How to Make Your Own Xylitol Nasal Spray

With the onset of cold and flu season, many experience the misery of a stuffy nose. It is particularly unpleasant to be in bed at night, attempting to get some much needed rest, and not be able to breathe. Using a xylitol nasal wash helps prevent and clear up congestion associated with the common cold.

Over the counter Xylitol nasal sprays are expensive - up to $15 a bottle, plus shipping if purchased online, but you can make your own for a lower cost or to avoid certain chemicals in commercial preparations. It is not difficult, and once you get accustomed to making it, you will be able to do it easily and quickly.

Getting Started

First, find and prepare an appropriate nasal spray bottle. It is preferable to have one with a cap that twists on and off. If you have one that used to contain another type of nasal spray or a commercial preparation, wash and sanitize it. You can purchase nasal spray bottles online, if you do not have an old one that you can sanitize and re-use. You will also need a small pan for boiling, and some purified or distilled water.

Making the Spray

To make the spray, you need to mix 1 cup of water, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tbs. of xylitol crystals, 4 drops of grapefruit seed extract and a pinch of ordinary household baking soda.

The water should be warm, and you should mix the ingredients until they are completely dissolved.

Xylitol crystals and grapefruit seed extract are available to order from multiple online sources, or can be purchased at your local natural/health foods store.

To use the preparation, pour into nasal spray bottle and spray two sprays into each nostril as needed.

As with any nasal spray or natural remedy, always consult your doctor before use.