If you are battling a stuffy nose, take a healthy dunk in the ocean from your bathroom sink.
Because there is saline in sea air and in ocean water, sea animals and people living along the ocean shores don’t have as many nasal issues (or allergies) that people living in highly populated urban areas have, especially during the winter months.
When I was a kid, I lived by the ocean in Jacksonville, Florida. We’d go to the beach every Sunday, and I had a regular weekly “nasal cleanse” every time a wave smacked me in the face. During the winter months when the water was too cold to swim, my mother would make my sister and me snuff warm salt water up our nostrils if we had a glimmer of a head cold or stuffy nose.
As kids, we didn’t like it very much, but we never got a cold, the flu, or allergies. As an adult, I love it now, and I flush my nose and my eyes with warm salt water often, and whenever I feel a little stuffy or have sinus irritation, I snuff warm salt water up my nose, splash it in my eyes, and gargle it.
Do this as often as needed to remove toxins, allergens, and other microbes that can cause a stuffy nose.
1-cup filtered or distilled water
1/2-tsp sea salt
- Mix approx 1/2 tsp sea salt in one cup warm water;
- Pour saline solution into the palm for your hand and sniff up one nostril at a time;
- Repeat as necessary to drain the nasal passages, and blow your nose as needed.
Sea salt is a natural detoxifier, and aids in the removal of toxins found anywhere in the body. Every living thing naturally contains salt as an essential element for body function. Heck, we are made of salt.
When your body’s sodium levels are balanced, your digestive system is stimulated to flush toxins; hence, IBS and constipation should never be an issue. Sodium serves as a brain stimulator, and healthy forms of salt supply your brain with the necessary trace minerals to stay healthy.
And salt cleanses your sinuses of microorganisms that can cause allergies, stimulate colds, and a stuffy nose.
So, as more pollutants saturate the air these days, simply keep your sinuses clean using a mild saline nasal flush.
Or, go take a dunk in the ocean.
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