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Rinsing the nose with salt water and baking soda mixture can wash crusts, allergens and other debris from your nose.  It can also soothe the lining of the nose, reduce inflammation and improve your ability to clean mucus.  Specific herbal preparations can be added for further benefits.


  • Clean and rinse a litre glass jar.  Fill the jar with boiled, filtered or bottled water.
  • Add two level tsp of salt (sea or rock salt).
  • Add two level tsp of baking soda.
  • Stir or shake to dissolve, store at room temperature.
  • Stir of shake before each use.
  • After a week discard any mixture left and make a new solution.
  • OR use Neilmed salt/baking soda sachets.


Thyme infusion- infuse 1-2 Tbs dried thyme for 10 minutes, in 200mls boiling water.  Add 200mls to 800mls of salt solution.   If using a Neilmed kit add about 50mls to the nasal rinse bottle.  Thyme is antiviral and antibacterial.
Calendula infusion – as above
Manuka or ti-tree essential oil – can be used by with caution as it can irritate the nasal membranes.  Use only one drop pr 200mls or solution

Plan to do a nasal rinse 1-2 times daily until symptoms have improved then 2-3 times/week for maintenance.  If acute infection with blocked nose, do not force nasal rinse and stop if any pain.

  • Warm the salt water/baking soda mix in saucepan on stove before using, ensure not too hot.
  • Draw up in a 20mls syringe, OR use a Neilmed nasal rinse bottle (comes with salt/baking soda sachets) or Neti pot.
  • Stand over basin or sink, or in the shower, and gently squeeze the solution up one nostril unit it comes out the other nostril.  Some may go down the back of your throat, it is OK to swallow it.  Repeat 2-3 times on each side
  • You can also put the nasal rinse mixture in an empty nasal spray bottle to use during the day if required or for children

Keep your neti pot clean in-between uses.

Ballie, N Dr. (2017). Antibiotic Resistance: Nasal Rinse. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland Phytomed.