Nasal douche: application and effect for colds, hay fever and corona

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A nasal douche can relieve the symptoms of colds or hay fever. We will show you what you need for a nasal douche and how to use it correctly.

A nasal douche can provide relief for colds.
A nasal douche can provide relief for colds.
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Under nasal douche one understands the Cleaning the nose and mucous membranes with a saline solution. The idea of ​​rinsing your nose with water may seem uncomfortable at first. However, rinsing the nose has a long tradition in many cultures. The nasal douche is an integral part of yogic cleansing rituals and part of Ayurvedic health teachings.

A nasal douche frees the nose from:

  • secretion
  • dust
  • pollen
  • pathogens

Proper use of a nasal douche can do both prevent colds, as well as help with other health problems. These include, among others:

  • acute cold and runny nose
  • sinusitis
  • hay fever
  • house dust allergy
  • dry nose
  • heavy pollution
  • after operations in the nasal area

Nasal rinsing can also be useful in connection with Corona. It doesn’t protect against infection, but if you use it correctly, the nasal secretion liquefies. In this way, the cilia can better transport the secretion together with the pathogens. This could reduce the viral load.

What you need for the nasal douche

For a nasal douche you need a suitable vessel.
For a nasal douche you need a suitable vessel.
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Performing a nasal douche is very simple. All you need is a suitable container, water and salt:

The right vessel**:

  • Originally, the containers for the nasal douche were made of metal, ceramic or glass. Today, most models are made of clear plastic to make it easier to see dirt. For example, you can get a classic ceramic nasal rinsing pot at green yoga shop, Avocado store or Amazon.
  • In addition to traditional nasal douches, in which the saline solution simply runs through the nose, there are also models in which the liquid is pumped into the nose using pressure. You can get them at your local pharmacy, for example, or online DocMorris, store pharmacy or Amazon.

The right saline solution:

  • For a nasal douche you need one isotonic saline solution. This roughly corresponds to the body’s own salt content and can therefore be compared with our tear fluid. Too much salt causes a burning sensation in the nose and the nasal douche dries out the mucous membranes in the long term. Too little salt, on the other hand, also irritates the mucous membranes, since the osmotic difference is too great.
  • A number of manufacturers sell pre-portioned salt so that the ratio is right. To avoid waste in the long term, you can also use your own Make saline solution. You need about 4.5 grams of salt for half a liter of water.
  • Ideally, you use pure salt without additives such as iodine, fluoride, separating or anti-caking agents. In Germany you can easily use tap water for the nasal douche. Only newly operated patients should boil the water beforehand and then let it cool down.
  • Always make the saline solution fresh to avoid later germ contamination.
  • Alternatively, you can buy a ready-made saline solution from the pharmacy.

Make your own nasal douche

With a little practice, nasal douche is very easy.
With a little practice, nasal douche is very easy.
(Photo: Daniela Staber

The first few times it can feel strange to clean your nose with a nasal douche. With our step-by-step instructions it will definitely work. You need about 1 per nasal douche 300 to 500 milliliters of saline.

  1. Warm the saline solution to body temperature, making sure the salt is completely dissolved. It’s best to check the temperature on your wrist.
  2. Pour half of the liquid into your jar.
  3. Hold your head over a sink and tilt your head back at an angle.
  4. Depending on the model, you pump all the water into your nose or let it run in slowly.
  5. As you do this, breathe through your mouth to prevent the liquid from running down your throat.
  6. Wait for the saline solution to completely drain out of the other nostril.
  7. Exhale through your nose to allow any remaining water to drain more easily, and then switch sides.

If the nasal mucosa is very swollen, it is advisable to use a decongestant beforehand nasal spray to use.

Nasal douche: More tips and hints

A few drops of essential sage oil in the nasal douche can also help with a cold.
A few drops of essential sage oil in the nasal douche can also help with a cold.
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  • With the right saline solution, you can easily use the nasal douche regularly. For example, in the yogic tradition, nasal douche is done in the morning before meditation, pranayama or applied to physical yoga practice.
  • If you have a cold, you can add a few drops to the saline solution essential sage oil add.
  • So that the nasal douche actually cleans, it is important to keep the vessel clean. Rinse it off with lukewarm water after each use and wash it regularly with vinegar water or in the dishwasher.
  • A nasal douche is not suitable for severe inflammation or nosebleeds.


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