the mucous membranes is obtained with a hypertonic saline solution. Hyperton means that the salt concentration is higher than in the human body (physiological saline solution). Due to this mucosal decongestant effect, the nose is rinsed with a hypertonic saline solution, especially in the case of expressive sinusitis and in the case of pollen allergies.

By the way: The preserving and bactericidal effect of salt is well known. So, in the case of bacterial sinusitis or superinfection (= viral and bacterial infection) you should regularly rinse your nose with hypertonic saline solution.

Careful, it burns properly in the nose.


Mucociliary clearance and buffered hypertonic salt solution. Talbot AR; Mr. TM; Parsons DS:
Mucociliary Clearance and Buffered Hypertonic Saline Solution. Laryngoscope 1997;107:500-3

In this study, the right target group was investigated, namely those with chronic sinusitis or patients whose sinuses have just been operated on. However, it was the hypertonic solution rather than the PH value. The solution was only buffered with sodium bicarbonate to make rinsing with hypertonic solution more tolerable. Too much salt just burns. Result: Patients with chronic sinusitis and also freshly operated patients should carry out rinsing of the nose with buffered hypertonic saline solution, as this promotes the self-cleaning function of the nasal mucous membrane. But also rhinitis patients or patients with acute sinusitis should rinse their nose with buffered hypertonic saline solution.

Source: Nasal rinsing studies


You simply put a heaped up to maximum 3 measuring spoons of common salt into the nasal rinsing pot and, if you have it there, additionally a half to one measuring spoonKaiser Natron for Absorbing

hypotonic salt solutions (too little salt) still burn much more and have no use. If you like your nose, don’t use it for a rinsing session. Better too much than not enough salt!

Chamomile tea (saline solution)

The chamille is known for its anti-inflammatory but also drying effect. And I have to admit that Chamomile tea doesn’t really feel good in the nose either. But if you have a really unpleasant, stuck sinusitis, you are ready for all kinds of iniquities. One has to imagine that some of them even take antibiotic drugs against sinusitis, which destroy the intestinal flora. Well, back to the point:

Lay two chamomile tea-teabag into your nasal rinsing can and pour boiling water – but please only up to half-fill. Now let it draw for 30 minutes and COOLER. Now take the teabags out, put measuring spoonful of salt as usual into the nasal rinsing pot and stir.

When the salt dissolves in the water, chamilla tea cools down further: When dissolving the salt, energy (heat) is consumed. Now simply add cold water until the mark of the nasal rinsing pot and stir. Make sure chamilla tea salt solution is lukewarm.

If you flush the stuff into your nose too hot, it gets really painful and dangerous. So: lukewarm or in the temperature you choose, it should be.

Now you can flush your nose as usual.

In my opinion, you can’t put tea bags in every nasal rinsing can. But in these nasal rinsing can, you shouldn’t have a problem with that:

So that Chamomile tea has more time to act on infected mucous membranes, I like to stick to the nostril from which the water has already leaked for a few seconds. But not for too long, I have also noticed that the water then likes to make its way to the ear.

It makes sense to rinse the nose with a simple isotonic saline solution shortly beforehand so that it is as free as possible. But for this you need two nasal rinsing cans, because one of them is filled with the cooling chamomile tea.

Sage tea (saline solution)

Sage is known as a remedy for hoarseness and sore throat and has antibacterial, disinfecting action. So it’s obvious that you should try to wash your nose with it. I’ve tried it for you. And what shall I say? It’s onion (that brings me a new idea!: -)) neatly in the nose and afterwards I had the feeling as if it smelled like fireplace everywhere. Of course, this effect did not last forever. But in fact, I had the feeling that the nose became freer afterwards.

The preparation of theSalbeitee salt solution works in the same way as the salt solution with chamomile tea. But of course you only take sage tea bags here. Again, you should try to increase the exposure time by holding a nostril with after 3-4 seconds of water leaking out. But don’t exaggerate keeping shut, because as I said before: I had the feeling that after a certain time the water was searching its way towards the ear.

Sodium Bicarbonate nasal rinsing

times something for the acid-base household fans. If we assume that a chronic sinusitis is caused by overacidification, then it makes sense to de-acidify the whole body: deacidification of the body with base powder). But there will also be an acidosis on the spot itself, i. e. the sinuses and the nasopharynx. So what is the point of neutralizing acids directly with sodium bicarbonate (sodium hydrogen carbonate) where they cause a disease? Psoriasis afflicted people also report how much better the skin is after a base bath. By the way instead of buying expensive alkaline bath additives, you can also put 2-4 bags of Kaiser Natron in a full bath.


The effect of the pH of nasal rinsing solutions on mucociliary clearance. Homer JJ; England RJ; Wilde AD; Harwood GR; Stafford ND: The effect of pH of douching solutions on mucociliary clearance. Clin Otolaryngol 1999;24 (4): 312-5

The effect of the pH-value of hypertonic salt solutions on the self-cleaning function of the nasal mucous membrane was investigated. It was investigated whether these salt solutions should be alkaline buffered (e. g. with Kaiser Natron). The trial was a randomized controlled crossover study with 30 healthy patients. They found out that it doesn’t matter if the solution is buffered or not.

But: Here healthy patientswere examined. I firmly assume that the result would have been different in patients with chronic sinusitis. In addition to dysbiosis of the intestinal flora, the cause of chronic sinusitis is always a overacidification.

Source: Nasal rinsing studies

With this nasal rinse I noticed the greatest effect. I use this mixture now regularly and every time after that I smell everything chemically for a while and then … (drumroll) … the sense of smell is suddenly much better than before. So there must be something about this story with acidosis as the cause of chronic sinusitis.

