Salt is naturally anti microbial. Saline nasal spray is a go-to of many parents, conventional and “foodie” moms and pops alike, when the green snotty nose critters make their way into their child’s system. It is also recommended by conventional docs, as well as naturopaths and doctors/advocates of natural medicine. Whether you want to save money or avoid introducing chemicals found in conventional nasal sprays purchased at the store, this post is for you.
Many of us “foodie” folks have a discovery along our paths that makes us want to kick our own $@& for stupidly overlooking something that you would think would be exempt from the chemical craze in the majority of over-the-counter products. Saline nasal spray was one of them for me. I mean, saline, salt water…that’s a safe bet. Why would you need to add chemicals to something so simple? I didn’t actually have this thought process because if I had, I’d have definitely read the label…I do on everything (apparently, almost everything) anymore. It was just one of those “simple” things that escaped my consciousness as something to even check, something that I’ve used for years, that was already in our remedies cabinet, and was a habitual go-to when one of the kids were sick.
It wasn’t until I had a bit of a nasty nose myself this time around that I used the “saline” nasal spray and was caught off guard. My reaction? “OMG. What the WHAT is this that I just sprayed up my nose?!?!? What is this that I’ve repeatedly sprayed up my children’s noses?!?! That is NOT simple saline solution.” It smelled, tasted and felt like I just sprayed a public pool in my nose. No wonder they get so ticked when I put this in their noses!! And so the label inspection began…I’m not going to go into detail of the label as I don’t have the time at the moment and the purpose of this post is to provide a solution, not preach on the problem.
My first thought was that saline solution can’t be difficult to make at all. So, the net search commenced. This was one of the articles I stumbled upon and found helpful. 0.9% saline solution equals 9 grams of salt to 1 liter of water. That in itself can’t be too tough, but I really didn’t want to make an entire liter, nor did I want to deal with all the sterilization business for just nasal spray that I will be using for a very brief time before dumping. This can easily be made fresh every day or two or with each illness.
After a little searching I decided to use my glass-bottled Mountain Valley Spring water as the base. Now, for measuring the ratios. Using an online converter for grams to ounces, I determined that 9 grams is equivalent to 0.3 ounces. I got out my postal scale, zeroed it with a small bowl atop the scale, and began with 1/2 teaspoon at a time of my Celtic Sea Salt, until I reached 0.3 ounces on the scale at four 1/2 teaspoons (ie 2 teaspoons). That makes for a very simple conversion of 1/2 teaspoon to 250 milliliters of spring water. So, I filled up a glass baby bottle to the 250 milliliter line, added 1/2 teaspoon of Celtic salt, placed it in the bottle warmer to help dissolve it, stirring with a stainless steel straw. The solution, when fully dissolved will go into a glass dropper bottle with a glass dropper to cool so I don’t have to worry about the petrochemicals leaching from plastics (especially a warm solution) into my clean homemade solution.
Now, I sit back in peace, knowing in mere moments I will have a safe and clean saline nasal solution for my children that is super easy! I will further my research to determine if this is the absolute best ratio for nasal solution specifically, but in the meantime, it’s much better than the alternative!
250 mls spring water
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
Now, all you big industry “saline” nasal spray producers…is it really that difficult to keep something so simple, simple? No. Time to step it up a notch and ditch the chemicals, or you will continue to ditch your customers!
Final note: I would NOT advise using table salt as a substitution for this or any recipe calling for salt! True salt is sea salt. Table salt is a nasty lab-made chemical concoction. Celtic Sea Salt and pink Himalayan are both options that are a pantry staple here in our home. When we feel we are dealing with more serious critters, we use colloidal silver spray in the nares and/or humidifier/nebulizer/oil diffuser as well. Good luck!