Making your own nasal rinsing – Nasal irrigation pots & rinsing cans



Nasal rinsing

Nasal rinsing is the traditional way of treating and preventing acute rhinitis by rinsing the nasal cavity with a mostly isotonic fluid. The rinsing liquid can also be used for the diagnosis of pathogens. There are contradictory studies on the preventive effectiveness of nasal rinsing.

Nasal rinsing with salt water has a long tradition, even in Europe. It just fell into oblivion, just like many other household remedies. Pharmaceutical chemistry has taken the place of many household remedies. Over centuries of tried and tested stuff is gradually forgotten. Here you can really learn everything about nasal rinsing: carrying out nasal rinses with nasal rinsing cans or even nasal showers with homemade saline solutions has been experiencing a renaissance for some years now. Saving money with a prophylactic daily nasal rinse is decent, because you don’t catch a cold so often and therefore have to buy fewer medicines.

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As you can see in the table of contents, you will find out in this article, which_salt, which Nasal_rinsing_can you can use and how you can disinfect Effect has nasal_rinsing? And much more…


Quick guide

    1. Physiological saline solution (hot water and salt) stir into a nasal rinsing pot using measuring spoons or sachets.
    2. Hold the head above the washbasin and tilt to the side.
    3. Place the nasal rinsing pot against the nostril and tilt or press the nasal rinsing pot.
    4. Repeat to the other nostril


How does nasal rinsing work? You can do a nasal rinse yourself as follows: During nasal rinsing, nasal rinse can or nasal shower salt water with 0.9% salt concentration is poured into the nostril. This salt water then flows through the nasal cavity and comes out of the other nostril.

In the traditional application with a jug, the head is held laterally obliquely over the washbasin. With nasal shower you can build up additional pressure by pressing on the nasal shower. Therefore, the head does not have to be held at an angle like with a nasal rinsing can. With nasal rinse you can clean the entire nasal cavity of mucus, pollen and other foreign substances. Change the nostril after half of the water has passed through.

But please: While rinsing your nose, you should breathe through your mouth. Yawning and swallowing should be avoided. After the nose shower, there is usually always a little water in it. If you bend your head over and then slowly turn your head back and forth (No gesture), the water will run out. When you put your head in your neck, the water runs down your throat. Here you can swallow it.

Some people think you should clean your nose first. Personally, I prefer nasal rinsing without cleaning my nose beforehand, because you still have to blow your nose anyway. In addition, it is also about the Bernoulli effect and this is more effective in nasal rinsing than in nose cleaning.

You will find a selection of good nasal rinsing pots here: Nasal rinsing pots


Papist B; McTavish A: Saline nasal irrigation: Its role as an adjunct treatment. Canadian family physician Medecin de famille canadien 2003;49:168-73

Result: Nasal rinsing is a simple, inexpensive method of treatment, alleviates the symptoms of nasal and sinus diseases and promotes the self-cleaning function of the nasal mucous membrane in adults and children without (worse side effects). The nasal sinuses are moistened and encrusted secretion is removed. Patients who rinse their noses need less medication and are less likely to see a doctor.

Source: Nasal rinsing studys


How much salt?

The rule is: Better too much salt, than too little salt. The most agreeable is salt concentration with 0.9% of the salt content, the common physiological saline solution. That’s nine grams of table salt on a litre of water. Why this is so, I explain here: Excursion: Osmosis

Let’s hold on:

Nasal rinsing with salt

Salt dosage

Different from nasal rinsing pot to nasal rinsing pot due to the different sizes. Always use as much salt as is indicated in the instructions for the nasal rinsing can. Nasal showers or nasal rinsing cans without measuring spoons are particularly useful for manufacturers/sellers. They sell their packaged salt packs over and over again. But you can also help yourself here: about 2 teaspoons of salt on 1 litre of water should fit.

If you bought a neti pot like this (), it’s very easy: One measuring spoon + water up to the mark of the respective nasal rinsing can model will well mix to give the salt concentration of a physiological saline solution (0.9% = 9 grams of salt / 1 litre of water). I’m writing this because it doesn’t have to be table salt. This salt solution tastes like tears.

In many cases, however, it can make sense to use more salt. Higher concentrations have a decongestant and germ-killing effect, but also burn more. More information here: Nasal rinsing with hypertonic salt solution

Less salt burns even more because water is drawn into the mucous membrane cells by osmosis.

