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Can epsom salt be used as a nasal rinse ?

Billgatesfangurl:

absolutely NOT. Use Regular salt or kosher salt, add to warm water and let salt dissolve.

I also use this mixture to gargle with when I have a sore throat.
Take Care, BB :)

REBELOFSOCIETY:

It's not on either label of two containers I have right now, so I would not recommend it. Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate, not sodium chloride, so it does have significantly different properties. If you are looking for a good nasal lavage recipe, as opposed to simply using a saline spray to moisturize your nose (which is all those little squirts can really do), I recently found the following on the internet and intend to try it for my chronic sinus infections:
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I mix my own: 1/8 t. salt, 1/2 c. water, and 1 pinch baking soda. This is cheap enough to mix daily and throw away the excess.

My applicator of choice is a child's dosing syringe (a needle-free syringe of any kind may be used). Target store pharmacies will give you a pretty decent dosing syringe free, if you ask where you could find one!

I have never worried about being too congested for the nasal wash to come through--just use it anyway. This is the advice that my doctor has given me as well. Continued use will at least help wash away some of the mucous and junk. If congested, one cannot blow one’s nose properly anyway, so getting out more of the gunk is all to the good.
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As soon as I can get to Target and ask about one of those syringes, I'll be giving this a try.

Also, if you go to a health food/naturalist store, you might be able to buy a 'neti pot', which is like a little tea pot that you use to pour a similar mixture in one nostril and out the other. It might come with it's own mixture or simply recommend salt + water. My yoga instructor recommended this back in college, but I never tried it *L*

David:

Doesn’t sound pleasant. I will try it and let you know.

Akawa6:

I knew that epsom salts had no medicinal value but, the reason you put it in water in the first place is to help the water retain the heat. But, if you look on the label, it can also be used as a laxative or purgative. Be careful ingesting something you're not sure about. I don't think I'd use it as a nasal rinse. Regular salt would be better.

Better than that would be to go to WalMart and buy some normal saline nasal solution. This way, you know you have the correct percentage of salt in the liquid.

SovieTAviator:

NO YOU MIGHT SWALLOW SOME.

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