Natural Health: Seawater spray cures kids colds-Czech researchers

Long have I been a fan of the Neti pot. If gargling with salt water works for a sore throat, why wouldn’t pouring salt water through your nose help with a sore nose (AKA a cold)?

In late January, a European study was released showing that:

A nasal spray made from Atlantic Ocean seawater eased wintertime cold symptoms faster and slowed cough and cold symptoms from returning among children ages 6 to 10. Click here to read more about it.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics have been talking about the possible risks associated with giving cold medicines to children under 2, and the possibility that they might be ineffective altogether in children under 6.

So, why risk using cold medicine if it, a, might not work, or b, might do harm?

Ocean water (saline) sprays are totally safe and totally natural. When prepared correctly, they have a balanced combinations of minerals and micronutrients, some of which might help combat colds. At the very least, the saline washes away mucous, pollution residue, and pollen, so it will likely make breathing easier and more pleasant. These sprays, and Neti pots, flush the sinuses, too. Granted this is anecdotal, I know a number of people who have used Neti pots as part of a regimen that halted years of sinus infections.

It is really important not use the salt in your kitchen to make one of these solutions. It just doesn’t have the same “juice” as the natural stuff. Luckily, the good stuff comes powdered in individual use packetsand handy-dandy booster. Allergy season is upon us, give it a whirl, and don’t forget to try it next cold season, too.