What kind of salt?

In order to generate the right osmotic pressure (namely none) it is not really important which salt you take, if the concentration is correct.

Nasal rinsing with common salt

Common salt is pure sodium chloride. It does not contain any other salts/minerals. In this respect, it is an invention of man. In nature there is no water or salt of pure sodium chloride. A nasal rinse with saline solution is absolutely OK and also inexpensive. As long as the salt concentration is correct. Whoever wants to pour expensive Himalayan salt through his nose into the drain should do so quietly. In any case, table salt is totally OK.

Nasal rinsing with Squip Nasaline

Emser Salz (by Emcur) is a mixture of more than 30 minerals and trace elements.

The high content of hydrogen carbonate, which makes the nasal rinsing solution alkaline resp. basic, is special. Acidic metabolic products associated with respiratory tract inflammation can thus be neutralised or buffered directly on site (in the nose). Particularly tough secretion is solved better.

The potassium sulphate contained therein is supposed to be mucosal swelling.

Honestly? Are you serious?

OK, neutralize acids. Yes, I understand. But why so expensive? Products such as Kaiser Natron can do the same. You can find out how to do this here: Nose rinsing with sodium bicarbonate

Nasal rinsing with table salt

See Nose rinsing with table salt!

Nasal rinsing with iodised salt

The discussion here probably goes in this direction: additives are basically harmful. A nasal rinse with iodized salt also?

Let’s be sober and logical the whole time. iodine is a trace element for us. Means that we need it, but not in large quantities. The iodised salt we buy and consume is tailored to our food needs. So the iodine was really only added in tracks. (That it is no longer absolutely necessary these days to supply the population with iodine via salt, sometimes without it. Therefore, against the background that it only runs briefly through our nose and then is flushed down the drain, really irrelevant.

Another consideration and really only one consideration: iodine is used in larger quantities to disinfect the skin before operations or to disinfect wounds. So if we start with nasal rinses against sinusitis or just a cold, then a larger amount of iodine would make more sense than harmful, wouldn’t it?

Nasal rinsing with fluoride salt

Iodised salt is already said to be unhealthy and as a result of the fact that there are too many chemical wastes that one would like to turn into money, at least somehow: e. g. as a salt additive.

However, this is still the case with fluoride. Fluoride comes to my knowledge naturally not at all in our body. That the tooth enamel hardens may still be true, but do you have to feed it? Soap cleanses our skin wonderfully. Is that why you want me to drink soapy water?

I would personally be cautious with fluoride. It’s not even an important trace element for our body.

Nasal rinsing with sea salt

The perfect composition?

Sea salt has the mineral composition of our body. No wonder, because we originally came from the sea. The sea salt would thus also have the perfect composition for an intravenous saline solution. If it weren’t for the impurities nobody wants in the blood. For this application, it would be necessary to recreate the mineral composition with nature’s chemistry building blocks.

But for the rinsing of the nose, the sea salt available in our supermarkets should be clean enough. Sea salt in combination with sodium hydrogen carbonate is, of course, an optimal combination which can also be purchased at high cost with the Emser salt.

Nasal rinsing without salt

As already mentioned, don’t like too much salt rather than too little. From this you can now conclude that never use a nasal rinse without salt is better. So no matter with which miracle cure you want to wash your nose, salt should always be with you. Why is that so?  Excursion osmosis

You can now conclude from the digression: too much salt has a decongestant effect, too little salt causes the mucous membrane to swell.

For the masochists this tip: kill your mucous membrane with distilled water! -)

Making your own nasal rinsing salt

You can also easily make a nasal rinsing salt like Emcur’s yourself. Simply mix 1:1 Kaiser Sodium bicarbonate (Amazon) and any salt (but preferably sea salt without additives). Now you should double the dose for the nasal rinsing pot, because otherwise the salt concentration is not correct. Your sense of smell will be improved by this mixture. Only after half an hour, though. First you’ll think it smells like chemistry.

Salt additives

One thing you can say is that it is best to use salt which protects the nose, i. e. without fluoride and without so-called separating agents / trickling aids such as sodium ferrocyanide (E 535). I’m not so sure about iodine. Everyone should try it out for himself.

What additives?

