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Nasal Saline Recipe

Nasal Saline Recipe for Neti Pots


Updated June 24, 2014

Updated June 24, 2014
Nasal saline irrigation has been shown to be helpful for the prevention and treatment of allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. Various nasal saline rinse kits are available commercially which contains pre-mixed salt packages of sodium bicarbonate. Alternatively, a home-made saline can be made and used in a Neti pot, squeeze bottle or nasal bulb syringe.

To make your own saline, mix the following in a clean container:

  • ½ to 1 teaspoon non-iodized salt (such as pickling or canning salt)
  • Pinch of baking soda (to prevent burning – can increase the amount as needed)
  • 1 cup of warm water (preferably filtered or previously boiled water)

Find out if Neti pots really work for the treatment of allergies.


Practice Parameter Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Sinusitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2005;S13-47.

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