Now to the recipe:

It’s actually quite simple. Instead of using only one measuring spoonful of salt, an additional measuring spoonKaiser Natron is added. You are also welcome to experiment with more Kaiser Natron. (On my own risk, but I do it regularly and also in the instructions of[amazon text=Prof. Schmidt’s Jala Neti nasal rinsing cantext, Natron is recommended). Emperor Natron does not dissolve as easily as salt. So fill half of the nasal rinsing pot with relatively hot water and dissolve the salt and the emperor natron in it. Then top up with cold water up to the calibration mark and, if the water is pleasantly tempered: clean it into the nose.

And also here you can close the nostril to increase the exposure time.

Nasal rinsing with dexpanthenol

Who doesn’t know the famous Bepanthen ointment, which is used in the private sector to treat almost every wound? The main active ingredient is dexpanthenol. Dexpanthenol is a provitamin, a precursor of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and an important building block in the skin’s metabolism. The nasal mucosa also benefits from dexpanthenol. However, I would only use this additive when you are over the hill to calm the mucous membranes quickly and quickly. There is a finished solution that is a little more expensive: Pari-Montesol nasal rinsing. Personally, I have always been a friend of the DIY.

Application: Rinse your nose through the left and right nostrils as usual, but leave enough water to add somethingAmazon* . Now mix a little bit, best by gently swivelling the nasal rinsing pot and then rinse again through the right and left nostril. As far as the quantity is concerned, I would start with a few drops, depending of course on the amount of rinsing solution that has remained in the nasal rinsing can. The woman herself is the man or woman.

Oregano Oil

After reading my article on “Oregano oil effect” could show on the basis of studies that for oregano oil there are indications for bacteria-killing effect in vitro especially against harmful bacteria, I have long thought about trying a nasal rinse with oregano oil. Problem: Already one drop is very sharp. Unfortunately, it cannot be finely dosed with the pipette. With a little trick, however, it is still possible to reach 1/4 or 1/2 drops:

  • I have filled a standard glass (0,2l) filled with water and 1drops of oregano oil added.
  • Nose rinsing can with a heaped measuring spoonful of salt and half a measuring spoonful of soda filled and mixed with relatively hot water 1/4.
  • Mix the oregano oil water in the glass and pour 1/4 of the glass into the rinsing jug while it is still in motion.
  • Fill the nasal rinsing jug with water. (I always add enough water to match the heaped measuring spoonful of salt.)
  • If the temperature is comfortable: Rinse your nose!

Afterwards, I increased the amount from time to time, so that it was still bearable/pleasant. Well, it was just a test to see if it was feasible at all, because I only had a slight cold at the time, but I really wanted to try this experiment. By the way, I think the smell is quite pleasant.

I imagine that the nose was really much freer after that. I will tell you how it works on a full-grown cold or even sinusitis when it is so far again.

Bread drink (in saline solution)

This stuff tastes disgusting enough. And now I’m supposed to pour the brew in my nose? My lovely Mr. Vocals Club or my dear Mr. Vocals Club. No, not purely. But first the background why I tried it.

Background and Consideration (from me)

Each mucous membrane in our body has a own specific bacterial flora. The best-known is probably intestinal flora, but also here there is a specific intestinal flora in each section, because Milieu and “the food for the bacteria” varies in each intestinal section. The small intestine, for example, is alkaline if the body is not excessively acidified. The enzymes that perform their work here require a higher pH value. Very few bacteria feel comfortable here, which is why bacteria do not multiply so well here. But we also have a specific bacterial flora in the mouth, Mundflora. If a bacterial flora is disturbed, i. e. dysbiosis, pathogenic germs can spread. So bacteria suppress each other when they are “arch-enemies”.

If we have bacterial sinusitis, disease-causing germs have spread. My consideration was that these should also be suppressed – with bacteria that do not cause illness. I also know that lactic acid or bread acid bacteria do not necessarily belong to the standard bacterial flora of the nasal sinuses, especially as I assume that the pH-value is rather basic, i. e. 7+, similar to that of saliva. Here, lactic acid bacteria will not feel well either. But I prefer them to Strepptokkoken or other pathogenic germs.

The recipe or: making it bearable

Bread drunkenness is very sour. Already during drinking you have to prove (at least in the beginning) your fighting spirit. To neutralize the acidity, I put emperor natron in the mixture. Ultimately, the recipe runs like point 5 (Emperor’s bicarbonate of soda) except that no cold water is poured on it at the end, but bread drunkenness. The bread drink/bacteria should be heated as not above 40° Celsius, then they go over the Jordan river. So the water should not be too hot to dissolve the salt and the emperor natron. Experiment’ quietly with the Emperor Natron crowd. One measuring spoon was enough for me.

It foams

… and that’s a good thing. When emperor sodium is poured into an acid, carbonic acid is formed. So that’s a good sign. The acid is neutralized. But if you have already swallowed sparkling water, you know the effect of carbon dioxide in your nose. Ouch! So just stir out the carbonic acid and rinse first.


Is it imagination? I have the feeling as if this mixture has a positive effect. The nose is getting freer. But one thing is clear. If you don’t have any sinusitis at the moment, you will get a small sinusitis because you bring bacteria to a place where they don’t belong. But if there are pathogenic bacteria that don’t belong there, they are now facing competition.

Whether BigPharma or the company Kanne provides money for a study is utopian, I think. And as an average citizen, I’m representative of all the citizens of the world. Over and out.


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