From Sodium Bicarbonate to Camomile to Sage, in this article I have described which additives you can try for your nasal rinses: Mixes for nasal rinsing can.

But if you’re too click-full, here’s an idea anyway:

Nasal rinse with lemon

The Romanians are particularly perverse. You mix the juice of half a lemon with a teaspoon of salt and put it through a straw. If that helps, you could also add fresh lemon juice to the nasal rinsing pot.

Pari Montesol nasal rinsing

interesting stuff. As far as natural brine from Bad Reichenhall is concerned, I don’t think the investment is worthwhile. Simple salt also does. However, the ingredient dexpanthenol is already a little more interesting. This, together with the good dosability, makes Pari Montesol nasal rinsing an interesting product for me. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy it in the US. But you can mix your own blend: Nasal rinsing with dexpantenol

I don’t have to mention that a natural brine concentrate can do without preservatives or that salt itself has been used by humans for a long time for preservation purposes.

Dexpanthenol is a provitamin, a preliminary stage of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and is an important building block in the skin metabolism. (Bepanthene is well known nowadays. The main active ingredient is dexpanthenol.)

In summary: Irritations and inflammations of the nasal mucosa are alleviated faster with dexpanthenol.


If you have already refilled the windscreen wiper system of a car, you might know the principle from there: You just have to press on the 250ml-bottle to fill the dosing head with the right amount of concentrate.  This amount is then poured into the nasal shower or rinsing jug. If you now own the Pari Montesol nasal rinsing pot, you only need to add lukewarm water up to the calibration mark, that’s it!

Nasal rinsing: How often per day?

Can you clean your home too often? As a man, I would now reply: Yes! :-)

Cut the bullshit. Of course not, of course. But at some point it doesn’t make any sense anymore if you don’t let a little time pass in between. Because otherwise it becomes compulsive. It is nonsense to rinse your nose without a break. But it would be nonsense to give now a number like 5x a day as a recommendation. Exception: With a hypertonic nasal rinse, i. e. more salt than isotonic = tear fluid), the mucous membranes are dried out. So in this case, do not rinse too often, rather rinse the nose with isotonic saline solution in between times to prevent drying out.

You don’t stop cleaning your apartment until it’s clean. And if during the rinsing no more snot (uhm secretion or allergy sufferers pollen) comes out of the nose, then one should save the time. Too often, therefore, there is no such thing, or it is relative and depends on the starting position.

Perform nasal rinsing at home

Sure… but I have even better ideas:
  • Hotel room
  • On the Work because you get work despite illness.
  • If you bring the rinsing solution:
    • Im Zug
    • Im Airplane: Due to the limitation to 100ml liquid very poor. But if you touch the solution after the security checks, it will be exciting. But please not during take-off, landing, abduction or crash.
    • On a giant wheel
    • Cool effects can also be found in Roller Coaster. The other passengers will be pleased.

Nasal irrigation preparation

“Tütchen auf… drüber!” (Jean Pütz, a German science journalist)

The average nasal rinsing jug comes in a set with measuring spoon. So you don’t have to worry about the right salt dosage. Otherwise: 9g salt (approx. 2 teaspoons) on 1 litre of water.

The right temperature

The water should be lukewarm or body warm. Not too hot, not too cold. If hot water is added first, the salt dissolves better and the water cools down a little automatically by the salt, because the solution runs off endothermically (energy is consumed). Now fill up to the calibration mark with further (not hot, maybe even cold) water.

Why you should rinse your nose?

  • For prevention: The viruses and bacteria are flushed out before they can implant themselves.
  • With allergies pollen are flushed down from the mucous membrane.
  • Bei Schnupfen thick slime is loosened and transported away.
  • With starting sniffles you can wash away the pathogens and maybe get around them again.
  • The Flimmerhairs, which are responsible for the removal of mucus, foreign bodies and pathogens, are purified and thus remain more mobile.
  • Having nasal sinusitis, thick mucus is loosened, sucked out of the sinuses (Bernoulli effect) and transported
  • salt and other additives have germicidal effect.
  • With sodium hydrogen carbonate additive (imperial sodium bicarbonate) acids, which are disposed of via the mucous membranes, neutralized.
  • Indirect for toothache: When the secretion in the maxillary sinuses creates a painful pressure.
  • Indirectly in case of ear pain: If the Eustachian tubes are blocked, the problem is caused by the nasopharyngeal space.

