Ah, summer the time of year when the sun is out and the pollen from flowers and trees carpet the earth, turning it into a living nightmare. For some people this yellow nightmare powder is a symbol of rebirth, for me, it is a symbol of a clogged nose, hacking cough and of course swollen eyes.
Now as someone who deals with allergies every single year, I have a few solutions. First don’t go outside. The outside world is dead to you now. Leaving your home means entering a world where chemical warfare is not only actively occurring, but BEES are the ones spreading it.
Now if you absolutely must go outside make sure to have one of the medical masks with you to help filter out the air from the poison that wants to stuff up your nose.
This should reduce your chances of exposer but should the case arise that you are still taken ill by the nasty, nasty air there is a solution for you.
A Nettie Pot, or if you’re like me and don’t really like holding a teapot next to your nose a Nettie sinus rinse. Now I am sure your thinking, a pot? What am I going to do with a pot/odd looking squeeze bottle? The answer is simple really, shove it up your nose, or more specifically your sinuses.
Well, it’s really not that simple, there are a few steps you have to take before you can take your sinuses on a wet and wild ride. First things first you have to get the water to the perfect temperature. If it is too cold it will feel like you are inhaling an ocean into your nose. If it is too hot it will feel like you are snorting a cup of lava. Either way, it is incredibly important that you are prepared to make mistakes in the temperature department.
Once you have the temperature to what you approximate will hurt the least you add in the special salt mix. This special mix of salts makes it so all of the gunk in your sinus gets turned into a soft goo that can be flushed right out of your head. I can not stress how important it is that you fully mix in the salt mixture, if you do not mix it in fully you can end up in some serious pain.
As a veteran of this method, I can confirm that once you get the salt into the water the most important part is yet to come. Actually putting the saltwater mixture up your nose. The key to this is to make sure you are exhaling at the same time you either pour or squirt. If you are not exhaling you will just end up feeling like you are drowning and the whole process has to start over.
If done successfully you will end up with a freshly cleaned sinus, and be able to return to life as normal, just don’t forget that if you inhale more pollen you are back to square one.