Sunday, August 16, 2020

Fighting the Virus. Defence Nasal Wash

Pic. 1. Nasal Wash Guide

Nasal Wash has been an integral part of the yoga tradition and every morning life in the Indian ashram starts with Nasal Wash. 

Typically it's done in the garden by using your personal nasal cleansing pot and the room temperature boiled water with dissolved sea salt in it. 

In this article, I introduce a more efficient recipe to cleanse the nose, a great help to stay healthy in the pandemic time. 

Defence Nasal Wash Recipe

Pic. 2 Nasal Wash Ingredients

For the Defence Nasal Wash, you need the following ingredients ( Pic.2) :

  • Room temperature water: 400ml = 1,7 US cups
  • Sea salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Tea tree oil: 4 drops
  • Hydrogen peroxide: 4 drops
  • Iodine: 4 drops
  • A glass or ceramic teapot or a glass jar
  • Neti pot


For the morning nasal wash: 

  1. *Boil the water at evening and pour around two glasses of it into a teapot or a glass jar. Add sea salt. The water will cool down during the night; the salt will be dissolved
  2. In the morning: add tea tree oil, peroxide and iodine to the water with salt. Mix well.
  3. Fill the Neti Pot with the solution.  
  4. Do Nasal Wash leaning over a sink or basin. Slowly pour the solution into the right** nostril first. The liquid will wash your nose inside, and it will get out of the left nostril. 
  5. Do the same procedure through the left nostril**.
  6. Blow your nose several times to completely remove mucus.

It's a good idea to do the nasal cleansing at least once per day, but it's useful to make it twice per day if you got a flue or your nose is stuffy.

You can make Nasal Wash even if you don't have the Nasal cleansing pot; however, this simple tool simplifies the process. You can find it online or pharmacy shop.

Why Tea Tree oil?

Tea-tree oil has luxurious antibacterial and antiseptic properties.  

Why Sea Salt?

Saltwater washes help keep the nasal passages open by washing out thick or dried mucus. This can help prevent the spread of infection to the other sinuses and reduce postnasal drip.

Why  Iodine?

Iodine is beneficial for preventing infection and treating a range of pathogens, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses.

Why Hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide is active against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, and spores.

*NOTE: The water must be boiled and cooled down

**A tip: Always start the procedure from the right nostril, then you will not get confused and make both nostrils. 

*** Supportive video  for a Nasal Wash

Stay Healthy!

Use of the recipes is the self-responsibility of the reader.

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