How does nasal rinsing work?

Cleaning the nose creates a current that sucks at the sinuses. This suction force, the so-called Bernoulli effect, is usually known from aerodynamics. The air flowing over the wing takes longer than the air underneath the wing. This results in buoyancy. This law was written down by Daniel Bernoulli (1700 – 1782).

Effect on the paranasal sinuses

A flow that passes through a tapering or bottleneck must increase its flow velocity at this bottleneck. A suction arises through the particles, which are already past the bottleneck. This suction also occurs during the ordinary “nose brushing” and develops its effect at the sinuses in such a way that mucus is extracted from the sinuses. Since Water is not as flexible as air, this Suction is even stronger in a nasal rinse! But when the nose is completely swollen up, no suction can arise and on the other hand a suction at closed nasal sinuses cannot develop its effect. In order to create the relieving suction, the mucosa must first subside, either with nasal drops, Buteyko respiration, nasal rinsing with very high salt concentration.

Incidentally, but just as importantly, Flimmerhärchen, which are responsible for the removal of the mucus, are cleaned of foreign bodies and encrusted mucus. However, encrusted mucus does not dissolve by a single application.

Effect on colds

The sinuses are not affected by rhinitis or sniffing/nasal catarrh. The Bernoulli effect is of course not so important, because the sinuses do not have to be sucked out. But the removal of mucus is of course also very important for a cold.

Helps with pollen allergies

What happens in the case of a pollen allergy? Pollen consists partly of proteins against which we or our mucous membranes can react allergically. Depending on the plant, grass or tree, the proteins are different or similar.

We breathe the pollen through the nose. These lie down on the nasal mucosa and lead to the known reactions such as swollen nasal mucosa, eye itching, etc.

During nasal rinsing with a nasal rinsing pot, the pollen are rinsed down from the nasal mucosa. Therefore, if you do this regularly, it is not possible to accumulate as much pollen on the mucous membrane.

Prevention against colds

It is usually viruses that cause a cold, bacteria are added later. In exceptional cases (especially in the case of immunodeficiency) we are first attacked by bacteria. Antibiotics do not help against viral respiratory infections or only if bacteria are involved at the same time.

We do not call these infections colds because the cold is the cause, but because cooling weakens the immune system and thus favours an infection with viruses or bacteria.

The disease-causing pathogens, however, take a certain amount of time to penetrate the mucous membrane and provoke a reaction of our body in the form of a “cold”. If we now rinse our nasal mucous membranes within this time, we rinse the bacteria and viruses out before they can implant themselves.


In the case of persistent colds or sinusitis, the eusthacheal tube may swell. A tube closure! The Eusthach tubes connect the nasal cavity to the ears.

The ear is closed off from the outside by the eardrum. Nothing can get through it. If the pressure of the surrounding environment changes, this pressure presses or pulls the eardrum.

The relieving pressure compensation takes place via the eusthachic tubes, or not even if they are blocked.

So that it does not come at all to it only or if it already came to it, naturally also nasal rinses help, because the ear pain and/or the lock comes from the direction of the nasal cavity.

With a constipated nose

The water from the rinsing jug won’t flow? With a congested nose, we cannot hope for the Bernoulli effect, because flow rate is too low. A nasal rinse is decongestant when the salt concentration is higher. It burns like a pig, but it also helps against germs. More information here: Nasal rinsing with hypertonic saline solution

In the case of sinusitis, however, the Bernoulli effect is needed to suck the secretion out of the sinuses. If necessary, a decongestant nasal spray also helps here initially. With Buteyko respiration (short instructions: the nasal mucous membranes can also be swollen without chemistry. After this exercise you can rinse your nose as usual.

Chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is usually caused by nutrition, poor intestinal flora and an overacidified body. The swollen nasal mucous membranes and sinusitis are only visible signs of these derailments.

To address the causes, I recommend the following contents:

One person’s nose / mucous membrane, the other person’s (external) skin. Those who never tackle the cause will eventually have to struggle with both the respiratory tract and the skin.

However, in the case of acute such as chronic sinusitis, rinsing the nose helps due to the suction underlying Bernoulli effect.

In view of the fact that one is always overacidified in case of chronic sinusitis, a nasal rinse with sodium is recommended: nasal rinse with sodium.

With what?

