Skinny Chef: Kitchen cures for winter ailments
Salt can work as a potent antibacterial, and an ideal way to keep colds at bay and keep pesky sinus infections from forming . It can even lessen allergies . It's easy to cleanse your sinuses with salt water, and a quick fix to avoid sinus infection and colds.
If you've never tried the neti pot , I highly recommend it. Sinus and cold pills can make your heart race or put you to sleep, but the neti pot has very few side effects, as long as you do it right. If you don't have a neti pot, you can use a sanitized sports bottle (washed well with soap and rinsed well in hot water), preferably sanitized in the dishwasher.
To prepare the salt mixture, boil 2 cups of distilled or filtered water with 1/2 teaspoon non-iodized salt or neti pot salt to avoid irritation. Do not use water from any other source, and be sure to bring the water to a rolling boil in a clean stainless steel saucepan. Cool the water to room temperature and transfer to your sports bottle or neti pot. Lean over a sink with your head tilted to the side. I place my elbow on the sink and make a "shelf" with my palm to rest my cheek on. Place the spout of the sports bottle or neti in the nostril that is higher up and squeeze the bottle gently, or tip the neti pot to release the water. The salt solution will drain out from the other nostril. Drain half the bottle pot and switch to other side. If you're a neti newbie, the sensation of water in your nose isn't pleasant, but it will remind you having a bit of water in your nose from swimming. After draining is complete, blow your nose in a tissue to remove leftover mucus. Sterilize the neti pot thoroughly after use.