When I wrote about Alkalol last year, I didn’t have enough experience with the product to realize how valuable it is as a sinus congestion preventative. I had used this sinus remedy in the past for treating head colds and sinus congestion, but usually stopped using it when my symptoms improved. As reported in my Neilmed Sinus Rinse, alkalol really helps. Since that time, I’ve learned that it not only helps clear up congestion, but it prevents it from occurring in the first place. For the last several years, I’ve had problems sleeping at night because the right side of my nose clogs up. It helps to sleep on my left side, but then I get sore and restless from not being able to roll over. If I attempt to sleep on my right side, I wake up with a stuffed up nasal passage and sinus headache underneath my right eye. I’ve tried so many things, including the Neilmed Sinus Rinse, which does help, but not completely.
It seems surprising to me that most people have never heard of this product, or know where to find it and how to use it. I decided it would be worth describing this sinus remedy solution in greater detail and how I use it to keep my nasal passages clear while I sleep at night.
Alkalol is a 16oz bottle of natural antiseptic including antiseptic, menthol, eucalyptol, camphor, oils of wintergreen, spearmint, pine, and cinnamon. It is actually a very pleasant smelling liquid. To use for sinus congestion, I recommend mixing a saline solution along with it into the neilmed sinus rinse container or any other type of sinus rinse dispenser. The Neilmed sinus rinse kit comes with individual packages of saline powder. If you’re a chronic sinus sufferer, you will want to learn to make your own saline mixture to save money. I use about 2/3rds salt to 1/3rd baking soda and keep a cup in the medicine cabinet with a small spoon. My procedure is to use both products together. The instructions on the bottle, recommend using it at full strength. I think it is way too strong for that and could actually do damage or irritate your sinuses if you breathe it up your nose at 100% strength. I tried it this way the very first time and it was extremely painful. Here is the way I use Alkalol: I fill the Neilmed sinus bottle with warm water up to about ½” below the recommended line. Next, I mix about 2/3rd teaspoon of the saline powder into the bottle, then fill it the rest of the way up with the solution. I screw the nose dropper and syringe onto the bottle and shake to mix. Next, I simply breath the solution through one nostril until it flows out the other. I do this until the bottle is empty. Aftewards, I rinse and thoroughly clean the bottle with soap and spray off with rubbing alcohol. Finally, I simply clean and gently blow my nose. You wouldn’t believe how refreshing and invigorating this feels and it keeps your nose feeling clear for hours. I do this procedure twice a day; once at night before bed and once in the morning. I have tried this extensively, on and off for the last 6 months and I am convinced that I sleep and breathe 100% better when I use the alkalol mixture as opposed to just a saline rinse, alone.
Another good reason for not using the product at full strength is the price. The price of a 16oz bottle is reasonable, but I’d go through several bottles a week if I was using it at full strength, twice a day. I’ve found alkalol for $4.99 a bottle at Safeway, in the sinus aisle; $4.39 at the Kmart Pharmacy, and for only $3.99 at the King Soopers Pharmacy. If you don’t see this in the aisle, ask the pharmacist for it. It is a completely natural antiseptic, so I’m not sure why it’s kept behind the pharmacy counter in most cases.
It can sometimes be difficult to find alkalol at the drug store of your favorite grocery store. Most often, you will have to ask the pharmacist for it, and in some cases they will not even stock it unless you ask them to! Don’t get caught off-guard with a stuffy head-cold or sinus infection without some on hand.
If you suffer from sinus congestion, particularly at night, please try my twice a day remedy of saline and alkalol. Please leave a comment on how well it works for you.
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