With nasal rinsing pot

Nose rinsing can should be enoughly large to be able to rinse with enough water. At the opening there should be a sleeve which closes the nostril securely. A nasal rinsing pot consisting of only one part is of course better to clean, this can also be cleaned in a dishwasher. Nasal rinsing cans are available in a wide variety of materials: plastic, ceramics, porcelain and even glass.

Nasal showers can usually be recognized by the fact that they are closable and do not have a long spout. The long spout of a nasal rinsing pot allows a certain flow rate to be achieved. In nasal showers, this flow rate is achieved by pressing the nasal shower itself. Nasal showers are therefore usually made of softer plastic.

Nasal rinsing possible without nasal irrigation / Nasal rinsing without device

How do you flush your nose without a nose shower? A little tutorial. Some people swear to sniff their salt water from a saucer or directly from the hollow hand into the nose. To humidify the nose this technique is certainly not bad, but the Benoulli-Effect is not created, which is why there is no suction at the sinuses. Not very effective, but better than no humidification at all. However, there are online very cheap and good nasal rinsing cans that one should only use the following techniques for the sake of circumstance:

With syringe

If the syringe has a fitting nozzle for the nostrils, you can rinse the nose with a certain pressure and flow rate. In particular, one is not dependent on a certain position of the body as with a nasal rinsing can. However, I prefer a simple nasal rinsing can.

With sport bottle

Sports drink bottles have an opening which can be attached to a nostril similar to the spout of a nasal flushing can. If the drinking bottle is also made of soft plastic, you can build up a higher pressure by pressing it. But think of the right Amount of salt for nasal rinsing.

With funnel

A funnel can be used to rinse your nose if you have someone who pours the nasal rinsing solution into the funnel. But: A funnel usually has rough areas and does not close a nostril as well as the spout of a nasal shower or nasal rinsing can. A nasal rinsing pot really doesn’t cost a lot of money now, as you will see below in the paragraph Buy nasal rinsing cans.

With a small teapot or watering can

If you own a small watering can or tea/coffee pot or jug, you will surely have some money left for a nasal shower/nasal rinsing can. But if you mean, just try it out. I’m sure you’ll soon be looking online for a nasal shower (I’ll introduce a few below).

You can also use the same nasal rinsing solution here. (See above)

Electrical with SinuPulse Elite

I have to say that I’ve only read positives. Such a device is certainly more expensive than a normal nasal rinsing pot. The device was only available in the USA for a long time, but now you can also buy it at Amazon for a comparatively low price:Amazon*

And one thing is certain: The Bernoulli-Effect is responsible for Sog, which is necessary to flush the entire secretion from the sinuses. The strength of the suction increases with the flow rate of the water. The force of gravity, which is responsible for the flow velocity in a normal nasal rinsing can, is simply not enough to really suck out all the moderators. However, if an electric and controllable pump with a certain pressure increases the flow velocity, the Bernoulli effect can create a suction that simply gets “more out” . The device was available for a long time only in the USA, but now also at Amazon Germany. Here are a few more Experience reports about the miracle device:Amazon

Here the product video:



The nose cornet has nothing to do with nasal rinsing. There’s no water.  The nose cornet follows a completely different principle:

Vibrations release the slime

The nose cornet is an oscillating PEP system.

What are PEP systems?

When exhaling in PEP systems (Ppositive Eexpiratory Pressure) a positive pressure is built up, which treats the airways that are widened by means of positive pressure on exhalation. This is mainly done by the training effect of this therapy on breathing muscles.

The nose-cornet is functional but has more to offer.

Inside there is a hose. This hose is buckled by the bending of the device. Whoever thinks that this bend has been fabricated as a marketing strategy recognition value is wrong.

It’s really about the bend in the hose.

When breathing into the nasal cornet, flattert the tube. This fluttering effects pressure fluctuations or vibrations, which are transmitted into the respiratory tract. The mucous membranes of the nose and the mucous membranes of the pharynx are massaged, which also releases mucus.

The result: the constrictions in the nasal passage are shaken away and the mucus can flow off.


Do it yourself

In times of DIY (= Do it yourself) trend and therefore successful DIY blogs the question is legitimate. Can I make a nasal rinsing can?

The DIY trend is the result of a desire for individuality. So if our noses were very different, then I would think about how to make a nasal rinsing pot myself… maybe from a dry-can… or shape from clay and burn?

