The nasal rinse is effective against nasal congestion, sinus infections, and relieves the annoying symptoms of hay fever. A nasal cleanse is also part of the ENT doctors' treatment guidelines after nasal surgery. But what type of salt can you use to rinse your nose?
You can use various types of salt to rinse your nasal cavities, such as iodine-free fine table salt, fine sea salt, or Himalayan salt.
With any type of salt for nasal rinse, the general rule of thumb is to prepare a salt solution in the same salt / water ratio as is naturally present in your body. This is called isotonic saline and corresponds to a salinity value of 0.9%. For an effective nasal cleanse, doctors recommend combining 300 ml of body temperature tap water with 2.7 grams of salt. This is easy to measure with the supplied Rhino Horn measuring spoon.
You can read the main characteristics of the salt for nasal rinse below:
1. Rinse the nose with fine table salt without iodine.
We recommend using fine table salt without iodine. Pure table salt without iodine is readily available at the grocery store, non-stinging, and affordable.
A standard package of pure table salt (the iodine-free variant) contains enough salt for over 40 nasal rinses. Since you prepare the saline solution in the correct proportion with the practical Rhino Horn measuring spoon, you are always assured of a comfortable nasal rinse.
Conclusion: Pure table salt is non-stinging, cheap to buy, and readily available. Ideal for an effective nasal rinse!
"What can alleviate cavities is rinsing them with a saline solution of warm tap water and table salt."
J. Clement, otolaryngologist at Bravis hospital
Nu.nl February 26, 2019
2. Rinse the nose with fine sea salt.
Sea salt is extracted in a natural, ecological and sustainable way.
Fine sea salt is readily available in the supermarket and is suitable for making a saline solution for a nasal douche. Like fine table salt and Himalayan salt, you can easily prepare the salt solution with the Rhino Horn measuring spoon and body temperature water.
Here are some examples of fine sea salt:
3. Rinse the nose with fine Himalayan salt.
Himalayan salt is extracted from the Himalayas. This salt is minimally processed to provide a natural alternative to regular table salt. Like fine table salt, Himalayan salt is gentle on the respiratory tract.
Rinsing your nose with Himalayan salt does not sting and the salt is readily available in the supermarket (organic), yoga stores and health food stores.
You usually buy this salt in 500 gram bags and you immediately have enough salt for no less than 185 rinses with the Rhino Horn!
Conclusion: The Best Salt for a Saline Nasal Rinse
Making nasal rinse salt is easy. We recommend that you use fine table salt without iodine, as described on the website of the Dutch ENT association. This salt is not itchy, is easily available in the supermarket and is affordable. And thanks to the Rhino Horn measuring spoon, you always know the correct amount of salt for isotonic saline.
Are you curious to know how the nasal rinse works? Watch a video