The nozzles that connect the nasal rinsing pot to the nostril and seal tightly at the same time are highly flexible in shape. That is why they can be used by people with different noses. Special nasal rinsing jugs are available for very small (children’ s) noses. So why do it yourself? Next below you will see that there is an incredible amount of choice. And those nasal rinsing cans aren’t even expensive.

Nose rinsing can free of charge at the Barmer GEK

Members of the Barmer / GEK Krankenkasse can obtain a nasal rinsing pot free of charge at the branch office at Bahnhofstraße 19-23 in 74072 Heilbronn or under the free telephone number 0800 332060 320. The nasal rinsing can of the Barmer /GEK was developed exclusively by Prof. Schmidt (thank you very much for the information to my reader Sarah), with which you don’t have to be a member of the Barmer to rinse your nose with this (as I find ingenious) model:

*Prof. Schmidts Jala Neti Nasenspül-Set, 1 St

Prof. Schmidts Jala Neti Nasenspül-Set, 1 St von Satacnut

Die Nasenspülkanne der GEK ähnelt diesem Modell bzw. ist eigentlich baugleich.
Der Preis bei Amazon: - *

Buy nasal rinsing pots


From about 4 EUR to 150 EUR there is everything from small to large, from plastic to ceramic, from gravity to power.

From the pharmacy

The pharmacy on the corner of course does not have the largest selection, because simply the storage space is missing. But online pharmacies like Berlinda mail-order pharmacy* have a handsome selection and are also very cheap. Besides: If you are already there to order something, you can also fill up the medicine cabinet at the same time:

  • Sodium bicarbonate of baking soda
  • Nasal Spray
  • Sinupret

At Amazon

Of course, Amazon also has a very large selection of nasal rinsing cans and showers, extremely fast shipping and very good user guidance in the “online shop”. Here are the best models directly with price:

[amazon template=h4-left& asin=B0041MJ32Y& text=I’ve been using this model for years. Unbreakable, dishwasher-safe and very affordable.

[amazon template=h4-left& asin=B004QL7C8C& text=This nasal rinsing pot has a similar design. The curved neck makes flushing easier. But above all, the large capacity of 500ml is very practical. You can tilt the nasal rinsing pot very well, so a very high pressure is achieved.

[amazon template=h4-left& asin=B00UC2P6QE& text=Children need special nasal rinsing cans. Nozzles are smaller and fit better into small nostrils.


Nose rinsing can at DM Nose rinsing can at DM. (30/01/2016)

At Drugstores

At DM there is a nasal rinsing pot from Emsan, of course the matching salt is also sold. Actually this model is meant in the picture.

This nasal rinsing can is much more suitable for everyday use: * . Nose rinsing cans and nose showers have to be cleaned, right?

Bei Rossmann

[amazon template=image-left& asin=B008YWS5FS& text=This nasal rinsing can is also available at this price in the big drugstores.At Rossmann, the packaging actually looks exactly the same as with DM, except that Emcur nasal shower is on the package. The price is also identical with 9,95 EUR (as of 28.11.15).

But as I said before, this nasal rinsing can is much more practical: *

At Aldi

At Aldi there is at regular intervals (in December anyway) a Multinorm nose rinsing pot for about 5 EURONES. Of course, you can also buy Multinorm nasal rinsing salt directly. And of course, that is also the goal. You buy the Multinorm nasal shower from the popular Aldi at a bargain price, and thanks to this you have to buy regular supplies of Multinorm nasal rinsing salt. Savings below the line = = (zero, zero). A comparatively not so expensive nasal rinsing pot like my favouriteJala Neti nasal rinsing pot by Dr, Schmidt has a measuring spoon so that you can use simple table salt to rinse your nose. Savings = clearly noticeable. In addition, Kaiser Natron and other substances can be used to produce much better nasal rinsing solutions: Blends for the nasal rinsing pot.

For the whole family

Due to the different models, there is a suitable nasal rinsing pot for every member of the family, and there is a suitable model for every nose and every taste.

Nasal rinsing during pregnancy

There is no argument against nasal rinsing during pregnancy. There are more arguments for that. Because if you are preventing a pregnancy, you don’t have to treat a strong bacterial effect with antibiotics.

Nose rinsing for the baby

One often reads about it on the Internet. That you should do it because it’s supposed to be so good for the baby. But how to do that is not described anywhere. If you know how to flush your baby’s nose without endangering it, please write to me.

Nasal rinsing for infants

Nose rinsing cans are available for children from 3 years of age. The Emser® Nasanita children’s nasal shower is the best. This nasal shower is used by us. But I guess it’s more of an exception when kids are involved. Unfortunately, we didn’t want to get it right away. With about 4 1/2 years it worked with us. So try it out again and again and get to grips with it patiently and playfully.

Especially for kindergarten and kita children it is important to regularly flush the bacteria and viruses from the mucous membranes and to gently remove the secretion from the narrow nasal passages.

Nasal rinsing in children

The older children become, the sooner they get involved in the experiment because they have a better understanding of the positive connections. According to the motto, if I wash today, I won’t get sick tomorrow. It is important that the children are introduced in a playful way.

Cleaning/disinfecting the nasal rinsing pot

The cleaning process varies depending on the model. Nasal showers with a large opening, i. e. rather the nasal rinsing cans, are of course easy to clean, especially if they consist of one piece. After rinsing your nose, simply allow the hot water to flow through, let it dry upside down and put it into the dishwasher once in a while. The hotter the dishwasher program, the better.

To disinfect it is enough to pour in boiling water or to boil the nasal shower. Of course, you can also fill in water and put the nasal shower into the microwave and just heat it for a few minutes at the highest stage until the water boils. After that, the nasal rinsing pot should also be free of germs.

Is nose rinsing harmful?

Nasal rinsing after surgery

If the doctor advises against it, you shouldn’t. But nasal rinses are usually the only way to remove mucus/blood after nasal surgeries, as you should not clean your nose conventionally. Then it would also be advisable to use boiled water to kill all germs before rinsing the nose. The doctor will, however, give you appropriate instructions. So always ask the doctor.

Water in the ear

In nasal rinses, water sometimes runs into the ear, or more precisely into the middle ear. That’s not too bad, though. It also depends on how much pressure you use to blow out your nose after nasal rinsing. However, the water does not get into the inner ear. In any case, it makes sense to swell the nasal mucous membranes before rinsing with a nasal spray in order to achieve the highest possible flow rate of the water. The suction of Bernoulli effect normally causes the water to flow in the opposite direction of the ears.

Nasal rinsing with bloody mucus

In case of an inflammation of the mucous membrane it can also happen that blood is present. Even if you clean your nose too hard or with too much pressure, it can happen that small veins burst. The blood then collects in the mucus. Nasal rinsing is therefore not the cause of the blood. On the contrary, it is even better if this bloody mucus is washed away and the mucous membranes moistened.

Nasal rinsing videos


Here is another video that will trigger a motivation boost for every person:

Yoga/ Jala Neti

The rinsing of the nose with a nasal rinsing pot is originally a yoga exercise called Jala Neti. At the Jala Neti there are additional exercises (Uttanasana) to transport the remaining water out of the nasal cavity and the sinuses.

Sutra Neti

Sutra is the thread. A mostly oiled thread is put into a nostril and pulled out of the throat. If you now hold the thread at both ends, you can move it back and forth. The nasopharynx mucous membranes are massaged and stimulated in this way, thus increasing blood circulation. Sutra Neti is usually done in combination with Jala Neti, as you can see in the following video:


Further questions

Can I do a nasal rinse with chamomile?

Yes! How this works, I explain to you here: Nasal rinsing with chamomile.

Is nasal rinsing with sodium bicarbonate possible?

Yes and No!

Not with soda alone,

with salt it shall be.

I’ll explain it all right here:

Nasal rinsing with sodium

The nasal rinse is on fire?

Life is not a pony farm. At the beginning it is always unpleasant, even if you have dissolved the right amount of salt in the water. Near the eyes, at the root of the nose, onions make it special. But especially in the first second. Hold on and let it run.

Nose rinsing / nasal rinsing pots under test

If you ask me, should a nasal rinsing pot consist of one piece, then they are better cleanable. In addition, many nasal rinsing cans have extreme corners. How are you supposed to get it really clean? What do you need a screw cap for? So you can push it to increase the pressure? The simpleJala Neti nasal rinsing pot by Dr, Schmidt does not need to be used. Here too, the flow rate is high enough.

Click here for the test:

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